THIS WEEK’S HOTTEST DEALS ARE ALL THE EXCUSE YOU NEED TO EXERCISE THOSE ITCHY FEET
1 TIME OUT IN TASSIE Arabian nights meets an Australian bush camp at Truffle Lodge, a new glamping experience on the banks of Tasmania’s tranquil Derwent River in one of Australia’s first truffle orchards. Promising a wilderness experience 45 minutes from Hobart, African safari tents are joined by a lounge and dining pod where guests can feast on the local wine and produce. Each tent is equipped with king beds, lounges, heating and cooling, minibar, refrigerators and coffee machines, with a private deck to take in the riverfront views. The bathroom, inside a converted water tank, includes a hand-carved wooden bath and rain shower. Owners Laurelle and John Grimley say the experience is sustainability meets luxury. “With platypus swimming wild at your feet and many activities to choose from, such as kayaking, biking, some of the best fly fishing the Derwent has to offer, walks through the truffle orchard and wildlife spotting, this is the ultimate way to truly experience Tasmania in comfort.”
For details go to trufflelodge.com
2 SPLASH OUT ON A SECRET POOL VILLA Thailand’s The Library will unveil its Secret Pool Villas this month. Set to be hot property with honeymooners, the exclusive one and two-bedroom options on Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach sprawl across 220sq m with a custom-made 3m-wide bed, full dining area with pantry, jacuzzi bathtub, 8m saltwater swimming pool, oversized tandem rain shower and his and hers walk-in closets. Book now to access special opening rates.
For details go to thelibrarysamui.com
3 PLAN A CRUISY AUSTRALIA DAY Celebrate Australia Day on the high seas with this South Pacific cruise from Flight Centre. Priced from $709 per person twin share for an inside cabin, it includes a three-night cruise from Sydney on-board Pacific Explorer, all main meals and entertainment on board plus a bonus $50 on-board credit per inside/ outside cabin or $100 per balcony cabin. As the only cruiseline in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day, there’s no better place to catch all the action. Departing January 24, the cruise is valid for sale until December 12.
For details call Flight Centre on 131 600 and quote deal code 4980573 or go to flightcentre.com.au
4 TAKE THE PLUNGE Book a five-star escape to Namale Resort and Spa Fiji and receive two bonus scuba lessons with Travel Associates. Priced from $3599 per person twin share, the offer includes five nights in a Garden Tropical Bure, all-inclusive meals and beverages, free Wi-Fi, fully stocked and daily replenished minibars, return airport transfers, bonus introduction to scuba lessons and two open water dives with a resort instructor. The package is on sale until November 30 for select travel dates before March 31.
For more information call 1800 044 066 or go to travel-associates.com.au
5 SAVVY WAY TO SEE EUROPE Enjoy a fortnight’s river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, save up to $1100 on all cabin categories and fly there for free with Flight Centre. Starting from $5995 per person twin share, the package includes return economy-class airfare to Europe, a 14-night river cruise on board Travelmarvel Sapphire in an outside cabin, 41 fine meals, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner while cruising, services of a cruise director and local guides, transfers and more. Immerse yourself in Miltenberg culture as you’re invited into the home of a local family. Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and the legendary Falkenlust hunting lodge in Bruhl. Departing April 27, the cruise is on sale until November 30.
For details call Flight Centre on 131 600 and quote deal code 4964830