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Frasers Hospitality Unveils Refreshed Modena by Fraser Brand

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Frasers Hospitality is rejuvenating the Modena by Fraser brand with an emphasis on simplicity, sustainability and holistic wellness in the creation of modern living spaces. Combining functional home comforts with the convenience of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, Modena by Fraser appeals to guests seeking comprehensive amenities in a relaxed and simple environment.

At the heart of the revamped Modena by Fraser Brand is holistic wellness. The service offerings include the curated sleeping pack consisting of camomile tea, eye masks and a pillow menu, which has been specially developed to help guests feel relaxed. Travellers can also unwind after a busy schedule through a diverse range of recreational amenities such as 24-hour gym, steam and sauna facilities and all-day dining options.

Modena by Fraser leverages on energy-efficient technologies such as LED lighting which reduces non-renewable fuel requirements by up to 75%. In addition, groceries used at Modena by Fraser properties are locally-sourced to minimise carbon footprint while supporting local farmers.

The interior décor and design of Modena by Fraser residences also showcase the unique works of local artisans to reflect the distinctive style and cultural milieu of each city, and it caters to socially-conscious guests who want to connect with the city’s environment and culture at every possible touchpoint.

AccorHotels introduces first ibis Styles hotel in the United States

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ibis Styles, the economy brand from AccorHotels has made its debut in the United States with the opening of ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport.

As part of AccorHotels’ continued expansion of its economy hotel brands worldwide, the global hospitality group announced the introduction of ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport – the first of the ibis Styles hotel in the U.S. The hotel will also serve as the flagship hotel for the brand in the country.

Located at the former site of the LaGuardia Airport Hotel, the property has undergone a major renovation to cater to leisure and busines travelers seeking a satisfying, comfortable, and thoroughly distinctive guest experience that plays off the vibrant culture of the city that surrounds it.

ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport: Like each of the 339 mid-size ibis Styles hotels distributed across 30 countries worldwide, the U.S. flagship property is stylish and distinctly imaginative. Located just across Grand Central Parkway from LaGuardia Airport, the singular design of the 93-room hotel is inspired by the New York City Subway. Design details create a lively universe, from whimsical in-wall lobby seating to throw pillows and artwork that take cues from the colourful emblems, stations and route maps found throughout the underground cultural hub.

Space Hotel Melbourne Show Giveaway

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Space Hotel are giving away 4 x tickets to this year’s Royal Melbourne Show which takes place from Saturday 23rd September – Tuesday 3rd October.

The Royal Melbourne Show is an unforgettable day out with family and friends, celebrating over 160 years of bringing the country to the city! It is Victoria’s largest showcase of agriculture and offers everything from animal precincts and attractions to rides, stunts, shows and some of Melbourne’s best food & drinks.

For your chance to win head over to @spacehotelmelb Instagram and like their page, like the post and tag 3 friends who you would like to take with you. For an extra entry into the competition regram the post and tag @spacehotelmelb. The winner will be announced on Monday 18th September. Only available to individuals residing in Australia.

Aqua Expeditions, Soneva Kiri and The Siam Hotel Announce Exclusive Secrets of Indochina Tour

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Three luxury hospitality operators have teamed up to offer a special rate for travellers looking to explore the highlights of Indochina by water, land and air.

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, Soneva Kiri, a sustainable luxury resort on the unspoiled Thai island of Koh Kood, and Bangkok’s stunning property, The Siam Hotel, are each offering 10% off their published rates plus special complimentary experiences at Soneva Kiri when combining when booking two out of the three offerings (cruise and hotel) for the same trip.

Discover the highlights of Indochina with a luxury Aqua Expeditions river cruise that showcases the best of Cambodia and Vietnam. Choose a 3, 4 or 7-night itinerary on Aqua Mekong, with 20 design suites featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a 1:1 staff to guest ratio and twice daily off-board excursions by high-powered skiff.

The 10% discount on published rates only applies when booking at least two of the three brands involved in this promotion as part of the same trip during the period of 6 October 2017 – 24 November 2017 and 17 August 2018 – 27 November 2018 excluding black-out dates. The offer is valid for any number of nights in any room or villa category.

Discover the Unique Culture & Adventures of Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay has unveiled a stunning video to mark its ten-year anniversary. During the past decade, the award winning resort has been creating incredible out-of-the-ordinary experiences for guests who embrace the resort’s ethos and celebrate the unique attractions and dedicated service offered with Omani warmth.

