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; email@example.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