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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

ANGSANA Bin­tan (angsana.com) will un­veil a re­vamp of its 106 suites and rooms on June 15; set be­side a pri­vate beach on an In­done­sian isle off the coast of Sin­ga­pore, the re­sort is of­fer­ing two spe­cial deals un­til Septem­ber 15 with val­ueadded ex­tras Seven years af­ter his death, Mar­lon Brando’s chil­dren are unit­ing to build a 47-villa eco-re­sort on Te­tiaroa, his reef-cir­cled atoll in French Poly­ne­sia; it’s re­ported the es­tab­lish­ment will be known, per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, as the Brando and is due to open in 2013

Court­yard by Mar­riott Phuket (court­yard.com) at Surin Beach in Thai­land has 50 per cent off its best avail­able rate for deluxe rooms un­til July 31; the 250-room re­sort is 20km from the air­port, steps away from the sand, and fea­tures fam­ily fa­cil­i­ties

Emi­rates (1300 303 777; emi­rates.com/au) has spe­cial air­fares for Aus­tralian trav­ellers to cel­e­brate the launch of ser­vices to its new ports, Geneva and Copen­hagen, from June 1 and Au­gust 1 re­spec­tively; book by May 31 to se­cure dis­counts in all classes Aus­tralian tour op­er­a­tors Pere­grine and Gecko’s have launched free iPhone and iPad apps fea­tur­ing a live chat func­tion with reser­va­tions staff and a ‘‘one-stop tool that en­ables trav­ellers to plan, book and share their trips and stay in touch with friends and fam­ily while on the road’’; down­load at pere­grinead­ven­tures.com/apps or geck­osad­ven­tures.com/app

Out­door Travel (out­door­travel.com.au) is of­fer­ing 25 per cent dis­count on six-night barge cruises in France’s Loire Val­ley and Bur­gundy re­gions in July, and $1000 off per cabin on se­lected de­par­tures through Al­sace and Gas­cony or along the Canal du Midi; each cruise boasts an ex­pert chef and menus that of­fer lo­cal fare plus daily ex­cur­sions by chauf­feured minibus The 276-room Parkroyal Mel­bourne Air­port (parkroy­al­ho­tels.com/ mel­bourne) has just opened, vir­tu­ally at Tul­la­ma­rine’s doorstep and linked to the ter­mi­nal by a sky bridge; fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an in­door lap pool and 24-hour gym.

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