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Southern Ocean Lodge Named Among World’s Best Hotels

Kangaroo Island’s acclaimed Southern Ocean Lodge has been named the best resort in Australia and the fourth top hotel worldwide in the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine 2016 World’s Best Awards.

The remote luxury lodge was given a near-perfect score of 97.39, placing it at number four in the magazine’s list of the 100 Best Hotels in the world and giving it the highest ranking of any hotel in Australia.

Baillie Lodges Managing Director James Baillie said it was a great honour to have an Australian property rated among the world’s best.


Lizard Island gets a taste of Food and Wine event

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Lizard Island has announced its second Food and Wine Event with celebrated chef Shane Delia, island Executive Chef Mark Jensen and wines by Penfolds and Yarra Valley producer, Levatine Hill Estate.

Since reopening in June 2015, following a $50 million refurbishment, Executive Chef, Mark Jensen has been creating a strong profile for Lizard Island’s food and wine experience and for the September event the award-winning chef, restaurateur and author Shane Delia will join him.

Delia’s Spice Journey is a global success and highlights the chefs his passion, knowledge and skills in creating the perfect balance of spices inspired by the Middle East.  Mark Jensen’s passion for the spices of South East Asia clearly influences his daily menus and will be showcased to a new level during the Food and Wine Event.


Parramatta’s ‘vertical village’ awarded international property award

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A Sydney-based property developer has been awarded an international property award for its resort-inspired residential building in Parramatta.

Crown Group’s much anticipated 590-apartment residential tower, V by Crown Group won the Five Star Award for Residential High Rise Architecture Australia at the 2016-2017 Asia Pacific Property Awards earlier this month.

Positioned in the heart of Parramatta, the stunning structure better known as Parramatta’s Vertical Village rises up on two V-shaped columns, each standing a striking three storeys tall; ensuring key elements of Parramatta’s historical and cultural past including the remains of an 1840s convict house and underlying convict hut found during excavation are kept and displayed for public view.


A Fiji culinary journey at Intercontinental Fiji’s Sanasana Restaurant

The Team at Sanasana Restaurant in Fiji 'Bula' Style

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the enhanced dining experience at Sanasana Restaurant delivering an authentic Fijian experience every Saturday evening.  The dining experience will provide guests with an authentic experience showcasing the local provenance and distinctive destination that is uniquely Fiji.

Sanasana Restaurant’s serene view of Natadola Bay creates an ambient dining atmosphere for couples and families.  The culinary team have passionately worked to create an exciting new menu that showcases Fiji’s ingredients and authentic flavours.  From sourcing the finest vegetables at Fiji’s own ‘Salad Bowl’ from the Sigatoka Valley to sourcing the freshest meats and seafood from the parts of Fiji renowned for their superior quality.


W Taipei launches the most amplifying summer series

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This summer, come to W Taipei’s WET Pool and chill at the HOT STREAK pool party, or crash in one of our stylish yet cozy rooms, relaxing in our fabulous “W Bed” with 350-thread-count bed sheet and enjoy the party fun, music vibe and summer drinks with our HOT STREAK Room Package!

“W owns summer,” shared W Taipei General Manager Cary Michael Gray. “Celebrating summer is a ritual at the W Hotels. This year, W Taipei retains its charm with a luxurious and sensual experience with WET outdoor pool, live spinning from W resident DJs and the signature summer beer cocktails. For those who need to escape from the daily routines, whether they travel alone or with the love ones, HOT STREAK Room Package is always the perfect choice. You don’t have to fly all the way to an isolated island – simply check into W Taipei and enjoy the wonderful getaway.”


Celebrity chefs heat up kitchen at Pan Pacific Perth hotel


Celebrity chefs Alastair McLeod and Miguel Maestre did an exclusive VIP, invite only cook-off event at Pan Pacific Perth last night as a kick-off of the 2016 Perth Good Food and Wine Show. This is the second consecutive year for Pan Pacific Perth to be the official hotel partner of the show.

During the cook-off, Miguel made Paella A La Maestre and Alastair make roasted salmon with caramelised beetroot, goats curd and green sauce.


The Centara family continues to grow

The Centara Hotels & Resorts family is pleased to welcome several new additions to its team of General Managers.  As Centara prepares to open the Centara Grand West Bay Doha in Qatar in Q4 2016, it is exciting to be able to introduce Mr. James Robert Wilson as General Manager.

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection, Chiang Mai, welcomes Ms. Jirachada Assavanich as the new General Manager

Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket has welcomed a new General Manager, Mr. Denis Thouvard.

Mr. Komang Artana has been appointed the new General Manager of Centra Taum Seminyak Bali.

“It is wonderful to see how our people develop and grow with us,” said Mr. Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

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