Easy riding Motorcycle touring company Extreme Bike Tours has just announced a new 13-day itinerary through Sri Lanka. The first trip doesn’t get under way until July, so there’s plenty of time to prepare for what looks like a well-planned fully organised ride around some of the country’s most impressive sights and scenery. Beginning in Galle, the 1,450km itinerary loops up to the tea plantations around the old British hill station of Nuwara Eliya, through Kandy and up to Dambulla, then down through remote national parks and rainforests to the surfing beaches of Arugam Bay, on the southeast coast, and back to Galle. Indian-made 350cc Royal Enfield bikes (above) are provided, and the whole tour costs US$4,950 for riders and US$4,120 for pillion passengers, including accommodation and all meals. There are no single supplements for solo travellers. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. For more information and reservations, visit www.extremebiketours.com.
A taste of Portugal With the Portuguese flavour of Macau having been somewhat diminished in recent years, travellers might be tempted to experience Portugal itself with the new Six Senses Douro Valley’s Winter Escape package. Priced at €1,045 (HK$8,700) until December 23 and from €1,075 from January 4 to March 31, this includes three nights’ accommodation for two with daily breakfast at the luxurious former 19th-century manor house (above), a spa treatment for two, wine tastings and the unusual offer of tree climbing for an extra €50. The closest airport is at Porto, which can be reached daily from Hong Kong via Frankfurt with Lufthansa. For full details, go to www.sixsenses.com.
Deal of the week Phuket’s most talked-about new resort in recent times, the fairytale-styled Keemala (above) is one of the accommodation options with Charlotte Travel’s Phuket package. A two-night stay, with flights on Dragonair, starts from HK$6,150 per person, twin share. An extra night costs from HK$3,590 but comes with a fourth free for bookings made by tomorrow. The lowestprice offering is the cheap and cheerful Ibis Patong Phuket, while in the mid-range bracket, the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort and the JW Marriott Resort and Spa are priced from HK$4,550 and HK$4,850, respectively. These prices will be available for departure until December 18, after which seasonal airfare surcharges of HK$2,360 come into effect. Many more hotel and resort choices can be found at www.charlottetravel.com.hk.