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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour: Imagine watching the New Year's Eve fireworks from here.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour: Imagine watching the New Year's Eve fireworks from here.

Christmas specials at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Recently voted Australian Luxury Hotel of the Year at the HM Awards, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is offering a Holiday Saver package from November 8 to December 26 which includes daily breakfast in restaurant Atelier, a Christmas cocktail in Champagne Bar inspired by the tradition of the 13 Desserts of Provence, and a chocolate Christmas amenity on arrival.

Christmas Day Lunch will be a buffet with fresh Australian seafood, including Sydney Rock Oysters, King Crab Leg, Blue Swimmer Crab, scallops and Moreton Bay Bugs ($199 per person). Special degustation menus will be available for Christmas Day Dinner ($119 for 4 courses) and New Year's Eve dinner ($169 for 4-course menu early seating, or $229 for 5-course menu).

If you stay in a Club room or suite in New Year's Eve you can choose a package which includes access to a private party on the top floor with great views of the fireworks.

On New Year's Day, the 'Boost' brunch will feature Mimosa & Bloody Mary stations, a carvery & butcher selection, boulangerie, classic French dishes, salads and live cooking stations ($120 per person including one glass of Sparkling or Mimosa, $40 supplement for free-flow Mimosa & Bloody Mary station).

Relax: Malolo Island Resort is 25km west of Nadi International Airport and comprises nine acres of the 2000 acre island and only has 46 Bures - all with ocean views.

Relax: Malolo Island Resort is 25km west of Nadi International Airport and comprises nine acres of the 2000 acre island and only has 46 Bures - all with ocean views.

Free Nights At Malolo Island Resort Fiji

Malolo Island Resort, recently awarded Oceania's Leading Beach Resort for 2019 at the World Travel Awards - Asiana and Oceania, is offering two bonus nights for stays of at least five nights.

Prices start from F$2280 in an Island Bure for five nights, which includes organised daily program for children 4-12, unlimited use of resort beach equipment including catamarans, stand-up paddle boards, windsurfers, and kayaks and guided walks.

The sale period runs until March 25, 2020 for travel periods between January 25 and March 31, 2020.

Malolo Island Resort is located in Fiji's Mamanuca archipelago just 25km west of Nadi International Airport and comprises nine acres of the 2000 acre island and only has 46 Bures - all with ocean views. Adults and families can have their own spaces with two pools, adults daybed area and lounge, teenage lounge, rainforest spa, three restaurants, and a fully staffed Beach Activity Hut offering scheduled activities such as snorkel trips, Fijian village visits, private island picnics, jetski safaris, and banana boat rides.

Yorkshire dales: While the castle used as Downton Abbey is actually in the south of England, some of the film was shot in Yorkshire in northern England.

Yorkshire dales: While the castle used as Downton Abbey is actually in the south of England, some of the film was shot in Yorkshire in northern England.

Explore the countryside of Downton Abbey

Australians inspired by the recent Downton Abbey movie can walk the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales - where the film is set and partially filmed - on a self-guided, inn-to-inn walking tour.

The seven-day Yorkshire Dales walk takes in pretty villages, market towns, country meadows with drystone walls, babbling brooks and moorlands. Highlights include starting in Yorkshire's eastern lowlands in the little cathedral city of Ripon - a place frequently mentioned and sometimes appearing in the Downton Abbey television show, visiting the ruins of the 12th century Fountains Abbey, one of the most important centres of Medieval England and the largest monastic ruins in the UK, and entering limestone country via Malham Cove, a huge natural limestone formation. Guests will stay in country pubs and comfortable B&Bs.

Graded medium-hard in difficulty, with four to seven hours of walking per day, the walking tour package includes seven nights' accommodation, all breakfasts and all luggage transfers - meaning travellers only carry a day pack. The walk costs from £750 per person, twin-share (approximately A$1370 depending on exchange rates).

Escape winter: The Sea Princess cruise includes 29 countries.

Escape winter: The Sea Princess cruise includes 29 countries.

Save on the cruise of a lifetime

An onboard spending bonus of up to A$2000 per couple is available for explorers keen to circumnavigate the world by ship from Australia in 2021. The 108-night, round-the-world voyage aboard the 2000-passenger Sea Princess will stretch 61,000km and take in 44 destinations in 29 countries across six continents.

Unlike other globe-trotting ships, locally-based Sea Princess offers an onboard currency in Australian dollars, with no onboard tipping or currency exchange hassles. Including travel, main meals in select restaurants and entertainment for 108 nights, the world cruise sails from Sydney on June 3, 2021, or Brisbane on June 5, and heads through south-east Asia to Arabia, the Mediterranean, British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, USA, the Caribbean, South America, Tahiti and New Zealand, returning to Sydney and Brisbane in the spring of September, 2021.

The voyage offers overnight stays in Dubai, New York and Lima to allow more in-depth exploration. Late-night departures are scheduled for nine other ports on the itinerary so passengers can enjoy the local nightlife or a walk ashore after dinner.

Fares for the full 108-night world cruise start at $24,999 per person, twin-share, from Sydney or Brisbane. Australians booking the whole cruise before April 30, 2020, will receive up to $1000 per person onboard credit and additional savings of up to $1000 if they have cruised with Princess Cruises before.