Travel news This week, stay on Lake Geneva with a special luxury package or go trekking in New Zealand with a three-week deal starting in Auckland.
Great escapes in Switzerland and New Zealand
Get a free night in Geneva with a special package from Luxury Hotels by Dnata. Stay four nights and pay three at Geneva's five-star Hotel D'Angleterre, which is located on the fashionable Quai du Mont Blanc in the heart of the city. Hotel D'Angleterre provides views of Lake Geneva and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Superb skiing is less than an hour away.
The package costs from Dh10,700 per person, based on two sharing, and includes round-trip air fare from Dubai to Geneva on Austrian Airlines via Vienna, airport transfers, canapés on arrival, four nights in a junior suite, breakfast, early check-in and late check -out, and taxes. The offer is valid until December 31. Visit www.dnata.com or www.dangleterrehotel.com for more information.
Take advantage of the many winter deals at ski destinations across California. The Mammoth Mountain "lift and lodging" package starts at US$109 (Dh400) per person, per night, based on two sharing, for a minimum stay of two nights in a three-star hotel (choose from Mammoth Mountain Inn, the Village Lodge, Tamarack Lodge and Resort or Juniper Springs Resort). The price includes one lift pass per person, per day. The offer is valid until April 30 (www.mammothmountain.com).
Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe is offering a "cash back bonus" package starting at $94 (Dh345) per person, per night. Book two nights and receive a Kirkwood Cash Card worth $75 (Dh275) to use anywhere in the resort (www.kirkwood.com).
In South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort has a "fourth night and third day free" offer that starts at $347 (Dh1,274) per person and includes four nights' accommodation, free lift passes and a gift. The offer is valid from January 1 to April 24 (www.skiheavenly.com).
Sierra-at-Tahoe has a "stay, ski and save" package starting at $109 (Dh400) per person, per night, based on two sharing, and includes accommodation at the luxurious eco-friendly 968 Park Spa and one lift pass per person. All prices include taxes.
New Zealand adventure
Exodus has put together a three-week adventure holiday in New Zealand. The trip starts with a city tour of Auckland before going on to the thermal fields of Rotorua, the Whirinaki rainforest and Tongariro, New Zealand's first national park. Visitors also find time to enjoy sea-kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and hiking by the Fox River.
Other highlights include a helicopter ride around Mount Aspiring National Park and a hike up to a glacial lake, a boat trip down the Wilkin River, a tour of Queenstown, a visit to Fiordland National Park and trekking through Mackenzie Country to Aoraki and Mueller Ridge. The land-only package costs from £3,399 (Dh19,700) per person and includes accommodation, camping trips and all meals listed in the itinerary. Visit www.exodus.co.uk for more information.
Celebrate in Scotland
Ring in the New Year at Loch Ness and take part in a number of events in the villages along the shores of the Loch and the nearby Highlands capital of Inverness. Take a boat trip on the lake or enjoy biking in the mountains, walking or horse riding. Skiers and snowboarders can make the short journey to Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore or Nevis Range near Fort William. Families can round off the holidays with a visit to Cairngorm National Park for reindeer spotting and dog sledding.
A two-night break for two at the Lovat, Fort Augustus, at the southern tip of Loch Ness, a cosy, eco-friendly hotel, costs from £494 (Dh2,862), including breakfast on the second night and Hogmanay celebrations - a five-course dinner, drinks and canapés, live entertainment and fireworks. Call 0845 450 1100 or visit www.thelovat.com. A two-night stay at the Waterside Hotel Inverness, located on the banks of River Ness, costs from £214 (Dh1,240) per person, including bubbly, dinner dance and a full Scottish breakfast. Prices include taxes. Call 00 44 1463 233 065 or visit www.thewatersideinverness.co.uk for more details.
The newly opened Langham Xintiandi, located in the heart of Shanghai's vibrant Xintiandi district, has an introductory package starting at 2,145 yuan (Dh1,182) per night, including taxes, accommodation in a grand double room, breakfast and dinner for two at Cachet Restaurant and free internet access. The offer is valid until February 28 for a minimum two-night stay. For more information, visit xintiandi.langhamhotels.com.