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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 April, 2010, 12:00am

Water works

'Wellness at sea' is the theme for an upcoming voyage by Crystal Cruises ( This September, the Mind, Body & Spirit cruise will travel from London to New York, with stops at Dublin, Iceland and Greenland, treating guests to a health- focused programme of special-interest classes. Instructors include specialists from the Mayo Clinic and the California-based Tai Chi Cultural Centre, a veteran yogi and former Major League Baseball coach Jerry Kindall. Double occupancy rates for the 14-day cruise - including a US$1,000 bonus spending credit - start at US$5,710 per person.

Stamp of approval

Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia (, is introducing an on-board immigration service on its new Amsterdam-Dubai-Jakarta route in June. The service is already available on Tokyo-Jakarta flights. Passengers who require visas for entry into Indonesia purchase visa-on-arrival vouchers at their airport of departure. Immigration officers on the aircraft will conduct passport checks and issue visas and a card that must be returned to ground immigration officers.

Artful lodger

There's a small but stylish newcomer in Taipei's fashionable Da'An district: the avant-garde boutique Hotel Eclat ( With two original Salvador Dali sculptures in the funky Eclat Lounge and works by contemporary Chinese artist Tang Yuen Hei in every room, the hotel is decked out with items from the personal art, furniture and vintage wine collections of its owner, Hong Kong entrepreneur George Wong. The 60 guest rooms feature rainforest showers, Bang & Olufsen sound systems, Philippe Starck furniture and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.

Deal of the week

Goodwood Park Hotel (, one of Singapore's five-star heritage hotels, celebrates its 110th anniversary this year with two packages. Tailored for couples staying in a poolside suite, the 110th Anniversary Luxury two-night package starts at S$1,100 (HK$6,000) and includes breakfast in bed, S$110 in daily dining credits at the award-winning Gordon Grill and S$110 worth of spa treatments at the J's Salon. The 110th Anniversary Weekend Rest & Relax package for double occupancy in a deluxe room starts at S$110 per person, per night, with buffet breakfast at only S$11 per person and an option to upgrade to a poolside suite for a surcharge of S$110.