Travel deals: Cruises, Dubai, Russia, spas

The day spa pool at Spicers Peak Lodge
The day spa pool at Spicers Peak Lodge

GIRLS’ big day out – visit Spicers Peak Lodges mountain-top luxury day spa in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Bring a few friends, indulge in a 90-minute day spa treatment, sip on sparkling wine and enjoy a gourmet lunch, all for $A179 per person at Spa Anise. Spicers Peak Lodge is located in the heart of the spectacular Scenic Rim region, two hours south west of Brisbane and just a little more from the Gold Coast. The property is the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia and offers spectacular 360 degree views of the Scenic Rim, Main Range National Park and Spicers private nature refuge.

The lodge takes inspiration from its pristine high country setting and has been created with its natural environment in mind. A year-round winter lodge atmosphere prevails with high ceilings, stone fireplaces, warm colours, rich textures of suedes, leathers and timber and luxurious furnishings in the main buildings lounge, dining and relaxation areas. Travel deals:

The five-star Celebrity Solstice
The five-star Celebrity Solstice

SAIL from Sydney to Honolulu on-board the newest and most luxurious ship to be based in Australia this summer with a new fly, stay and cruise deal from Cruise1st. The 5-star Celebrity Solstice will take you from Sydney to the island paradises of Noumea in New Caledonia, Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora in French Polynesia before continuing to Lahaina and Honolulu in Hawaii over 17 nights departing April 8. The package also includes a three night post-cruise stay at the Hilton Waikiki, just steps from famous Waikiki Beach, as well as flights. Departures are available from Sydney from $3399 per person twin share; Melbourne and Brisbane from $3899; Adelaide and Canberra from $4199; and Perth and Hobart from $4399 – a saving of up to $500 when booked by January 31.

SAVE up to $300 per person on a new cruising package exploring South Korea, Japan and China with Cruise1st when booked by January 31. The deal includes a one night pre-cruise hotel stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza in central Shanghai before boarding Royal Caribbeans Mariner of the Seas for an 8-night voyage stopping at Jeju Island, Tokyo, Kobe and Beppu and returning to Shanghai. The package departs September 10 and also includes return flights with China Eastern. Departures are available from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide from $2699; Perth from $2799; Canberra from $2949; and Hobart from $2999 per person twin share based on an inside cabin.

Burj-Al-Arab Hotel in DubaiTHE ultimate city stopover for less with the 3-day Taste of Dubai package from Tempo Holidays. The deal includes 2 nights accommodation at the centrally located 3-star Howard Johnson Bur Dubai, daily breakfast and transfers from just $A160 per person twin share, valid for travel until 30 September 30, 2013. Included: half day Dubai City Tour taking in the emirates’ best sights including the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, the summer home of Dubais former Emir, Jumeirah Mosque, Al Fahidi Fort and the gold and spice souks.

EXPLORE Russia in style from just $265 per person per day with a boutique river cruise and accommodation at 5-star hotels in the city centre of St Petersburg and Moscow from Bentours. The 12-day Volga Dream Gold Program explores the wonders of the Russian countryside from an elegantly furnished cabin aboard the MS Volga Dream and stays in hotels near St Petersburg and Moscows most famous attractions from $3185 per person twin share. The package is valid for sale until August 15 2013 and for departures June 6, July 3 and 16, and August 15, 2013.

Bandara Resport Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand
Bandara Resort Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand

EIGHT nights at the Bandara Resort & Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand, for the price of seven with a new deal from Cox & Kings. The package includes eight nights accommodation in a superior room, seven breakfasts and return transfers between Koh Samui airport and the resort for $475 per person twin share, valid for departures April 1-July 17 and September 1-December 15, 2013.

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