Set between the dramatic Hajar Mountains and the azure waters of Zighy Bay, the resort enjoys a spectacular, isolated location in Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, nestled on a mile-long sandy beach. Activities embracing the natural wonders include paragliding, mountain biking, dhow cruising, snorkeling, diving and fishing, promising visitors unforgettable adventures.

To celebrate the launch of this new video, the resort is offering an all-inclusive package featuring the resort’s premiere accommodation, Beit Musandam. The welcoming four-bedrooms villa is the ideal spot for a group of friends or a family vacation to experience an Arabian palace of wonders.

Complimentary perks include a round-trip transfer from Dubai International airport, speedboat or paragliding arrival experience, relaxing 60-minute Six Senses Signature massage, one-hour rejuvenating fitness or yoga session with a personal instructor, enjoying views of Musandam fjords with a private sunset dhow cruise, one time in-villa private barbecue dinner with a private chef and so much more.

Tamarind Hill, Sri Lanka offering complimentary Galle Fort Tour and Cooking Demonstration for guests from Australia

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The team at Tamarind Hill, the famous 250 year old manor house in the south of Sri Lanka, is offering guests experiences to help make their stay even more pleasurable.

Aussies booked to stay at this sumptuous colonial-style luxury boutique hotel near Galle, with receive both complimentary private Galle Fort Tour and a local Cooking Demonstration by their very own expert chefs.

Touring Galle Fort: Tamarind Hill is situated just a mile away from the ramparts of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle accumulated its rich culture through a colourful colonial past and is today a true archacological treasure trove. It’s also a great place to shop for stylish souvenirs, grab a coffee and stroll the small streets with a homemade gelato…

Cooking Demonstration: This is one of the most fun and finest ways to experience the vibrant culinary culture of Galle. The Tamarind Hill chefs will accompany guests to the local market to select the freshest of produce. Back at the hotel, guests are guided through handpicked recipes of regional cuisine and then enjoy dining on their very own preparations after. 

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Expands in Vietnam

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced the signing of a management contract with Phu Quoc Tourist Investment & Development JS Company to develop Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc. Scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2017, the new build hotel, with 522 rooms and suites, is set to be a focal point of Phu Quoc. The signing marks the second resort in Vietnam for the Group, following Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh Bay, slated to open in 2018.

Strategically located along Bai Dai beach, the resort is a 27-km drive away from Phu Quoc International Airport, catering to a series of domestic and international flights.

Situated in Southern Vietnam, Phu Quoc is also known as Pearl Island, a stunning tourist destination famous for its pristine beaches, rich coral reefs and dense tropical jungles. Popular attractions comprise of Phu Quoc National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Din Cau Rock Temple and the spectacular Tranh Waterfall.

The hotel is part of an integrated resort that caters to a host of recreational and corporate activities including a convention center, safari park, theater, water theme park, retail, multiple restaurants and a 27-hole golf course.

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong Unveils Brand New Ballroom

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JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong has recently unveiled its brand new ballroom on 3 September 2017, making it one of the largest, newest and pillar-free hotel ballrooms on Hong Kong Island with state-of-the-art facilities and elegant décor, ideal for every special occasion from small meetings to grand wedding receptions, with a new level of luxury.

With a substantial budget of over HK$64 million, the refurbishment of the JW Marriott Ballroom is unparalleled to any other similar projects in the city, as it strengthens the hotel’s stance in becoming the best venue in town for all kinds of events with style and quality.

Spanning over 8,000 sq. ft., the massive ballroom is equipped with top-notch facilities, cutting-edge lighting and audio-visual technology to create innovative events. Elegantly furnished with opulent, starry chandeliers on a high ceiling (15 feet), the ballroom is adorned with advanced lighting technology, providing a multitude of stunningly unique lighting effects.

Designed and crafted with care by renowned light artist Jan Pauwels, the contemporary piece of lighting is chic and breezy, yet elegant and graceful with subtle sparks and glows to uplift the venue to another level. Transform the ballroom into your ideal venue and make your event-planning dream come true with the high-definition LED wall.

With its size up to 12m (W) x 3m (H), the wall is available to further elevate the visual experience of any event, whether in the form of photos, videos, special graphics or live coverage.

A spacious foyer and a selection of break-out rooms are available on the same floor, perfect for meetings, workshops and pre-event cocktail receptions. Looking for break-out rooms for events in even larger scale? Event planners can utilise Man Ho Chinese Restaurant on the same floor, as well as two harbour view meeting suites on Level 30. A brand new dressing room is also available, perfect for grand wedding receptions and all kinds of large scale celebrations.

