SINGAPORE

Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore 4-Star

Singapore

Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore is a deluxe hotel ideally located near the banks of the Singapore River, next the banks of the Singapore River, next to the North-east Line (NEL) of Clarke Quay Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. The smoke-free hotel is a stone's throw away from Singapore's financial hubs (Raffles Place, Shenton Way and Marina Bay) and is close to many entertainment and dining hotspots at Clarke Quay and Chinatown. The close proximity of the MRT to the Hotel makes Orchard Road and other major tourist attractions very accessible. The 476 guest rooms and suites offer a choice of accommodation options. The Executive floors offer luxurious rooms and suites with upgraded amenities, including exclusive access to the Executive Club Lounge.Facilities include a choice of two restaurants, a bar, Spa & Sport, a free-form swimming pool, a column-less ballroom and 4 function rooms. Morning at the Zoo. Leave the city behind as we head north to Mandai and visit one of the world's top and most beautiful ZOO* is spread over 28 hectares and is a haven to over 3,500 mammals, birds and reptiles including some rare and endangered species. Natural barriers like streams, rock walls and beautiful landscaping are used to from visitors thus creating an 'open zoo' effect. Come and experience a close brush with nature from the comfort of your tram and on foot. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 - 31 May, 15 June - 31 August 2015

3 nights
FROM $679*
3 nights From $679*

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 5-Star

Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel is a masterpiece of modern comfort and elegance. Transformed from the Fullerton Building which was built in 1928, this luxury hotel features 399 elegant guest rooms and suites with views of the sunlit atrium, city, river or sea. Dynamically located in the Central Business District alongside the Singapore River, the hotel enjoys close proximity to the city's main shopping belt. It is 25 minutes by car from Singapore Changi Airport and a short walk to the Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station. Its strategic location makes it a preferred choice amongst business meeting and conference organisers. The Hotel offers an array of dining options including Italian, Japanese, Asian and modern Chinese cuisines and the stylish Post Bar. For leisure, The Fullerton Hotel features an outdoor infinity pool, 24 hour state of the art fitness centre and luxury spa. Peranakan Trail Tour. Join us on a colourful journey into the history, lifestyle and unique character of the Peranakan Babas and Nonyas . Take a walk through the Spice Garden which sits on the original site of the first Botanic Gardens and uncover the intricacies of spices and herbs that go into Peranakan cooking. A fascinating display of Peranakan costumes, embroidery, beadwork, jewellery, porcelain, furniture and craftwork provides insight into captivating culture of the Peranakans. Wonder through the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat that showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. Admire rows of colourful traditional shophouses that dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. A sampling of Nonya Delicacies completes the tour. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 May - 31 August 2015

3 nights
FROM $1,169*
3 nights From $1,169*

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JAPAN

Shiba Park Hotel, Tokyo + Tour

Tokyo

Shiba Park Hotel Located in the vicinity of Tokyo Tower. The hotel has great access to 4 major train and subway stations, and only 10 minutes to Tokyo's famous shopping and entertainment district, GINZA. direct Limousine busess from Narita and Haneda airport run a few times a day and stop in front of the hotel. Nikko World Heritage Full Day Tour This 1-day guided tour from Tokyo takes you to some of Nikko's most popular sightseeing spots like World Heritage-registered Tosho-gu Shrine and beautiful Kirifuri Falls. The tour also visits Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa, a national important cultural property, which boasts its beautiful structure. Please note that this plan does not include lunch. IMPORTANT NOTICE: This tour visits scenic places that are very popular with Japanese tourists during fall (late Oct. - early Nov.) and spring (late Apr. - early May). On weekends and national holidays at these times, traffic can get extremely heavy and alterations to the itinerary are likely (see Remarks). Please note that traffic and other circumstances may cause changes to the itinerary on weekdays as well. On days that the Tamozawa Imperial Villa is closed, the Rinnoji Temple Treasure Hall and Shoyo-en Garden will be visited instead. On days that these places are also closed, the tour will visit the Toshogu Shrine Treasure Hall (1) Heavy traffic due to colored leaves is expected every year in Nikko during Oct. 11 - Nov. 10. The tour may omit the Kirifuri Falls from the itinerary due to traffic conditions. (2) The tour may not visit the Kirifuri Falls during Dec. 1 - Mar. 31 as walking path to the Falls may get icy or be covered by snow. In the event of (1) or (2) above, the tour will visit either the Kegon Falls, Taiyu-in Mausoleum of Rinno-ji Temple, or Futarasan-jinaja Shrine instead. Regardless of seasons, the tour may take similar countermeasures as mentioned in 1. or 2. above due to traffic conditions or other reasons. Please note that the tour fee will not be refunded for itinerary alteration. As the temperature drops in Nikko, please bring warm clothing such as coats if you visit between fall and spring. The tour will walk up and down steps and hilly path at Nikko Toshogu and the Kirifuri Falls. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to attend the tour. As the tour uses a bus for the entire itinerary, it may be behind the schedule to arrive at each site due to traffic conditions. An earphone device to directly hear the tour guie will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. However, this may not apply if there are less than 15 participants. A fee of JPY 10,000 may be incurred if the earphone device is lost or damaged. Yomeimon Gate may be obscured (not visible) due to repair activity (repair and restoration work). Regardless of seasons, the tour may take similar countermeasures as mentioned in 1. or 2. above due to traffic conditions or other reasons. Please note that the tour fee will not be refunded for itinerary alteration. As the temperature drops in Nikko, please bring warm clothing such as coats if you visit between fall and spring. The tour will walk up and down steps and hilly path at Nikko Toshogu and the Kirifuri Falls. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to attend the tour. As the tour uses a bus for the entire itinerary, it may be behind the schedule to arrive at each site due to traffic conditions. An earphone device to directly hear the tour guide will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. However, this may not apply if there are less than 15 participants. A fee of JPY 10,000 may be incurred if the earphone device is lost or damaged. Yomeimon Gate may be obscured (not visible) due to repair activity (repair and restoration work). View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:10 May - 31 July 2015

