Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Did having yesterday off give you a false sense of hope that it was the weekend? Well, get back into holiday mode by staring at this hotel wrap all day.

Integral ‘Selfies’ a snap at Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji

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Pacific Harbour, Fiji – Further ‘on trend’ innovation from the highly creative Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji team with the luxury all-villa resort introducing a series of suggested key ‘selfie spots’ located across the resort’s sprawling 220-hectare property.

The well-signposted ‘selfie spots’ have been placed at strategic locations which GM, Sascha Hemmann said had been purposely selected to ensure what he described as “that quintessential selfie shot”.

Selfies have become an integral part of any travel experience and the resort has made the job a little easier by giving guests a few well-placed suggestions.

The resort is spread across 220 hectares of tropical gardens fronted by a three-kilometre long beach with Beqa Island offering a superb backdrop.

The newest resort in The Islands of Tahiti, Conrad Bora Bora Nui, celebrates its first birthday this month

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Located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, a small islet located off the coast of Bora Bora, the resort faces out toward the open ocean and offers a unique vista and experience to guests in Tahiti.

Completely refurbished after Conrad Hotels & Resorts took over management of the site, the resort is unrecognisable from its previous days and provides the most up to date accommodation for those seeking a true luxury experience, as well as the longest white sand beach in Bora Bora.

At over half a mile, its secluded beach is watched over by the soaring Mount Otemanu which becomes the backdrop to the hotel when approaching from the water. The stunning overwater bungalows look out upon the lagoon and an endless blue horizon, with the only unobstructed sunset views in Bora Bora, and waters teeming with wildlife not seen in the more sheltered waters of the interior lagoon.

To up the romance ante, the resort also has its own private island which is accessible exclusively to hotel guests. Motu Tapu is Conrad Bora Bora Nui’s own exclusive islet ideal for private picnic lunches, intimate beach weddings or romantic dinners, as well as large-scale events, and is just a five-minute boat ride from the resort.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, awarded prestigious food safety certification ISO 22000

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney ISO 22000 Award. Left to right, F+B Hygienist Gauri Apte, General Manager, Craig Hooley, Resident Manager Gudrun Smith & Executive Chef Hemant Dadlani

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is the first hotel in Sydney to be awarded ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System) certification by the International Certification of Management Systems, TQCSI. The Swiss-based organisation is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international food safety standards.

Food Safety Management Measures:

The implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as well as compliance with Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) is necessary to provide safety and the high quality of food.

The international standards specify the requirements for an organisation to have a food safety management system in the food chain, with a food safety management team responsible for the execution of perfect food safety.

In order to implement the practical use of the ISO international standard, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has committed to improvements in its food management system manual to ensure the full and continuous integration of ISO 220000.

Additional rooms herald the next level for Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

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Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, situated in the heart of Queenstown, is expanding its accommodation by adding three new rooms, which will all feature magnificent views of The Remarkables mountain range.

They will be styled in a similar fashion to the existing premier Remarkables Rooms but will feature individual gas fireplaces, an open balcony and breath-taking views over Queenstown Recreational Ground to The Remarkables. They will be built on top of the existing Remarkables Rooms.

The three additional rooms will keep with the contemporary styling and use the same materials as the existing building. The second floor addition is set back from the edge of the existing building to create balconies off the new rooms. This will allow guests to step outside and admire the views. The new rooms will feature gas fires and will cover a generous 50 sqm. With these new rooms it will increase the total number of rooms available to 22.

After months of careful planning, owners The Patterson Brothers of Christchurch are excited to see their plans come to fruition. The Patterson Family have been hotel owner operators at The Commodore Hotel in Christchurch since it opened, 47 years ago. The expansion represents an investment of two million dollars.

Chimu’s Casa Republica wins prestigious Prix Versailles award


Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for the newly opened property situated in the buzzing Barranco district of Peru’s capital and one that the Latin America travel experts, Chimu Adventures, are delighted with.

The Prix Versailles, running since 2015, is an annual world architecture award celebrating the notable exterior and interior architecture of commercial structures like stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants which have been opened or re-opened between 1 February 2017 and 31 January 2018. Organised with the International Union of Architects and UNESCO, it aims to highlight the intersection between creation, art and economics.

The Continental Ceremony last Saturday saw 22 projects, comprising of six stores, four shopping malls, six hotels and six restaurants, receive Continental Prix Versailles or special prizes. Beijing will host the next Continental Ceremony on 20 April 2018 for Central Asia, the North East region, South Asia and Pacific region, followed by a ceremony in Algiers on 26 April 2018 for Africa, West Asia and Europe. On 15 May 2018 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Casa Republica and the other winners will compete in the Prix Versailles World Final which is judged by renowned architects and designers amongst others.

Southern Ocean Lodge calls in the cool season with four-for-three Remarkable Retreat Package

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Southern Ocean Lodge is offering a perfect opportunity to cool off by the Southern Ocean and enjoy Kangaroo Island’s wild coastal frontier this season, with its popular Stay four – Pay three Remarkable Retreat package.

The four-night getaway is priced from $3600 per person twin share, and includes all dining, convivial open bar, in-suite bar with local gourmet treats, signature guided experiences and airport transfers.

