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    News bites – 19 April 2022

    PONANT announces its return to Australia with the Kimberley 2022 season

    Ponant. Image courtesy of Ponant

    PONANT will restart its Australian season with the Kimberley 2022 following the highly anticipated statement by Western Australia to welcome small interstate and international expedition ships with a maximum of 350 persons to its waters.

    With operations resuming 28 April 2022, PONANT will offer multiple departures between April and October including two new departure dates for its10-night ‘Australia’s Iconic Kimberley’ between Broome and Darwin, showcasing the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley onboard small luxury expedition ship Le Soléal.

    Highlights on the itinerary include visiting the Hunter River inhabited estuarine crocodiles; discovering the King George River on a Zodiac® excursion and reaching the majestic Twin Falls, the highest in Western Australia; and a visit to Collier Bay to explore Montgomery reef. Sailing along one of the most spectacular coasts in Australia, the Kimberley’s falls, savannah, and tidal phenomena promise never to disappoint.

    Environmentally friendly, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and complete with lounges designed to be largely open to the exterior, PONANT’s modern, purpose-built, intimately sized ships offer a unique experience at sea, offering unparalleled comfort and luxury for exploring the region. Le Soléal provides 95% balcony accommodation and offers a selection of world-class dining options, open bar*, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    King George River. Image courtesy of Nick Rains

    NEW Departure from Darwin: ‘Australia’s Iconic Kimberley
    From Darwin to Broome – 10 nights on board Le Soléal
    Departs on 28 May 2022 from AUD10,060 per person in a Deluxe Stateroom.
    Book early and save up to 30% with the PONANT bonus*

    NEW Departure from Broome: ‘Australia’s Iconic Kimberley’
    From Broome to Darwin – 10 nights on board Le Soléal
    Departs on 7 June 2022 from AUD10,060 per person in a Deluxe Stateroom.
    Book early and save up to 30% with the PONANT bonus*

    Pre-registration for the new sailings can be made via your personal travel manager.

    • Prices are yield-managed and can change at any time without notice. Advertised price already is inclusive of the Ponant bonus at the time of publishing.

    Created in 1988, by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT has created a new style of cruising, under the French flag, through a unique conception of sea travel blending a pioneering spirit, French-inspired hospitality, and a commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism. Accessing exceptional territories aboard small-capacity luxury expedition ships featuring refined design, on which the art of living and excellent cuisine takes pride of place: such is the promise of a unique and authentic voyage with PONANT, the world leader of luxury expeditions.

    Ultimate Mother’s Day Stay: 20 per cent off Sydney’s luxury lodges

    Calabash Bay Lodge. Image courtesy of Pablo Veiga

    Wild Luxury, which operates Crane Lodge at Palm Beach and Calabash Bay Lodge on the Hawkesbury, is offering a special discount so mums can be treated to the ultimate stay this Mother’s Day.

    Loved ones looking for something extra special to give their mum on 8 May will receive 20 per cent off a two-night stay at either of Wild Luxury’s lodges when purchasing a Mother’s Day gift voucher between now and 2 May.

    Crane Lodge Pool. Image courtesy of Michael Wee

    To help those affected by recent flooding on the Upper Hawkesbury River, and Northern Rivers regions, 10% of all Mother’s Day voucher sales will be donated to GIVIT’s NSW Flood Appeal.

    Crane Lodge firepit. Image courtesy of Michael Wee

    About Wild Luxury’s lodges:

    Crane Lodge, Palm Beach
    Nestled among endangered spotted gums high above Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Crane Lodge is a luxurious ‘tree house’ that blends natural beauty with bespoke design. The exclusive-use lodge delivers an escape of the highest standard, from its stunning interiors featuring striking artwork and superb design to its lush, landscaped gardens which offer a forest bathing experience that immerses guests in the tranquility of nature. The lodge features five large bedrooms, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, a heated swimming ’rock pool’, cedar hot tub and a fire pit with views across the treetops.

    Calabash Bay Lodge, Hawkesbury River
    Flanked by National Parks and surrounded by ancient sandstone, Calabash Bay Lodge is only accessible by water offering the ultimate wild luxury experience on the Hawkesbury River. All four bedrooms and living areas look out to the riverfront and there is ample space to relax and recharge by the open fireplace, in the luxurious daybed or in one of the hanging chairs. Calabash guests can opt to stay in and soak up the surroundings with an optional on-site chef, masseuse or yoga teacher, or explore the river using the lodge’s boat, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards


    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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