Concierge: Travel news and deals


On Valentine's Day, Gili Lankanfushi, a luxury eco-resort in the Maldives, will launch the Gili Celebrates Valentine's package, which includes taking couples on a romantic journey around the island while indulging in an aphrodisiac-infused menu with carefully paired cocktails and wines.

The trip begins by the beach at sunset, with Japanese canapes and a tasting flight of sake. Guests will then be led to the west side of the island for chilled champagne and foie gras macarons before venturing into the resort's underground wine cellar for cheeses and charcuterie paired with red, white and rose wines.

Next, they will be taken up to the treetops to enjoy vast ocean views, while tucking into canapes of fresh local fish, a selection of spirits and a fruit sorbet.

Couples can continue their romantic outing by booking a dinner on the beach where they will eat at a table dug into the sand; dine on a private sandbar decorated with candles and paper lanterns; or settle at the resort's open-air Jungle Cinema for a private film screening.

The resort also boasts an overwater chapel for a private barefoot wedding or wedding vow renewal.

The package starts at £1,427 (S$2,612) a couple a night, including daily breakfast and dinner, return speedboat transfers, a Gili Aphrodisiac Journey for two, a private film screening in the Jungle Cinema, a couple jet-lag massage and one round of beachside sunset cocktails. Couples must stay a minimum of four nights.

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From now until April 25, Silversea Cruises luxury cruise line is offering last-minute discounts on a selection of voyages around Asia aboard the Silver Shadow.

They include an 11-day round trip cruise embarking from Singapore on Feb 11 with stops in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Phuket and Yangon. Prices start from A$7,300 (S$7,728) a person.

An 11-day voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore sets sail on April 3, with stops in Manila and Coron in the Philippines, and Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, starts at A$7,700 a person in a Vista Suite.

There is also a 15-day voyage from Hong Kong to Tokyo departing on April 25, with stops in Shanghai, Beijing and Osaka, with prices starting at A$10,600 a person.

Guests who book the selected voyages by March 15 will receive a complimentary one-category upgrade and US$1,000 (S$1,319) on-board credit a suite. Those who book and pay in full by Jan 31 can also enjoy savings of A$2,000 a person.

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CostSaver tours, a budget-friendly arm of Trafalgar guided tours, is launching trips to the United States, Canada and Latin America for Singaporean travellers this year for the first time.

Itineraries include the seven-day Costa Rica Adventure (from US$825 a person); the seven-day Peru Explorer (from US$1,375 a person); the nine-day South America Samba tour (from US$1,462 a person) to Argentina and Brazil; and a 15-day South America Discovery tour (from US$3,208 a person) to Peru, Brazil and Argentina. All prices are based on twin sharing and do not include costs of international flights.

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Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 21, 2018, with the headline 'Concierge: Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe