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With this dreary weather in Sydney, we’re looking forward to booking one of these hotels and sitting by the pool. In our dreams, that is.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort wraps up a successful sales mission in Australia

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Berjaya Langkawi Resort representatives are currently touring across Australia on a mission to promote the popular property.

The Sales Mission started on Monday, 12th March and is now in full swing. After having spent the first few days in Sydney, they travelled to Brisbane and finally Melbourne to continue meetings, product updates and training sessions with the group’s key trade partners in travel wholesale, retail, corporate, MICE, airlines and NTO’s.

Yukie Then, Assistant Director of Business is also taking this visit as an opportunity to share exciting news including the extensive renovations to modernize the space of its beachfront restaurant, Beach Brasserie. The open-air restaurant offers uninterrupted sunrise views from the resort’s secluded beach.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort was voted in Malaysia’s top 10 Best Family Resorts from Holidays with Kids. Located 20 mins from Langkawi International Airport, the resort is cocooned between the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea and lush tropical rainforest allowing guests to choose between relaxing on the beach or animal spotting on a trek through UNESCO listed jungles.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts completes China Ready program launch with nine properties officially accredited


Leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels, is pleased to announce it has officially initiated its ‘guì bīn’ program – a dedicated Chinese VIP service that caters to the growing international travel market.

Since announcing its plans to roll out its ‘gui bin’ services and in-room amenities across a selection of its properties, Oaks Hotels & Resorts can now also reveal it has been officially recognised by China Ready as an accredited partner – reinforcing its commitment to this growing inbound travel market, which is expected to reach 3.3 million by 2026, according to Tourism Australia.

Ten of Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ properties across Australia and New Zealand are now officially China Ready accredited, including Oaks Pacific Blue Resort (Port Stephens), Oaks Embassy and Oaks Horizons (Adelaide), Oaks WRAP on Southbank, Oaks on Collins and Oaks on Market (Melbourne), Oaks Oasis (Sunshine Coast), Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort (Hunter Valley), Oaks Charlotte Towers (Brisbane) and Oaks Shores (Queenstown).

The new spa at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, to offer next generation wellness and beauty


As part of its extensive renovation program, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will unveil a new contemporary spa, wellness and beauty facility in late May 2018.

The redesign of the next-generation of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has been overseen by renowned international designer, Adam D. Tihany, and will introduce impressive new features and fresh, elegant interiors. The spa redesign takes inspiration from traditional Chinese fashion and symbolism, providing a contemporary environment that reflects the attention to detail and harmony of elements found in Chinese philosophy.

Two original floral wall features symbolise both rebirth and the flow of energy, while the colour palette reflects those found in nature and natural materials, such as solid woods and precious metals. In keeping with the fresh, new look, guests will be able to benefit from several exclusive partnerships with some of the most sought-after health and wellness experts.

Included as part of the spa’s 14 treatment rooms, is a new spacious Oriental Suite with two massage beds and a Rasul water temple that combines the health enhancing properties of heat, steam and mud for a totally relaxing and skin conditioning treatment.

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa introduces additional one-in-a-lifetime experiences for guests

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Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa has recently launched a series of new guest experiences which include Cooking Lessons, Art Classes and Eco-trekking, with more to be released over the next month. The resort’s extensive menu of ‘Signature Experiences’ provide all guests the opportunity to connect with local culture and discover the stunning natural beauty that surrounds the resort.

For a limited time only, Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa – Samoa, are offering every guest 25 per cent discount, a complimentary room upgrade and one hour massage per person for every seven-night booking.

Guests can also experience the art of Kava drinking, Umu cooking and story-telling from our local staff, a refreshing dip in the fresh water spring, deep sea fishing, sunset cooking class, visit to the local village, Apia shopping tour, waterfall visits and so much more.

Known as Samoa’s premium resort, Sinalei Reef Resort seriously raises the bar for luxury, indulgence and unique experiences. The adults-only resort sits on a beautiful stretch of beach, set in a fragrant oasis of exotic palm jungle fringing an azure turquoise lagoon.

Igniting change: Primus Hotel Sydney dims light for Earth Hour 2018 as part of worldwide movement for environmental change on March 24

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Strengthening Primus’ commitment towards sustainability and promoting a low carbon future, the iconic Sydney hotel will be dimming its lights in the lobby and Lobby Bar in support of Earth Hour 2018 on March 24.

The hotel will join millions of individuals and organisations across the globe to collectively reduce power for Earth Hour 2018, delivering a powerful message to illuminate environmental awareness and ignite action.

With this year’s theme welcomed as “Shine a light on climate change,” Primus Hotel Sydney will activate a range of energy-saving measures during Earth Hour, working with its Director of Engineering and hotel leaders to reduce all non-essential power. From 8:30PM to 9:30PM, Primus will be dimming all lights within the lobby and Lobby Bar, inviting guests to join the ambient surrounds for their evening soirée.

