Mediterranean flavour: Santorini is the final destination
in Maeve O’Meara’s Greek gastronomy tour.
Photo: Getty Images

Australia

Queensland
Make a
date for a night in at the movies, at the QT Port Douglas hotel. Of
course, being in the tropics, it’ll be moonlight cinema. Stay any
Friday, Saturday and Sunday night between June 22 and October 6 and the
Locals Package gives you a complementary upgrade to a one-bedroom villa,
as well as two tickets to the flicks and breakfast for two in the
Bazaar restaurant. Quote code “moonlight01”. Costs from $199 a night.
(07) 4099 8900, qtportdouglas.com.au.

Victoria
Discover
the rich red and white Rhone varietals and sweet muscats of Rutherglen
at the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout, Australia’s longest running wine
festival, on the weekend of June 8-9 (winemakers.com.au).
Stay at the Tuileries and save 20 per cent on Sunday to Friday nights
until September 30. They’ll include a country breakfast and three-course
dinner for two at Tuileries Restaurant, including the unlimited wine
buffet, which showcases the region’s top drops. Usually $346 a night,
costs $276 a room, a night. (02) 6032 9033, tuileriesrutherglen.com.au.

Tasmania

Love
a snowy winter but hate long-haul travel? Freshwater on Berry is a
two-bedroom lodge in Miena, on the Great Lake in Tassie’s central
highlands, two hours from Hobart. Opened just six months ago, the local
attractions are all natural, from horse riding to bushwalking, mountain
biking and hunting. Usually $170 a night, stay two nights or more and
save $20 a night, with a bottle of Tasmanian wine thrown in to the
bargain. Valid on stays from July 1 to September 30. Costs from $150 a
night (two-night minimum).

Northern Territory
Check
in to the red heart of Australia, at one of our most iconic hotels,
Longitude 131˚, a luxury tented camp that curls along the sand dunes
facing Uluru. This three-night package includes all meals and drinks,
tours exclusively for Longitude guests and airport transfers, and
they’ll include a 15-minute helicopter flight over Uluru. Book by
September 30 for travel until November 30, and quote “escape”. Costs
from $2805 a person, twin share. 1300 134 044, longitude131.com.au/escape.

Travelodge Phillip St, Sydney

NSW
Be
a city slicker for three nights at Travelodge Phillip Street, main
picture, where you can walk to the best museums and art galleries as
well as the Opera House, the Rocks and Hyde Park. You’ll save 30 per
cent on stays until July 31, from $160 a night, with a buffet breakfast
included. Costs from $480 for three nights. 1300 886 886, travelodge.com.au.

Western Australia
Warm
up in the west, with a winter weekender special saving $100 at the
Metro Hotel, Perth. Stay one night in an executive room and get
breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates, noon checkout and a
$10 Coles voucher. Available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
until August 31. Costs from $299. 1800 004 321, metrohotels.com.au.

International

Indonesia
Children
are welcome at Seminyak’s Serene Villas, which have pool fences, toys,
cots, movies and games, and a special children’s menu. Book a three- or
six-night stay and get all that plus two complimentary meals for each
child, as well as discounted entry into Bali’s ultra-kid-magnets
Waterbom Park and Bali Safari Park. Save 20 per cent on stays until
September 30. Costs from $1130 for three nights, or $2415 for six
nights, for two adults and up to three children sharing a two-bedroom
villa. +62 361 730 899, serenevilla.com.

Abu Dhabi
It’s
official: the best of the Middle East’s desert resorts, according to
the World Travel Awards four years running, is Anantara’s Qasr Al Sarab,
in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. It’s got all the romance, with camels,
sand dunes and falconry. Stay five nights in a one-bedroom pool villa
and save up to 40 per cent. Book by July 22 for stays until July 31.
Costs from $1026 for five nights. +971 2 886 2088, anantara.com.
 
Oman
Gorgeously
traditional, Oman is a glimpse into the real Arabia, without the Dubai
glitz. Each of the 213 rooms in the new Crowne Plaza Duqm face the
Arabian Sea, with its shipbuilding history and tales of Sinbad. There
are five restaurants and lounges and the hotel’s opening special sees
rooms from $200 a night until September. 1800 007 697, crowneplaza.com.
 

Bolivia
From
the witches’ market in La Paz to the dazzlingly bright Uyuni salt flats
and the pre-Colombian terraces around Lake Titicaca, Bolivia is a blur
of colour and contradiction. Save 10 per cent when you book the new
13-day Bolivia Explorer tour. Book by June 30 for departures between
June 7 and November 8. Includes transport, guides and most meals. Costs
from $2115, twin share. 1300 763 338, bfirsttravel.com.

Greece
Dine like a goddess on the heavenly Greek isles, with SBS Food Safari
host Maeve O’Meara leading you off the beaten track to the islands of
Evia, Limnos and Lesbos, to finish with a bang in Santorini. “Each day
is a perfect little jewel,” O’Meara says. “You have a range of the best
regional produce, meet all our favourite Greek characters and feast on
dishes you’d never find in restaurants.” Includes accommodation,
internal flights, luxury sailing, most meals and wine. The tour runs
from September 3 to 15. Costs from $7250, twin share (save $700), $8200
for singles (save $800). (02) 8969 6555, gourmetsafaris.com.au.

Tour watch

With
a royal warrant from the Prince of Wales on its sleeve — the only one
of its kind in the world — expect fabulousness when checking in to the
Ritz London. Britain is deep in coronation mode, celebrating Queen
Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary on the throne, and the Ritz has tickets
to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, from July 11 to 14. Its
Festival Fantastic package includes two nights’ accommodation, English
breakfast (naturally), dinner in The Ritz Restaurant, tickets to the
festival, and champagne and canapes when you’re there. Valid on
check-ins between July 11 and 13. Costs from $1789 a person, twin share.
1800 222 033, lhw.com.