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If you were to research and read all of this hotel news it would take 2.25 hours. Yet, this synopsis takes mere moments.

The ultimate welcome at SALA Resorts and Spas

SALA Phuket 2 Bedroom Pool Villa Suite

Checking into a hotel can sometimes be a tedious activity especially when you have arrived after a long journey and all you want is to get to your room. This is certainly not the case at SALA Resort and Spa’s as they have turned the check in process into one of the highlights of your stay.

When arriving at a SALA Resort and Spa you won’t need to wait in a queue at reception to check in. Instead, you are presented with a fragrantly refreshing welcome drink and whisked off to your room by a friendly member of staff.

Once you are welcomed into your accommodation and you get over how stunning your Deluxe room or pool villa is, the member of staff will sit down and present a gorgeous box of miniature goodies for you to sample known as the SALA signatures.

The SALA signatures are a range of beautiful products that allow you to personalise your stay including a choice of pillow, soap, and luxurious body lotion.

Choose from a buckwheat, contoured massage, luxury goose down or micro silk pillow. The soap choices include kaffir lime, lemongrass, cinnamon orange, and basil while the body lotions include lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, and harmony blend.

On top of the Signature Selections you will also find a beach bag, beach towels and beach hats to use in your many trips made from the beach back to your own villa swimming pool.

SALA Resort and Spas are located at Mai Khao beach, Phuket and Choengmon Beach in Samui with another Samui resort opening on Chaweng Beach later this year. Equipped with their own open-air bathroom, lush garden and sun loungers, the resort’s pool villas offer an incredible amount of space and privacy thus giving the impression of being personal resorts all on their own.

Avani to debut in the Maldives

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AVANI Hotels & Resorts have announced the development of its first resort in the Maldives. AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will be located on Fares Island in the Baa Atoll and is scheduled to open in Q4 2019. Ideal for millennial minded travellers, this untouched, private 12.4 hectare island will provide a natural playground surrounded by a soft white sandy beach and every colour of blue imaginable.

The new upscale AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will comprise 200 guest rooms, including standard rooms and a selection of villas. Every attention will be given to wellbeing. The décor will be a blend of comfort and modernity, soothing materials, textures and high-tech equipment such as complimentary WiFi, media hub docking station and 40-inch flat screen TV.

The resort will also feature a speciality restaurant, AVANISPA, AVANI Kids Club and a large communal swimming pool and pool bar. The nearby Ahivahfushi Beyru dive site offers amazing reef diving with a plethora of sea life including Hawksbill Turtles, Reef Sharks and Manta Rays. It’s an underwater Eden for snorkellers and scuba enthusiasts.

The resort’s secluded northern location is easily accessible and is 45 minutes by sea plane from Male and 30 minutes by speedboat from the newly opened domestic airport on Baa Atoll.

AccorHotels makes a move in Mudgee

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AccorHotels is pleased to announce Parklands Resort and Conference Centre has joined the AccorHotels portfolio. The hotel will undergo a refurbishment to bring it in-line with the Mercure brand standards, and the hotel will rebrand to Mercure Mudgee in 2018.

Renowned for its conferencing facilities, Parklands Resort and Conference Centre has the capacity to host up to 1,200 people across five event spaces and features 68-rooms, a restaurant and bar, fitness centre, indoor pool and tennis courts.

The resort joins AccorHotels’ growing network of regional New South Wales properties including Mercure Orange, ibis Styles Orange and Mercure Tamworth.

Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific said, “We are thrilled to add to our network of hotels in regional Australia and welcome the addition of Parklands Resort and Conference Centre to our network.

“Our move into the popular regional NSW town of Mudgee is backed by the growth of tourism in the area thanks to the many wineries and boutique providores that have really helped to put Mudgee on the map.

“The Mercure brand has a strong history in Australia, particularly in regional town centres, and Mercure Mudgee will deliver an internationally recognised, midscale hotel offering which will help drive tourism to the area.

“We are delighted to be working again with owners, Elanor Investors Group, and we look forward to working with the local community and welcoming guests to the hotel.”

Guests of Parklands Resort and Conference Centre will be able to enjoy the benefits of AccorHotels’ Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program. More than 2.6 million Le Club AccorHotels members in the region are treated to exclusive privileges and benefits including free WiFi, room upgrades, late check-out and more according to the member’s current status.

Sneak peek of AVANI Metropolis Residences scheduled to open late November 2017

AVANI Hotels & Resorts is delighted to reveal a sneak peek into its inaugural New Zealand property. On track to open its doors in late November this year, 48 one and two bedroom apartments have already been refurbished out of AVANI’s 100-key inventory. AVANI’s contemporary design philosophy has been brought to life by Interior Concepts, the firm appointed to handle the refurbishment project. The design focuses on an urban vibe with splashes of colour using the brands stylish plum pantone.

The refurbished upscale rooms feature spacious living and dining areas, well-equipped kitchens with laundry facilities and offer impressive views of the city skyline, harbour and beyond. Facilities include a 22-metre heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spas, sauna and gym with male and female change rooms and a steam room.

AVANI Metropolis Residences occupies a prime CBD position within easy walking distance to the vibrant waterfront precinct and is also in close proximity to some of Auckland’s most popular cafes, eateries and entertainment venues, including Vector Arena and Sky Tower.

Baillie Lodges Reinvents an Icon as Longitude 131° Reopens at Uluru-Kata Tjuta

The new premium Dune Pavilion at Longitude 131

Baillie Lodges has launched a new era of Australian luxury lodging with the reopening of iconic outback camp Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Revealed in August 2017, the new-look Longitude 131° includes the addition of a new premium suite, the Dune Pavilion, and features revolutionary upgrades to the property’s guest areas – including the Dune House, swimming pool, new Dune Top and the property’s first dedicated spa – creating a more relaxed and sophisticated experience of Australia’s spectacular Red Centre.

The ultimate in outback luxury, the new Dune Pavilion is Australia’s only accommodation to offer views of both World Heritage-listed natural icons Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). A modern take on the Australian homestead, the Dune Pavilion is considered the star of the luxury desert camp.

Vibrant ceramics and artworks from nearby Indigenous communities feature throughout, rich in colour and textures and offering a cultural connection with the land’s Traditional Owners. The bar features more than 500 hand-painted tiles featuring desert spinifex, commissioned from a group of nineteen artists from Ernabella Arts Community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Spa Kinara (meaning ‘moon’) features two retreats – or wiltja – and offers a menu of signature treatments using the Australian LI’TYA spa care range and locally-sourced natural beauty products like Salted Emu Bush, Spa Kinara is a spiritual desert sanctuary.

Atlantis – The Palm, DUBAI, UAE Deal

The 5* luxury accomodation deal for 4 nights for 2 Adults, 2 Children is on offer for $1,899 (RRP:$4,505, 57% off).

It includes: Breakfast & Dinner daily, complimentary cocktails, Two Ultimate Snorkel sessions, Unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark & Aquarium, 50% off lunches at a selection of 11 restaurants on site and more.

Enter a golden future of supreme luxury at the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award-winning Atlantis The Palm Dubai. Stay with a half-board package including two daily meals, exclusive discounts on lunch, unlimited access to the all-ages Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, and more. This megalithic 5-star resort promises a quintessential Dubai experience: restaurants, two massive pools, and the kind of design which recalls the finest halls of ancient royalty. The best part? Two children 15 & under stay and eat breakfast and dinner free.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s New Accommodation Package

On the shores of Italy’s Lake Como stands the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, welcoming guests in decadent style for more than 100 years. This northern hemisphere autumn, enjoy the hotel’s Enchanting Autumn special offer and fall in love with the most stunning view on Lake Como.

