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faceNew Australian luxury tour company, Nomads Secrets, aims to take small groups of travellers beneath the skin of exotic cultures by combining the finest hotels and eco-resorts with guidance from world-leading experts in culture, photography, food, wildlife, festivals, and history.

Its 17-day exploration of Rajasthan this October, for instance, will be led by New York Times photographer Tony Sernack and will include the ancient Bateshwar Fair.

Prices start at $14,869 per person twin-share.

Visit www.nomadssecrets.com.

Archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels will explore some of the most remarkable ancient sites of the Mediterranean this September sommerduring a series of four eight-day yacht expeditions in Turkey.

Each expedition will cater to no more than 16 guests, travelling along Turkey’s south-west coast and hosted by expert guides with academic backgrounds in history, art and archaeology.

Cost is £2125 per person twin-share (approximately $3870).

boscoloVisit www.petersommer.com.

Beyond Travel is offering a wellness-spa package at one of the most opulent and elegant hotels in Hungary — the five star Hotel Boscolo New York Palace, located in the heart of Budapest on Grand Boulevard.

The three-night holiday is priced from $600 per person twin-share, including unlimited use of the hotel’s spa facilities, an essential-oil massage, facial massage, daily buffet breakfast, return airport transfers and local taxes.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

When Ingrid and Paul Sanders became tired of negotiating their way through the minefield of travelling with kids,unnamed (7) they took things into their own hands.

The result is the Baby & Toddler Travel Co, which specialises in organising travel for people accompanied by ankle biters.

They’ve kicked the business off with packages to Bali — each one including such things as a child-friendly villa, access to a nanny, high chair, cot, car seat, fast track through airport and a unnamed (8)specially fitted pool fence.

A five-night package in a three-bedroom villa in Canggu, for instance is priced from $1995, including breakfast daily and complimentary wifi.

Visit www.babyandtoddlertravel.com.au.

Before you throw a lazy grand or two at the internet renting a place, sight unseen, for your next holiday, it may well be worth throwing $55 to the Go To Guys to see if it really has those splendid water views and a working jaccuzi.

Garry Harding and Greg Rawlinson have set up an Australia-wide network of 350 inspectors who will take photos and check if what you’re really getting measures up to the hype.unnamed (9)

And they can also check on prospective real-estate investments and even that blind date you’re considering.

Visit www.gotoguy.com.au.

P&O Cruises has expanded its child-free Oasis retreats across two decks on each of its ships.

Holidaymakers can chill out on new pod-style lounges for two, as well as plenty of cushioned lounges and sun beds.

Situated at the rear of Pacific Jewel, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Dawn, the Oasis retreats also feature a bar. Pacific Pearl also offers two whirlpool spas.

unnamed (10)Visit www.pocruises.com.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is offering a ‘First Class Family Getaway’ package priced from $158 per room per night, including accommodation in a garden-view room for two adults and two children under 12.

Also included are complimentary daily breakfast, free dining for kids with two paying adults and access to the kids’ pavilion.

Visit www.jwmarriottphuketresort.com.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Centre, located at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, will be given a $100,000 upgrade.Spring in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah.

The Exhibition Centre opened in 2010 with the aim of providing information on, and communicating the values of, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It provides interpretation on the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area to encourage respect for and protection of this special environment.

The plan focuses on interpreting the northern Blue Mountains, the route known as the Botanists Way as it was first crossed by botanist George Caley, and on showcasing the world class canyons in the area, such as nearby Claustral Canyon, within the context of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2015.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area covers 1.03 million hectares and includes seven national parks and outstanding examples of ecological processes, natural habitats and cultural associations. It is home to primitive species with Gondwanan affinities, including the Wollemi pine, and is a centre of the diversification of eucalypts.

unnamed (12)Phone 02 4567 3000 or visit www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au.

Save 15 per cent on all room types at Broome’s boutique Pinctada Cable Beach Resort.

Pay, for instance, from $239 per night for a Shinju Studio room September-October, from $187 per night from November.

Also receive 10 per cent discount on pre-booked transfers and spa treatments at the Pinctada Spa, including the Kodo Massage, which is inspired by traditional Aboriginal techniques.

Available until further notice.

Phone 1800 746 282 or visit www.pinctadacablebeach.com.auunnamed (13)

Absolutely treat yourself and save 65 per cent on a Garden Terrace Suite at Bali’s Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu.

Pay US$419 per couple per night, including butler service, private chef, airport transfers, daily car service with driver, 20-minute spa treatment, free Wi-Fi, Semara gift pack, daily entry to Finns Beach Club plus free gym, tennis and use of the putting green.

Retreat offers a helipad, private beach, two tennis courts, putting green, fully equipped gym, pampering spa.

Until August 31.

unnamed (14)Visit www.semarauluwatu.com.

Save an extra $200 off already discounted rates at Solar Springs health retreat in the Southern Highlands at Bundanoon.

Pay from $920 per person twin-share for a five-night ‘It’s All About Me’ package.

Includes all meals and activities, plus an 85-minute Solar Serenity Facial, pedicure and a one-hour massage of your choice (Swedish, remedial, shiatsu, lymphatic drainage or reflexology).

Available until August 4.

Phone 1800 044 944 or visit www.solarsprings.com.auunnamed (15)

Save up to $1000 per couple on select Helen Wong’s Tours’ group excursions to China later this year.

Pay, for instance, from $3480 per person twin-share ex Shanghai for the 14-day ‘Yangtze Wonders’ itinerary.

Includes a cruise on the Yangtze, visits to Shanghai and Beijing, including the Great Wall, and to the home of the Terracotta Warriors, Xian.

Book by August 8.

Phone 1300 788 328 or visit www.helenwongstours.com.

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