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

HOWir­re­sistible that the Toy Worlds Mu­seum in Basel, Switzer­land (toy-worldsmu­seum-basle.ch), is stag­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion on the art of nap­kin fold­ing from Oc­to­ber 20 to April 7; the dis­play has been cre­ated in con­junc­tion with Joan Sal­las who holds the un­likely ti­tle of ‘‘the world’s most fa­mous nap­kin-fold­ing mas­ter’’

Quest Ser­viced Apart­ments (questapart­ments.com.au) has un­veiled its first five ded­i­cated Quest Stu­dios (ho­tel-style units with kitch­enettes) in Mel­bourne (Brighton, East Mel­bourne, Kew and Hawthorn) and Sydney (Bondi Junc­tion); Frankston Cen­tral Stu­dios in Mel­bourne is expected to be com­pleted in early 2013 Mantra Group has added The Car­ring­ton Re­sort (car­ring­ton.co.nz) to its New Zealand Pep­pers-brand port­fo­lio; this golf­ing prop­erty, with lodge and villa ac­com­mo­da­tion, vine­yard and cel­lar door plus ex­ten­sive con­fer­ence and event fa­cil­i­ties, is on the Karikari Penin­sula in the North­land re­gion, about four hours north of Auck­land, and will be re­branded as Pep­pers Car­ring­ton Re­sort; a Cap­ti­vat­ing Coastal Es­cape pack­age starts at $NZ495 ($383) a cou­ple a night, valid to Oc­to­ber 31, with break­fast and din­ner for two, a wel­come bot­tle of wine and un­lim­ited golf Also across the Tas­man, Hol­i­day Inn Ro­torua (hol­i­dayin­nro­torua.co.nz) is mark­ing its six decades with a Cel­e­brat­ing 60 overnight pack­age that in­cludes a room cat­e­gory up­grade, buf­fet break­fast for two, park­ing, noon check­out and a swag of fes­tive ex­tras; from $NZ160, valid to Septem­ber 30 Keith Prowse Sport & En­ter­tain­ment Travel (1300 730 023; kei­th­prowse. com.au) has re­leased deals to the Cathay Pa­cific HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sev­ens (March 22-24); from $1880 a per­son twin-share or from $2228 sin­gle for four nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, three-day match ticket, pre-match func­tion and re­turn Cathay Pa­cific flights ex Sydney, Bris­bane, Mel­bourne or Perth; air taxes from an ad­di­tional $360 The 53-room bou­tique Mer­cure Clear Moun­tain Lodge, Spa and Vine­yard, 35 min­utes by road north of Bris­bane (clear­moun­tain­lodge.com.au), has a Quick Ro­man­tic Stopover deal that in­cludes overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion, sparkling wine and choco­lates on ar­rival, din­ner at Mandy’s on the Moun­tain, buf­fet break­fast and noon check­out; from $295 on Fri­day nights or from $345 other nights; the room-only rate on Fri­day and Satur­day nights starts at $139

Rail­book­ers (1300 938 534; rail­book­ers.com.au) is of­fer­ing a 15 per cent sav­ing on its 2013 Lon­don and Paris hol­i­day pro­gram (two nights in each city), fea­tur­ing cen­trally lo­cated bou­tique ho­tels, daily break­fasts and Eurostar travel from Lon­don to Paris; from $580 a per­son twin­share if pre-booked by Oc­to­ber 31

Cox & Kings (1300 836 764; coxand­kings.com.au) has a new 14-day small-group guided cy­cling ad­ven­ture in Viet­nam (max­i­mum 50km ped­alling a day) de­part­ing March 24 from Ho Chi Minh City for Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi; from $2830 a per­son twin-share with four-star ho­tels, daily break­fasts, se­lected meals, trans­fers, in­ter­nal flights, Can­non­dale bikes, hel­mets and a trusty back-up ve­hi­cle Vir­gin At­lantic Air­ways (1300 727 340; vir­gin-at­lantic.com/au) is sell­ing fares to Lon­don from $1591 re­turn, in­clu­sive of taxes; there are spe­cials in all three classes for de­par­tures on se­lected dates but you must pay and be tick­eted by Au­gust 31; sale fares also avail­able to Ed­in­burgh or Manch­ester

For more spe­cial of­fers and best dis­cov­er­ies across the world, in­clud­ing our re­cent post on the best sum­mer and win­ter Olympics host cities, check T&I’s On the Right Track blog (theaus­tralian.com.au/travel).

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