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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | FASHION - Go to ay­er­srock­re­sort.com.au/ex­pe­ri­ences/ de­tail/tali-wiru or call 1300 134 044 WORDS: CHAN TAY LO­GAN Call 131 600 and quote deal code 5128552 or go to flight­cen­tre.com.au Go to trav­elon­line.com or call 1300 883 887 Call 1300 780 231 or go to uni­world.com

1 SAVOUR A STARLIGHT DIN­NER

Voy­ages Ay­ers Rock Re­sort’s ex­clu­sive din­ner in the desert, Tali Wiru, re­opens for its fifth sea­son this week. The open-air gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ence is fine din­ing on a re­mote sand dune over­look­ing Uluru and the dis­tant domes of Kata Tjuta. Guests en­joy cham­pagne and canapés at sun­set ac­com­pa­nied by the sounds of a didgeri­doo, fol­lowed by a four-course ta­ble d’hote menu with pre­mium Aus­tralian wines. A sto­ry­teller shares tales of in­dige­nous cul­ture and the south­ern night sky and the evening ends with a port, co­gnac or na­tive wat­tle­seed in­fused hot choco­late around the camp­fire. The new menu features seared scal­lops with fin­ger­lime buerre noisette; wagyu fil­let with salt-baked cele­riac, pa­per­bark smoked onion soubise; and a Tex­tures of Choco­late dessert with David­son plum, lemon myr­tle, quan­dong and hot choco­late sauce. Tali Wiru runs daily from March 26 to Oc­to­ber 15 and is priced at $360, in­clud­ing re­turn ho­tel trans­port. Up­grade to a chop­per ar­rival for $779 per per­son, with a half-hour he­li­copter tour tak­ing in Uluru and Kata Tjuta be­fore din­ner.

2 LINGER WITH FREE NIGHTS IN FIJI

Find par­adise in Fiji with two free nights and other bonus ex­tras with Flight Cen­tre. Pay from $489 per per­son twin share and re­ceive four nights for the price of two in a deluxe suite at Fiji Hide­away Re­sort & Spa, buf­fet break­fast daily, free Wi-Fi, nightly en­ter­tain­ment and bonus re­turn air­port trans­fers. The 3.5 star trop­i­cal re­sort is on the Coral Coast, a 90-minute drive from Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. It boasts some of the best snorkelling and div­ing in Fiji, an ex­cel­lent reef surf break, 600 me­tres of white sandy beach and a day spa. The of­fer is valid un­til March 31 for travel from May 15 to De­cem­ber 10.

3 DOU­BLE YOUR TIME IN THAI­LAND

Early­birds es­cap­ing to Cen­tara Blue Marine Re­sort & Spa Phuket can score four free nights with this of­fer from Trav­elOn­line. Pay from $295 per per­son twin share and re­ceive eight nights for the price of four in a su­pe­rior room, buf­fet break­fast daily, free Wi-Fi, re­turn air­port trans­fers and the choice of a free mas­sage or tour. On a tran­quil hill­side in Pa­tong, the re­sort has swim­ming pools, a kids’ club, games room, fit­ness cen­tre, restau­rants and bars. The pack­age is on sale un­til March 31 for travel from April 11 to Oc­to­ber 31.

4 DREAM OF A TRA­DI­TIONAL XMAS

Save 30 per cent per per­son on Uni­world’s eight-day Rhine Hol­i­day Mar­kets. Jour­ney through Switzer­land, France and Ger­many to dis­cover the Christ­mas tra­di­tions of Europe’s most charm­ing towns. For a dif­fer­ent spin on the Palati­nate wine re­gion, visit the Wei­nes­siggut Dok­toren­hof es­tate for a tast­ing. Priced from $3009 per per­son twin­share (in­clud­ing dis­count), the deal in­cludes eight days of es­corted ex­cur­sions and a seven-night cruise in a riverview state­room on the SS

An­toinette. The lav­ishly ap­pointed state­rooms have hand­crafted Savoir of Eng­land beds, high­thread count Egyp­tian cot­ton sheets and a menu of pil­low op­tions. De­par­tures are avail­able on De­cem­ber 5 or 19.

5 GET STEAMY AT THE SLATE

In­spired by the lat­est Fifty Shades movie, Phuket’s de­signer re­sort The Slate is spic­ing things up with a ro­man­tic ex­pe­ri­ence de­signed for times­tarved cou­ples. Their three-day, two-night pack­age has ev­ery­thing cov­ered from air­port trans­fers through to ar­rival flow­ers and cham­pagne, can­dlelit baths, gourmet din­ners, mas­sages and sur­prise treats along the way. Each suite has an over­sized bath­tub, en­suite mas­sage beds and around-the-clock but­ler ser­vice, giv­ing guests the free­dom to un­wind with­out leav­ing their room. Days can be spent re­lax­ing by the adult-only pools, strolling on the white-sand beach or shoot­ing Cupid’s ar­row in a pri­vate archery class. Ro­man­tic din­ners can be booked in the sub­tly lit sig­na­ture Thai restau­rant, Black Ginger, or the so­phis­ti­cated Ja­panese restau­rant, Rivet. The pack­age is avail­able un­til Fe­bru­ary 28.

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