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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 August, 2009, 12:00am

Island spice

Amanresorts has launched the Komodo Expedition, a seven-night journey through Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara Islands, including the Komodo National Park, aboard a 104-foot 'spice trader' yacht called Amanikan (right). Beginning and ending with a night at the Amanwana tented camp on Moyo Island, the expedition features five days of sailing through the island chain, plenty of snorkelling and diving, jungle treks and visits to the national park with a ranger. Amanikan features two main cabins, each with sun decks, and a smaller cabin with two single beds. Cabins have teak floors, antique brass fittings and rattan weave furnishings, while the main deck boasts a barbecue area, sunbathing spots and al-fresco dining for up to 10. The Komodo Expedition costs US$22,300 for one couple and US$27,100 for two couples (accommodation for children vary) and includes two dives a day while on board Amanikan and one a day at Amanwana, all meals and non-alcoholic drinks. To find out more, visit

Think big

The company that built the world's largest swimming pool is about to go one better with a massive new development at Egypt's resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Crystal Lagoons (, which built the sprawling eight hectare, one-kilometre-long ocean pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort (left) in Chile, certified by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest, is building Citystars Lagoons, a US$5.5 billion development featuring 12 giant lagoons - the first of which will measure 12 hectares - 30,000 homes, hotels, museums and a shopping centre. The first pool is expected to open by December.

Deal of the week

The City Chic - Value Tokyo Package offers a weekend in Tokyo with Hilton International and CX Holidays ( Fly economy with Cathay Pacific and stay two nights at either the Hilton Tokyo from HK$3,189 per person or the Conrad Tokyo from HK$4,749 per person and enjoy a one-day coupon for two to Hello Kitty Land Tokyo. The Conrad also offers a guaranteed upgrade to a Classic Room Bay View. Flight restrictions and an air-ticket surcharge of between HK$600 to HK$1,200 per person may apply. Travel must be completed by September 1