EAT AND GREET: Vivid Sydney kicks off for 23 days from May 26 and includes a night market at Eveleigh’s Carriageworks on June 16. Described as a “large-scale contemporary food and wine event” with the theme Cooking with Fire, it will include restaurateur stallholders Firedoor, Three Blue Ducks, Billy Kwong and Pepe Saya, with live cook-ups and demonstrations. The program is aligned with Carriageworks’ Sydney Table evenings featuring celebrity chefs such as James Viles of Biota Dining from June 14-17 for a maximum of 100 diners. Night market entry tickets are $10; children under 10 free. Adults-only Sydney Table is $200 a head. More: 136 100; carriageworks.com.au; vividsydney.com.
SUITE SUCCESS: COMO The Treasury in Perth has a winter offer from June 1 to August 31 for guests in Studio Suites, Treasury Suites and the top-drawer COMO Suite. Included in the deal is a bottle of Taittinger Champagne, breakfast, in-room private bar (replenished daily), guaranteed noon check-out and valet parking. Discounts also apply on rates for stays of two nights or more. More: comohotels/thetreasury.
THE HIGH LIFE: French Polynesia is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its landmark overwater bungalow, an accommodation style now much copied in destinations such as The Maldives and Fiji, and Sofitel has an offer valid to December 31 at its luxury Sofitel Moorea and Bora Bora resorts of a complimentary lunch for two persons booked into overwater categories. More: sofitel.com; accorhotels.com. BEST BAR NONE: New York’s Irish tavern The Dead Rabbit, voted in various surveys as the world’s best bar and with the most original cocktail menu, will pop up for a week in London at Claridge’s in Mayfair. From August 15-22, from noon to midnight, expect ragtime piano playing, signature tipples, and the likes of lobster devilled eggs, Cumberland sausage rolls and Irish lamb stew. Register online for priority bookings. More: claridges.co.uk.
INTO AFRICA: The Botswana government will introduce a Tourism Development Levy of $US30 ($40.78) a person from June 1 aimed at conservation and infrastructure. The levy, valid for 30 days and multiple entries, will be collected at airports and border posts. More: botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy.