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Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort is the perfect base for discovering the kingdom of wonder

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Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap is Marriott International’s first Courtyard Resort in Cambodia, with a second hotel to follow when Courtyard Phnom Penh opens in the capital city later this year. The brand’s flagship in Cambodia is the perfect base from which to explore the many unforgettable things to do and see in the Kingdom of Wonder.

The resort is a gateway to discovering the UNESCO heritage site of Angkor Wat, only 15 minutes away, with guests encouraged to embark on an early morning sun-rise Angkor Wat tour. The site stretches across more than 400 km and contains hundreds of temples and structures dating back to the Khmer Empire era. The most popular attractions are Angkor Wat, Bayon and its multiple faces, and root-riddled Ta Phrohm.

The brand new APOPO Visitor’s Centre gives visitors the opportunity to discover the history of conflict in Cambodia, the impact of landmines on local communities, and the opportunity to meet and see HeroRATs in action. Visitors experience the realities of humanitarian de-mining and see how APOPO trains rats to save lives. It is an opportunity to learn about the mine clearance process from an expert and see the unique HeroRATs in a live demonstration where they will sniff out buried items, scratch at the surface to indicate to trainers and of course then receive a treat. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Hilton Expands Presence in New Zealand with the Signing of  DoubleTree by Hilton Napier

Hilton today announced the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Napier Hotel and Suites, adding to DoubleTree by Hilton’s portfolio of 54 properties across Asia Pacific. Auckland-based Sarin Investments will manage the hotel under a franchise agreement with USAR Napier Limited.

Napier is a beautiful coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, which is set amid the renowned wine region of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand’s famous art-deco themed city. DoubleTree by Hilton Napier will be located in the central business district – a short walk to Hastings Street pedestrian mall, the waterfront and Napier’s famous art-deco attractions.

Construction of DoubleTree by Hilton Napier is underway and is due for completion early 2019. The hotel will have a modern art-deco design theme running throughout and will feature stylish guest rooms, including spacious suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, and a boardroom.

SO/ Auckland opens its doors as New Zealand’s new hotspot lifestyle hotel

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After much anticipation, international luxury lifestyle hotel SO/ Auckland has removed the bollards and rolled out the red carpet, welcoming guests and nosy neighbours to eat, drink, stay and play in the heart of the city.

Renowned Kiwi fashion innovator WORLD has provided flair throughout the hotel as the signature design partner for this very individual, designer lifestyle hotel. WORLD’s influence includes the hotel’s bold emblem design, which reflects the volcanic history of Auckland, the natural beauty of New Zealand and the history of the building itself.

Located in prime position at 67 Customs Street East, SO/ Auckland occupies the former Reserve Bank and home of the country’s gold reserves. As the seventh addition to the SO collection of rebellious lifestyle hotels around the globe, and the first to open in the Pacific region, SO/ Auckland shatters conventions.

Playing on the volcanic theme, guests can choose their room design style from Vapour, Liquid and Solid in all SO Cozy, SO Comfy, SO Club and SO Studio rooms.  A floor has been dedicated to Penthouse Suites, each enjoying their own exclusive style; SO Lofty features a Caldera theme and SO VIP, an Exposure theme. Set to become one of the city’s most Instagrammable hot spots and the place to be seen, SO/ Auckland is the city’s hottest travel and lifestyle destination for locals and visitors alike.

Double accolade for Fragrance ibis Styles Hobart

In a unique achievement, the Fragrance Group-owned ibis Styles Hobart Hotel has been named as Australia’s first and only five-star Green Star certified hotel.

The prestigious recognition, awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), represents Australian Excellence in environmentally sustainable building practices and showcases the developer’s and hotel’s commitment to and leadership in sustainability and innovation.

The five-star Green Star certification covers both design and construction, demonstrating that the design content has been incorporated into the final project.

Christmas under the Banyan tree

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Dreaming of escaping to a tropical paradise over the Christmas break, why not treat yourself to a stay at Banyan Tree Hotels in Vietnam or Thailand. A sanctuary for the senses, unwind and relax while enjoying the luxury of Banyan Tree’s premium villas. Banyan Tree Hotels cater to all travellers, young and old, with services such as the Ranger’s Club keeping mini travellers entertained while mum and dad relax with a cocktail!

A secluded paradise of decadent private pool villas, Banyan Tree Lang Co Vietnam is nestled on a private beach between the unspoilt Truong Son Mountain Range and the glistening waters of the East Vietnam Sea. Restless travellers and history fanatics will be right at home, stepping into a world of ancient and modern history with three UNESCO World Heritage Sites just moments away.

The adventure seeker can also explore one of the many picturesque hiking trails that surround the resort, play on the award-winning Sir Nick Flado Golf Course or try their hand at paddle boarding, jet-skiing, kayaking or windsurfing. Guests can dine at one of the four decadent restaurants on premise to choose from, or on the other hand, immerse themselves in the local cuisine with a Vietnamese cooking class. For those who are in the mood for something more relaxing, travellers can retreat to the Yoga Pavilion or unwind in the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa.

Angsana Lang Co is the perfect setting for those wanting to experience something different with the family this Christmas. Located in Central Vietnam, the contemporary resort offers a great variety of recreational activities that the whole family will love – from jet skiing and banana boating to hiking and golf, there is something for everyone. Children under the age of 12 can also dine for free at any of the five restaurants available within the hotel.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Continues Elevating Signature Mid-Scale Brands with Fresh New Proposition for Ramada Encore by Wyndham

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchisor and leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 9,000 hotels and 20 iconic hotel brands, today unveiled an exciting new direction for the Ramada Encore by Wyndham brand globally.

Recognising that today’s traveller has more choice than ever before, at the heart of this new identity is a brand promise to be “Refreshingly Different”, which is underpinned by the brand’s core attributes of being fresh, approachable and vibrant. This new identity includes a redesigned and reimagined logo, created by London-based marketing agency Octopus Group, and prototype designs for guest rooms and common spaces designed by hospitality architecture firm Harrison.

Ramada Encore by Wyndham is a portfolio of 54 hotels in 20 countries around the world. The brand was created in the late 1990s as a limited service midscale hotel brand designed for business and leisure travellers who were looking for great value in a simple and smart hotel. At the time of its launch, the brand introduced revolutionary new concepts, including guest rooms with all wood flooring and an open plan, multi-purpose common area that serves as a reception, lobby, casual dining and networking space.

Core to the new creative identity for the brand is a logo re-design, aimed at modernising the visual representation of the brand and appealing to a new generation of traveller. The multi-coloured “E” mark was designed to reflect continual movement through the rotation of the letter, symbolising “to return” – the definition of the word encore. In addition, the brand has received an all-new colour palette, which reflects its vibrancy, energy and approachability.

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