Six last-minute summer holiday packages

6 Jul 2011

Summer may be officially here but it's still not too late to land some excellent holiday deals – good news for those of us who have been too busy to plan. We highlight six of these:


Karma Jimbaran resort is offering family and friends a “Come Together” package from July 15 to September 15. Enjoy a four-night stay for the price of three at a starting rate of US$660 per night in the Luxury Pool Villa for up to four guests. Other benefits include a private car airport return transfer, complimentary daily breakfast for two, complimentary wifi, a daily fruit bowl, plus free access to the Karma Kids Club and the Nammos Beach Club.


Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort is offering guests the “Luxurious Suite Package” for stays until October 31. Rates start from THB14,500 (US$467.72) per night in the Executive Suite. Guests can also enjoy club room benefits such as daily happy hour, 20 percent discount on selected treatments at Mandara Spa, 20 percent discount on lunch and dinner, daily buffet breakfast for two at Mangosteen Restaurant and one round-trip airport transfer from and to Krabi International Airport. A minimum stay of three nights is required.


From July 15 to August 31, Grand Lapa, Macau, is offering a “Summer Family Package” priced at HK$1,288 (US$166) per night from Sundays to Thursdays, and HK$1,688 (US$217) per night on Fridays and Saturdays. This deal includes one-night in a superior room for two adults and two children, and 10 percent discount on all food and beverage consumed in Café Bella Vista, The Veranda, NAAM Thai Restaurant and Vasco. Guests will also be entitled to a buy-one-get-one-free offer on standard drinks during Happy Hour at Vasco, a 10 percent discount on spa retail products, complimentary buffet breakfast (two adults, two children), and a prize upon check-in. Prizes include late check out, free mini golf for the whole family, free family movie, and body fitness assessment. 


The Westin, Tokyo is offering you the chance to explore Tokyo with its “Grutto Pass Package”, with rates starting from JPY34,072 (US$422) per night in the Deluxe King room for two. Available until August 31, this offer includes benefits such as a coupon offering a 25 percent discount per room at the hotel’s restaurants and bars, complimentary parking, and a Grutto Pass for two,. The Grutto Pass is a booklet that contains free admission and discount tickets to over 52 attractions across Tokyo including access to the Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, Ueno Zoological Gardens, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo Sea Life Park, and The Japanese Sword Museum. Guests can also enjoy discounted tickets to special shows in some attractions.


Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort is offering families a “Fantastic Family Fun” package until September 30. Priced from S$426 (US$347.96) for a night in the superior hill view room, benefits include complimentary entry to Sentosa Island, free Sentosa express tickets, three free swings on The Flying Trapeze, complimentary one-hour use of selected water sports facilities on Sentosa Island, for two adults and one child under 12. Guests can also enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast and dinner at Silver Shell Café for two adults and one child under 12. Guests who want to enjoy some privacy can also send one child aged between five and 12 to the Cool Zone, where he or she can enjoy complimentary activities and be under the care of staff for half a day, on top of enjoying a complimentary lunch or dinner. Other benefits include a 10 percent discount on a selected treatments at the Rasa Spa, and two tickets per stay to Megazip Adventure Park.


Emaar Hospitality Group is targeting its summer package at families with young children. Valid until August 29, guests staying in The Palace The Old Town, The Address Downtown Dubai, The Address Dubai Mall, The Address Dubai Marina, The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Al Manzil Hotel, or Qamardeen Hotel, for three or more nights can enjoy complimentary passes to a range of Dubai’s tourist attractions including SEGA Republic (an indoor theme park), Dubai Ice Rink or Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Guests staying for four nights will also receive a complimentary pass to Kidzania, an “edutainment” centre for kids. While guests staying five nights will also receive a complimentary pass to “At The Top, Burj Khalifa” experience, which enables visitors the opportunity to take in views from the world’s tallest building.;

Rachael Ho and Hazel Ho

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