Monday, 8 October 2007



Week beginning 8 October 2007

travel tips: with david ellis


STAY at Fiji's Hideaway Resort any time between now and March 31 next
year and you could find yourself $1m richer: the resort is giving
guests a ticket in a $1m draw when they stay four nights, and ten
bonus tickets for each additional night. As well, for every $50 they
spend in the resort's restaurant, bar or shop they'll get more bonus
tickets. Hideaway is on the Coral Coast of the main island of Fiji
Levu, about 80 minutes by road from Nadi, and as well as the chance to
win $1m by staying there, parents can take children aged 5-12 for a
free stay, play and eat holiday; the $1m draw will be made on April
19th 2008. Details from travel agents or

EARLY Bird savings on a 7-night cruise of the Straits of Malacca
aboard SuperStar Gemini bring the price down to a low $1226pp
twin-share including all onboard meals, entertainment and port
charges. Gemini will sail 25 cruises in 2008 from Singapore to Kuala
Lumpur, Penang, Krabi, Phuket, Langkawi and back to Singapore, with
Early Bird bookings on sale until February 28; details from 1300 131
633 or

VALUE-priced hotel stays during Dubai's famed month-long Shopping
Festival are on sale through Flight Centre Hotels. The Festival runs
from January 24 2008 and features discounts on a vast range of items
from jewellery to fashion, electrical goods and carpets, and is
supported by a big program of cultural events. Hotel rooms start from
$131.50 per night in the 2-star San Marco Hotel including hot
breakfast, and range up to $265 per room per night at the 5-star Royal
Ascot, again including breakfast. Book on 1800 005 125 or

A LUXURY stay at Peppers Balé Resort in Port Douglas features
contemporary South East Asia-style pavilion accommodation, breakfasts
daily, a private plunge pool with poolside day bed, full kitchen,
lounge, and dining facilities. There's also LCD TV, a DVD player and
sound system; two nights starts from $825pp twin-share plus return
airfares from $383pp ex-Brisbane, $444 from Sydney and from $695pp
from Melbourne. Packages are available to March 31 2008; phone 1800
044 066 or visit

TEN days in Turkey in November this year or again in March 2008 costs
under $100 a day and includes Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus,
Pergamum, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. Highlights include lunch at the
WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, a leather-goods factory at coastal
Kusadasi, and the troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and
fortresses of Cappadocia. From $999 includes 9-nights, arrival
transfers, breakfasts daily, some other meals and English-speaking
guides; air is extra. Phone 1800 069 063 or visit

TRUE: A cruise-goer in America asked if her queen-size bed could be
put on her stateroom balcony at night, so she could go to sleep to the
sound of the waves…