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Published on 7 February 2013

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Have you been daydreaming of turquoise seas and white sands? Book yourself on to a five nights, six days tour to Seychelles with Lushescapes, a luxury travel outfit. You'll be transferred from the airport to the Zil Air Helipad in a BMW to fly in a private chopper to the luxurious North Island Resort & Spa. Explore the Botanical Gardens, Le Jardin du Roi spice garden and other popular haunts on Mahe Island. You'll also visit La Digue at the Praslin Island, the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles. This trip packs in lunch with private boat transfers.

Starting from 8000 euros (Rs 5.8 lakh approx) per person on a double occupancy basis, the package includes transfers, guided tour, accommodation and all meals on the first two days but only breakfast on the next three days. Spend the first two nights at the luxurious Presidential Villa at North Island Resort and the next three nights at the Panoramic Villa at the Maia Luxury Resort & Spa. Round-trip airfares from Calcutta to Seychelles would cost approx. Rs 57,000. Go to www.lushescapes.com for more information.

By Anupma Tripathi

Well, if you don't get a sinking feeling whenever you are near water, this is the thing for you. Luxury properties Amari Coral Beach Phuket and Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui are livening things up underwater by introducing scuba diving sessions for both professionals and first timers. So swim with the fishes in Phuket with guided instructions from the hotel's award-winning scuba diving group Sea Bees. There are coral reefs and colourful marine life to explore and the rare opportunity to become a certified diver in four days.

The 5-night Phuket package is priced at 34,400 THB (Rs 62,200 approximately) for a couple and includes round trip airport transfers, one free Thai set dinner, welcome drink and a late check out at 4pm. The Koh Samui package is priced at 32,292THB (Rs 59,400 approximately) for five nights and includes the same frills but also a 60 minute mood massage at the resort's Breeze Spa. Both the offers are valid till October 31. Roundtrip airfares from Calcutta to Phuket and to Koh Samui cost approx. Rs 18,400 and Rs 36,250 respectively. For more information, go to www.amari.com.

By Susmita Saha

If you want to go tracking the leopard then head for Bera, a sleepy hamlet in the Aravalis. About 150km from Udaipur, Bera is located alongside the Jawai River and its forests are the perfect home for the elusive leopard. The jungles are also home to other fauna including the hyena, bear, antelope, fox and a variety of birds. The Jawai Lake is where the crocodiles lurk. You could book your stay in the luxurious Leopard’s Lair Jungle Resort, which boasts of rustic architecture and offers alfresco farm-fresh Rajasthani fare, bonfires in the evening and more. Valid till April, the package costs Rs 17,000 for a couple and includes accommodation for two nights, all meals, two leopard safaris each day and taxes. A one-way transfer from Udaipur in an air-conditioned SUV will cost an additional Rs 6,000. Contact PlanetWildlife at travel@planetwildlife.com or call 040 23553265 / 040 65810196.

By Suktara Ghosh

There’s no denying that Bangkok is a tourist magnet. In fact Tourism Authority of Thailand had estimated last year that the Ratchaprasong intersection, a major commercial venue of Bangkok, would attract a million international tourists for New Year festivities. Inevitably, business in top tier hotels is on an upswing at this time of the year and the New Year celebrations carry on into March! So, join the Thai New Year celebrations right now, perched on the 63rd floor of Lebua Hotel’s Sky Bar as part of its Lavish Luxury Package, valid till March 31, 2013 with the exclusion of February 14.

The package price starts at Rs 12,635 per person per day with an option of upgrading to Tower Club River View Suites. And it throws in a relaxing moonlight cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Chocolates and strawberries on arrival are part of the deal as is the daily breakfast at Café Mozu or the Continental breakfast and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at Tower Club Executive Lounge. For a bit of buzz head for Lebua’s hip watering hole, Ocean 52, that’s offering two complimentary drink vouchers per day per couple. For reservations, contact resvn@lebua.com, or call + 66 2 624 9555

By Susmita Saha

Want to bring alive the spirit of Sossegado? Simply put, that’s a word aptly describing how one chills out in Goa. Head for the brand new Treehouse Blue, a complex of 24 service apartments located at a stone’s throw from the picturesque Majorda beach in South Goa. Take your pick from six studio apartments and 18 one-bedroom apartments, all of which come with living areas, kitchenettes and balconies that overlook lush greenery. All the amenities that you might need on a leisure or a business trip to Goa are at hand.

The cost for a night's stay is Rs 3,500 per couple in the studio apartments and Rs. 1,200 per couple in the one-bedroom apartment. These include boarding, complimentary breakfast, all recreational facilities and high speed Wi-Fi. You can also ride around Goa in bicycles provided by Treehouse Blue. The package is valid up to March 31st. For reservations email at sales@thetreehouseblue.com.

By Saimi Sattar

If you are making a business trip to the Middle East, chances are that you would like to spend it in style. So, go ahead and check into the recently-launched Amari Doha at Qatar. Amari is Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality's leading hotel and resort brand and Amari Doha is its first address in the Middle East. A 15-minute-drive from the Doha International Airport, the property - which opened on January 1 this year - is 13-storeyed and features 120 rooms.

To make your stay unique, Amari Doha has designed a Special Opening Offer. Starting from 400 QAR (around Rs 6,000) per couple per night, the offer includes a complimentary room upgrade to deluxe, early check-in and late check-out, and a 25 per cent discount each on food, beverages and spa treatments at the in-house Breeze Spa. Breakfast, taxes and service charges are extra. Valid till February 28, the offer is available for accommodation in the hotel's Superior Rooms only. Return airfares to Doha (ex-Calcutta) start from around Rs 30,350. Go to www.amari.com/doha.

By Yashodeep Sengupta