Sunday, 14 April 2013

ZUJI Hot deals: Kuala Lumpur, Mercure Kooindah Waters, Falls Creek

Exotic Kuala Lumpur - Save up to 35%

Dominated by the tallest skyscrapers in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur is
a cultural melting pot with great shopping, exquisite food and a buzzing
nightlife. Experience Malaysia's capital for yourself with a three night
stay at the 4-star Furama Bukit Bintang Hotel and save up to 35% on room
rates. Centrally located in Kuala Lumpur's vibrant Golden Triangle,
Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang is within close proximity of Bukit Bintang,
Berjaya Times Square and Chinatown. Prices start from $265 for three
nights in a superior king or twin bedded room with breakfast daily for
up to two adults, including taxes and fees. Valid for sale to 30 April
2013, or until sold out. Valid for travel until 31 December 2013. Terms
and conditions apply. Visit <> or
call 1300 888 180 for more information.

Central Coast Getaway - Stay 3, pay 2

Experience a weekend getaway at the four-star Mercure Kooindah Waters on
the Central Coast. Offering a wide range of features such as: an 18-hole
championship standard golf course; Endota day spa; indoor heated lap
pool; outdoor swimming pool; sauna; gymnasium; tennis; children's
playground; and with proximity to local national parks, walking tracks
and pristine beaches, you'll be spoilt for choice on this holiday. Book
three nights now and pay for only two. Prices start rom $358 for three
nights in a standard king or twin room for up to two adults sharing,
including taxes and fees. Valid for sale to 30 April 2013, or until sold
out. Valid for travel to 30 June 2013. Terms and conditions apply. Visit <> or call 1300 888 180 for more

Fabulous Falls Creek, Victoria - Stay 3, pay 2

Escape to the luxurious 5-star Quay West Resort and Spa Falls Creek, a
magnificently appointed hotel located at the base of the main ski run of
Falls Creek Ski Resort. This fully self-contained contemporary resort
hotel offers guests stylish apartments and penthouses, a restaurant, a
bar and a sumptuous day spa. Book three nights now and only pay for two.
That's a saving of up to $148! Prices start from $450 for three nights
in a one bedroom, one bathroom room, with hot tub for up to two adults
only, including taxes and fees. Valid for sale to 30 April 2013, or
until sold out. Valid for travel until 30 June 2013. Terms and
conditions apply. Visit <> or call
1300 888 180 for more information.

Terms and Conditions:

Advertised prices are correct at the time of publication and include
taxes. All prices shown, including hotel, holiday and flight prices may
vary and subject to availability based on the fare types and room types
available on your preferred travel dates.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

TRAVELLERS’ GOOD BUYS: Dolphin Island, Koh Samui, Diamond Princess Cruise, International Rail, Helen Wongs Tours and more

Fancy six days being pampered on a tropical island, including three days learning about cooking from celebrity chef Pete Evans and exploring exotic markets?

Sounds good, but mind, you will need a lazy NZ$9900 (about $7840) and seven friends with the same to take over the four guest bures on Dolphin Island, just off the northern tip of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu.
The price includes arrival from Nadi by float plane, accommodation, all meals and standard bar for entire stay and road transfer in private vehicle to Nadi.

For information about Dolphin Island, visit For information about the cooking school, phone 02 9969 4911 or email

Diamond Princess has combined two nights at Singapore’s renowned Shangri La Hotel with a 10-night cruise through the Malacca Straits on board the Diamond Princess.

The cruise departs Singapore on November 4, with prices from $2879 per person twin-share, including return airfares.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

International Rail
I’ve done a few European rail journeys and it really is the way to travel the continent — fast, efficient and comfortable.

Melbourne-based International Rail is selling discounted passes for the coming northern summer.

