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May 25, 2020 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, currently with a portfolio of 41 hotels across Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Africa and Europe, has announced plans to implement sweeping new health and hygiene measures to reassure travellers of a renewed focus on guest wellbeing.

Guests who book airport limousine transfers will be met by an Anantara airport representative and escorted to their private vehicle, which will be thoroughly sanitised after every trip.

Complying with covid-19 protection standards, guests’ luggage will be stowed in the limousine by the airport representative, while the driver will wear a face mask and will not handle luggage.

For a la carte breakfasts, restaurants will be set up in compliance with social-distancing guidelines.


 ‘Hoppy Street’: lined with hole-on-the-wall Japanese bars.

Located just a five-minute walk from Asakusa Station, ‘Hoppy Street’ is an 80-metre stretch of road lined with hole-on-the-wall Japanese bars and the perfect place to try some local cuisine and have one final drink before heading to the airport.

‘Hoppy’ itself is an alcoholic drink made by mixing a carbonated hops beverage with shochu — alcohol made from potato or barley.

The drink has been loved by locals in downtown Tokyo since its production began in 148 when beer was considered to be a luxury item.

The many small bars of Hoppy Street have indoor and outdoor seating, each with their own quaint atmosphere that allows you to mingle with the locals.

The bars have their own specialty menus which go perfectly with any drink, the perfect way to finish your journey to Japan.


 Coffin Bay: sample freshly shucked oysters.

For the first time, Crooked Compass is offering a collection of domestic itineraries — for travel from November this year and throughout 2021 and 2022.

South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, for instance, attracts food lovers with the ‘Wildlife, Culture and Seafood’ itinerary.

Meet one of South Australia’s top chefs, Tony Ford, for an interactive seafood and wine experience at Boston Bay Winery, one of the world’s closest vineyards to the ocean.

Learn about indigenous culture from local Wirangu tribe members, forage for bush-tucker and experience traditional methods of bush cooking.

Enjoy a cruise with a Coffin Bay oyster farmer, sample freshly shucked oysters and hear how they keep their industry sustainable.


 Newfoundland: bigger than Ireland but with far less tourists. Image: Barrett & MacKay.

Australians seeking new horizons to explore in 2021 can circle Canada’s wild island of Newfoundland as part of a new expedition voyage offered by Adventure Canada and Cruise Traveller.

The package includes a free night in the colourful port town of St John’s pre-cruise.

Spend a day in St John`s exploring nearby Quidi Vidi – a fishing village with its own brewery where visitors can taste 10 ales and lagers including the famous ‘Iceberg Beer’, or can drop into the Plantation Village for handmade local crafts.

The 11-night ‘Newfoundland Circumnavigation’ package begins in St. John’s, Canada, on September 30, 2021, and includes one-night’s pre-cruise accommodation in St. John’s and a 10-night circumnavigation of Newfoundland – the world’s 16th largest island and bigger than Ireland but with far less tourists.

Until October 31 get a 15 per cent discount, with fares now at US$5945 per person twin-share.

Fares include all shipboard meals and zodiac excursions.


Singapore: something for everyone.

Zoom your way to Singapore during that next meeting or personal catch up, with Singapore Tourism Board’s virtual backgrounds.

Just launched, the themed backgrounds feature 12 iconic locations and attractions around the Lion City, including Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay, Merlion Park and Jewel Changi Airport. Choose from a mix of images as well as videos.

Keep the spirit of travel alive.


NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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