Monday, 6 August 2007



Week beginning 6 August 2007

travel tips: with david ellis


KIDS get their accommodation and meals free at the Resort Quest
Waikiki Banyan, and free entry with each paying adult into the
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, Atlantis Submarine Tour and Sea Life
Park, as part of a family Honolulu package with Escape Travel between
August 24 and December 20. Families also get a bonus Aloha book of
discount vouchers for meals, shopping and golf; 7-nights for a family
starts from $1539 in a 1-bedroom standard room, plus air. Phone 1300
799 783 or visit

BOOK before September 15 and there's $40 a night off at the Port
Douglas Mantra Aqueous on select dates from October 16 to March 31. It
brings a Spa Room down to $128 a night for stays of three nights or
more; the resort is just 200m from Four Mile Beach and has four lagoon
pools, BBQ facilities and a balcony Jacuzzi in every apartment. Tours
are available to the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef;
details 13 15 17 or

BRUSH up the golf with three half-days of lessons as part of a holiday
package to the Springfield Village Golf & Spa Resort at Hua Hin on the
Gulf of Thailand. Lessons at the 7063-yard, Jack Nicklaus-created
course are designed for beginners and advanced players alike. A
4-night package is priced from $1620pp plus taxes starting from
$223pp, and include return air from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane,
buffet breakfasts, 3-hours of lessons a day with range balls, caddy,
golf cart and green fees. Details AW Royal Orchid Holidays on 1300 369

ALTHOUGH hotel rooms are selling fast for this year's NRL Grand Final
in Sydney on September 30, Flight Centre still has options available
from $70 per double per night at Nomads Maze Backpackers, $205 per
room per night at the Hotel Ibis at Darling Harbour, from $287 at the
Radisson Plaza Hotel, $265 at Sydney Marriott and from $307 per room
per night at the Sheraton on the Park; book on 1800 005 125 or online

GARDEN buffs can join an 8-day river cruise from Amsterdam to some of
the most colourful Spring tulip fields in Holland and Belgium in April
next year. The tour visits Arnhem, Antwerp, Ghent, Middelburg
Rotterdam, Veere and Volendam to see millions of plants in bloom;
7-nights twin-share, breakfasts, six lunches, seven dinners with
wines, and a cocktail reception is priced from $2025pp, plus air.
Phone 1800 044 066 or visit

TRUE: A hotel at Brighton in England has had to pay compensation to a
guest after housekeeping staff ate half his chocolate 50th birthday
cake the day before he was to celebrate the big event.