Concierge: Tigerair'S New India Route

TIGERAIR'S NEW INDIA ROUTE

Tigerair added a new route to India this month. In addition to Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Tiruchirappalli, the low-cost airline now operates direct flights to Lucknow every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on Tigerair's Airbus A320 aircraft.

Promotional one-way fares to Lucknow start from $179, with taxes. For more information, go to www.tigerair.com.


LUXE GREEK GETAWAYS

Book your next Greek getaway with Bright Blue Villas, a new luxury villa rental company which has hand-picked dozens of unique villas for rent around the Aegean and Ionian seas.

The booking company specialises in luxury villas that provide guests with an authentic and private experience of Greece.

Each two- to eight-bedroom villa on 11 islands (including Santorini, Mykonos, Crete and Paros) has its own character.

Bright Blue Villas also offers a dedicated concierge on every island to meet guests' needs from advising where to go to booking transport to arranging babysitting services.

Villa rentals range from €2,000 (S$3,074) to €10,000 a week.

For more information, go to www.brightbluevillas.com.


HOTEL HISTORY TOUR

The North Wing of the 150-year- old Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has undergone a thorough renovation of its 72 rooms and suites and public areas.

Every room was stripped and updated with new interiors and mahogany furniture, new marble was added to the bathrooms and private balconies with sea views have been added to 21 rooms.

To celebrate the revamp's completion, the hotel, which opened its doors in 1864, has launched free history tours for in-house guests.

The half-hour tour takes guests to a number of hotel highlights. These include a cannonball that crashed into the hotel, then a boarding house, after an artillery practice misfire in 1845; and glass cabinets filled with mementos, images and stories of famous guests such as Harrison Ford - who stayed at the hotel while shooting Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) - as well as writer Mark Twain and actress Vivien Leigh, who starred in Gone With The Wind (1939).

Tours are held every week on Tuesday at 11am and Thursday at 3pm and are free for hotel guests.

For more information, go to www.gallefacehotel.com.


MORE FLIGHTS TO MELBOURNE

In April, Australia's national carrier Qantas will increase the number of its Airbus A330 flights between Singapore and Melbourne from seven to 10 a week.

The additional services will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The airline will also upgauge (change the aircraft while maintaining the same flight number) three of its weekly Hong Kong-Melbourne flights from an A330 to a Boeing 747 in April.

Tickets for the new Singapore- Melbourne flights are available for booking.

For more information, go to www.qantas.com.

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 27, 2015, with the headline 'Concierge: Tigerair'S New India Route'. Print Edition | Subscribe