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COMO Hotels and Resorts recognised with Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award
Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with twelve COMO Hotels and Resorts recognised in both the Hotels and Resorts category.
COMO The Treasury won 1st place in the Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand category for the third year in a row. COMO Uma Punakha and sister lodge COMO Uma Paro in Bhutan were awarded 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Best Hotel in Asia category. In the Resorts category, COMO Uma Ubud was awarded 2nd Best Resort in Asia.
A total of twelve COMO Hotels and Resorts properties were recognized. Honourable mentions also include COMO Metropolitan Bangkok in Thailand; COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach in the USA in the Hotels Categories. COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives; COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos; COMO Point Yamu in Thailand and COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali were all recognised in the Resorts categories.
SALT of Palmar: a travel movement starts here
Newly launched hotel brand, SALT, has announced its first property, the 59-key SALT of Palmar that will open on the east coast of Mauritius on 1 November 2018. A humanistic approach to hospitality for the culturally curious traveller, SALT takes its guests to people – not just places – connecting them to locals and their way of life, placing them in the action, not just beside it.
SALT guests will be immersed into the heart of Mauritian life, with the opportunity to connect directly with locals via Skill Swap. This means they exchange their time, talent & skills to the local people. Guests of SALT can also join our local suppliers and see their work or passion. From pottery with Janine at her Pamplemousses studio or early morning fishing with Kishor, to coaching the local football team with Fabrice or basket weaving with Mrs Bulleeram in Brisée Verdière – SALT has friends doing incredible things all over the island and guests are invited to share their passion.
In fact, every day is learning day at SALT, and the hotel’s local team and network of experts will show guests how they do things differently. Fancy helping out on the SALT Farm? Learning how to cook Mauritian Chicken Curry with our chefs? Mastering the maravanne rattle and moutia drum? Just sign up at the chill-out area.
Every guest will receive a copy of THIS IS MAURITIUS – a new guidebook created by the talented locals who know the people and places that make the island tick. Maps, local SIM cards and the SALT app unearth the local knowledge on hidden gems. The hotel’s fleet of cool convertibles or bikes can be hired to explore nearby villages, temples and markets.
Ramada by Wyndham debuts in Brisbane
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchisor and leading provider of hotel management services, has expanded presence in Australia with the introduction of its world-renowned Ramada by Wyndham brand in Brisbane with the addition of a 61-room midscale hotel in Queensland’s capital city.
Ramada by Wyndham BrisbaneWindsorwas previously known as the Brisbane International Windsor Hotel and has rebranded after light refurbishments. Known for encouraging travellers to sample the world, Ramada offers more than 850 hotels spanning more than 60 countries, including 22 hotels in Australia alone.
The hotel is nestled in the city’s inner northern suburbs, just five minutes from downtown Brisbane and close to an array of local attractions, including the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, The Royal International Convention Centre, and The Gabba. It is also a convenient 15-minute drive from Brisbane Airport.
Ramada by Wyndham Brisbane Windsor offers 61 rooms and suites, all of which will be equipped with comfortable bedding, working desks, and free Wi-Fi. A selection of triple rooms are ideal for families, while the hotel’s suites feature kitchenettes and spacious living-dining areas for guests who may require a little more space and comfort.
Emporium Hotel South bank reveals an exquisite range of premier suites
Emporium Hotel South Bank, Brisbane’s newest boutique luxury hotel, has unveiled a limited range of stunning premier suites, now available for booking. Starting from $850 per night, they include two Exquisite Suites, two Emporium Suites and three Poolside Cabana Suites.
Located on the highest levels of the hotel, the spacious premier suites boast opulent and contemporary finishes, high ceilings, a spectacular handmade bronze bar with seating for three people, a full-bottle Eurocave wine fridge, mini-bar, 55inch mirror finish LED television, Bose Soundbar, king-size bed, spacious walk-in wardrobe/dressing area, and private balcony with seating to take in the magnificent views of Brisbane’s river and city skyline. Generous, immaculately finished ensuites feature a free-standing bath with a city/river outlook, double marble shower with both handheld and rain shower heads, white marble double vanity and separate toilet compartment.
