Broad appeal for sun lovers

Sunlover Holidays is offering a deal on the Aruba Surf Resort at Broadbeach on Queensland's Gold Coast. Pay for four nights and stay for seven in a one-bedroom apartment. The cost is $299 a person, twin share. The deal is valid for travel between April 2 and September 19 and is for sale until March 24.

Aruba is a fully self-contained apartment complex one block from the beach and close to Broadbeach Mall.


Plane sailing for cruisers

Travelmarvel is providing free return airfares to Europe for those who book March 2014 river cruises. It applies to category A and B cabins.

The price of each cruise includes sightseeing; meals; excursions and entertainment; wine, beer and soft drink with both lunch and dinner; plus tea and coffee all day and daily bottled water; and all gratuities, transfers and port charges.

Bookings must be made by September 30. Phone 1300 805 493. See travelmarvel

Party time

Right in the centre of Queenstown, the popular gateway to New Zealand ski fields, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is celebrating its 25th birthday.

The four-star hotel is offering 25 per cent off stays during April, May and June. The special is valid for sale until February 21.


Early birds catch the savings

There is 20 per cent off advance bookings for the five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Krabi, Thailand. The resort is fronted by a private beach and features traditional Thai architecture.

Guests who book 60 days in advance receive the 20 per cent saving.

Prices start from $179 a room a night, in a deluxe garden room for up to two adults sharing, including taxes and fees.

Valid for sale until February 28, or until sold out. Valid for travel between April 1 and June 30.

Phone 1300 888 180. See

Singapore celebration a cracker

Raffles Singapore is offering a Chinese New Year package until the end of February.

Reserve a suite for a minimum consecutive two nights' stay on the hotel's best available rate and receive: complimentary daily breakfast in the historic Tiffin Room; a $US100 ($96) credit to spend on food and beverage or at Raffles Spa; complimentary Singapore sling cocktail served on arrival; complimentary Raffles Butler service; and free internet. All guests staying in February will also receive a Chinese New Year welcome tray in-suite on arrival, featuring a selection of sweets.

The hotel's menus include special Chinese dishes to mark the occasion. The package is valid for stays during February only.

Phone +800 1 723 3537. See

Lots to love in Sydney's heart

The new QT Sydney, in the former Gowings department store at 45 Market Street in the city centre, has assembled a Valentine's Day package.

It includes an overnight stay for two with an upgrade to a QT King Deluxe, breakfast in bed, dinner for two at Gowings Bar & Grill, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a glass of sparkling on arrival, and QT Sydney's "intimacy kit".

The cost is $490 a night and is available from February 13-17.


Going, going ... Gong

A variety of hotels and restaurants in Wollongong are putting on specials for Valentine's Day.

The offers include a Valentine's night package at Comfort Inn Fairways Resort. For $230, stay overnight in a deluxe motel suite, enjoy a three-course dinner in Canty's Restaurant, a bottle of wine with dinner, a full buffet breakfast and gift on arrival.

Alternatively, the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach has a Body & Soul Romantic Escape Package. Priced from $339, the package includes overnight accommodation, two 30-minute in-room therapeutic massages, red wine and chocolates on arrival, bathrobes and slippers, full buffet breakfast for two in Windjammers Restaurant, and undercover parking.

Phone 1800 240 737. See