 Sheraton on the Park commence AUD$40 million renovation of guestrooms, suites and Executive Club Lounge

Sheraton on the Park, Sydney has announced a comprehensive renovation of its Sheraton Club Lounge and 558 guestrooms, including 50 suites. Scheduled for completion in early 2018, the extensive $40 million refurbishment will combine modern design with classical elegance to cement the hotel’s position as Sydney’s leading luxury hotel.

The project, spearheaded by acclaimed interior designer Joseph Pang, will see the guestrooms and Sheraton Club transform from floor-to-ceiling with an emphasis on approachable luxury. Located on the 21st floor, the layout of the Sheraton Club will be reconfigured to frame the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, Hyde Park and St Mary’s Cathedral, which can be enjoyed throughout the lounge and from the outdoor terraces.

The entrance to the exclusive Sheraton Club will be elegantly defined by Bubinga wooden panels, with sliding doors revealing the sophisticated setting within. Inside, the lounge will offer individual spaces for guests, including a private reading room, an open lounge with an impressive fire place and executive board room. A semi-circular skylight will be the signature architectural feature of the Sheraton Club Lounge, using natural light to create an eye-catching focal piece. 

Cantaloupe Hotels launch Natural Habitat guest experiences

Cantaloupe Hotels Group has launched a series of unique natural habitat guest experiences that blend the spirit of sustainability with a stylish stay at each of its two boutique hotels in Galle, on Sri Lanka’s stunning south coast.

Cantaloupe Aqua, which opened in Talpe in 2013, features 15 contemporary rooms overlooking the beach, while Cantaloupe Levels, opened shortly afterwards, faces Galle Bay in Rumassala, looking out over the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort with short-walk access to Jungle Beach near the iconic Peace Pagoda.

The two hip hideaways have combined to offer ‘Big Blue’ experiences, taking guests out into the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and to the heart of one of the most ideal breeding grounds for marine animals in the world. With nothing but an expanse of ocean separating Sri Lanka from Antarctica, the waters off the island’s south coast are home to a breath-taking array of marine mammals, including dolphins, sperm whales, pilot whales and blue whales.

Guests at both Cantaloupe Aqua and Cantaloupe Levels can encounter these leviathans in the company of an expert guide, with a series of energising multi-day experiences that also include visits to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. This not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to the conservation of five of the seven recognised species of sea turtle worldwide, which return to Sri Lanka’s beaches every year to lay their eggs. Some discovered are up to 150 years old.

At Cantaloupe Levels, the Big Blue packages start from USD $1,100 (approximately AUD $1,390) for a three-night/four-day package, and from USD $1,800 (approximately AUD $2,275) for a seven-night/eight-day package, based on double occupancy. This package includes accommodation in a Deluxe Silhouette room with daily breakfast and Wi-Fi, an airport transfer, plus the whale-watching experience, visit to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and Sri Lankan dining experience.

A Sensory Awakening in the Maldives

Following a change in management for Huvafen Fushi, there is a vision of a bold, sensory awakening for the island. Recapturing the seductive allure of Huvafen Fushi. A fashionable global icon that carries perennial stature, always fluid and forever pushing boundaries.

Universal Resorts, which owns Huvafen Fushi along with Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, have taken over the management of Huvafen, ‘respecting the past and being bold in the future’, in the words of Owners Representative and Curator, Mark Hehir of The Small Maldives Island Co., the luxury disruptors behind Amilla Fushi and Finolhu. No one understands Huvafen Fushi’s DNA better than Mark. Remarkably, he was part of the team to launch the island over a decade ago and was the inspirational GM in its early heady years from 2005-2007.

Huvafen Fushi built a deserved reputation amongst connoisseurs, seduced by the sensuous embrace and creativity of this alluring island rendezvous. Countless other luxury brands followed and imitated, yet the island retained its place as one of the leading lights in the luxe resort landscape.

Hehir appreciates that Huvafen Fushi has a core raison detre: to provide an intimate escape for couples to spend time together. To share sensuous experiences in a seductive island embrace.

To accentuate the emphasis on couples, Huvafen Fushi will be a 21 and over island in the future, with a range of experiences created for couples to share. Exploring the Vinum Wine Cellar. Dining at the modern Japanese, Feeling Koi or at the exclusive Teppanyaki restaurant. Sharing a unique, sensual underwater spa treatment.

Seabreeze Resort Samoa’s amazing free night deals

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The adults only Seabreeze Resort Samoa has launched some fantastic stay/pay deals and bonuses, with savings of over $1,000 per couple. Deals are on sale until 30 September 2017, valid for travel from 1 October to 30 April 2018 and available only through travel agents.

