Meet wolves face to face at Polar Park, a wildlife park in Norway.
Meet wolves face to face at Polar Park, a wildlife park in Norway. PHOTO: OFF THE MAP TRAVEL


Celebrate Easter with the family at the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, where kids under 12 stay and eat for free when with their parents.

In addition, the beachfront resort is offering a special Bali Easter Package, which includes accommodation for three nights; daily buffet breakfast for two adults and two children; free Easter buffet dinner; free access to the kids' club and resort centre; free Wi-Fi and free return airport transfers.

Guests can join the resort's daily T-shirt painting activity and the Easter-themed kids' activities on March 27.

This package, available from March 21 to 31, starts from US$135++ (S$188) a night with a minimum three-night stay.

For more information, go to or e-mail to make a reservation.


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a new 50-storey property in Doha.

The building, located in the city's West Bay commercial district, is designed to look like a falcon's head in homage to Qatar's time-honoured tradition of falconry.

Luxury accommodation includes 272 guestrooms and suites and 42 serviced apartments, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views of the city and Gulf.

Amenities include spacious marble bathrooms, a lagoon-shaped pool on a 2,000-sq-m deck; a fully equipped 24-hour fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms.

The hotel's Chi, The Spa, Doha's first luxury Asian-themed spa, also offers an outdoor hydrotonic pool and eight private treatment rooms.

For more information, go to, e-mail or call (974)-4429 -5000.


The Livescape Group events agency is offering the third instalment of its popular It's The Ship floating music festival.

The four-day, three-night cruise, a 24-hour party of electronic dance music concerts, will depart from Marina Bay Cruise Centre on Nov 4 and head up the Strait of Malacca to Penang, before returning to Singapore on Nov 7.

The first 300 cabins booked will receive a 30 per cent early-bird discount, available on all cabins except the Royal Family Suite, Owner's Suite and Family Ocean View cabins.

For more information and to book cabins, go to


In Norway's Polar Park, the world's northernmost wildlife park, guests will have the chance to live among Arctic wolves, observing them at close range from the heated comfort of the newly opened Scandinavian-styled and handcrafted Wolf Lodge. The lodge accommodates 10 guests.

Guests can meet the wolves face to face and experience a wolf kiss from the friendly animals under the watch of an expert guide, who accompanies guests throughout their stay and teaches them about the area's fauna.

The park is also home to a variety of native Arctic animals, including wolverine, Arctic fox, bear, lynx and reindeer.

Off The Map Travel agency, based in the United Kingdom, is offering travellers a chance to meet the wolves on a four-day, three-night trip to Narvik, northern Norway, starting from £2,299 (S$4,500), based on four people travelling.

The cost excludes flights, but includes transfers, a night at Wolf Lodge with dinner and a guide, a Wolf Kiss to meet the wolves face to face, B&B accommodation for two nights in a four-star hotel, a boat trip on the fjord to search for local wildlife and viewing the Northern Lights.

For more information, go to or, call +44-(0)-800-566-8901 or e-mail

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 06, 2016, with the headline Concierge. Subscribe