THIS WEEK’S HOTTEST DEALS ARE ALL THE EXCUSE YOU NEED TO EXERCISE THOSE ITCHY FEET
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.