Travel deals: French Polynesia

A local woman from the Sacred Valley, Peru.
Take me to... Tahiti! Or Peru. I'm not fussy. Or perhaps one of the fabulous new hotels of the world, including the Sofitel So Singapore or Australia's own new regional art hotel, The Schaller Studio in Bendigo. 

Check out their opening specials, as well as a Kids Do Paris tour, in this week's international and domestic travel deals.

Ski two days free at Mount Buller with a seven-night package at Buller Central hotel. Get a seven-day lift pass for the price of five days, daily breakfast and one dinner. Book by August 31, travel June 28-September 7. From $1405 a person, twin share. Phone 1300 019 130, see

Moorea Pearl Resort, French Polynesia
Spend 10 nights in an overwater suite for under $5000. Includes five nights in the Moorea Pearl Resort, five in the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, two in Tahiti and international flights. Travel November 1-December 10, January 10-March 31, 2015. From $4790 a person, 12 nights. Phone 1300 858 305, see

Bendigo's The Schaller Studio, Victoria, Australia
Stay at Bendigo's The Schaller Studio and save $55 with its opening special, from $125 a night, until August 30. A Stay & See package includes tickets to Bendigo Art Gallery exhibitions and midday checkout. From $195, August 2-November 9. Phone 1800 278 468, see

Check into the new Sofitel So Singapore, pictured, and save 40 per cent with a Weekends@So offer, which includes a Saturday-night stay in the 19th-century French-style rooms, Saturday champagne brunch and Sunday all-day breakfast. From $515 until December 31.See

Sofitel So Singapore
Grab a friend and book a South American holiday with flights and your friend flies free with LATAM, saving up to $2800. Tours include the 20-day Highlights of South America, from Santiago to Lima, from $8695 a person, twin share. Book by September 30. Phone 1300 196 420, see

Book a two-night midweek stay at the four-star Pelican Waters resort on the Sunshine Coast and pay half price until November 30. Includes a free night and a round on a Greg Norman championship golf course. From $310, quote PEL019. Phone 1800 213 422, see

Tourwatch: Life in the Himalayas

Experience mountain life in the Indian Himalayas with a high-altitude stay in Ladakh. Base yourself in one of six traditional village houses, renovated to rustic luxury, and walk between local villages, visiting schools, markets and monasteries.

Raft on glacial rivers the Indus and Zanskar and lose yourself in a landscape of snowy mountains and serene lakes until end September. Includes meals, private chef, guides, tours and private car. From $5670 a person, twin share, seven nights. See

Kids do Paris

Let your kids see what all the fuss is about on Paris' famous Left Bank with a three-hour family walking tour. Run by a Parisian mum, options include pastimes such as sailing toy boats and riding the merry-go-round in le Jardin du Luxembourg and a visit to the national history museum. Join your kids or leave them with the qualified guide. $164 for kids seven-12 years (max five children on a tour) and adults, $128 for kids three-seven years. Search code 3151_KIDSRIGHT on

This travel deals column by Belinda Jackson is published in Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper every Sunday.    


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