Step into the Famous Spiegeltent or on board a private jet for an African safari: travel deals April 7, 2013
Private jets are back, people. You mean you didn't know they were out of style, and had been hanging onto yours in a hangar out the back? Let someone else do the flying while you skim the continent of Africa. Or try Knight School in Sydney or glamp on the Great Barrier Reef in this week's international and domestic travel deals.
Want to know what’s happening in Sydney? The InterContinental Sydney’s chief concierge and Les Clef d’Or member David Patt suggests Cirque de las Symphony (April 18-20) or perhaps Knight School for kids during the school holidays. Sydney’s also is in the midst of its autumn thoroughbred racing season, with the Sydney Cup Day on April 27, and there are more thoroughbreds on display at the Art Gallery of NSW, at the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize winners’ annual exhibition. Stay two nights at InterContinental Sydney before April 30 and get 20 per cent off your room as well as a free breakfast buffet for two. Costs from $250 a night. 1800 781 066, sydney.intercontinental.com.
Hobart’s iconic Wrest Point, on the banks of the Derwent River, has hit plenty of benchmarks: Australia’s first legal casino, Hobart’s first five-star rooms, and now it’s celebrating 40 years in the business with a Ruby Anniversary package. Stay in a premier suite and get room service breakfast, a box of Tasmanian red fruit, a Huon pine cheese platter and knife with Ashgrove Rubicon Red cheese, a bottle of House of Arras vintage Rose 2004 and, to finish, a commemorative ruby necklace by goldsmith Gavin MacSporran. Costs from $950 for two, saving $216. Valid until February 10, 2014. 1800 703 006, wrestpoint.com.au.
The Famous Spiegeltent is in town and Robyn Nevin is treading the boards at the Southbank Theatre. Kick up your heels on a Friday night at Melbourne’s coolest hotels, the Art Series, which comprises the Cullen, Blackman and Olsen. Their Weekend Retreat deals include $25 to spend inhouse – think food, movies or bike hire – and they’ll work in a room upgrade as well. Valid for Friday – Monday nights until August 31. Worth around $280, costs from $209 a night. 1800 278 468, artserieshotels.com.au.
Get shipwrecked in style on tiny Wilson Island, which can accommodate just 12 guests in six luxury tents on the beach, with hammocks, housekeepers and chefs as befits the ‘glamping’ (glamour camping) tag. The rate includes all meals and non-alcoholic drinks and return boat transfers from Gladstone. Booking the whole island saves over $300 on the individual rate: book by June 30 for stays now until May 4, from June 30 2013 – January 27, 2014 and March 1-31, 2014. Costs from $6499, two nights. 1800 044 066, travel-associates.com.au.
|Indijup Spa Retreat, WA|
Very private, very fabulous, the Indijup Spa Retreat in Yallingup is three hours south of Perth, overlooking the Indian Ocean and is said to lure the likes of Our Kylie. Each of the 10 villas has pools and panoramas on tap and the spa products are by another WA success story, Sodashi. Stay seven nights and save up to 39 percent at the five-star retreat on stays until September 10. Costs from $2765 a villa, seven nights. travel.com.au.
Skiers, carve up a snow bargain in Queenstown at Oaks Shores and Oaks Club Resort, on the glacial Lake Wakatipu. Rooms start at $109 a night until June 27, rising to $134 a night between July 15 – August 31, with a minimum three-night stay. Book until April 21. Costs from $327 a room, three nights, or $717 for a two-bedroom lakeview apartment, three nights. oakshotelsresorts.com/oaks-club-resort, oakshotelsresorts.com/oaks-shores.
|Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central|
Phuket’s newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central, has just opened and is offering a lovely, long opening special until October 2013. The deal includes breakfast and high-speed wi-fi. There are 277 rooms with private balconies, just a few meters from the beach and within walking distance of Patong’s shopping and dining strips. Costs from $65++ a night. 1800 007 697, holidayinnexpress.com.
|Mneba Island, Tanzania|
A tiny dot in the Indian Ocean off the coastline of Zanzibar, Mneba Island hosts just 20 guests at one time. Stay three nights at Mnemba Island Lodge and get a free one-way flight from Zanzibar. The private island is famed for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and dive sites, and the rate includes all meals, drinks and water sports, including two dives a day and sunset dhow cruises. Book by December 31. Costs from $755 a person, twin share. andbeyond.com.
From fair Dublin to bustling Belfast, the 12-day Country Roads of Ireland tour crosses borders, the Burren, Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher, for a broad-ranging exploration of an island whose influence is disproportionate to its size. Save 5 per cent, up to $124, on bookings paid in fully by April 30 on departure from April to October 2013. Costs from $2301 a person, twin share. 1300 237 886, insightvacations.com.
PERU & THE AMAZON
Train it to Machu Picchu then sail through the Amazon. Is there any more to life? This 13-day small-group tour sees you climb to the top of Machu Picchu on the luxury Hiram Bingram train, visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the home of their empire, Cuzco then dive into the Amazon on the M/V Aria and local skiffs. Book by 21 April and they’ll include free travel insurance, worth up to $660. Costs $11,695 a person, twin share. 1800 252 053, billpeachjourneys.com.au.
The private jet is back: luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent takes to the skies once again in a remodelled Boeing 737, with just 40 guests going on African safari by air. The journey traverses the continent, visiting seven countries in 19 days, from the rock-cut churches of Ethiopia to the Cape. A&K founder Geoffrey Kent will lead a three-day Serengeti safari, and the group has exclusive use of luxury camps in Uganda’s jungle, treehouses in Zambia, and there are private helicopter rides over Victoria Falls and feast in the Namibian desert. The keywords are luxury, experience and exclusivity. The adventure departs from Rome on March 2, 2014. Costs from $76,497 a person, twin share. 1300 851 800, abercrombiekent.com.au.