Earth Hour 2018 takes place on March 24 at 8:30PM and was created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Today, Earth Hour remains the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million

LUX* Grand Gaube officially launches in Mauritius


LUX* Grand Gaube has officially opened this month and its first guests are already bubbling with enthusiasm at its eclectic retro-chic style. Glide into the spacious lobby and be greeted by a staggering vista of a sparkling ocean and the photogenic flat island on the horizon. Head to a suite and be swept off your feet by the simple-yet-refined design style and considered comfort, with inspired tropical touches.

All 186 rooms, including 89 suites and villas open to stunning sea views and airy verandas, some with outdoor baths or sundecks edged by the resort’s private cove. Fitted with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses and highest quality refined Egyptian cotton linens, every room has been intended for extreme comfort and the best night’s sleep.

The resort features six restaurants, seven bars — many of which are totally unique styles to Mauritius. Enjoy sunshine or starlight through the glazed ceilings of Palm Court Restaurant and feel the gentle lagoon breeze. Savour dishes cooked à la minute with seven live-cooking stations scattered throughout the foliage-filled dining room. Every table has a knock-out ocean view, with seating on cosy banquettes and at kitchen counters. Be it breakfast or dinner, guests are spoilt for choice to satisfy their wildest cravings.

Nanuku throws blackout periods out the window

Breaking with Fiji’s long-established school holiday and peak travel period blackouts, Nanuku Auberge Resort has decided to abolish the practice and allow bookings to be made at any time of year on any type of luxury villa accommodation the resort offers its guests.

To celebrate the move, Nanuku Auberge Resort has released a two-tiered stay option offering guests the choice of B&B or full board and inclusive of a FJD150.00 per day resort credit.

Option one offers a 20 per cent discount on accommodation costs plus complimentary land transfers for stays of between three to six nights. Option two offers a 30 per cent discount on accommodation plus a one-way air transfers and a one-way road transfer for stays on seven nights or more.

All stays at Nanuku Auberge resort include complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from in-room minibars, complimentary high-speed internet and 50-plus in-room movies, daily afternoon team, in-room popcorn machines, cookies at turn-down and evening snacks at the resort’s Clubhouse.

Propose like a Prince! Conrad London St James launches new proposal package to celebrate the Royal Wedding


Conrad London St. James is inviting all budding Prince Charming’s to make their leading lady swoon with Propose Like A Prince, an exclusive new proposal and engagement package. To celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding and inspired by the hotel’s location nearby Buckingham Palace, guests can treat their other half to a suitably regal stay at the hotel, including everything needed for a fairy-tale proposal.

Conrad London St James’ package includes a two-night stay in the hotel’s plush Conrad Suite, complete with rose petal decorated room upon arrival, romantic horse and carriage ride and delicious Royal themed afternoon tea for two. There’s even a private photographer and bottle of champagne included to celebrate ‘popping the question!’

Guests will feel like royalty as they take their own private elevator up to the one-bedroom Conrad suite, complete with a romantic rose petal decorated room and champagne to kick off the stay in style. The grandly decorated suite includes a cosy seating area with fireplace, separate dining room and luxurious bedroom and bathroom, including a walk-in wardrobe, rain shower and bath with TV, perfect for setting the romantic mood.

Experience the ‘Legend of Naga’ with COMO Uma Ubud and Luxury Jewellery Brand John Hardy


This season, COMO Uma Ubud is partnering with luxury and celebrity-favourite jewellery brand, John Hardy, to bring Ubud’s renowned artisanal spirit to life for guests.

The new Legend of Naga Experience features a three-night stay in a Pool Suite at COMO Uma Ubud, a Tirta Empul temple cultural tour, an invitation to John Hardy’s Ubud Workshop, as well as a romantic three course dinner for two at the resort’s private Kemiri Bale.

Through the cultural tour, guests will discover the innate beauty of Bali’s spiritual and cultural heritage through a traditional water blessing. The Tirta Empul acts as a natural tribute to the artisanship of Bali and a source of inspiration to John Hardy as it features beautiful hand carved stone Naga statues and natural pools of fresh spring water.

Following this spiritual blessing, guests will visit the John Hardy Ubud Workshop where local artisans demonstrate the lauded eight-step jewellery-making process. Guests have the opportunity to work side-by-side with master artisans to illustrate and try their hand at carving their own Naga Collection pieces, followed by lunch with John Hardy designers and artisans for two at the Workshop.

Tangalooma Island Resort – Explore one of Queensland’s holiday icons, Tangalooma on Moreton Island

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Receive a bonus $200 resort credit and free return boat transfers when you book a three-night escape at Tangalooma Island Resort.

