Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Kate Webster

Oaks Hotels & Resorts opens seventh Melbourne property, Oaks Southbank

Seven really is the magic number for leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels, who is strengthening its presence in Victoria with the opening of its seventh Melbourne property, the new-build Oaks Southbank.
Located on City Road in the vibrant dining, entertainment and arts precinct of Southbank and located opposite the glittering Eureka Skydeck, Oaks Southbank features 87 keys and rises over 37 floors, presenting guests with outstanding panoramas of the lively city, urban skyscrapers and, in some instances, glimpses of a true Melbourne icon – the Yarra River and its picturesque tree-lined banks.
Developed by LK Property Group and designed by Artisan Architects, Oaks Southbank boasts an eye-catching white, black and gilded façade, blending with industrial-style textured concrete and metal components that give the tower a striking skyline presence.

Ross Buchanan appointed as General Manager, Swissôtel Sydney


FRHI Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Ross Buchanan as General Manager of Swissôtel Sydney. With this promotion, Buchanan will be responsible for providing leadership and driving the performance of the 369-room flagship hotel in the Pacific region.

Buchanan joined FRHI Hotels & Resorts in February 2011 as Director of Revenue & Marketing at Swissôtel Sydney where he was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager/Director of Sales & Marketing in February 2013. Since March 2016, he held the position of Acting General Manager where his direction has been integral in the completion of the hotel’s multi-million dollar refurbishment.

New luxury hotels boost Macao’s ability to pamper


Visitors to Macao, in particular the Asian city’s neon-lit Cotai Strip, can indulge in some additional pampering thanks to the opening of two new resorts.

The recent openings of the highly anticipated and lavishly presented resort precincts – the Wynn Palace Cotai and The Parisian Macao – have brought about an increase in the number of dining and day spa options.

Step inside the plush Wynn Palace Cotai, which opened its doors to guests in mid-August, and you are sure to be impressed by the large scale – and colourful – floral sculptures of a carousel and Ferris wheel, custom-designed for the hotel by world-renowned designer Preston Bailey who created the same tributes for the Wynn Palace in Las Vegas.

The new hotel’s modern art gallery is also an appealing addition, so, too, the fanciful dragon lifts or Skycabs (gondolas) which whisk guests above the resort’s Performance Lake.

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney Turns Pink


The “new blu” Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney, which has recently undergone a $13.5 million re-design, will be turning “PINK” for the month of October as part of a global initiative to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The inaugural campaign “LOVE BLU, THINK PINK!” will see nearly 300 Radisson Blu® hotels in 69 countries and territories supporting this worthy initiative with the hotels all turning one of their guest rooms pink for the entire month.   The rooms will include pink décor touches and other special pink amenities.