Traveller deals: Tasmanian retreat

We all want to be in Venice, specifically at the Belmond, yes we do. Purse strings a little tight? Then lovely Launceston will do, for some winter warmth. Take the kids to Japan, take them to the Queensland islands in this week's international and domestic travel deals.

Get cosy this winter in the heartland of the cold season, Tasmania. Originally a corn mill dating back to the 1840s, the recently refurbished Launceston hotel is offering a hot price to counteract the cold nights, until August 31. From $99 a night. (03) 6335 6600,


Luxuriate at Venice's Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Save 20 per cent on its suites and junior suites, with private balconies or gardens, and vineyard, lagoon or pool views. For stays until November 8. From $1194 a night. 1800 217 568,

The Majestic Malacca, Malaysia
Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Malacca during a midweek stay at the Peranakan-style mansion, The Majestic Malacca. Includes dinner in-house or a spa treatment. Normally from $370, B&B. From $210 a room, a night, Sunday-Thursday. +800 9899 9999,

Live it up at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa in Byron Bay. Stay one night and get hot chocolate on the verandah, a bottle of wine when dining in-house, a room upgrade, yoga and bike hire. Costs $299 a room until September 14. 1300 554 362,

Rev your Mexican cuisine up a notch from tortillas and tacos, then learn how to shop for the meals and cook them on a 13-day foodie tour from Mexico City to Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido and Acapulco. Departs October 25. Costs $2144 a person, twin share, land only, quote "AUZ14D". 1300 439 756,

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest and get a free night's stay when you book three nights at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove. Book by July 31, travel until October 31. From $150 a person, twin share. 138 833,

Mt Fuji, Japan
Let the kids indulge their wildest animation fantasies in the imagination wonderland that is Japan. This 10-day family tour includes two days at Tokyo Disneyland and a visit to the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka. Then take it up a notch at the Ghibli Museum, an animation studio in Tokyo; and explore scenic Hakone via cable car, ropeway, boat or train; see Mount Fuji and take a dip in the hot springs. From $2396 an adult, $1888 a child. 1300 365 355,

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

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