Luxury for high-fly­ers taken to a new level

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

FLY­ING HIGH: Eti­had has launched daily non­stop flights be­tween Bris­bane and Abu Dhabi on the air­line’s new three-class Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner with lat­est-de­sign first suites, busi­ness stu­dios and econ­omy-class smart seats. In a busy week for the Abu Dhabi-based car­rier, Syd­ney has joined its A380 net­work of des­ti­na­tions; the air­craft, which will op­er­ate one of three daily flights to Abu Dhabi, with seam­less con­nec­tions to Lon­don, has been fit­ted with the ul­tra-luxe three-room Res­i­dence suite, com­plete with pri­vate shower room, Lon­don Savoy-trained but­ler and inar­guably the air­line world’s most in­no­va­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion. More: eti­had.com.

SHIP TO SHORE: Sil­versea has added a Hik­ing in Cortina three-night op­tion to its land pro­gram for pas­sen­gers on 17 Mediter­ranean cruises this north­ern sum­mer to or from Venice, in­clud­ing a 10-day sail­ing de­part­ing Rome aboard Sil­ver Wind on Au­gust 22 (from $7650 a per­son twin-share). The ex­ten­sion can be taken be­fore or af­ter a booked voy­age and in­cludes a guided alpine trek for the truly fit, or less stren­u­ous strolls; ac­com­mo­da­tion is at Ros­ape­tra Spa Re­sort. More: 1300 306 872; sil­versea.com.

ONE MORE, PLEASE: Hel­loworld has a deal at One & Only Hay­man Is­land in the Queens­land Whit­sun­days that gives an ex­tra night for a book­ing of four con­sec­u­tive nights; com­pli­men­tary trans­fers from Hamil­ton Is­land (a sav­ing of $780 for two) and a bot­tle of wine on ar­rival are also in­cluded. From $1599 a per­son twin-share, from June 14-Septem­ber 15 but must be booked by June 30. More: 131 415; hel­loworld.com.au.

HELP­ING HANDS: In­trepid Travel has an­nounced it will do­nate all prof­its from its next sea­son of Nepal trips, from Septem­ber through to May next year, to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional char­i­ties in­volved in the re­build­ing of the Hi­malayan na­tion af­ter the re­cent se­ries of earth­quakes. The tour op­er­a­tor’s not-for-profit In­trepid Foun­da­tion has al­ready raised about $400,000 to sup­port Plan In­ter­na­tional’s emer­gency re­lief pro­gram. More: in­trepid­travel. com/re­turn-nepal; thein­trepid­foun­da­tion.org.

CAIRNS CALL­ING: SilkAir, the re­gional arm of Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, has launched thrice-weekly flights aboard Boe- ing 737-800s be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Cairns; the car­rier al­ready flies to Dar­win and the ad­di­tion of Cairns brings the net­work to 49 ports in 12 coun­tries. Pas­sen­gers are en­ti­tled to gen­er­ous bag­gage al­lowances of 40kg in busi­ness and 30kg in econ­omy. More: silkair.com

A SLICE OF RAIL LIFE: West­ern Canada’s Rocky Moun­taineer rail ser­vice is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th sea­son this year but bookings are now open for 2016, which will see the launch of the ex­tended Rain­for­est to Gold Rush route. Next year’s sea­son will be longer than be­fore, be­gin­ning on April 19, with the last de­par­ture on Oc­to­ber 16. Rocky Moun­taineer of­fers more than 45 hol­i­day packages on five rail routes, in­clud­ing to Seat­tle in the state of Wash­ing­ton. More: rock­y­moun­taineer.com.

CALM SEAS: Boomers Travel In­sur­ance, a di­vi­sion of Al­lianz Global As­sis­tance and an on­line re­source for the over-50s, is of­fer­ing ex­tra cover for hol­i­day-mak­ers at sea; avail­able as an add-on to a Boomers com­pre­hen­sive travel pol­icy, the Boomers Cruise Pack (plus $10) pro­vides cover for sit­u­a­tions such as can­cel­la­tion of pre­paid shore ex­cur­sions due to ill­ness through to the loss or dam­age of for­mal wear, plus un­lim­ited med­i­cal ser­vices at sea (Medi­care does not cover cruises, even in do­mes­tic wa­ters). There is no up­per age limit for gen­eral poli­cies, and ser­vices are also avail­able to trav­ellers un­der 50. More: boomer­strav­elin­sur­ance.com.au.

FOL­LOW THE SNOW: Hakuba Val­ley has joined Moun­tain Col­lec­tive’s ski pass pro­gram; pass-hold­ers are el­i­gi­ble to two free days at this ski hub in the Ja­panese Alps, site of the 1998 Win­ter Olympics. Moun­tain Col­lec­tive passes cover des­ti­na­tions such as NSW’s Thredbo, Valle Ne­vado in Chile and a range of top snow re­sorts across the US and Canada. More: moun­tain­col­lec­tive.com.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

Eti­had’s Res­i­dence is a three-room suite aboard the air­line’s A380 air­craft

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