4 nights
FROM $739*
4 nights From $739*

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MALAYSIA

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang 5-Star

Penang

Retreat from the world to the stunning Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa and discover the new standard in Asian hospitality. Leave your cares behind to enter a paradise realm where you'll find everything you need to truly relax, a tropical beach, untold luxury and the timeless elegance of centuries-old rain trees. Most of the 304 rooms are seafacing with garden views. The resort also houses CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La - world unto itself, dedicated entirely to sensual indulgence. Within your own private villa, submit to ancient healing therapies drawn from the Himalayas, each designed to rejuvenate your body and soul. Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa occupies 30 acres of private grounds and recreational distractions within the resort include tennis, workouts at the Health Club, water sports, jungle walk and golf. Other facilities include state-of-the art meeting and banquet venues, two swimming pools and six innovative Food and Beverage outlets. Pulau Payar Marine Park with Snorkeling. Approximately 1.5 hours fast ferry ride to this beautiful island. Come witness the only Marine Park off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The crystal clear water is reputed to support a multitude of colourful marine life and large species of coral and is ideal for snorkeling. Buffet Lunch is served at the platform. Facilities include an Underwater Observatory Chamber.

Travel Dates:1 April - 15 June, 1 September - 17 December 2015

7 nights
FROM $1,189*
7 nights From $1,189*

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OTHER DESTINATIONS

Royal Princess Chiang Mai, Thailand + A Class at Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School

Chiang Mai

Royal Princess Chiang Mai Our gateway location gives you the inside track Royal Princess Chiang Mai offers every facility and service to make your visit to Northern Thailand a memorable one. Famed for its association with Thai aristocracy, the hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai. It provides a gateway to the region's stunning scenery, the fabulous Night Bazaar and traditional Thai arts and crafts. Our rooms and service offer a welcome return You are welcomed into a haven of warm personal service and Thai hospitality. 198 charming rooms and suites of well appointed accommodation are designed with elegant Lanna - style decor. Our facilities help you unwind or engage The Lobby Bar is an anytime venue for cooling drinks. While the swimming pool and tropical garden terrace with poolside bar are ideal places to relax and unwind. Guests can also enjoy workout sessions well equipped Fitness Centre. Class at Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School The Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School was established in 1993 and is a family business run by Sompon and Elizabeth Nabnian. They offer daily courses taught by Sompon who is an experienced Thai chef and who speaks excellent English. They will teach you the secrets of Thai cooking at our home in a relaxed atmosphere. The Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School offers you a choice of 5 different courses. Each course has been designed as a one day course so that you will learn the main techniques for cooking Thai food whichever course you attend. The courses that they offer are completely hands on which means that you will prepare and cook all the dishes by yourself. The teachers have an extensive knowledge of Thai ingredients and cooking methods which they take pleasure in sharing with their students every day. They all speak excellent English. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:15 April - 31 October 2015

