Stand-up paddleboard yoga in the Cook Islands

RELAX with a week-long retreat to the Cook Islands with prices starting at $1999, inclusive of flights, resort accommodation and a chance to do yoga on the water.

1 Retreat to Rarotonga

LOOKING for a holiday with a difference this winter?

Stand-up paddle-board yoga instructor Charlotte Piho is hosting three retreats in the Cook Islands over the coming months.

The week-long retreats will start on July 20, August 17 and September 7.

Prices start from $1999 a person, quad share, including flights from Sydney for bookings before June 30. The deal includes your stay at The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, daily breakfast and lunch, three dinners and airport transfers. Twin share rooms are available at an extra cost.Ph 1300 370 792 or see

2 Forte is luxury

A LUXURY resort will open at a restored fort in India this year.

Boutique Asian hotelier Alila Hotels and Resorts will open Alila Fort Bishangarh, about an hour from Jaipur in Rajasthan, and three hours from New Delhi.

The 230-year-old fort is perched on a granite hill with 2m-thick ancient walls that have openings for firearms and turrets.

Once restored, it will have 59 suites with large bay windows, day beds and footed bathtubs, a pool, two restaurants, a bar and cigar room and wine cellar.


3 Old-school sailing

THE tall ship Lord Nelson arrives in Australia this year on a round-the-world voyage. Trips are available between Fremantle, Hobart, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand.

No sailing experience is needed.

Prices start at $1770 for eight days from Adelaide to Melbourne in August.

Ph 1800 331 582 or see

4 Join the club

JETSTAR has launched its Club Jetstar membership program offering exclusive sales and discounts, with flights from $1.

It costs $39 to join, plus an annual fee of $39.99 after the first year. Jetstar chief commercial officer David Koczkar says more offers will be introduced as the program grows. The club is in addition to the airline’s JetMail weekly email offers.


5 Christmas comes early

SEVERAL Blue Mountains hotels are offering packages to celebrate Christmas in the colder months.

Mountain Heritage Hotel and Spa Retreat at Katoomba has a Saturday night package, from June 30-July 28, priced from $299 a person that includes pre-dinner drinks, five-course dinner, Christmas songs and a cabaret show. Two-night packages are also available.

Redleaf Resort at Blackheath and Fairmont Resort at Leura are also offering packages.


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