Six highlights in your travel week | 22 Oct

Part of the Western Australian landscape … the Pinnacles. PIC: Australia.com
Part of the Western Australian landscape … the Pinnacles. PIC: Australia.com

Travelmarvel is celebrating the launch of its 2019/20 Western Australia program with a range of earlybird specials.

For those new to the region, for instance, the 18-day West Coast Adventure from Perth to Darwin could be an ideal choice.

Discover the Pinnacles, Hamelin Pool and the Pilbara’s great gorges; meet characters in remote mining towns; get up-close to the dolphins of Monkey Mia; and soak in the landscapes and culture of the Kimberley and Top End.

Prices are from $8395 per person twin-share. Book before March 31 next year and save $1000 per couple. 

Phone 1300 205 408 or visit www.travelmarvel.com.au

Taking bookings for stays from December 1 … a Novotel room in Melbourne’s new-build Accor development.

Taking bookings for stays from December 1 … a Novotel room in Melbourne’s new-build Accor development.

One of Melbourne’s most anticipated hotel openings of recent years, the new-build Novotel and ibis Melbourne Central, is taking bookings for stays from December 1.

Towering above its prime location on Little Lonsdale Street, Accor’s leading midscale and economy hotel brands will come together in the one property to offer travellers to Melbourne easy access to major dining, shopping and sporting precincts.

Featuring 483 guestrooms, the 35-floor tower is Accor’s first Australian vertical new-build multi-hotel development where two brands will share guest facilities.

Ibis Melbourne Central will comprise the lower tier of the tower and make up 270 premium-economy guest rooms, whilst Novotel will open from level 20 with 213 light-filled 4.5-star guest rooms and suites.

Food and beverage is inspired by the city’s rich ethnic history.

Opening rates start from $186 per room per night.

Sunrise yoga classes … find focus beneath the iconic sails.

Sunrise yoga classes … find focus beneath the iconic sails.

Sunrise yoga classes will be held on the Sydney Opera House steps on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from October 10 this spring and summer, offering locals and visitors the opportunity to find focus for their day beneath the iconic sails.

The 10-week program caters to beginners and yoga enthusiasts alike, and is under the guidance of Barefoot Yoga founder Crawf Weir.

Cost for a 60-minute session is $25, with discounted parking available from $10.

Nature at its most wondrous … on the shore of Patagonia’s Lake Pehoe.

Nature at its most wondrous … on the shore of Patagonia’s Lake Pehoe.

In October next year Latitude 33 will present a chance to experience the extremes of South Amercia’s Patagonian glaciers and Atacama Desert.

The 22-night ‘Deserts and Glaciers’ tour will be limited to 30 guests and provide the opportunity for a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a tango performance in Buenos Aires and a chance to explore Argentina’s remote city of Ushuaia, often referred to as ‘the end of the earth’.

Travellers will stay in the heart of Buenos Aries for three nights, then journey to Ushuaia for two nights.

Then it’s a transfer to Ventus Australis to navigate the rugged coastline at the southern tip of South America for four nights, allowing passengers to get up close to groaning glaciers, hike secluded beaches, explore lush sub-polar forests and discover elephant seals as well as the many other creatures who call this region home.

After docking at Chile’s Punta Arenas, travellers will be transferred to the Explora Patagonia Hotel for five nights in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park and staying at the only hotel located on the shores of Lake Pehoe.

The itinerary also includes three nights in Santiago, then five in the Explora Atacama Hotel.

Prices are from $20,699 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 636 848 or visit www.latitude33.travel

Tuscany … Tauck’s adventure will include a keynote address from author Frances Mayes.

Tuscany … Tauck’s adventure will include a keynote address from author Frances Mayes.

Tauck will run a new five-night ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ journey in October next year, celebrating the region’s cultural pleasures and hilltop treasures, and including a keynote address from author Frances Mayes, whose best-selling book of the name became a box-office movie success.

The tour includes hosted accommodation at Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, born out of a medieval hamlet 800 years old and embraced by vineyards and olive groves.

This beautiful property will host a cooking class for guests and conduct insider lectures on the history of Tuscan City States.

In Chianti country, guests will spend the day with the Corsini family, whose legacy as one of the oldest families in Florence includes ties to the Vatican, at their Villa Le Corti estate, to sample their wine and olive oil, tour their private villa, listen to stories about the family business, and dine al fresco amidst stunning views of the Chianti Classico region.

Prices are from $6490 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 732 300 or visit www.tauck.com.au

Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa … built in 1928 for guests of the Prince of Ubud.

Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa … built in 1928 for guests of the Prince of Ubud.

Book with TravelOnline and save 25 per cent on an escape to Ubud, one of the cultural epicentres of Bali.

Pay from $353 per person twin-share, including four nights for the price of three at Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa, breakfast daily, welcome cocktail, two bottles of mineral water daily, free wi-fi, shuttle service to Ubud, yoga class, cultural workshops, guided temple visit and return airport transfers — plus the chance to browse art galleries, visit traditional markets and meet cheeky monkeys.

The offer is valid for sale until October 31 this year and for travel before March 31 next year.

Set in the cultural village of Ubud, Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa is 45 minutes from Bali’s international airport.

Built in 1928 for guests of the Prince of Ubud, the hotel is set on the banks of the beautiful Tjampuhan River surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com