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unnamed (4)Singapore Airlines Holidays is offering a range of packages to the picturesque Philippines islands of Boracay and Cebu.A seven-night package at the high-end Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa, with its private balconies, lush tropical gardens and 350 metres of beachfront, is priced from $3045 per person twin-share, including return airfares, daily breakfast and return transfers.

It is valid for travel until July 31 and from September 1 to 31.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit www.siaholidays.com.au.

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 Colombia … rich in culture, food, Caribbean coastline and architecture.

Tucan Travel has added three new Colombian adventure tours to its South America portfolio, ranging from eight to 20 days in length and including more internal flights to enable clients to make the most of their time.

The 20-day ‘Colombia Encompassed’, for instance, is priced from about $4200 ex Bogota and offers an in-depth tour of a country rich in culture, food, Caribbean coastline and architecture.

It explores the major cities and also features hiking through palm-filled valleys and historic archaeological parks.

Phone 1300 769 249 or visit www.tucantravel.com.

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Istanbul’s Blue Mosque … a Mediterranean highlight.

Cruise Traveller is offering a 37-night Mediterranean cruise in September 2016 aboard the 540-passenger Voyager.

The boutique-size ship will call at major ports such as Dubrovnik, Venice, Istanbul and Nice, but also provides scope to get right away from the tourist beat.

The ‘Enchanting Mediterranean Grand Voyage’, which starts in Marseilles and finishes in Athens, is priced from $9999, including return air travel from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, and an ocean-view cabin.

Among lesser-known ports of call are Calvi in Corsica, Rijeka on the Croatian coast,

Alberobello in southern Italy, and Kotor in Montenegro.

Phone 1800 507 777 or visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au.

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 Spectacular dune formations in Namibia.

Uncover Namibia’s spectacular wildlife, natural wonders and strong tribal culture as you travel at your own pace throughout Southern Africa on a TravelManagers 11-night self-drive adventure.

The holiday includes 12 days hire of a Nissan X Trail 2×4 or similar, standard vehicle insurance, daily breakfasts, two dinners and a Swakopmund dolphin-and-seal cruise.

Pay from $4099 per person twin-share (land content only) and experience the vibrant city of Swakopmund, spot some of the Big Five at Etosha National Park, and discover ancient Bushmen engravings at Twyfelfontein.

Book by July 31 for travel until October 31 and save up to $250 per person. Visit www.travelmanagers.com.au.

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 Mercure Newcastle Airport … scheduled to open August 1.

Book now and enjoy a special opening rate of $150 per night, with breakfast, at the Mercure Newcastle Airport when it opens on August 1.

All of the sound-proofed guestrooms will feature high-speed wifi, blackout blinds, iPod docking stations, Foxtel and smart TVs.

The Mercure will be the only hotel located in the Newcastle Airport precinct.

Phone 02 4033 8900 or visit www.accorhotels.com and mention opening special.

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Port Stephens’ Shoal Bay from 160-metre-high Tomaree Head.

Stay for at least two nights in one of Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks’ two-bedroom villas at Shoal Bay before September 18 and save 10 per cent.

That means paying $112.50 per night, with up to three children under 18 staying free.

Port Stephens offers a wide range of activities during winter including dolphin and whale watching, bushwalking, fishing, boating, golf, bike riding and sampling fresh seafood and local wines, as well as sand-boarding down the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere.

Visit www.portstephens.org.au.

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On sale … Le Meridien Ile Des Pins in New Caledonia.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts will shortly start its Pacific Winter Sale, offering discounts of up to 50 per cent on stays at any Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien and Four Points by Sheraton property in Australia, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia.

Book between July 27  and August 9 for stays until December 29.

Visit www.asiapacific.starwoodoffers.com.

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Dawn Princess’s Magnums bar … now offering a world of whisky.

Princess Cruises is introducing its guests to the world of whisky with the Australian-based Dawn Princess now featuring the cruise line’s first dedicated whisky bar.

The bar brings together 63 whiskies from locations as disparate as Scotland’s windswept Isle of Skye, the Alps of Japan and the northern coastline of Tasmania.

It’s located in the ship’s cosy Magnums bar, with bartenders trained to provide advice and a daily flight of three whiskies for those keen to experience the flavour of different regions.

Fares on a 13-night round trip to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, sailing from Sydney on January 16, start from $1399 per person twin-share.

Phone 132 488 or visit www.princess.com.

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Infinity Resort … Thai luxury.

Save up to $5750 on a seven-night stay at the exclusive Infinity Resort in Thailand’s Koh Samui.

Pay from $1399 for two adults, with up to two children aged 11 or under staying free.

Includes daily breakfast, two romantic three-course sunset dinners, spa treatments, private return airport transfers, sunset cocktails, free wifi and a Thai cooking class.

Book by July 26 for travel until December 2016.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

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 Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse … heart-of-city location.

Save 30 per cent on a stay at the four-star Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse.

Pay from $229 per night for a double room.

Features heart-of-city location with easy access to railway station.

Book and stay by October 18.

Phone 1800 687 236‎ or visit Hotels.com.

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Somerset on the Pier … old-world charm on Hobart’s waterfront.

Save 20 per cent at Hobart’s Somerset on the Pier and Somerset on Salamanca serviced apartments.

Pay from $144 per night at the former, from $120 per night at the latter.

All apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes and complimentary wifi.

Valid till August 31.

Phone 1800 766 377 or visit www.somerset.com.

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Halong Bay … one of Vietnam’s most scenic locations.

Save $500 per person on selected departures for six Wendy Wu Tours’ fully inclusive Indochina and Myanmar itineraries.

Pay, for instance, from $2840 per person twin-share ex Sydney and Melbourne ($3040 ex Brisbane and Adelaide passengers; $2750 ex Perth) for the eight-night ‘Vietnam Impressions’ itinerary.

Includes a day cruise through the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, a day trip to Cu Chi and Tay Ninh tunnels and a boat ride along the Mekong Delta.

Book by July 31 for travel from September 25 until December 20.

Phone 1300 798 118 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.

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