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All-inclusive holiday provider Club Med is taking bookings for its new Chinese ski resort, which will open in November.

Club Med Beidahu fuses skiing and creativity in a travel destination designed for families and couples looking for a unique snow experience.

It offers a culturally rich holiday destination for an immersive and authentic Chinese snow experience.

Highlights include the presence of mountains on three sides, ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, a 1.2-kilometre advanced ski trail and 1.7-kilometre beginner ski trail, ski and archery simulators, social-media centre, authentic northern Chinese and international dining, and kids’ club.

Visit www.clubmed.com.au.


 Stephen Willey … happy to settle bills with gold dust.

In a small town in northern California, hotel guests have an opportunity to participate in a history-rich mother-lode tradition that no place else can claim. They can pay for their stay in gold dust at the National Hotel in Jamestown.

In the early days of the gold rush, newly panned gold dust was widely accepted by taverns and boarding houses, with a pinch buying a shot of whisky at most saloons. Now, the owner of the Historic National Hotel is bringing back the idea. Stephen Willey will accept gold dust as legal tender to make purchases for rooms, meals and drinks.

“We’ve got the scales, we’re tracking daily prices, and if guests want to pay for their rooms, meals and drinks with a few pinches, we’ll be ready,” he said

A pinch weighs about as much as a heavy paper clip, and the price a few weeks ago was about $60 a pinch.

Visit http://www.national-hotel.com/.


 Iririki Island Resort & Spa … $24 million full makeover.

Iririki Island Resort & Spa — often referred to as ‘The Jewel of the South Pacific’ — has fully recovered from the devastation of cyclone Pam and reopened its fully refurbished island getaway.

The 4.5-star resort had undergone a $24 million full makeover over the past 14 months and now features additional accommodation options, new food-and-beverage outlets, plus spa, casino and entertainment complex.

The refurbishment concentrated on retaining the traditional feel and charm of Vanuatu, and is now also Vanuatu’s first fully solar-powered resort.

Visit www.iririki.com to find out more.


 The Northern Lights … just part of the Icelandic experience.

Abercrombie & Kent has launched a hosted journey to northern Europe to take advantage of one the world’s most stunning visual experiences — the Northern Lights.

Iceland’s south-west is characterised by dramatic fjords, geothermal lakes, mountains, volcanic craters, geysers and waterfalls.

The tour also includes a visit to the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, a glacial ice-tunnel hike and a jeep adventure.

Guests stay in intimate boutique properties which range from log-cabin-style lodge to a sophisticated art-deco city hotel.

The nine-day tour is priced from $9595 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.


 Myanmar … a largely undiscovered culinary delight.

Tour Myanmar this spring with the authors of The Burma Cookbook, which was awarded best Asian cookbook of the year at World Gourmand.

The tours are hosted by Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne, former Sydneysiders who have led small-group tours there for over two decades.

There are two tours on offer this September and October, the first taking guests up-country to the floating villages of Inle Lake and ancient Bagan, the second concentrating on Rangoon and environs.

Save up to $1200 per couple on the 13-night combined tour and pay from $4995 per person twin-share.

Visit www.asianfoodtours.com or www.globetrottinggourmet.com.


 The Rocky Mountaineer … one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world.

Scenic has launched its 2017 Canada, Alaska and USA program, which includes seven new itineraries and one new extension.

Scenic is offering early-bird deals for bookings made by 31 October, and you can fly to western Canada on selected journeys for as little as $595.

The 13-day ‘Canadian Castles & Alaskan Cruise’, for instance, travels from Calgary to Vancouver over five days. Enjoy picturesque Banff and Lake Louise before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer for one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world.

This is followed by a seven night-Alaskan cruise.

Prices are from $8695 per person twin-share, plus flight for $595 per person including taxes.

For more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit www.scenic.com.au/.


 Shoal Bay … the resort is just steps from the sandy, sheltered shores of Port Stephens.

Ramada Resort Shoal Bay, nestled beside the beach in Port Stephens, is offering a 30 per cent discount on weekday and weekend stays until September 22.

Under the offer, two people can stay in a one-bedroom, side-waterview room from $155 per night midweek and $175 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.

Included are complimentary bike hire and a $30 food-and-beverage credit to use in the waterside resort’s restaurants and bars.

A minimum two-night stay is required.

Ramada Resort Shoal Bay is just steps from the sandy, sheltered shores of Port Stephens and a short walk from unspoiled ocean beaches and beautiful Tomaree Head which guards over Shoal Bay.

Visit www.portstephens.org.au/winter16 .


 The Belmond Andean Explorer … will travel along one of the highest rail routes on Earth.

Belmond will launch South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer, in Peru in May next year.

It will travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth, traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, exploring natural wonders and ancient kingdoms on one- and two-night journeys.

The interior design is inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys.

Visit www.belmond.com/belmond-andean-explorer.

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