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Bring a friend half price: Club Med guests who book to stay at the Lindeman Island Whitsunday resort can bring a friend for half price. The offer is valid for sale until August 31 2006 and for travel until December 22 2006 (blackout dates apply). Travellers must book a minimum seven-night stay and the offer only includes land stay portion (ie, excludes airfares or transfers) to the resort for the second person travelling for half price. Seven-night packages start from $1,975 for the first full paying guest and from $1,210 for the second traveller. The all-inclusive Club Med holiday includes your choice of accommodation plus return flights and transfers (for the paying guest) and a full range of activities such as windsurfing and sailing, complimentary kids club facilities for couples travelling with children, three meals daily with soft drinks plus wine and beer served at lunch and dinner. 1800 258 263. NZ ski packages - Sofitel Queenstown welcomes snow-lovers with their new SoSki program of services to skiers and snowboarders. This includes ski and board fitting while sipping on a warming glass of Central Otago pinot, all equipment hire, lift passes and door-to-slope transfers. They also offer the fully escorted premium ski day service with personalised and fully escorted transport, VIP parking, flexible pickup times, a full or half day with one of New Zealand’s top instructors, assistance with equipment and tailor-made ski days to accommodate everyone from complete beginners to heli-ski fans and powder lovers. 1300 65 65 65. Grand Mercure Oakridge Spa Resort in Wanaka, which is close to the ski fields of Cardrona and Treble Cone, is offering a special ski package including seven nights’ accommodation for the price of six. The resort is set on 1.5 hectares in a beautiful mountain setting and currently offers 77 suites and rooms in a variety of accommodation styles from self-contained studios to lodge rooms and two-bedroom apartments. Its heated rock pool complex with hot tubs and heated pools is the perfect place to thaw out after a day’s skiing. The resort also boasts a day spa with a range of massage treatments to soothe those tired muscles after a day on the slopes. They can also organise ski passes and ski shuttles for additional charges. Prices start from $150 per room per night and are subject to availability. 1300 65 65 65. Closer to home - The Sanctuary Golf Resort is offering a number of great package deals at the moment. It is located only one hour and 45 minutes south of Perth amid 37 hectares of rolling green lawns, tranquil lakes and sparkling ocean vistas. Special corporate rate of $89 per night (for a minimum two-night stay) in a studio suite is valid through July, August and September 2006. There is the ‘bubbles & bunkers’ package, which includes an overnight stay in a deluxe spa suite, a continental breakfast for two and a bottle of sparkling wine and a bath and body gift pack. ‘He’ also plays nine holes of golf and ‘she’ relaxes with a half-hour massage. Just $139 per person. Then there is the ‘chocolate lovers dream’ package, which includes an overnight stay in a studio suite and a John Walker Chocolatier gift hamper full of chocolaty goodies. $99 per person. 9725 2777. Chimes Spa Retreat (pictured above) has a ‘stay for four nights and only pay for three’ offer during winter. Situated just out of Denmark on top of Mt Shadforth overlooking one of the best views in the state, it has a well-established name for luxury and attention to detail. The lovely spa salon offers a host of pleasurable treatment packages for the individual and the couple at extra cost. Accommodation, which includes cooked breakfasts, starts at $230 per room per night in a queen garden suite. 9848 2255.

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