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

ONEad­di­tional week in Thai­land, at Koh Sa­mui or Phuket, for $1? Sounds too good to miss — the deal, from Trav­elscene Amer­i­can Ex­press (138 728; trav­elscene.net.au), is valid for sale to Au­gust 31 for travel from Oc­to­ber 8 to Novem­ber 22, ex Sydney in as­so­ci­a­tion with Viva! Hol­i­days, and also of­fers break­fasts and other ex­tras In con­junc­tion with Ital­ian De­lights Tours, Hol­i­days to Europe (hol­i­daystoeu­rope.com.au/ spe­cials) has dis­counts on its north­ern au­tumn de­par­tures; save 30 per cent off a nine-day Clas­sic Hid­den De­lights from Septem­ber 1-9 or a 15-day Fine Food, Wine and Won­ders Tour from Septem­ber 15-29 Ac­cor (1300 656 565; ac­corho­tels.com) has joined with Ho­bart’s Mu­seum of Old and New Art to of­fer ex­clu­sive ho­tel and ticket pack­ages to tie in with MONA’s The­atre of the World ex­hi­bi­tion, on show to Septem­ber 30; pack­ages for two in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion, buf­fet break­fast and mu­seum tick­ets, from $199 at the new Grand Mer­cure Ho­bart Cen­tral Apart­ments, from $146 at the Na­tional Trust-listed Mer­cure Hadleys and from $143 at Mer­cure Ho­bart Sydney air­port has lifted its re­tail game in re­cent years and the lat­est bou­tique to open is lead­ing surf brand Rip Curl (ripcurl.com.au); there’s an out­let at the do­mes­tic T2 ter­mi­nal and a flag­ship store at in­ter­na­tional T1 with in­ter­ac­tive shop­ping, in­clud­ing iPads for trav­ellers to check out weather and at­trac­tions (and surf­ing con­di­tions, no doubt) at their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions Se­mara Re­sort & Spa Seminyak in Bali (se­mararesorts.com) has a Win­ter Es­cape deal with pool­side ac­com­mo­da­tion, se­lected meals, spa treat­ments and well­ness pro­gram, air­port trans­fers and ex­tras from $US437 plus taxes a night for two twin-share, down from $US955; valid to Septem­ber 20, with a min­i­mum two-night stay China South­ern Air­lines (1300 889 628; fly­chi­na­south­ern.com) has an­nounced its fifth Aus­tralian port; re­turn ser­vices from Guangzhou to Cairns will com­mence three times a week on De­cem­ber 18, and there will be daily Bris­bane flights dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­day peak sea­son; the air­line says that by the end of 2015 its flights to Aus­tralia will ex­ceed 55 a week, draw­ing more Euro­pean pas­sen­gers to Guangzhou as their trans­fer point to Aus­tralia, New Zealand and South­east Asia Scenic Tours (scenic­tours.com.au) has launched its 2013 Africa pro­gram to Zam­bia, Kenya, Tan­za­nia and South Africa, plus ex­ten­sions in Botswana, all for a max­i­mum of 36 peo­ple a tour; the Scenic FreeChoice of­fer en­ables guests to choose com­pli­men­tary ac­tiv­i­ties such as whale-watch­ing, and walk­ing sa­faris; book by De­cem­ber 31 to save up to $1600 a cou­ple on se­lected sa­faris Save $1250 a cou­ple on seven-night stays in Tahiti and Moorea with Tahiti Travel Con­nec­tion (1300 858 305; tahi­ti­travel.com.au/ over­wa­ter); ac­com­mo­da­tion in Moorea is in an over­wa­ter bun­ga­low at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Re­sort & Spa and pack­ages in­clude flights from Sydney or Mel­bourne; book by Au­gust 31 for spec­i­fied pe­ri­ods to March 31.

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