GREAT ACCOMMODATION ESCAPES
Hit the road in style: Melbourne’s Hilton South Wharf, near Docklands and Etihad Stadium, has a Dream to Drive package for two that includes the use of a Mercedes-Benz sports car loaded with ‘‘romantic locations’’ pre-set into its GPS; the deal also covers a ‘‘cocktail hour’’ hamper and sparkling wine, suite accommodation, Eforea pack of bath soak products, buffet breakfast and late checkout. From $895 for two. More: hiltonmelbourne.com.au/dream. Get fresh: Noosa has new-look digs on its Hastings Street strip. Mantra French Quarter (formerly a BreakFree property) has had a refit of its 68 oneand two-bedroom apartments, including kitchens and furnishings. A two-night Relax & Refresh package offers in-house movies, popcorn and cheese platter from $187 a night plus a free 30-minute facial when booking a one-hour massage at Endota Day Spa. Book by May 20 for stays to December 24. More: mantra.com.au. Next to nature: Sal Salis, a luxury nine-tent camp in the coastal dunes of Cape Range National Park by the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, is offering special packages to swim and snorkel with whale sharks up to 16m long during the annual season from April 1 to July 31. From $2570 a person twin-share for three nights, including meals and drinks, guided activities, national park entry and camp fees. More: 1300 790 561; salsalis.com.au. Tea time with a twist: The Peninsula Hong Kong opened on December 11, 1928, and the venerable hotel is celebrating its 85th birthday with yearlong celebrations, including the revival of Afternoon Tea Dances in the gilded lobby complete with 10-piece big band on the first Sunday of each month. From 3pm to 6pm until November, afternoon tea included, at $HK988 ($121.50) a person, plus 10 per cent service charge. More: 1800 116 888; peninsula.com. Destination Dubai: The Anantara group will launch the five-star Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spa in September with 293 guestrooms and suites clustered in resort-style units of four to eight; 130 rooms will feature direct access to 11,000sq mof lagoon pools and there are 12 beach villas, 18 overwater villas and three Royal Beach villas planned. Anantara Spa will feature 12 salons and there are six restaurants and bars in the works. More: anantara.com.