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Six Senses Yao Noi Reintroduces The View Southeast Asia’s Ultimate Romantic Villa


The View, a newly revamped premium one-bedroom villa at Six Senses Yao Noi is now welcoming guests. Ideal for couples, especially honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion, it provides an abode of comfort, exclusivity and space with a touch of fun and quirky elements.

Originally created as a celebration venue, the ultra-spacious 2,422 square-foot (225 square-meter) villa now boasts an infinity-edge pool, a pool shack, private cinema, sunken dining area, plus a mezzanine floor and a fitness studio among its new refinements.

Stepping into the villa, guests feel in harmony with nature due to the Thai-inspired interiors infused with a contemporary twist. A newly added waterfall is visible though a glass floor in the bedroom as it flows beneath the king-sized bed, connecting the occupants with the soothing sight and sounds of flowing water.


Construction begins at Travelodge Hurstville 


TFE Hotels has announced today that construction is about to begin on a new-build hotel, the Travelodge Hurstville, as part of a significant redevelopment project in Sydney’s southern suburbs. Developed by the Illawarra Catholic Club, the 124-room Travelodge property will sit adjacent to both ‘Club Central’ and a five-level commercial tower in the southern suburb of Hurstville and will have direct access into the club.

Comfort is a hallmark of the Travelodge brand and hotel guests can expect smart design in this super convenient location – just 7km from Sydney Airport along a main arterial route from the south, with excellent access to rail and nearby shopping districts.  A focus on form and functionality will see guest rooms fitted out with twin or king beds as well as triple and quad configurations, each with a refreshingly simple design.

Several new outlets and bars, including a stunning rooftop restaurant, will open as part of the Illawarra Catholic Club redevelopment. A ballroom and generous meetings area will round out the function space and provide a comfortable and convenient conferencing alternative that’s close to Hurstville Business District and the nearby Rhodes Business Park precinct. A multi-level carpark, extending the length of the site, will provide an added convenience for conference and hotel guests.


Anantara Announces Mauritius Debut with the Upcoming Opening of Anantara Mauritius Resort 

Anantara Mauritius exterior rendering

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the announcement of Anantara Mauritius Resort – a new luxury property on the South Eastern coast which is scheduled to open in Q4 2019.

Anantara Mauritius Resort is being developed in partnership with Currimjee Jeewanjee & Co, a local entrepreneurial family-owned business operating in a number of sectors, including telecoms, cable TV, food and beverages, commercial services and hospitality.

Part of an integrated coastal development, just 15 minutes from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the new resort will be located near Blue Bay Marine Park – a leisure destination boasting a protected marine park, crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters and powdery white beaches. Blue Bay’s coral reefs make it one of the island’s premier snorkelling and diving destination.

Anantara Mauritius Resort will feature 164 guest rooms and suites, with eight luxury pool villas – two with two bedrooms and six with four bedrooms – to be added in the first half of 2020. Facilities at the resort will include Sea.Fire.Salt – a specialty grill and seafood restaurant with courtyard and beach dining, an all-day dining restaurant, private dining with a wine cellar, a healthy wellness-focused cafe, two bars – one by the poolside and one facing the beach, a 30-metre ozone-based swimming pool, a gym, a signature Anantara Spa and a kids’ club.


Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces 2019 Awards of Excellence and GIFTTS Pineapple Award Winners

IPrefer Hotel of the Year - Overall

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 Preferred Awards of Excellence and GIFTTS Pineapple Award initiatives. With the luxury hospitality company entering its 15th year of ownership by the Ueberroth Family, the awards coincide with a key milestone in Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ history and demonstrate the brand’s unwavering commitment to championing the world’s finest independent hotels and promoting the philanthropic efforts of its member properties.

Celebrated among an audience of more than 270 hospitality industry leaders, renowned speakers, media, and independent hoteliers from around the world, the awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Preferred Global Conference, which took place at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaco from February 25 to March 1.

2019 Preferred Awards of Excellence

The Preferred Awards of Excellence recognize partners across the company’s global network that epitomize excellence within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand promise and inspire the global travel community to pursue #ThePreferredLife. Spanning from New Hotel of the Year to I Prefer Hotel of the Year, this year’s honorees are as follows:

  • Hotel of the Year Overall: The Leela Palace Udaipur (Udaipur, India)
  • Hotel of the Year – Asia Pacific: The Siam (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Hotel of the Year – United States & Canada: Edgewood Tahoe Resort (Nevada, United States)
  • Hotel of the Year – Latin America: Hotel Unique (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Hotel of the Year – Mexico & Caribbean: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • Hotel of the Year – Europe: The Alpina Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)
  • Hotel of the Year – India, Middle East & Africa: The Imperial New Delhi (New Delhi, India)
  • New Hotel of the Year – Resort: Montage Los Cabos (Cabos San Lucas, Mexico)
  • New Hotel of the Year – City Center: The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston (Texas, United States)
  • Hotelier of the Year: Stephan Stokkermans, Managing Director, Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin (Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands)
  • I Prefer Hotel of the Year: Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport (British Columbia, Canada)


Shangri-La Group builds new mixed-use development complex in Fuzhou

The Shangri-La Group announced it has started construction work of the Phase II of Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou – a new mixed-use development complex – located at the center of Fuzhou China.

When completed, this iconic project will serve as a high-end commercial complex comprising a hotel, shopping mall, Food & Beverage outlets, office building and basement parking space. It will cater to the growing travel, business, leisure and lifestyle needs of today’s modern consumers.  The complex is scheduled for completion in 2022.


Frasers Hospitality Autumn Escape

Capri Brisbane 009 Capri Club Room

Welcome the cooler months with an Autumn escape with Frasers Hospitality Australia. Each property in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane will be offering their own special Autumn Escape package inclusions such as welcome drinks, late check-out and discounted on-site parking. Packages start from $149 per night and will be valid from 1st March until 31st May 2019.

