GREAT ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - SUSAN KURO­SAWA

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.

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