Travel: Make a great escape to the sun

Salon de Ning East Terrace

Hey Australian friends, are you already completely-and-utterly over the winter rain? Are you fed-up with the fact your house is like an icebox? Are you longing for some sunshine? Some warmth on your skin? Well, we thought we’d bring you a few holiday options that might just tickle your fancy. If you are looking to book yourself a jaunt, then here a few package deals worth checking out.

Fancy heading to New York?
The large apple (that’s what it’s called, right?) is the most exciting city in the world. And in the summertime it is magnificent. Central Park is vibrant and everybody (literally everybody) you see walking the streets of Brooklyn is cooler and better dressed than you. If you wanna take at trip over to NYC, then Peninsula New York (pictured, above) is inviting travellers to extend a two nights’ stay by offering a third night complimentary when booking a minimum stay of three consecutive nights. The hotel is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums and Broadway theatres.

Fancy it? Rates start from $760 per night (based on conversion rate 26/05/2015) Validity: 28 June to 7 September 2015. Bookings:

Sri panwa Villa

How about a chilled out Thailand holiday?
Sri panwa in Thailand (pictured above) has infinity pools and a private beach. Stop, you had us at ‘Thailand’ and again at ‘private beach’. Sri panwa also has tennis courts if you wanna get your Nadal on, and a fully equipped gym so you can work on dem guns. Once you finally leave the luxury of the hotel, excursions and adventures on both land and sea can be tailored to suit your wishes.

Inclusions: 3 nights’ accommodation or more // Daily breakfast for two people // Private return transfer from Phuket International Airport (HKT) with cold towels served // Welcome drink and cold towels // Welcome and Daily fresh fruit basket // Sri panwa special gift set // Complimentary minibar with snack and beer replenished daily // Complimentary wireless internet & iPod for usage during stay // Non-motorised water sports, tennis and gym // One time 60 Mins. Choice of Focus Massages (Head, Back and Shoulder or Indian Head Massage or Foot Reflexology) //One time 5 course set dinner at Baba Soul Food Thai cuisine for two

Prices start from $516.50  per night (based on conversion rate 16/06/2015) for a 1BR Pool Suite Ocean View. Conditions: Valid on 28 March 2015 – 16 April 2016 (except 17 Apr 2015 – 31 Oct 2015 and 20 Dec 2015 – 10 Jan 2016). Bookings:

The Peninsula Bangkok Grand Deluxe Room

Meanwhile, The Peninsula Bangkok (pictured above) invites travellers to extend their two nights’ stay by offering a third night complimentary when booking a minimum stay of three consecutive nights. Here, you can sample Thai charm and get the ultimate cultural experience, from the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk to an adventure down the Chao Phraya River and sumptuous authentic Thai cuisine featuring recipes used by generations of Palace cooks.

Grand Deluxe rooms start from $315 per night // Deluxe Suite starts from $471 per night //Grand Deluxe Suite starts from $498 per night (Based on conversion rate 22/04/2015). Validity: Book now until 30 June 2015. Staying period is from 1 April to 31 July 2015. Bookings:

The Byron at Byron Pool low res

Chase the sun but stay in Australia 
So when Australians people say that winter is “freezing”, they know it’s not really freezing, right? I mean, have you ever been in Europe in the winter, or in NYC when the snow hits? That shit cray. No, here, you’re cold because your house is terribly set up for the winter months. See that two-centimetre gap at the bottom of your front door? Yeah, that. The truth is that you can still find sunshine and warmth in Aus during these months. This Winter Sun package proves that. It allows guests to venture north to escape the cold winter and sample all of the best elements that The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa (pictured above) has to offer. The package allows guests to sample the resort’s gourmet restaurant, award winning day spa and enjoy relaxing daily yoga. Holidaymakers can enjoy daily bike hire and explore Byron Bay or just bask in the ambience of the rainforest as they relax and unwind this winter.

The package includes accommodation in a superior suite, a full buffet breakfast, complimentary bottle of house wine when dining in The Restaurant for lunch, two $20 Spa Vouchers and complimentary daily bike hire. Rates are $315 per night. For more info visit

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Words by Bobby Townsend.