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DESARU COAST

Malaysia’s pre­mium in­te­grated re­sort will be in­tro­duc­ing its lat­est de­vel­op­ments – set to be un­veiled in the last quar­ter of this year – at lead­ing travel trade show In­ter­na­tionale Touris­mus-Börse (ITB) Asia 2018 (booth C14) from Oct 17 to 19 at Ma­rina Bay Sands.

They in­clude the Desaru Coast Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, a ful­lye­quipped multi-pur­pose venue with a ban­quet area and ex­hi­bi­tion space that can host up to 1,000 par­tic­i­pants, as well as lux­ury ho­tels and re­sorts like the Westin Desaru Coast Re­sort, One&Only Desaru Coast and Anan­tara Desaru Coast Re­sort & Villa.

Cur­rently avail­able at Desaru

CELEBRITY CRUISES

Coast is the re­cently-opened Hard Rock Ho­tel Desaru Coast, which is also home to the largest Hard Rock Rox­ity Kids Club in the re­gion.

Then there’s an­chor at­trac­tion Desaru Coast Ad­ven­ture Wa­ter­park, fea­tur­ing five zones of about 20 wet and dry slides and rides, one of the largest wave pools in the world and the first wa­ter coaster in the re­gion.

Eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble through land, air and sea, Desaru Coast has also suc­cess­fully seen the open­ing of the Els Club Desaru Coast de­signed by golf cham­pi­ons Ernie Els and Vi­jay Singh, while Desaru Coast River­side is a stun­ning 9.3ha wa­ter-front land­scaped re­tail and life­style vil­lage in the heart of the des­ti­na­tion. The US-based cruise line’s Celebrity Xpedi­tion has emerged from a stun­ning seven-day makeover in Panama. The re­vi­talised ship de­buts an ar­ray of en­hance­ments across the 100-guest mega-yacht, from re­dec­o­rated state­rooms, lounges and res­tau­rants to faster and more re­li­able Wi-Fi that al­lows guests to stay con­nected even as they dis­con­nect.

It’s an­other bold step in The Celebrity Rev­o­lu­tion, be­yond the in­tro­duc­tion of two in­dus­try-chang­ing ships – Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Flora – and the US$500 mil­lion (S$690 mil­lion) moderni­sa­tion of the rest of the brand’s fleet.

From now till May 2019, Celebrity Xpedi­tion de­parts ev­ery Sun­day for a seven-night Gala­pa­gos Is­lands cruise, with prices av­er­ag­ing $16,500 for two guests in a cabin.

BANYAN TREE

From now till Oct 21, lux­ury ho­tels and re­sorts com­pany Banyan Tree has launched a dream travel give­away in part­ner­ship with Turk­ish Air­lines and Mal­dives Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion for the Mal­di­vian re­sort prop­erty, Angsana Velavaru.

Go to Angsana Velavaru’s In­sta­gram to par­tic­i­pate and stand a chance to win a five-night stay at a beach-front villa, along with a re­turn flight to the Mal­dives. The give­away comes with a ro­man­tic float­ing break­fast and an in-ocean villa bar­be­cue, as well as ac­tiv­i­ties like a sun­set cruise and jet­ski­ing.

The re­sort is also of­fer­ing two hol­i­day pack­ages – the Div­ing Pack­age at US$580+++ (S$801) per night, which presents ex­plo­rations of the Mal­di­vian seascape; and the All-In­clu­sive Pack­age (US$490+++/night) – from now un­til Dec 2019.

TOURISM NEW ZEALAND

More trav­ellers from Sin­ga­pore are vis­it­ing New Zealand’s cap­i­tal city Welling­ton, ac­cord­ing to re­cent fig­ures re­leased by Welling­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

With ex­cel­lent food op­tions, craft beer, a rich arts and cul­ture scene and easy ac­cess to wildlife and na­ture, it’s no won­der a whop­ping 170 per cent in­crease was recorded in the num­ber of lo­cal vis­i­tors to New Zealand – es­pe­cially as Sin­ga­pore Air­lines flies di­rectly to Welling­ton.

Some top at­trac­tions in­clude the Zealan­dia eco-sanc­tu­ary, Weta Cave Work­shop tour, Te Papa Ton­garewa mu­seum, Zest Food Tours and Wairarapa winer­ies.

PHO­TOS: DESARU COAST AD­VEN­TURE WA­TER­PARK, BANYAN TREE, CELEBRITY CRUISES, TOURISM NEW ZEALAND

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