With a range of room-types available, enjoy an endless summer with bucket-list encounters and experiences such as; wild bottlenose dolphin feeding, snorkelling through 15 sunken ship wrecks which are home to over 200 species of tropical fish, or partake in over 50 island based tours and activities (including quad biking, 4WD tours, desert safari, sea scooters – and more).

Only a 10 minute taxi transfer from the Brisbane domestic airport to the Tangalooma wharf and a 75 minute ferry ride to the resort. Valid for travel from 30 April – 30 August, 2018.

The Star Gold Coast reveals sneak peek of lavish new rooftop destination

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The first look at The Star Gold Coast’s premium new rooftop venue, Nineteen at The Star, ahead of its official launch, has unveiled an international cutting-edge vision of high-end class and sophistication that celebrates the natural beauty of the region.

Located on the top level of The Darling –The Star’s new luxury suite hotel–the unique new rooftop restaurant and bar will officially launch on Friday March 23 offering a superior dining and entertainment experience with spectacular coastal and city skyline views.

The Star Gold Coast has joined forces with high profile duo, Gold Coast restaurateur Simon Gloftis and entertainment guru Billy Cross, in the creation of Nineteen at The Star as part of a redevelopment delivered ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Nineteen at The Star will be open for booking from Saturday March 24. The restaurant will be open forlunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner Wednesday to Saturday, and the bar will be open from 4pm daily Wednesday to Sunday.

March-ing Right Along: Hilton Garden Inn Continues Rapid Global Growth with Four New Hotel Openings

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Hilton Garden Inn, the award-winning, upscale brand from Hilton known for its inviting atmosphere with warm service, announces another month of robust growth. Continuing its steady progression, the brand opened four new hotels – from the U.S. to Russia to Germany – featuring enhanced food and beverage offerings, modern and contemporary designs, and the brand’s hallmark bright and airy décor.

  • United States: Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas City Center
    Located within walking distance from the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip, the hotel offers a large outdoor saline pool and whirlpool. Other features include space for events of up to 100 people with customized catering options available.
  • Germany: Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt City Centre
    An upscale modern hotel in the heart of this vibrant city, the property is on the famed Kaiserstrasse square near the Main Train Station, Old Town and the Museum of Natural History. Hotel highlights include a variety of German cuisine at The Garden Grille and a Lobby Bar featuring international beers and fine wine.
  • Russia: Hilton Garden Inn Novorossiysk
    A waterfront property just steps from the beach – as well as multiple shopping and dining destinations – the hotel puts a priority on well-being through its massage rooms and Wellness Zone. Other features include large indoor and outdoor pools, a pool bar and a rooftop bar with a diverse menu of handcrafted cocktails, complete with stunning views of the Tsemes Bay.
  • Saudi Arabia: Hilton Garden Inn Al Khobar
    Situated within walking distance of the popular Mall of Dhahran, the hotel features a modern design boasting bright, natural light and a rooftop pool. Additional amenities include daily room service and a large event center with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

Kempinski Hotel Muscat opens its doors in the Sultanate of Oman

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Designed with a variety of local Omani influences, the modern urban resort Kempinski Hotel Muscat has opened its doors to guests from around the world as well as the surrounding community. Encompassing over 6 km of stunning coastline within Al Mouj community, this unparalleled luxury destination in the capital of Oman blends traditional Omani hospitality with the timeless European elegance of Kempinski.

With 310 rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 10 world-class restaurants and bars, a fully equipped health club and an authentic spa experience, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a gateway to an authentic Omani adventure.

Designed by Woods Bagot, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a modern interpretation of Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman, with stand-out elements that are truly Omani in nature. The hotel’s buildings, with a façade inspired by the landscape of Old Muscat – such as the Muttrah Corniche – are a matrix of building structures, outlining what was once a commercial centre. The design of the lobby originates from the nature of lilies in a pond, and is inspired by the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

‘Ten and Timeless’, Southern Ocean Lodge Celebrates a Decade’s Contribution to South Australia’s Regional Economy

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Kangaroo Island’s multi award-winning luxury retreat Southern Ocean Lodge celebrates ten years of operations this month, offering a chance to reflect on the boost generated to the island and South Australian economies over the decade.

The Baillie Lodges property envisioned by life and business partners James and Hayley Baillie was an ambitious project for its location on Kangaroo Island’s remote, pristine southwest coast, demanding some five years’ planning and approvals in the lead up to opening on March 29, 2008.

Over the past ten years, Southern Ocean Lodge has welcomed more than 37,000 guests to stay from across 40 different countries, with international and domestic visitors arriving in roughly equal numbers. Southern Ocean Lodge has attracted its share of loyal fans, with almost 200 guests returning for ten or more stays at over this time.