Monday, 13 July 2009

One Room Hotel


John Crook

A hotel in a room

With rooms located around the globe a new company called Hotel Room has been launched. The first property is in the Bohemian Kallio district of Helsinki. This will shortly be followed by room #2, in Berlin. This is a new way to travel to escape the sometimes nondescript sameness of most hotel. Interested? Then check it out by visiting and for more info on Finland, why not take a look at

Rates for last minute sailings

It’s possible to make savings of up to 50% on a selection of seven-night sailings to the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Coast aboard Windstar Cruises. With departures still available in August and September this year the cruises highlight idyllic ports and those beautiful treasures of Italy, Greece, France, Corsica, Croatia, Slovenia and Monaco. One of the cruises is the seven-night Venice to Venice cruise, a round trip which takes in some of the gems of Slovenia and Croatia. This one is priced from $1647 per person, twin share. This is one cruise which must be considered and soon, as there is only one departure and that’s August 30 2009. Telephone Travel the World on1300 766 566 or visit

Shutterbugs at the ready

Capture the magic of Morocco through the lens of your camera on an escorted photographic tour from Casablanca to Marrakech. The tour departs September 13 and the prices start from $4200 per person twin share. That includes a local payment, 14 night’s accommodation, daily breakfasts, some dinners, all transport and sightseeing as per the itinerary, and tuition by the experienced photographer Ian Wright. International fares are not included. Contact Escape Travel on 1300 799 783.

Cooking Thai-style

Join a group of like minded Aussies and head towards Chiang Mai and its Thai cooking school. Visit markets, check the spices, and learn some of the secrets of Thai cuisine.

Priced from $429 per person this five-day tour includes four-night’s hotel accommodation, arrival and departure transfers, a three-day cooking school program with tasting sessions. These are monthly departures and available from July to November 2009. The price quoted does not include airfares. Terms and conditions apply. Get the full story by calling 134 782 or visit

Cruising the Middle East

The super-luxury Brilliance of the Seas sails from Dubai with a range of dates from late January 2010 to mid-April 2010. There are prices from as low as $3995 per person, twin share. Included is the return air fare from mainland capitals, a day pre-cruise in Dubai with a room at the luxury Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, all shipboard dining, entertainment and gratuities, Grab a copy of the latest brochure by ‘phoning 1800 225 656 for the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise specialist travel agency.

Pie on High

Take a stroll along High Street in Armadale and be surprised. Melbourne comes alive along this upmarket suburb. Coffee shops galore, boutiques aplenty and my favourite, an all pie shop. Pie on High has around 40 varieties of pies, in fact this is a pie-lover’s paradise. By the way, not bad coffee either. Check it out and give Karen my best wishes. The address is 1206 High Street, Armadale,

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability. This information is provided as a guide only. Check with your travel agency. Block-out periods may apply.

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