Drink in the coffee, Rhone varietals or a Himalayan vista: travel deals 26 May 2013

Drink coffee in Brisbane, Rhone varietals in Rutherglen, or just drink in the view in the Indian Himalayas.

Victoria
Discover the rich reds, Rhone varietals and sweet muscats of Rutherglen at the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout, Australia's longest-running wine festival, on the weekend of June 8-9 (winemakers.com.au). Stay at Tuileries and save 20 per cent on Sunday to Friday nights until September 30. They'll include a country breakfast and three-course dinner for two at Tuileries Restaurant including its unlimited wine buffet, which showcases the region's top drops. Usually $346 a night, now $276. (02) 6032 9033, tuileriesrutherglen.com.au.

New South Wales
Ski or board Perisher and Thredbo from the central location of the Snowy Mountains' Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, which is 15 minutes from either ski resort. Normally studio apartments cost from $250 a night but the resort has two-night stays with a hot breakfast, $100 to spend in the spa or restaurant, discounts on ski hire, day spas, and free shuttles to the Skitube to Perisher. Available from June 7 until October 6. Costs from $593 for two nights in a studio apartment (sleeps two), or from $1034 for two nights in a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps four). 1800 020 524, lakecrackenback.com.au.

Queensland
Check in to Brisbane's new Traders Hotel and they'll give you a coffee machine. Yes, really. Book a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night stay and get a Nespresso U machine, worth $299, along with early check-in and late checkout and a $50 voucher. There's free wi-fi, too. The hotel is opposite the Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street and within walking distance of the spectacular Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Book by June 30 for stays until December 29. Costs from $298 a night. (07) 3238 2222, www.tradershotels.com/brisbane.


Thailand
The new 277-room Pullman Phuket Arcadia is on Naithon Beach, 15 minutes from the airport. It has sunken lounges with wine libraries as well as a kids' lunchtime restaurant by the pool, and spa aficionados will appreciate the French Payot range. The hotel's soft-opening special means you can pay as little as $105 a night, saving 30 per cent off the best rate on stays of three days or more, with breakfast and wi-fi included. Valid until October 31. Costs from $315 for three nights. pullmanphuketarcadia.com.

Vietnam
The coastline of Nha Trang boasts much natural beauty, and then there are the hotels. The lush Evason Ana Mandara, main picture, sits on its own stretch of sea, which obligingly issues lobsters for the table. Stay seven nights and pay for five, with a villa upgrade, breakfast, airport transfers and an hour-long massage for two in its spa. Includes return international flights with Vietnam Airlines. Costs from $2032 a person, twin share. Book by June 15 for stays until December 19. 1300 138 755, travelindochina.com.au.

India
If exploring the Indian Himalayas in winter does it for you, this new 22-day Zanskar Ice Trek fits the bill. World Expeditions freely admits this is one of its most adventurous treks, with minus-30-degree nights, frozen river trekking and remote high passes. The tour departs from Leh and includes all meals, internal flights, bilingual guides, sleeping bag and jacket. Save 15 per cent off the second traveller when two people book together; singles save 7½ per cent. Book by June 21 to depart on February 2. Costs from $3900 a person, twin share. 1300 720 000, worldexpeditions.com.
 

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