Seabreeze deals include stay five nights, pay four nights; stay seven nights pay six nights or stay 10 nights and pay only eight nights.

The stay five nights, pay four nights deal also includes a bonus free one-way airport transfer for two people and the stay seven nights, pay six nights and stay 10 nights, pay eight nights deal includes a bonus free return airport transfers for two people.

The award winning Seabreeze Resort is the ultimate in boutique luxury, gently nestled into a private secluded bay on Samoa’s famous south-east coast of Upolu. The resort provides the ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and couples or those seeking luxury and intimacy.

The stay five-nights, pay only four nights deal starts from $1,526 per room, save $381 per room and includes one-way airport transfers for two people valued at $130. The stay seven nights, pay only six nights deal starts from $2,289per room, save $381 per room and the stay ten nights, pay eight nights deal starts from $3,052 per room, save $762 per room. Both deals include return airport transfers for two people valued at $259.

Regular rate inclusions also include a la carte breakfast daily, nightly turndown service, complimentary mini bar replenished daily, use of new smart phones during guests’ stay, complimentary food platter in room for arrivals after 9pm and before 7am and complimentary use of glass bottom kayaks and snorkelling equipment.

Club Med Ceylon will is opening up in Sri Lanka

Premium all-inclusive holiday provider announces a new resort slated to open in Sri Lanka in 2019

With 17 per cent growth in Australians travelling to Sri Lanka, Club Med has announced its plans to open Club Med Ceylon, its first resort in the tropical country. The all-inclusive resort will be located in Sri Lanka’s South West Province in the small town of Beruwela, only a 90 minute drive from Colombo International Airport, and is scheduled to open in August 2019.

Positioned as a 4 Trident resort, Club Med Ceylon will offer Australian guests a slice of upscale refinement and active rejuvenation amidst its lush vegetation and sun-kissed beach.

Club Med Ceylon will aim to provide all Australian guests – from families to couples – an unprecedented wholesome Sri Lankan experience, complemented by the resort’s eco-chic and vivid aesthetic that will feature wide airy spaces. Keeping in line with Club Med’s sustainability and green initiatives, the resort will be built to the standards of the Green Globe certification.

As an organisation devoted to green causes, Club Med has successfully undertaken a string of green initiatives this year, including its ongoing efforts to preserve the natural conditions of the beautiful locations its resorts are located in.

TRYP Fortitude Valley celebrates third birthday 

With guests requesting everything from a ‘band of dinosaurs’ to Nicholas Cage on their booking forms, TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel, Brisbane has accommodated all manner of strange requirements in the three years since opening its doors.

“We do get some odd requests, but we always have a lot of fun coming up with ways to meet our guests’ needs,” said Hotel Manager Kim Knowles, who has been at TRYP Fortitude Valley since it opened on 5 September 2014.

The city’s only street art hotel has become a destination in its own right thanks to its striking exterior murals, ideal location on Constance Street in Fortitude Valley and impeccable service.

It has welcomed almost 72,000 guests in three years of operation, including the likes of Olly Murs, Rudimental, Wu-Tang Clan, Yelawolf, Rufus, Birds of Tokyo, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), Kate Miller-Heidke, Kid Ink, Six60, Jarryd James, Yellowcard and Mayday Parade.

Mantra Samui Resort Launches New Spa Featuring Home-Grown Botanicals

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With a new natural spa and the launch of a wellness experience “A Mantra for Mantra,” the all-new Mantra Samui Resort is attracting spa-goers to its peaceful perch overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

The Jai Spa is a cornerstone of the hotel’s comprehensive new look. The intimate space has four softly-lit private treatment rooms and a foot reflexology area. Inspired by the dense jungle that surrounds the hillside property, the spa features bamboo-clad walls that reach up to a lofty ceiling.

The spa blends most of its treatment products in-house, using natural ingredients harvested from its gardens. Thai herbs infuse Jai’s flagship concoctions, and homegrown lemongrass is steamed to create an aromatic atmosphere. The beloved coconut informs the signature treatment, the Yaa Jai, its milk, not oil, deployed for a deep, tension-releasing massage. Warm coconut poultices are strategically applied to tight spots to further reduce stress.

Spa menu options draw heavily from local traditions and plants with the extensive offering including a range of facials, massages, scrubs, and wraps such as: a Thai Lemon Tea scrub, a 60-minute exfoliation using tea and lemon juice; a Thai Tamarind Wrap that features a decadent blend of tamarind and yogurt slathered over the body, and traditional massages in addition to Ayurvedic treatments.

“Mantra for Mantra” is available from September 4, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

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