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In the News
Hawaii Holiday with Garry
First Class and Business Class Airfare Specials, plus Earlybird Deals
Featured Luxury Cruises
FirstClass Experiences
FirstClass Christmas & New Years Trading Hours
And Finally
In the News

Making News this Month...

Etihad Airways Continues Winning Streak
Etihad Airways, has won the coveted Best First Class and Best Long Haul Airline Middle-East and Africa categories in the AirlineRatings.com 2015 Airline Excellence Awards. AirlineRatings.com, the wor...>>>

Cathay Pacfic Launches Larger Aircraft On Sydney Flights
The first Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER will arrive today at Sydney Airport at 2050 from Hong Kong, as the airline increases its capacity on the popular route. With 28 flights a week from Sydney to...>>>

Air New Zealand Named Airline Of The Year
AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, has announced the selection of Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2015. Air New Zealand is being honoured for....>>>

Also in the News...

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Hawaii Holiday with Garry
Hawaii is synonymous with paradise – cobalt blue oceans, pristine beaches, hanging palm trees, volcano shaped landscapes and famous surf; not only can you access the islands on some of the world’s best airlines but also stay at some of the most luxurious hotels.  
Garry

Waikiki Beach from Heights

If you’re short on time – or want to really get an in depth feel of island life – then Oahu is your one stop shop. The Hawaiian capital Honolulu is an eclectic mix of traditional Hawaiian culture and the cosmopolitan side of the famous island state. Explore some of the history with a guided tour of the only Royal Palace in the USA – Iolani Palace. Directly across from the former residence of the Hawaiian monarchs is the statue of King Kamehameha I who unified the Hawaiian Islands under one rule and whose bronze representation is once a year draped in dozens of 30-foot fresh flower lei. For an unexpected dining option head to Chinatown with noodle shops, open-air markets, traditional herb shops and lei stands with a buzzing nightlife and music scene. 

  
Waikiki Beach from the Sand and East Oahu

But what would Hawaii be without its famous beaches? And the cream of the crop is Waikiki. With world-class hotels, Pacific-Rim cuisine, ocean front dining, great shopping, and of course the beautiful beach itself make this your go to accommodation option. There’s a lot to do on the beach and off it. 

Why not grab your hiking shoes and walk to the top of Leahi (Diamond Head) – an extinct volcano tuff cone and a national landmark. From its peak you will enjoy a panoramic view that extends along Oahu’s southern shore. On land you can also enjoy the Ala Moana shopping centre which offers something for every visitor – whether it is browsing through the world’s largest outdoor shopping centre or have a swim and surf at the 76-acre beach park. 

  
Waimanalo Beach

On the water you can go catamaran sailing off Waikiki or head under water in a submarine excursion to explore the sunken ships, airplanes and reef structures teeming with life under the waves. Just next to the rolling waves there is the Waikiki Beach Gathering with sunset torch lighting and hula festivals on select evenings and fireworks displays every Friday night. 

Other highlights around the island include Waimanalo beach, Turtle Bay and the historic Pearl Harbour (which is certainly a must see). For the best eats I found on the island head to Dukes Restaurant and Barefoot Bar on Waikiki beach, Beachhouse at the Moana or – for a taste of fine French cuisine then enjoy a meal at La Mer, Honolulu. If you enjoy golf I can also recommend the Turtle Bay Palmer Course and the Ko Olina Golf Club – from which you can catch a glimpse of Pearl Harbour. 

  
Moana Surfrider and Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki

There are many world-class accommodation on Oahu, but my recommendations would have to be the Moana Surfrider by Westin and Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, the Turtle Bay Resort or the Ko Olina Marriott

 

  

Ko Olina Marriott and Turtle Bay Resort

Oahu is your gateway to the islands of Hawaii, but with so much to see and so many waves to catch you may not have the time to leave this spectacular destination. 

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First Class and Business Class Airfare Specials, plus Earlybird Deals

 

Etihad Airways Earlybird to Europe Valid for departures until 31Oct15.

Etihad First Class to Europe from

 

$12,875 $10,150

 

Etihad Mixed Business/First Class to Europe from

 

$10255 $9,275

 

Etihad Business Class to Europe from

 

$8775 $6,975*

- Sale until 23Dec14

- Complimentary stopover accommodation in Abu Dhabi or Dubai may be available 

- Complimentary limousine transfers 

*Z Class fares do not include Complimentary transfers. 

  

More Fantastic First and Business Class Specials

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Featured Luxury Cruises

Don't miss a bargain! These cruise deals are soon to expire, book now before you miss out!

Cunard 10 Day Sale
Cruise on one of Cunard's iconic Queens
Cunard 10 Day Sale

Depart From:
Cruiseship: Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria & Queen Elizabeth
From: AU$1425

Cruiseline: Cunard

2015 European River Cruising with Tauck
2015 European River Cruising with Tauck
Departure Date: 01Apr15 - 28Oct15
Depart From: Multiple
Cruiseship:

Ends in: Multiple
Cruiseline: Tauck Cruising

Discover the Atlantic Seaboard of Canada and USA in 2016 with Azamara Club Cruises
Discover the Atlantic Seaboard of Canada and USA in 2016 with Azamara Club Cruises
Departure Date: 24Sep16
Depart From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cruiseship: Azamara Quest
From: AU$13295
Ends in: New Orleans, Louisiana
Cruiseline: Azamara

13 Nights Melbourne to Lautoka, Fiji with Silversea Cruises
13 Nights Melbourne to Lautoka, Fiji with Silversea Cruises
Departure Date: 23Feb15
Depart From: Melbourne
Cruiseship: Silver Spirit
From: AU$7750
Ends in: Lautoka, Fiji
Cruiseline: Silversea
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FirstClass Experiences

What will your next adventure be?
Maybe it should be to book yourself on one of these amazing FirstClass Experience!
Ask your travel specialist for more details.

Spend this Festive season in one of the greatest cities 'New York' on one of these once in a life time VIP packages.
The Ultimate Tuscan Experience: Supertuscans meet Andrea Bocelli
In July, as the gentle hills are swept by summer breezes and fields of sunflowers bow reverently to the bright blue sky and warm sun, Andrea Bocelli will be coming home to Tuscany once again to hold another sublime concert within Teatro del Silenzio’s spellbinding setting.
Peru with Belmond
Focused around their beautiful new hotel, Palacio Nazarenas, this journey enables you to experience Cuzco close up before heading to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Expert guides accompany you, bringing fascinating ancient cultures to life. This Peru journey takes you to all the key places, but adds a special twist. 
Round the World with Four Seasons Private Jet
Travel by private jet to legendary destinations at every corner of the globe, with Four Seasons as your guide.
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FirstClass Christmas & New Years Trading Hours

Tuesday 23rd December 9am-5.30pm

Wednesday 24th December 9am-4pm Christmas Eve

Thursday 25th & Friday 26th December Closed

Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th December 9am-5.30pm

Wednesday 31st December 9am-4pm New Years Eve

Thursday 1st January Closed

Friday 2nd January 9am-5.30pm

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