The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia has closed this week for a com­plete ren­o­va­tion, ex­pected to take about 10 months; in­te­rior de­signer Di­dier Le­fort of DL2A is in charge of the 23-year-old jun­gle-fringed beach re­sort’s new look • Trav­el­ling Di­vas has launched its 2018 Jour­neys of a Life­time group tours aimed at women; in the mix is a Gala­pa­gos sa­fari plus pri­vate guided vis­its to the Val­ley of the In­cas and Machu Pic­chu • Ac­cor is cel­e­brat­ing the 90th birth­day of Mer­cure Can­berra this month with rates from $90 a per­son twin-share; orig­i­nally the Ho­tel Ainslie, it was built to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for re­lo­cat­ing pub­lic ser­vants • Elite Havens has added Villa Roxo in Thai­land to its hol­i­day rental port­fo­lio; the four-bed­room, fully staffed hide­away is at Natai Beach, 30 min­utes from Phuket air­port • Or­mina Tours has a new small-group Flavours of Si­cily eight-day tour be­tween Palermo and Cata­nia with high­lights of cook­ing classes, olive oil and wine tast­ings, and a six-course lunch at a two-Miche­lin­star restau­rant; de­par­tures June-Oc­to­ber, 2018.

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