The Exquisite Suites are a generous 50sqm in size with 2.5-metre high ceilings, large makeup vanity with oversized LED lit mirror, plus a unique storage space tall enough to hang a wedding dress or formal gown, while the Emporium Suites are a larger 70sqm with ceilings reaching 2.7 metres and walk-in robe. Both suites feature a 32inch mirror television in the ensuite, which can be enjoyed while soaking in the free-standing bath with river/city views.
Crystalbrook Collection welcomes Little Albion Guest House to the family
One of Australia’s newest boutique hotels, Little Albion in Sydney’s Surry Hills will join the expanding and innovative hospitality group, Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts.
The unique and distinct personality of Little Albion is a perfect addition to the existing portfolio. The shared values of Little Albion and the Crystalbrook Collection group was a key driver in the decision to acquire the property; locally grounded, stylishly sophisticated, passionate about doing things differently and impassioned to deliver a unique and impeccable guest experience.
Little Albion joins Crystalbrook Collection at a time of great development for the group, as they are planning to expand with a number of new properties across key Australian destinations.
Little Albion Guest House was recently designed and developed by Paul Fischmann, Founder and CEO of 8Hotels, and is housed within a unique heritage building full of history, dating back to its original construction in 1903 as a former School Convent. The property was transformed into a modern guest house, seamlessly merging a heritage listed building with new construction and largely influenced by 1920s and 1970s styles of interiors.
Six Senses Maxwell, Singapore set to open its doors on December 1st 2018
Following the highly successful opening of Six Senses Duxton in Singapore, Six Senses Resorts Hotels Spas are excited to announce the opening of its sister property Six Senses Maxwell; an incredible 138-room colonial style 19th century heritage listed building which has recently received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award for it’s creativity and mix of East-meets-West eclecticism.
The hotel is set to open its doors on December 1st 2018 and as an opening offer are exclusively offering guests who book online through Six Senses’ website 15% off with daily breakfast and welcome amenities with bookings now open!
Six Senses Maxwell will bring a combination of tradition and modernity with signature European style designed by Jacques Garcia; a French architect, interior designer and garden designer who is best known for his contemporary interiors of Paris hotels and restaurants. Garcia’s deep attention to detail is showcased throughout seven unique room categories and the interior public spaces which all come together harmoniously, adding to the hotel’s charm.
Maxwell is characterized by five food and beverage concepts— ranging from Murray Terrace; a classic European-style brasserie, to Cook & Tras; a social library restaurant & bar influenced by heritage Straits cuisine. Four of the five food and beverage concepts are located on the ground floor amongst tropical foliage allowing guests to enjoy the charming outdoor terrace and really soak up the surroundings.
Aman announces launch of Aman Skincare
Aman announces the launch of a skincare collection, made bespoke for the brand, which not only embodies and celebrates, but is also inspired by its constellation of hotels and resorts. Introducing a collection of 30 products on the occasion of the brands 30th anniversary, Aman Skincare has been formulated using an exotic roll-call of natural, rare and precious ingredients, many of which have been wild-harvested in various Aman destinations.
The new skincare collection – which includes hydrating face creams and serums, nourishing face masks, uplifting body oils, calming milk baths and pulse-point remedies – represents the spirit of Aman in a bottle, offering a soothing journey to a place of beautifully scented repose and respite from the everyday grind.
The sense of peace, the intrinsic connection with its beguiling locations, and the becalming architecture for which Aman is so renowned, define the design aesthetic for the collection’s bottles and jars. Acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma masterfully blended these attributes with Aman’s Eastern roots and channelled them into striking vessels, a beautifully crafted reimagining of Japanese porcelain.
For more than 30 years, Aman has created an opportunity for guests to cast aside quotidian distractions and explore the possibilities of a better, more wholly nourished self from a place of serenity. From jungle to desert, countryside to city, Aman welcomes its guests into a comforting and holistic space to connect body and mind. The new Aman Skincare collection inspires a similar journey following the three distinct pathways that harness the natural settings of Aman’s locations: mountains and deserts, Grounding and earthy in their essence; oceans and seas – fresh, Purifying and fluid; nature, forests and lush greenery – Nourishing and renewing in the energy they offer.