The Open Road : March–April 2013
T R AV E L YOUR BEST TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, HOW TO GET THERE AND WHEN TO GO Five-star cuisine, world-class health sanctuaries, cosmopolitan cocktail lounges that wouldn't be out of place in the likes of New York, Paris or London, plus cutting- edge fashion that's making waves on international catwalks -- all of these and more represent the new face of Bali, giving even more dimensions to this already diverse destination. For some time, Seminyak has been on the Bali bucket list for those in the know. Populated with bars, restaurants and hotels, today it is the place to stay and be seen. Waterfront properties serving cocktails with a view are perfect for pre- or post-meal drinks. As for dining options, scour endless options of contemporary cuisine from around the world or try traditional Indonesian with a modern twist. Offering a much slower, yet no less sophisticated experience, Ubud is a nature lover's dream. Follow green rice paddies up to this luscious, vegetation-rich location and feel yourself completely unwind. As Bali's cultural hub, Ubud is home to the island's best health retreats, art galleries and authentic cooking schools. Whether a holistic holiday in Ubud, or a stylish sojourn in Seminyak, a trip to these two new hotspots will unearth a unique, surprising and entirely different side of Bali, beyond expectations and BALI: BEYOND THE BEACH 5-STAR W RETREAT & SPA BALI 7 nights from $1329*pp twin share ONE FREE NIGHT! Complimentary dinner for two or 60-minute massage W signature welcome beverage Welcome gift on the day of arrival Bliss bathroom amenities Complimentary Wi-Fi Return airport transfers Valid for sale: Until Dec 17, 2013 Valid for travel: Apr1--Dec24,2013 5-STAR UBUD VILLAGE RESORT & SPA 5 nights from $605*pp twin share Full breakfast daily Fruit basket and chocolates Free tour to Petulu village Complimentary shuttle from resort to shopping area Free welcome drink on arrival Return airport transfers Valid for sale: Until Mar 20, 2014 Valid for travel: Apr1--Mar31,2014 ESSENTIAL SHANGHAI 5 nights from $807*pp twin share 5 nights stay at Rendezvous Hotel Shanghai Merry Full-day city sights and historic Zhujiajiao tours Half-day Huangpu River cruise Return airport transfers Breakfast daily Valid for travel: Apr 1, 2013 -- Mar 31, 2014 SHANGHAI & BEIJING GETAWAY 6 nights from $1285*pp twin share 3 nights in Shanghai and Beijing Shanghai and Beijing city sights tours Bullet train first-class seat Shanghai to Beijing Great Wall Mutianyu and Sacred Way tour Return airport and rail transfers Valid for travel: Apr 1, 2013 -- Mar 31, 2014 *Terms & conditions apply. Subject to availability. Seasonal surcharges apply. Airfares not included. HOT SPOT I RECOMMEND... With a population of over 20 million, Shanghai is the largest city in China. It's a true megacity in every sense of the word, with lots of interesting sites, from ancient to modern -- temples, gardens, fine dining, modern architecture and contemporary urban living. Remnants of Shanghai's decadent colonial past are evident along The Bund with its riverside area and French Town. Shanghai is also a shopper's haven -- even the locals say it's the place to shop. Markets, bazaars and department stores are plentiful. Shanghai is the total opposite to what I'd imagined it to be. It's ultra-modern, clean and easy to get around and I felt safe! NRMA Travel consultant Kerri-Ann Taylor says Shanghai is a mega city! MEMBERS SAVE UP TO $82 per couple MEMBERS SAVE UP TO $68 per couple MEMBERS SAVE UP TO $117 per couple MEMBERS SAVE UP TO $38 per couple BELOW: Shanghai Tower dominates the megacity's modern waterfront skyline OPENROAD 48 MORE INFORMATION Call NRMA Travel on 1300 292 803 or visit www.nrmatravel.com.au for full details.