Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Kate Webster

Belmond welcomes the world to Rio de Janeiro

Belmond welcomes the world to Rio de Janeiro with a series of art installations by award-winning Icelandic artist, Kristjana S Williams, at the city’s landmark beach-front hotel, Belmond Copacabana Palace. Inspired by cartography and nature, the most dramatic of the artist’s creations is a butterfly-themed theatrical light projection that shows butterflies gliding over the seven-story high hotel façade.

The display will run nightly at 7pm for ten minutes until 14th August. It can be enjoyed by the general public from the beach promenade in front of the hotel, and spectators are encouraged to share the moment using #DiscoverBelmond.

Each butterfly carries a different country’s flag on its wings, designed to represent the coming together of nations from around the globe in celebration of cultural diversity. Belmond adopts the butterfly as a symbol of hope, strength found in fragile beauty, the promise of new life and a journey well-travelled.


Paresa Phuket exclusive incentive scheme

Paresa Phuket

The Paresa Phuket has launched an exclusive Australia Market Incentive Scheme, valid for bookings now until 30 September 2016 (inclusive). Incentive program applies to all new FIT only and bookings must be materialized and paid for. The Paresa reservation team will issue the notification email to agent when the agreement is complete and the Sales Representative will pass shopping voucher on accordingly. The shopping voucher cannot be exchanged for cash.

So how to win? Book the following to receive the corresponding amounts:

All rooms (except Grand Residence Pool Villa)

– Book and paid 5 nights, receive shopping voucher value 40 AUD

– Book and paid 7 nights or more, receive David Jones or Westfield Voucher value 70 AUD

Grand Residence Pool Villa

– Book and paid 5 nights, receive shopping voucher value 90 AUD

– Book and paid 7 nights or more, receive David Jones or Westfield Voucher value 120 AUD


&Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve opens near Victoria Falls


The brand new &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge opened near Victoria Falls on 1 August, following an extensive multi-million dollar rebuild. Situated in a 50 000 hectare (123 500 acre) private wildlife concession on the Zambezi River, the lodge is set to provide the most luxurious accommodation and most unique wildlife experiences in the area.

&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge consists of two camps of nine suites each, including a family suite at each camp. With one camp fully open and operational on 1 August, the remaining camp is scheduled to open in September.

Highlighting the area’s cultural heritage, Matetsi is decorated with traditional abstract carvings of wood and stone and features a strong copper theme in homage to the mineral riches of the region. The lodge boasts a generous Safari Shop and state-of-the-art gym, as well as a massage sala and conference facility. A 20-meter-long (66-foot-long) rim flow swimming pool stretches along the river’s bank.

A sole-use private villa, &Beyond Matetsi River House, adds exclusive accommodation for private groups of up to eight. The four-bedroom villa boasts its own kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a private veranda overlooking the Zambezi, a swimming pool and its own fire pit. It comes with a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler.


Choice Hotels Asia-Pac adds three WA properties to portfolio

Goodearth - Superior One Bedroom Apartment

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, is excited to announce the addition of three new properties to its portfolio in Western Australia – the Comfort Inn & Suites Goodearth Perth, the Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth and the Econo Lodge Karratha.

The two new Perth CBD hotels, are located on Adelaide Terrace, in the heart of vibrant East Perth. Perfectly positioned along the Swan River, the properties provide the perfect base for travellers to explore all that WA’s capital city has to offer.

The Comfort Inn & Suites Goodearth Perth features 180 spacious hotel rooms and apartments and guests can enjoy the convenience of free WiFi and free secure car parking. The hotel also caters for conferences, meetings and events and is perfectly suited for the group market.

The Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth features 170 well-designed hotel rooms and suites that are ideally suited to the corporate business traveller. Guests have access to a gymnasium and sauna and can grab a bite to eat at Café 196 Restaurant and Bar. Businesses can also utilise the meeting and function space available at the property.


New Port Moresby property The Stanley Hotel & Suites open

Heralding a new era for Papua New Guinea’s accommodation and conference facilities and taking the destination’s first-class offering to levels previously unseen, in Port Moresby has officially opened its doors for business.

Dominating the landscape and standing 18-storeys high in the heart of the PNG capital close to Parliament House, government offices and many foreign embassies and consulates, this brand new luxury facility offers 433-rooms, including 99 serviced apartments and a 340-square-metre Presidential Suite located on the 18th floor.

State of the art facilities include a 60-seat, fine dining grill-style restaurant, a split level executive club lounge, more than 2,000 square metres of function space and the largest ballroom in PNG at 1,600 square meters.

Add to this a lobby level, cafe-style restaurant and a lounge bar offering all-day dining, a 3,000-square-metre outdoor area and pool deck on level four, a gym and a full day spa with five large treatment rooms and a hot tub.

Hardly surprising a very excited General Manager, Geoff Haigh has positioned the hotel as comparable with any five-star hotel in the world and “one that has changed the Port Moresby hotel landscape forever.”

“Officially we are still in our soft opening period, but both local and international demand is already strong and interest levels are very high,” Haigh said.

Located just three kilometres from Jackson International Airport and six kilometres from Port Moresby’s main downtown area, The Stanley Hotel & Suites conveniently adjoins the city’s biggest shopping complex, the Vision City Mega-Mall.


Parkroyal Parramatta intimate gourmet event

Park Royal Parramatta023

Parkroyal Parramatta held an intimate gourmet event with celebrity chefs Miguel Maestre and Alastair McLeod, as a celebration of the 2016 Sydney Good Food and Wine Show. Guests were treated with an indulgent four-course 80s’ inspired menu created by the chefs at the hotel’s TABLE:30 restaurant, whilst Miguel and Alastair shared their expert tips and anecdotes.

All four course were matched with exquisite Angove wines, and guests also received free entry to the Good Food and Wine Show.


Myanmar’s Sanctum Inle Resort To Celebrate October Grand Opening


The first upscale hotel to come on line in one of Myanmar’s most compelling tourist destinations will officially debut October 1 when 94-room Sanctum Inle Resort holds its grand opening on the shores of Inle Lake.

An Olympic-sized swimming pool overlooking the lake, the 150 square meter presidential Sanctuary Suite and a Shan and international cuisine restaurant, The Refectory, are among the new features to be unveiled as part of the Brigitte Dumont de Chassart-designed resort’s grand opening.

“In a region long closed off to the wider world, we’re opening the doors on an experience of accommodation that celebrates removal and contemplation,” said Philippe Arnaud, the resort’s general manager. “Our location invites this sort of mind-set, and our design does, as well.”

At 120 square kilometers and 800 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is renowned for its stilted wooden homes, floating vegetable gardens and fishermen, who propel their boats across the water with a singular, one-legged rowing style.


AccorHotels renews global distribution agreement with Amadeus

Searching for the right hotel room can be a challenge as there are so many options. At Amadeus we offer a range of content to our travel agency customers so that they can find the perfect room for their travellers, whether a competitively-priced room or a luxury suite.

With this in mind, Amadeus today announces the renewal of its distribution agreement with AccorHotels for another three years to ensure that the hotel’s full inventory is made available to Amadeus-connected travel agencies and travellers worldwide.

AccorHotels covers all market segments, from economy to luxury accommodation, and Amadeus currently exclusively distributes Ibis Budget hotels, AccorHotels’ benchmark budget brand and a European leader in its category. Comfortable, no frills accommodation is increasingly relevant for both leisure and business travellers, and Amadeus currently distributes 150 Ibis Budget properties, with more soon to become available.


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