4 nights
FROM $269*
4 nights From $269*

Armada Hotel Manila, Philippines 4-Star + Tour

Manila

Armada Hotel Manila Conveniently located within the culturally rich district of Malate. Myriads of tourist attraction such as Intramuros Luneta Park, The Famous Malate Church, Cultural Centre of the Phils., SMX Convention Centres, largest shopping malls, business district and other popular entertainment destinations in Manila in it's vicinity and the spectacular Manila Bay at the Roxas Boulevard. A mere 8 kilometres away from the NAIA Int'l Airport and Manila Domestic Airport. The Coffee House is located on the ground floor, this all day dining restaurant serves international cuisine and filipino specialties. The Restaurants maintain high standard of quality in culinary offerings. Rooftop Retaurant situated on the rooftop level, breathtaking space destinations for after work drinks and relaxation and serves genuine thai cuisine to be savoured al fresco or indoor. Bar lounge innovative cocktails and refreshments served on the rooftop with views overlooking the Manila Bay. In room dining is available 24 hours. Meeting and events - located on the 2nd floor, the hotel meeting room can accommodate up to 100 people and offers state-of-the-art facilities along with the latest technologies in meeting. Manila City Tour A tour of Manila's past and present. The tour starts right in the heart of the country's financial center - the City of Makati. First stop is Nielsen's Tower along Ayala Boulevard. Drive thru Forbes Park, an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed as Millionaire's Row on your way to the American Cemetery and Memorial - reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental United States. Proceed to the old city of Manila via the scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewery Boulevard in recent past) passing through the Luneta Park (also called Rizal Park in memory of the country's national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. The tour winds up at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that watched over the entrance to Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his lat days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell". View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 April - 31 October 2015

3 nights
FROM $325*
3 nights From $325*

Champlung Sari Hotel Ubud, Bali

Ubud

Champlung Sari Hotel is a restful retreat set within a green landscape at the edge of Ubud's sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. It is an environment that nurtures the senses with its tropical gardens that are crossed by two small rivers. Clusters of comfortably appointed guest rooms are scattered across the property in a style that recreates the ambiance of a traditional Balinese village. White Water Rafting. Bali Adventure Rafting is the only Bali rafting company that offers '5 star' service from the start to finish. Established in 1989 and renowned as Bali's safest family rafting company, only Bali Adventure Tours offers a fully computerized reception centre coupled with fast walk-through equipment outfitting and easy access to the river via safe, engineered steps, complete with hand rails and scenic viewing platforms. The action starts when you launch into a 9.6km river stretch, navigating through 33 class II and III rapids set to a backdrop of wild unspoiled rainforest, towering gorges and magnificent rice paddy terraces. Professionally trained and experienced guides pilot safety-equipped Avon rafts through the best river runs, dramatic drops and spectacular waterfalls to make your Bali rafting ride a fun and awesome experience. End the action packed 2 hour (approx) journey with hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms followed by a hot gourmet buffet feast at our private restaurant overlooking majestic mountains and rice fields. Why travel two or three hours to other river locations when Bali Adventure Rafting is only one hour drive from most tourist centres and offers Bali's best White Water Rafting together with '5 star' facilities, service and safety second to none. Bali Adventure Tours is the only rafting company in Bali, using equipment that is approved to international standards. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 June - 31 July, 1 September - 30 November 2015.

4 nights
FROM $339*
4 nights From $339*

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Asia has many flavours, and not just what you'll find on your plate!

Asia is one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations, offering something for everyone. What's your flavour?

Indulge in shopping and fine-dining amid the radiant metropolises of Singapore, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur. Or, check into some chill-out therapy in the cultural playgrounds of Penang, Phuket and Vietnam.

This month, we are highlighting 3 of Asia's biggest and best: Singapore, Malaysia and Tokyo. It's also a celebration of one of our favourite reasons to travel: food!

Here are some great stories to get your mouth watering for your next Asian escape:

Ice-cream, crab and caviar? Get an insider's guide to Singapore dining by local Chef LG Han.

Indulge in the fast food, street food and gourmet food of Penang.

Along with the hawker stalls of Penang, food lovers won't want to miss the sushi in coastal Japan or high tea at Singapore's Raffles Hotel. You have the chance to join the crowds who have fallen in love with Bali or take in the natural oasis of Langkawi.

The Asia to-do list is literally endless, with countless relaxed and high-energy options all vying for a role in your travel dreams. In ancient cities and on timeless plains, in jungle heartland or amid coral gardens; when you come searching through Asia you'll find a little piece of yourself you didn't know was missing.

 

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