Available for stays between May 1 and September 30, 2018, the Remarkable Retreat package offers guests the chance to stay four nights for the price of three at the luxury lodge, with more bonus inclusions representing savings of up to $5000 per couple.

As an extra bonus, guests who book a Remarkable Retreat package before April 30, 2018 will also receive a complimentary suite upgrade.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills celebrates Earth Day

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To celebrate Earth Day 2018, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is launching a new program to thank guests and patrons of the hotel for their commitment to sustainability. Beginning April 22, 2018, the hotel will offer complimentary valet parking to all drivers of zero emission electric vehicles.

The hotel also offers guests and visitors ENVi environmentally sustainable waterless car washes to help address the California water shortage. A traditional car wash uses 47 gallons of water and the run off contributes to water pollution. The ENVi sustainable wash requires no water, and only eight ounces of locally produced, biodegradable cleaner.

Waterless carwash services will be available every day at The Peninsula Beverly Hills from April 22, 2018. Prices start at $45 and a portion of every sale will be donated to, a non-profit organization founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, dedicated to creating water equality worldwide.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills also partners with “Clean the World,” an organization that collects and recycles used soaps and bottled amenities. The soaps and cleaning products are picked up each month and sanitized, re-packaged and distributed within 60 days to children and families in more than 40 countries, including the United States and Canada. By recycling and sanitizing soaps, shampoos and conditioners, thousands of children around the world can be protected from deadly illnesses each day.

Save big with Mantra Hotels global sale


Need to book a holiday? From April 30-May 6, Mantra Hotels will launch its Global Sale with huge savings across more than 130 Art Series, Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties.

In incredible locations across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii, these deals are not to be missed! With rates from just $109* per night at selected retreats, hotels, resorts and apartments, you are bound to book a bargain. Below is a sneak peek at some of the fantastic savings on offer, with many of the deals being valid for travel up until 14 December 2018:

  • Kingscliff: Cool off and kick back in the sensational nearby surf and facilities of Mantra on Salt Beach. This is Kingscliff accommodation at its very best. Stay in a Hotel Room from $109* per night.
  • Sydney: The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport offers travellers contemporary and stylish accommodation within a short stroll of their Sydney Airport domestic departure gate. Stay in a Studio King Room from $145* per night.
  • Christchurch: Slow down after a busy day and enjoy all that BreakFree on Cashel has to offer, centrally located within the Christchurch culture hub. Stay in a Inner Urban Double Room from NZ$79* per night, including WiFi and parking.
  • Honolulu: Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra is the perfect location to relax alongside Ala Moana Beach Park and shop-till-you-drop at the neighbouring Ala Moana Shopping Centre, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. Stay in a City Mountain View Room, Kona Tower from US$149* per night including breakfast daily.
  • Melbourne: The Chen from $139* per night in a Studio Suite Twin. Valid for travel from 1 May, 2018 until 14 December, 2018.
  • Sunshine Coast: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, One Bedroom Apartments start from $149* per night.

The Unique Tourism Collection to represent renowned designer George Cooper’s KK Collection

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The Unique Tourism Collection (UTC) has been appointed to represent Sri Lanka’s KK Collection in Australia. The creation of renowned interior designer George Cooper, KK Collection encompasses two complementary and equally chic boutique hotels, Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach.

Kahanda Kanda is the original of the stylish stable located just 15 kilometres from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort in Sri Lanka. Set on a working tea plantation, Kahanda Kanda maintains the gentle and timeless ‘country life’ intrinsic to this area. The resort’s elegant design was born of a collaboration between renowned English interior designer George Cooper and Sri Lanka based Australian architect Bruce Fell-Smith. Each of the ten individually designed villas take in breathtaking panoramic views of lush greenery through large glass windows and offer guests all the luxuries of five-star service whilst maintaining a sense of privacy.

From jungle to coast, KK Beach is set on the stunning Sri Lankan coastline just 12km from Galle Fort. On its conception in 2016, Cooper felt the need to create a beachside resort that was stylish yet affordable. The resort features hues of the Mediterranean through its chic décor and displays the work of home-grown artists giving it local flavour. The ten contemporary beachfront suites have floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that afford guests uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Tangalooma Island Resort – Explore one of Queensland’s holiday icons, Tangalooma on Moreton Island

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This is the BIGGEST SALE OF 2018! – Up to 41 per cent off, from $129 per night!

Enjoy an endless summer with bucket-list encounters and experiences on Tangalooma Island Resort with the biggest sale of the year! Handfeed wild bottlenose dolphins, snorkel through 15 sunken ship wrecks which are home to over 200 species of tropical fish, or partake in over 50 island based tours and activities (including quad biking, 4WD tours, desert safari, sea scooters – and more).

Only a 10 minute taxi transfer from the Brisbane domestic airport to the Tangalooma wharf and a 75 minute ferry ride to the resort. On sale from 24 April – 13 May, 2018. Valid for travel up until 30 August, 2018. Ph 1300 652250 or see to book. Subject to availability. Minimum one night stay.


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