The turning of the seasons is one of the best times to visit the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. With visitor numbers a little quieter all around the lake, guests are invited to taste the menus of the ‘Maestro’, renowned Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi at the hotel’s fine dining restaurants; rejuvenate at the luxurious T Spa; take a dip in the lake and garden set pools; explore the picturesque gardens; and take to the lake for a sunset cruise in one of the hotel’s meticulously restored vintage Venetian motor launches.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s Enchanting Autumn special offer includes: Luxury accommodation of your choice Buffet breakfast at the hotel’s signature restaurant La Terrazza, on the terrace overlooking the lake, Free room upgrade to the next room category, subject to availability, Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.

Rates: From Euro 391 (AUD$580) + 10% VAT per night in a Park View Prestige Room, the offer is valid for stays October 8th to 28th, 2017. It is subject to availability at the time of reservation and requires full pre-payment.

Mandarin Oriental to Manage Caribbean Resort on Canouan Island 

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will rebrand and manage a luxury hotel, currently operating on Canouan island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, from 1 November 2017. Mandarin Oriental, Canouan will be the Group’s first property in the Caribbean.

The exclusive resort is expansive while being intimate and secluded, nestled on the powder white sands of Canouan Island which is only five square miles in total. The whole island is dedicated to leisure pursuits including sailing, kayaking, diving, fishing, tennis and hiking, as well as golf at an 18-hole Jim Fazio-designed golf course. The hotel comprises 26 suites and 12 three to four bedroom villas. All suites and villas have full ocean views, and each villa comes with a large private pool, just a few steps away from the ocean. A variety of restaurants and bars provide a range of cuisines and al fresco dining and the property also features an outdoor infinity pool, a spa and health club, with two overwater treatment cabanas accessible by boat.

The Group will also brand and manage a portfolio of new Residences at Mandarin Oriental, to be located near the hotel and scheduled to be available in 2020.

Kids stay and eat free at Holiday Inn Suva

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Enjoy a family get-away at Holiday Inn Suva where kids stay and eat free!

With their spacious pool deck, friendly staff and late check-out, guests can spend their time doing as much or as little as they wish.

The Kids Eat Free package includes: Free meals for up to 2 children ages 12 & under (accompanied by an adult dining on regular menu).

Six Senses Launches Earth Lab

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has taken its leading position in sustainability one step further with the launch of Earth Lab. From Vietnam to Portugal, Seychelles to Thailand, Six Senses is dedicated to focusing on sustainability engagement and education at each resort’s Earth Lab.

Earth Lab is a place where every Six Senses property showcases their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems. Guests are invited to visit Earth Lab to reconnect with the natural world and learn some simple life-hacks that will allow them to make a difference.

Six Senses has adopted a philosophy of Zero Waste, meaning, there is no waste and all materials must have a new purpose.– Earth Lab embraces this concept by upcycling materials into new products. Work happening around the property or off-site is also communicated in Earth Lab, for example marine conservation work, forest restoration and community development.

 

Bunga Raya Resort to commence Phase 2 of renovations, plus special upgrade rate

Bunga Raya Island Resort is a secluded luxury hideaway perched on the hillside of Polish Bay on Gaya Island off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. Bunga Raya’s architects and interior design team have come up with new creative concepts intended to take the resort to its next level.  

Phase One upgrade has already been completed. This saw the relocation of reception which now affords guests a significantly enhanced arrival experience with incredible views of the bay and beach.

Phase Two of Bunga Raya Resort’s upgrade will take place from early September until the end of 2017. Over this period their much beloved Pantai Grill will be getting a makeover. Scheduled  to re- open in December, Pantai Grill will be the all-day dining restaurant with unsurpassed views of the South China Sea.  Meanwhile, during the completion of Phase Two upgrade, Bunga Raya’s  guests will be able to enjoy dining in the recently refurbished Long House Restaurant and Pool Bar area. 

In recognition of this short term inconvenience and in appreciation of their guest’s understanding, Bunga Raya is offering a Special Upgrade Rate of 30% off all rates from 1st September to 19th December 2017 (Not including 1st to 10th October 2017.) No minimum night requirement, discount applied to all nights. T&C apply.

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