The smooth road to Da Nang
Deals.com.au has an eight-night Vietnamese holiday package at a price less than half what it would cost at the full rate. The deal is for two adults and includes two days in Saigon at the five-star Movenpick Hotel with full breakfast each day, return airport transfers, complimentary cocktails and more.
Then spend six nights at the high-end Vinpearl Luxury Resort Da Nang, with additions of airport transfers, buffet breakfasts every day, three dinner banquets and two spa treatments.
The price is $1399 (down from $3699) and the deal is available for purchase until March 2 (unless sold out prior) for travel until December. See deals.com.au.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is set at the entrance to the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is just over an hour's drive from Devonport or two hours from Launceston. It is hosting two food and wine events, one in April, the other in June.
The Tasmania Food Trail Celebration on April 27 includes a wine and cheese tasting hosted by a winemaker, followed by a five-course degustation dinner hosted by wine critic Nick Stock. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge has a package going that includes the event, plus overnight accommodation and buffet breakfast for two.
It is priced from $560 a couple in a Pencil Pine Cabin. The other event is Tastings at the Top, which runs June 22-24.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge's three-night package includes admission to all Tastings at the Top events, as well as three nights in a Pencil Pine Cabin, full breakfast each morning, two lunches, and dinner each night, including a five-course dinner on Saturday and a gala meal with entertainment on the last night of the festival.
The price is $1695 a person, twin share. Phone (03) 6492 2100, see peppers.com.au.
Bali Ha'i will whisper
Karma Kandara is a luxury villa resort situated on a high cliff overlooking the ocean on Bali's southern-most tip. It has an inclinator to take guests to and from Kandara Beach below.
The resort is offering an Island Spa Escape package. Book a one-bedroom villa for two people and, on top of accommodation, receive daily breakfast at the resort's restaurant, return airport transfers, a 95-minute couples massage (one a booking), and use of the Infrared Detox Sauna, Himalayan Salt Pool, gym and library, and the internet.
One child under 12 may stay free, and there is complimentary use of the kids' club.
The cost is $US599 ($485) a night a couple (not including tax), with a minimum stay of two nights. Full payment is required at the time of booking. Phone +62 361 848 2202, see karmakandara.com.
Beyond Travel is offering a last-minute deal on its Classical Turkey Anzac Day tour, which includes a free night in Istanbul before or after the tour staying at Hotel Titanic Bayrampasa, when the tour is booked and paid for before February 28.
The 10-day escorted tour is a round-trip from Istanbul and includes Gallipoli as well as highlights such as Canakkale, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia and the capital, Ankara. It includes additional time at Anzac Cove for the Anzac Day ceremonies.
Priced from $1320 a person, twin share, it includes nine nights' accommodation with daily breakfast, sightseeing with guide, some lunches and dinners, all ground transportation in Turkey, and return transfers.
Departures are April 17 and 18. Phone 1300 363 554, see beyondtravel.com.au.
Cherry blossom time
Just in time for the famous spring cherry blossom show, Zuji has an accommodation special for the three-star Hotel Monterey Grasmere in Osaka, Japan.
The 348-room hotel in Namba, central Osaka, is a minute from the train station. Opened in 2009, it is furnished in an "English manor" style with a replica Cotswold chapel in the foyer. Book two nights and save 50 per cent on published rates.
Prices start from $263 for two nights in a deluxe room for up to two adults.
Valid for sale until March 31 or until sold out. Valid for travel until April 30. Phone 1300 888 180, see zuji.com.au.
Chill out in Antarctica
Abercrombie & Kent's early-bird specials for Antarctica cruises expire February 28.
The deals include substantial savings on the company's 2013-14 Antarctica journeys.
For example, you can save more than $2500 a person when booking a 1-3 category cabin before the end of the month on the Classic Antarctica cruise, which departs December 11.
The cost is $US9895 a person (down from $US12,395). Phone 1300 851 800. See abercrombiekent.com.au.
- Julietta Jameson