If you love travelling (like we do), we’re sure you’re always on the hunt for a new hotel or destination to head to for your next getaway! Here are some great spots and hotel deals to check out.
Next level travel
Luxury tour operator Scott Dunn has launched “Seriously Special – The Experiences”, a curated collection of travel experiences aimed at creating unforgettable memories tailored to individual interests and passions. Highlights include snorkelling between tectonic plates in Iceland, exploring Bolivia by vintage airstream, and photographing the fascinating Pasola festival on Indonesia’s Sumba Island with photographer Scott A. Woodward. scottdunn.com
Tropical Escape There’s plenty of family-friendly fun on offer at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay. Kids can enjoy a range of activities, from treasure hunting, kids’ yoga, Zumba and traditional Vietnamese Trong Com dancing to pottery classes, origami and cupcake decoration. Available until 30 September, the Family Summer in Paradise package includes accommodation in a king or twin room, breakfasts, and free meals for kids under 12. marriott.com
South east Asian cruise company Mekong Kingdoms has launched Gypsy, a luxurious two-cabin river cruiser. Accommodating just four passengers on each trip, the cabins are fully air-conditioned with ensuite shower and vanity. Guests can take part in daily shore excursions including freshwater fishing, weaving workshops and visiting limestone caves. Children aged four years and under travel free. mekongkingdoms.com
The Westin Perth has opened in the East End quarter of the Western Australian capital. It’s a swish, contemporary property where you can expect Westin signature touches such as the Heavenly Bed and nutritious Eat Well Menu for kids. Stay over a weekend and enjoy extended breakfast hours and a late Sunday checkout. starwoodhotels.com
New in Bali
Surrounded by rainforests and rice terraces, just opened Capella Ubud boasts 22 one-bedroom retreats and a two-bedroom lodge. This luxury tented camp is inspired by the life of early settlers on the island and is located just 20 minutes north of Ubud. Each retreat has a private saltwater pool and spacious deck, and rates start from around US$800 per night. capellaubud.com
Heading to HK?
The Murray in Hong Kong is offering two exclusive luxury experiences for guests. Opt for the Hong Kong Explorer Package and you can enjoy private walking tours to uncover the city’s hidden gems; or, for a treat, indulge in the Suite Sensation Package with a choice of four elegant suites, wellness experiences and in-suite dining with butler service for up to six guests. Available for bookings before 31 August and stays until 30 September. niccolohotels.com
Whistler Blackcomb has invested $66 million in three new ski lifts for the 2018/19 ski season. On Blackcomb, there will be a new gondola from the base to the Rendezvous Lodge, and the three-person Catskinner Chair will be replaced by a high-speed quad; Whistler, meanwhile, will open a new six-person Emerald Express chair in the Family Ski Zone. The lift upgrades will provide greater access to all terrain for a better skiing experience for all. Book by 31 August for the best deals, including up to 33 percent off lift tickets, free kids’ ski hire, good rates on lessons, kids’ camps and free nights. vipmountainholidays.com
With a gorgeous Aegean Sea backdrop, Six Senses Kaplankaya, near Bodrum in Turkey, is celebrating its reopening with exclusive offers, including bonus nights when staying for four nights (Until 15 September). Families can enjoy 50 percent off a second room, along with complimentary airport return transfers, children’s activities and a night of babysitting. sixsenses.com
Reef Villa & Spa is set on three acres of landscaped gardens beside a palm-fringed beach in Sri Lanka. As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the resort is offering a special promotion until 15 December 2018, including airport transfers, 15 percent off room rates and 10 percent off excursions. Quote “Ten2018” when booking on the hotel website. firstname.lastname@example.org | reefvilla.com
Five-star Sri Lankan resort Amari Galle, located just a few kilometres up the coast from Galle Fort, has a special package for honeymooners and couples, available from now until December 2018. The romantic “Just the Two of Us” deal includes a two-hour signature spa treatment for two, a candle-lit dinner, sparkling wine and more. amari.com/galle-srilanka
For Aussies living in Singapore, here are some reminders and updates from the Consular and Passports team at the Australian High Commission. Most countries require six months’ validity on passports for both stays and transits. Don’t forget to check your children’s passports; they’re normally valid for five years rather than ten years for adults. All applications in Singapore require an appointment and must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission. Allow around a month for an appointment and a minimum of 15 business days for your passport to arrive in time for travel. Also:
- Check your travel insurance covers all aspects of your holiday – some companies require extra coverage for activities such as motorbike riding, skiing and scuba diving.
- Check smartraveller.gov.au for the countries you’re travelling to – they all differ, with unique laws and customs. For more info, visit passports.gov.au. Book an appointment online at ahcsing.setmore.com.