Historical baggage 'This is not about a brand of bags but rather about a piece of history and adventure. This is a bag with personality; meaningful to you and maybe significant for humankind,' gushes EverQuest Design, with a dramatic tone rarely displayed in the sale of luggage. But then this is no normal line of traveller's kit. Each one of EverQuest's products - laptop bags, BlackBerry cases, shoulder bags and more - is made using material taken from equipment used on historically significant voyages. So you can have a bag with a front flap made from an orange-and-white piece of the 1990 Soyuz-TM-8 space mission landing parachute, or a more humble key holder made with a piece of rope from a South Col ascent of Mount Everest. This latter item is reasonably priced at US$20 while the Soyuz laptop bag goes for US$155. Every item comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by someone involved in the relevant pursuit. View the online catalogue at www.everquestdesign.com . Private property The Central Krabi Bay Resort, which officially opens next month, will feature 192 ocean-facing rooms (left) and villas starting at a spacious 775 sq ft and is set in a private bay that affords the obligatory 'stunning views' along 500 metres of beachfront. Facilities include two swim-ming pools, four restaurants, the Centara Spa, a Padi dive centre and a fitness centre. Discount online rates are available at www.centralhotelsresorts.com , with deluxe ocean-facing accommodation at 7,200 baht (HK$1,490) a night from November 1 until December 19. Top of the range is a two-bedroom beachfront villa, which can be yours for 35,000 baht a night. Visit www.centralhotelsresorts.com/ckbr_default.asp . London calling Hot on the heels of Oasis Hong Kong, with its new Gatwick service, Air New Zealand will begin flights between Hong Kong and Heathrow a week from today, giving passengers yet another choice of carrier to London and supplying further ammunition for a potential price war. The Heathrow route will be the second leg of a flight originating in Auckland, so there is the downside of the plane already being half full of bleary-eyed, sweaty-socked passengers by the time you board. But Star Alliance members may want to note that Air New Zealand will be the only carrier in the group to fly between Hong Kong and Heathrow. The airline will operate the route using newly refurbished Boeing 747-400 aircraft (below). Air New Zealand first flew into Hong Kong in 1966, with DC-8 aircraft, many of which are still in use today by cargo carriers. Plane-spotters might like to visit www. ipapilot.org/wind_plane_23_2.mov to see one of these making a rather unnerving aborted landing in California. Dressing up The Peninsula New York is a offering a service that will interest forgetful travellers. Guests in need of some upmarket threads can avail themselves of the services of Wardrobe. This luxury apparel rental house is usually open only to stylists and the fashion industry but has joined forces with the Peninsula for this one-off deal. Presumably also of use to anyone whose luggage has been waterlogged or stolen, the service can fit you up with designer duds from the likes of Versace, Stella McCartney and Narciso Rodriguez for 10 per cent to 15 per cent of their retail value. Fittings can be made downtown at Wardrobe, or a selection can be sent to the hotel along with owner and style consultant Neva Lindner. Visit www.peninsula.com for further details and see www.wardrobe-nyc.com for more on Wardrobe's collection. Better late than never Cathay Pacific will recommence services to Shanghai (pending final government approval) on December 1 after a 16-year break. Unfortunately, the airline has been unlucky with its slots and anyone flying on a Friday night will be arriving at Pudong International airport at 2.05am. Flights back to Hong Kong on a Saturday will depart from Shanghai at an even less convenient 3.05am. Flight times during the week are better, with a 6.40pm Hong Kong departure and arrival in Shanghai at 9.15pm, but on the way back you'll be setting off at 10.35pm and landing at Chek Lap Kok at 1.15am, long after the Airport Express has shut down for the night. Deal of the week Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa (above) in Penang has just reopened following a renovation and remodelling that took almost two years and included the addition of the 11-villa Chi Spa Village. Many agents are selling resort packages, including Cathay Pacific Holidays, with a three-night deal for HK$3,999. This includes accommodation in a sea-facing Garden Wing Room, breakfast and insurance. Also available is a premier room in the Rasa Wing for $6,199, which comes with access to the Rasa Lounge for complimentary breakfast, afternoon cream teas and all-day refreshments, including alcoholic drinks. Premier rooms are more like suites, with a large living area and an oversized bathtub on the balcony. Both these prices, available for departure until November 5, also include a 60-minute head and shoulder massage at Chi Spa. Bookings can be made through www.cxholidays.com , or by calling 2747 4388. Westminster Travel, meanwhile, is selling smaller deluxe rooms in the Rasa Wing for HK$4,650 for three nights. These may be the best bet for families because each has a small private garden attached and comes with Rasa Lounge benefits. This and other Rasa Sayang packages will be available until December 15. For further details and reservations, call Westminster Travel on 2313 9800 or e-mail email@example.com , quoting reference number 4945. All the above prices are per person, twin share. For a virtual tour of the resort, visit www.shangri-la.com .