An example is a buy-one-get-one-for-half-price offer on the Austrian Rail Pass, valid for three, four or five day passes in both first and second class, for travel until June 30. Children under the age of 16 travel free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit

South American eco-adventure company Explora is offering four ‘Travesias’ this year — nomadic journeys through remote, little known places and designed for small groups of experienced travellers.

Typical is the eight-night Los Andes Travesia, which crosses the mighty Andes between Chile and Argentina, including three nights in the Calchaqui Valleys, the birthplace of an ancient pre-Columbian culture, and three nights at Explora’s Hotel de Larache, an oasis of luxury in the hostile Atacama.

Prices for Travesias start at US$5080 per person twin-share.
Koh Samui
Absolute Sanctuary, a detox and yoga resort on Thailand’s Koh Samui island, has special deals to celebrate its fifth birthday — BHT3500 (about $115) single occupancy and BHT3900 double occupancy in April, falling respectively to BHT2800 and BHT3200 in May.

The rate includes breakfast, a daily yoga class, airport transfers and discounts for spa treatments.

Also, pay for five nights and get one extra night free, pay for seven nights and get two free, pay for 10 nights of more and get three free.

Phone +66 77 601 190 or visit

Seafood is of immense cultural significance in Japan and specialist operator Toursgallery makes sure that all seven of its annual small-group excursions provide a wealth opportunities for sampling.

One highlight on the northern island of Hokkaido is a barbeque of prawns and scallops over a charcoal fire, while walks through produce markets and visits to wharves reveal just how diverse the country’s seafood industry is.

Small stalls in most markets also sell bowls of steamed rice with the freshest sashimi and sauce for a quick snack.

The tours stay in traditional ryokans and are priced from $6400 per person twin-share. Phone 1300 307 317 or visit

Tahiti will become the first Pacific Islands nation to host a FIFA tournament when more than 30 international teams take to its pristine beaches for the Beach Soccer World Cup from September 18-28.

It’s one of many highlights on this year’s Tahitian calendar, which also includes the biennial Tahiti Nui Va’a outrigger paddling classic from May 23-25, the 10th anniversary Tahiti Pearl Sailing Regatta from May 8-12 and Heiva, Tahiti’s premier song and dance festival from July 4-20.

Treble Cone
Treble Cone, near Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island is offering skiers and snowboarders the Ultimate Ski Day this winter.
The price of about $585 (NZ$721) includes full breakfast, private helicopter from Wanaka to Treble Cone, ski or snowboard rental, lift pass, lunch and private jet boat, complete with spins, back to Wanaka.

Alaska Inside Passage
 Get a week’s free accommodation in Honolulu, when taking Cruise 1st’s seven-night Alaska Inside Passage journey on the five-star Celebrity Solstice.
Pay from $3299 ex Sydney, including return airfares, seven nights in the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel and a night post-cruise in Seattle.
Cruise visits Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Junea, Skagway, Alaska Inside Passage and Victoria in British Columbia.
Departs May 9. Phone 1300 596 345 or visit

Metro Hotel on Pitt.
Last-minute Easter specials at Metro Hotel on Pitt.
Pay from $235 per night for two adults and two children under 12 in a Superior Queen Room.
Includes Easter eggs on arrival.
Available until April 15. Phone 1800 004 321 or visit

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
Get free nights at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers.
Book a Tower Deluxe Harbour View Room or Deluxe Executive Suite at prevailing available rates for two nights and get a third night free.
Book into Tower Floor and get complimentary daily breakfast, access to Towers Lounge with refreshments and evening cocktail session, complimentary internet access, discounted rates on phone calls, laundry and dry cleaning, hotel restaurants and lounges.
Until December 31. Visit

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Helen Wong’s Tours
Save $400 per person on Helen Wong’s Tours’ 14-day China Wonders group tours.
Pay from $3380 per person twin-share, including return airfares.
Highlights include the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, cycling through Beijing’s hutongs, cruising Hangzhou’s West Lake and three spectacular evening shows.
Departures early June to late August. Phone 1300 788 328 or visit