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Off to the Emi­rates: The Shangri-La Ho­tel Dubai and Shangri-La Ho­tel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi have a new pack­age that com­bines stays in deluxe rooms (two nights in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi), limou­sine trans­fers be­tween the prop­er­ties, per­son­alised sight­see­ing and break­fasts; AED5175 ($1542) for two, twin-share. Book di­rect and quote DXB-AUHAra­bian Stopover Ex­pe­ri­ence. More: +971 4 405 2837; reser­va­tions.sldb@shangri-la.com. Added in­cen­tives: Ecruis­ing.travel is of­fer­ing a value-added deal of $US75 ($82) on­board cred­its per cabin and an af­ter-dark he­li­copter ride over the Las Ve­gas strip for book­ings made by De­cem­ber 31 on an in­clu­sive 23-night Star of Alaska and the Rock­ies cruise tour de­part­ing on Au­gust 24; from $10,169 a per­son twin-share ex Syd­ney, Mel­bourne or Bris­bane. More: 1300 369 848; ecruis­ing.travel. Go to the Gala­pa­gos: Also with a book­ing dead­line of De­cem­ber 31, Tempo Hol­i­days has a dis­count of $150 on four-day na­ture-based ex­pe­di­tions aboard the five-star, 100-pas­sen­ger MV Gala­pa­gos Leg­end; from $2201 a per­son twin-share for de­par­tures be­tween Jan­uary 6 and De­cem­ber 8. There are also sav­ings on bou­tique cruises in Croa­tia and along the French Riviera coast. More: 1300 558 987; tem­pohol­i­days.com. Dash and splash: Oaks Ho­tels & Re­sorts has a swag of last-minute sum­mer spe­cials in­clud­ing rooms at Oaks Oa­sis, Caloundra, on the Queens­land Sun­shine Coast, from $150 a night (or fam­ily rooms from $160); the re­sort has a new Wa­ter Play Park that looks ideal for fam­ily fun. Book by De­cem­ber 31 for min­i­mum twonight stays to March 31. More: 1300 031 963; oak­sho­tel­sre­sorts.com. Full of ex­tras: It’s the Chi­nese zo­diac’s Year of the Horse in 2014 and Sin­ga­pore’s Fuller­ton and Fuller­ton Bay ho­tels have spe­cial lu­nar celebration pack­ages valid for stays from Jan­uary 25 to Fe­bru­ary 8; from $S348 ($305) at The Fuller­ton Ho­tel or $S438 at The Fuller­ton Bay Ho­tel for a sin­gle or dou­ble room with buf­fet break­fast for two, din­ing credit of $S38 a cou­ple, free WiFi and guided her­itage tours on se­lected days. More: +65 6533 8388 or +65 6222 8088; fuller­ton­ho­tel.com; fuller­ton­bay­ho­tel.com. Best of the west: Emi­rates Wol­gan Val­ley Re­sort & Spa, west of the NSW Blue Moun­tains, has a two-night Sum­mer Temp­ta­tion pack­age (avail­able from Jan­uary 6 to March 31) that in­cludes two nights in a Her­itage Suite with pri­vate pool, meals, se­lected bev­er­ages and na­ture ac­tiv­i­ties for $740 a per­son a night, twin-share (a sav­ing of $390 a cou­ple); guests stay­ing two nights or more, from Sun­day to Thurs­day in­clu­sive, re­ceive 25 per cent dis­count on treat­ments at the re­sort’s Time­less Spa. More (02) 9290 9733; wol­gan­val­ley.com. Wet and mild: Global Gyp­sies has a six­day Kakadu in the Wet tour for a max­i­mum of 10 trav­ellers ex Dar­win on Fe­bru­ary 16. Es­corted by Jeremy Perks and Jan Bar­rie, the ex­cur­sion in­cludes leisurely cruises, a joy flight over Kakadu, visit to Arn­hem Land, cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, bush­walks and rock art view­ings; ac­com­mo­da­tion in Dar­win and Kakadu is cov­ered plus most meals, non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, park en­try fees and trans­port. $3995 a per­son twin­share. More: (08) 9341 6727; glob­al­gyp­sies.com.au.

Shangri-La Ho­tel, Abu Dhabi

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