GREAT AC­COM­MO­DA­TION ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

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.

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