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

BLUE Sydney, a mem­ber of the Taj Ho­tels, Re­sorts and Palaces col­lec­tion (tajho­tels.com/ sydney), has had a re­furb; the 100-room prop­erty, on Wool­loomooloo’s her­itage Fin­ger Wharf and sur­rounded by buzzy restau­rants, fea­tures new cus­tom-de­signed car­pets with an in­dige­nous-in­spired mo­tif in its hall­ways, and all gue­strooms have fresh fin­ishes Ac­cor has opened the 247-room Novo­tel Saigon Cen­tre (novo­tel.com or H7965-re@ac­cor.com) in Dis­trict 1, Ho Chi Minh City; valid to Septem­ber 30, an in­tro­duc­tory rate ap­plies of $US100 a night (plus taxes) with free Wi-Fi, ac­cess to fit­ness cen­tre and swim­ming pool, and 10 per cent off spa treat­ments If you are a fan of In­dia’s song-and­dance cinema, head to Madame Tussauds Sydney (madame­tus­sauds.com/sydney) at Dar­ling Har­bour for the Bol­ly­wood World Tour ex­hibit (to Oc­to­ber 28) and get face to face with su­per­stars such as Ka­reena Kapoor, Aish­warya Rai and that ul­ti­mate hero-hunk, Shahrukh Khan Wal­la­bies star Nathan Sharpe will join one of North Star Cruises’ (north­star­cruises.com.au) ex­clu­sive voy­ages this late-2012 sea­son around eastern Pa­pua New Guinea as a ‘‘celebrity fish­ing guide’’; the keen an­gler will also host in­for­mal chat ses­sions about his rugby ca­reer on the nine-day De­cem­ber 8 sail­ing from Cairns Olympics with­drawals? Too much sport is barely enough, it seems; Keith Prowse Sport & En­ter­tain­ment Travel (kei­th­prowse.com.au) is al­ready sell­ing pack­ages to Wim­ble­don 2013; from $451 a per­son twin-share ($556 sin­gle), in­clud­ing one night at a Lon­don ho­tel with break­fast, re­served seat for one day at the cham­pi­onships, re­turn trans­fers and other ex­tras. Three-night pack­ages are also on of­fer; pay a de­posit by Novem­ber 30 for a 5 per cent dis­count

Coffs Coast Har­vest is a new 60-page sea­sonal food guide from this pop­u­lar NSWhol­i­day re­gion; the book fea­tures de­tails of about 40 restau­rants, more than 20 recipes from lo­cal chefs, and a lo­ca­tion map show­ing pro­duc­ers from Bakarindi Bush Foods to Nam­bucca Mac­nuts; $10, in­clud­ing postage (1300 COFFS COAST; coff­s­coast.com.au)

The Penin­sula New York (penin­sula.com) has rooftop screen­ings of French films this sum­mer at its Sa­lon de Ning bar and ter­race; Choco­lat is next, on Au­gust 27.

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