GREAT VALUE ES­CAPES

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

Hol­i­days on ice: Aber­crom­bie & Kent has early­bird sav­ings for twin-share cab­ins in se­lected cat­e­gories on its late 2014 and early 2015 Antarc­tic voy­ages aboard the 199-pas­sen­ger Le Bo­real; book by Fe­bru­ary 28 to save $US2500 ($2585) a per­son on a 12-day Clas­sic Antarc­tica: Drake Pas­sage & Antarc­tic Penin­sula itin­er­ary (de­parts De­cem­ber 9, 2014, and Jan­uary 3, 2015) or $US3000 a per­son on 17-day Antarc­tica: Falk­lands & South Ge­or­gia de­par­tures (De­cem­ber 19, 2014, and Jan­uary 13, 2015). More: aber­crom­biekent.com.au. High times: The Korea Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion has re­leased a free Win­ter in Korea dis­count coupon book­let with sav­ings of up to 50 per cent at ski re­sorts, tourist at­trac­tions and ice and snow fes­ti­vals; the snow sea­son runs from mid-De­cem­ber to mid-March (best months are Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary) and as Korea will host the 2018 Win­ter Olympics, many ski re­sorts are be­ing up­graded. (For a copy, email vis­itko­rea@knto.org.au.) Trails and tales: Book by Novem­ber 30 for 10 per cent off a 12-day mo­tor­cy­cle tour of south­ern In­dia de­part­ing from Kochi in Ker­ala on Jan­uary 12; par­tic­i­pate as a rider or pil­lion pas­sen­ger on a Royal En­field 500cc Bul­let on the 1600km jour­ney, which in­cludes a so­journ at Mudu­malai Na­tional Park. More: ex­treme­bike­tours.com. (For the dis­count, email info@ex­treme­bike­tours.com.) Hill of con­tent: Bebe Spa at Fiji’s Out­rig­ger on the La­goon has picked up the Pevonia In­ter­na­tional Spa Award a week af­ter win­ning the Best Desti­na­tion Spa Re­sort 2013 at the Australasian Spa As­so­ci­a­tion’s awards of ex­cel­lence. Perched on a hill above the Coral Coast re­sort on the main is­land of Viti Levu, Bebe Spa fea­tures re­lax­ation baths, early morn­ing yoga ses­sions and a suite of eight serene treat­ment sa­lons with pri­vate bal­conies. More: out­rig­ger­fiji.com; bebe­spafiji.com. Shop and flop: Un­til De­cem­ber 30, Metro Ho­tel Perth has a Shop Til You Drop pack­age for $220 a night (Fri­days, Satur­days or Sun­days) in a Su­pe­rior Riverview room with buf­fet break­fast for two, late check-out and taxi vouch­ers to the value of $30 for mid-city shop­ping ex­cur­sions. More: metroho­tels.com.au. In­sider’s Cuba: Book by Novem­ber 15 for a sav­ing of $US100 a per­son on Tauck’s Cuba: Con­nect­ing with Cul­ture tours. Tauck has been granted a li­cence to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional travel to Cuba and itin­er­ar­ies fea­ture meet­ings with stu­dents and teach­ers, artists, farm­ers, mu­si­cians and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions. The seven-night round-trips from Mi­ami start at $US5490 a per­son; next weekly de­par­tures are be­tween Novem­ber 1 and De­cem­ber 30. More: trav­elthe­world.com.au. Make mine Mi­lano: Book an Emi­rates flight to Mi­lan from any desti­na­tion and en­joy ex­tended stays at the lux­u­ri­ous and well-lo­cated 95-room Ar­mani Ho­tel Mi­lano; the of­fer is valid from Novem­ber 1 to Jan­uary 31 for a free night when two nights are booked. Book four nights and the of­fer ex­tends to an ad­di­tional two nights at no cost; book six nights, and three ex­tra nights are free. Some black­out dates ap­ply. Quote promotional code EKAHM2013 when book­ing and pro­duce your Emi­rates ticket or board­ing pass at ho­tel check-in. More: reser­va­tions.mi­lan@ar­mani­ho­tels.com. Share and save: The bou­tique Kiri­dara Luang Pra­bang ho­tel in Laos has pack­ages at its two-bed­room pri­vate vil­las, which come with but­ler and shop­ping ser­vice, chef-pre­pared meals, WiFi and in­clu­sions such as air­port trans­fers. From $US1620 for four per­sons for four nights. More: kiri­dara.com.

All aboard Le Bo­real for Antarc­tic voy­ages

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