Australians love dragging our weekends out, taking a day off either side to pop away for four-day mini stays. There are so many options for shopping and café trips with the girls, romantic beach resort escapes for two, and family friendly holidays, that more often we are looking toward great deals to help us pick our next short stay destination. We've done the homework for you, take a look at these popular trending overseas short stays and a range of great flight and hotel rates for every budget.
Long known as an important stopover point, Singapore is beginning to emerge as more than a place to rest your head in between international flights. Gearing towards travellers of all descriptions, Singapore is just a whim away and offers world-class shopping, trendy eateries, traditional haunts, and plenty to do for the active globe trotter.
Looking for a luxurious escapade with your family and cannot decide between resort or city shopping spree? Why not both? Shangri-La Singapore has a Family Weekend Getaway package offering accommodation in their lush tropical Garden Wing and a host of extras including buffet breakfast, dinner and evening cocktails. Rates start at SGD 513 (A$400) for stays between 18 January 2013 to 30 April 2013. http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/Flights
Jetstar flies to Singapore from Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Singapore from A$359 per person one-way Economy, and from A$699 Business Class. http://www.jetstar.com
Virgin Australia rates start at A$902 per person return to Singapore from Sydney in Economy, and from A$4,768 in Business Class. http://www.virginaustralia.com
Travellers are spoilt for choice with things to do in Bangkok, but many Aussies love to visit for the great shopping and incredible food. Whilst you're wandering the streets bartering for bags and sunnies, you'll be struck by magnificent temples and tourist attractions along the way. When it all gets too much, retreat to your hotel for a famous Thai massage or just kick back by the pool.
Indulge your tastebuds with your lover or a good friend and book the Gastronic Delights package from Banyan Tree Bangkok. The package includes accommodation in a plush Banyan Tree Club Room or One-Bedroom Suite, daily buffet breakfast for two in the club lounge, a three-course al-fresco dining experience for two at the famed roof-top restaurant Vertigo, a riverside Thai sunset dinner cruise for two, and 30% off at the exclusive Banyan Tree Spa. Rates start at THB 5,300 for a deluxe-room (A$171). http://www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok/Flights
THAI flies 12 times a week from Sydney to Bangkok with fares starting from A$923 per person return including taxes (Companion Deal with minimum two adults travelling) in Economy. Royal Silk Business Class Companion deals start from A$3,645 per person including taxes (two adults travelling together).http://www.thaiairways.com.au.
Virgin Australia rates start at A$1,052 per person return to Bangkok from Sydney in Economy, and from A$5,389 in Business Class. http://www.virginaustralia.com
Jetstar rates start at A$379 per person to Bangkok from Melbourne in Economy, and from A$699 in Business Class.
Located in the South Pacific, Vanuatu is a place of untouched tropical beauty with towering active volcanoes, bubbling hot springs in the midst of the jungle, stunning beaches, warm turquoise water, thatched houses and is rich in World War II history. From Sydney you can reach this tropical oasis in about four hours, making it the perfect destination for a short island getaway with a great choice of affordable accommodation and flight options.
A great value for money resort, Coconut Palms Resort is a short walk from the centre of Port Vila, offering a little something for everyone. The brand new Palms Deluxe Apartments start at A$172 per night; the Superior Orchid Rooms with ensuites start at A$145 per night; or for the price conscious traveller try the Hibiscus rooms from A$115 per night, or the Coco Single Room from A$80 per night. http://www.coconutpalms.vu/
Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is located just 10 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes by ferry from the mainland beach. Surrounded by clear turquoise water, coral reefs and thousands of fish, this Melanesian style resort is the custodian of one of Vanuatu’s only marine sanctuaries. Rates start at A$44 per person for a Quad room, and head upwards of A$263 per room for a one-bedroom Oceanside Bungalow, or A$393 per room for a two-bedroom Villa. http://www.hideaway.com.vu
Just three minutes from Port Vila is the tropical paradise Iririki Island Resort. Offering breathtaking views (both overwater and underwater) and vibrant gardens all year round, Iririki is a great escape for those who have a few extra days up their sleeves. Rates start at A$190 per room for the Island Fare Garden View, and go up to A$340 per room for the Waterfront Fare or Deluxe Pool View rooms (enjoy 30% off if you stay for seven-nights). http://www.iririki.comFlights
Virgin Australia rates start at A$257 per person one-way to Vanuatu from Sydney in Economy. http://www.virginaustralia.com
Fiji is the perfect tropical getaway for everyone, from families to honeymooners, there is accommodation to suit all. Enjoy the Fijian hospitality, colourful food, and be part of traditional celebrations with song and Kava and submerse yourself in a new culture.
Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji is a true island escape, with an abundance of tropical beauty, an extensive range of activities and a relaxed and family friendly ambience. Comprising of 123 rooms and Bures scattered along the beachfront, two restaurants - fine dining 'Plantation' Restaurant and Sunset Terrace and pool bar. Activities including swimming, tennis, shopping excursions, village trips, horse riding, sailing, fishing, jet ski's, paintball, surfing and daily snorkelling, dive trips, Fijian cultural entertainment, kids club and spa. Five-night OceanView Bure accommodation packages including return economy airfares with Air Pacific start at A$1154 per person ex Sydney. Valid for travel until 15 June and valid for sale until 31 March 2013. Prices ex Brisbane from AUD$1265, ex Melbourne from AUD$1302, ex Perth from AUD$1715, ex Adelaide from AUD$1484. http://www.vivaholidays.com.au
Set on a white sand beach amongst 40 acres of tall palms and landscaped gardens, this five-star resort on Fiji's Coral Coast is a great choice for the visiting family. The resort boasts huge lagoon pool, extensive water activities, a handful of dining options and two kids clubs including the Mei Mei nanny program, and the world class Bebe Spa Sanctuary. Stay for five nights on an accommodation and meal deal starting at A$1,249, including airfares, transfers and taxes. http://holidayspecialists.com.au/Fiji
Direct rate on http://Outrigger.com : F$379 + 20% VAT/TAX room only (approx A$255 per night).
Exclusively for couples, this five star resort has just five deluxe villas that come with private plunge pools, decks with day beds and a personal butler service. Dine at the resort's signature restaurant Na Vatu, lounge by the fresh water pool, take part in an array of tailored activities, or indulge at the Wai Silvia Alfresco Spa. Stay five nights for FJ$13,500 (under A$8,000) per bure including return helicopter transfers, Champagne upon arrival, all meals and beverages including alcohol. daily sunset canapes, personal butler, and more. http://tadrai.com/en/homeFlights
Virgin Australia rates start at A$198 per person one-way to Fiji from Sydney in Economy, and from A$649 in Premium Economy. http://www.virginaustralia.com
Jetstar rates start at A$259 per person one-way to Fiji from Sydney in Economy.
Christchurch is rising from the rubble and reinventing itself as a happening, green city. A new cargo culture of pop up bars, restaurants and coffee shops has taken hold. The Re-start Container mall has transformed the site of Cashel Mall into an exciting new retail and dining precinct, making this born-again city a great short holiday escape just across the way from Australia.
The conveniently located IBIS Christchurch recently received a $10M facelift and features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOpen, a bar and meeting facilities. Rooms are comfortable, modern, equipped with ensuite bathrooms, Flat screen TVs and access to broadband internet.Rates start from $130 AUD per night. To book, see http://Accorhotels.comFlights
Jetstar rates start at A$179 per person one-way to Christchurch from Sydney in Economy.
Virgin Australia rates start at A$209 per person one-way to Christchurch from Sydney in Economy.http://www.virginaustralia.com
- All rates and offer periods are subject to change. Please visit individual websites for the latest rates and offer information, full terms and conditions.