Need a sleep at the airport? Try a 'Napcab'

Napcabs for weary travellers at Munich Airport.
Napcabs for weary travellers at Munich Airport. 

Thinking inside the box

Munich Airport has more "sleeping cabins" at its international departures gate. The airconditioned "Napcabs" have adjustable lighting and wi-fi, a bed (80 centimetres by 200 centimetres), work desk (65 centimetres by 50 centimetres), and iPhone dock and charge station. A media touchscreen plays music and shows flight information. Cabins fit hand luggage and are lockable, and can be booked for up to 12 hours. Each one costs €10 ($12.65) an hour (10pm-6am) or €15 an hour (6am-10pm). The airport also hosts 50-minute airport tours. By bus, participants see the runways of Terminals 1 and 2, freight buildings, maintenance hangars and engine-testing facilities.

See munich-airport.de.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui. 

Healing the holidaymaker

Those feeling ground down just weeks into the new year can take solace in the news the Healing Hotels of the World, a website dedicated to healthful breaks, has noted an increase in bookings for the start of 2013, with "burn-out prevention" a popular year-round choice. Detox, weight loss and graceful ageing are also popular search categories, according to the co-founder of Healing Hotels, Elisabeth Ixmeier.

"All our hotels, resorts and retreats have special features, packages, treatments or a special environment that differentiate them from most hotels," Ixmeier says. Properties in Austria, Spain, Italy and Switzerland are well represented on the site, with the Lanserhof, a 15-minute drive from Innsbruck, especially popular. Ixmeier attributes the hotel's popularity, in part, to its setting at the base of western Austria's Patscherkofel mountain, surrounded by forests and meadows.

Vietnam is a popular spot for riding holidays.
Vietnam is a popular spot for riding holidays. 

In Asia, a region with a long pedigree in holistic spas, including Thailand's Kamalaya and Chiva Som, newer retreats catching the eye include the Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort in Malaysia's Bukit Tinggi, and the remote Mesa Stila, built on a coffee plantation in Central Java. Ixmeier says holistic hotels are also an emerging trend in South America and eastern Europe.

See healinghotelsoftheworld.com.

Big deals with two wheels

Although World Expeditions might be best known for its adventures on two feet, the Australian company has offered cycling tours since 1978. Fast-forward to 2013 and World Cycle Journeys, the company's dedicated cycling arm, has journeys to more than 30 countries, from a four-day cycle around Angkor Wat in Cambodia to a 25-day expedition across the Tibetan Plateau. Tours include accommodation in hotels, homestays and lodges, with full support, including a back-up vehicle.

See worldcyclejourneys.com.

Clearing out the Dungeon

A popular attraction for visitors to Britain, the London Dungeon, is on the move from Tooley Street to Southbank and is selling its instruments of torture in the process, at a car-boot sale in February. Dungeon general manager Ben Sweet says the sale will allow fans to obtain their own piece of horrible history. Watch out for surgical implements, severed limbs, eyeballs, costumes and the stocks that once held Alice Cooper. The Pimlico Car Boot Sale is on February 3. The County Hall London Dungeon opens in March with a new set of apparatuses.

See thedungeons.com.

Lion City aims to stay king

As Qantas prepares to move its business to Dubai, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have ramped up efforts to keep the city-state as a key stopover destination for Australian travellers. Bookings for accommodation as part of the Singapore Stopover Holiday program include entry to attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens by the Bay and the Night Safari as well as free use of the airline's hop-on tourist bus. For travel until March 2014.

See singaporeair.com.

Swept away by safari

New to the Singapore Zoo in March will be the 12-hectare River Safari wildlife park, with 34,000 cubic metres of water representing waterways of the Nile, Congo, Mississippi, Murray and Mekong. Two giant pandas will live in a climate-controlled exhibit along the "Yangtze"; 150 plant species and 300 animal species are moving into the park, including salamander and the endangered giant Mekong catfish.

See riversafari.com.sg.

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