For bookings and more information, visit website links or call reservation numbers below.

Fraser World members will also receive an additional 5% off all properties.

Fraser Suites Perth from $195/night

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast for two
  • Welcome drink and tasting plate to share at the lobby bar
  • 20% off food and beverages in Heirloom Restaurant & Bar
  • Late check-out until 12pm
  • Free Wi-Fi

Fraser Suites Sydney from $200/night

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 50% off on-site parking included
  • Complimentary bottle of wine on arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi

Fraser Place Melbourne from $149/night

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out until 2pm
  • Free Wi-Fi

Capri By Fraser Brisbane from $155/night

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 75% off on-site parking included
  • Late check-out until 12pm
  • Free Wi-Fi


Accor grows luxury presence in the Americas with SO/Los Cabos Hotel & Residences


Accor announced the continued expansion of its luxury portfolio in the North and Central American region with the introduction of the vibrant and playful SO/ Hotels & Resorts luxury brand in Los Cabos, Mexico. Slated to open at the end of 2021, SO/ Los Cabos Hotel & Residences will be an exciting, fashionable and luxurious new beachfront hotel and residential address located on the renowned Baja California Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

The first SO/ property in Mexico, and the second in the region, the avant-garde hotel & residences will boast stylish interiors and décor combined with exceptionable signature services, lively social events, entertainment and unique experiences in a prime setting on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, an area well known for dramatic desert scenery and majestic ocean views.


Melbourne Savoy Hotel on Little Collin’s Guest checks out with $10K Ring on finger


It’s not every day that a guest checks into a hotel room and finds a custom-made diamond-encrusted ring that’s theirs to keep. But that’s precisely what happened to Brisbane-based Environmental Scientist, Stephanie Williams, during her stay at The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins last night.

Exhausted after a business trip that had seen her lap the country in just three short weeks, Stephanie was looking for a great night’s sleep after a busy day of conferencing.

What she found instead was an empty ring box hidden in her room with a special code word – she’d just won the grand prize in The Savoy on Little Collins’ and Fairfax & Roberts’ “Princess and the Pear” competition, an exquisite $10,000 pink sapphire and diamond encrusted ring.


Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Magnetic Island welcomes guests

©Roslyn Budd -

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Magnetic Island is open and operating business as usual as the region continues to strengthen after North Queensland’s recent flood.

Situated on Magnetic Island, just off the Townsville coast, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort was fortunate to have only experienced minor cosmetic damage in and around the resort and the property remains the same idyllic resort as always.

Now is the perfect time to take a break in the region with warm days, balmy nights and a fantastic deal on offer.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is offering a special Tropical Escape package with Hotel Rooms starting from $145* per night (two night minimum of $290*). This offer also includes full breakfast daily, 10% off dining at Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar, Wi-Fi and in-room movies.


News from Rayavadee: Bonus Night Villa Offer

The Raitalay Villa Living Room

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Villa Offer on new bookings for guest stays until 30 April 2019.

For the first time, Rayavadee will also accept these bookings for stays over Easter from 19 to 22 April, which has always previously been a blackout period for bookings.

In conjunction with this special offer, Selection Vacations has announced a 4-night Rayavadee Bonus Night Villa Package including;

  • 4 nights’ accommodation (pay 2 nights, get 2 nights free) in a Family Pavilion with pool
  • A fruit basket upon arrival and bottled water provided daily
  • Breakfast daily
  • Internet access

Select Vacations’ Rayavadee Bonus Night Villa Package is priced from:

  • $3499 per person twin share for stays from 1 – 31 March 2019 representing a saving of $6998 per couple
  • $3699 per person twin share for stays from 1 – 30 April 2019 representing a saving of $7398 per couple

Prices can also be quoted for stays in Rayavadee’s Rai Talay Villa, Rayavadee Villa & Phranang Villa 404.


Clean Travel is the first Australian startup selected for prestigious €2m sustainable travel accelerator program

Clean Travel have been selected as one of the first Australian startups to participate in’s prestigious sustainable travel accelerator programme this April 2019 in Amsterdam.

Clean Travel, who in December graduated from the Queensland Government backed Horizons Tourism Accelerator (details here), will be pitching for a share of a €2 million fund available to help support their next stage of growth.

Clean Travel’s innovative software platform helps local ethical travel operators manage their business and reach a global audience and founder, Macartan Gaughan, is excited to take part; “I am looking forward to sharing our learnings and some laughs with the other participants in the Booking Booster cohort this year.

We are all working in the same area towards a common goal, so I am excited for what can come out of our time together in Amsterdam.

Also, I am looking forward to tapping into the world-class expertise of the team. I’ll be arriving with a notepad full of questions and a head full of ideas that I hope to bounce off the amazing mentors there.”


Choice Hotels Asia-Pac offers ultimate hotel takeover experience

Hotel Harry (Sydney)

Hotel group Choice Hotels Asia-Pac is looking for one lucky traveller to win the ultimate getaway: an entire hotel for the weekend, with up to 50 friends along for the ride.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience is valued at over $13,000 and entrants can choose from five hotels spanning urban, coastal and regional destinations:

  • Hotel Harry, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Sydney (New South Wales)
  • Clarion Hotel Townsville (Queensland)
  • Comfort Inn The International, Apollo Bay (Victoria)
  • Econo Lodge Mildura (Victoria)
  • Quality Suites Alexander Inn, Auckland (New Zealand)

Upon check-in, the lucky winner and up to 50 guests will enjoy exclusive use of their chosen hotel for an entire weekend – with not a single other hotel guest in sight – and receive an $800 VISA gift card in addition.


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