Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Today is hotel wrap day, which means it’s almost the weekend. It also means we spilt coffee on ourselves for the fourth time this week.

A romantic getaway to a tropical jungle paradise

Berjaya Langkawi Resort Over Water Chalets

Fancy a romantic getaway with a difference? Look no further than Berjaya Langkawi Resort where you can enjoy the ancient untouched rainforest and the warm waters of the Andaman sea.

For a limited time, Berjaya Langkawi Resort is offering a special Romance Package starting from only AUD$195 per person per night. The package includes accommodation in a Premier Chalet, daily breakfast, one evening dinner for 2 at the award-winning Pahn-Thai Restaurant or Beach Brasserie PLUS a relaxing 50-minute aromatherapy massage and a welcome gift.

If you want to make your stay even more romantic, upgrade to the overwater suites that sit high above the sea offering panoramic views of the surrounding bay and its islands. The Premier Suite on Water is the most popular option and offers a luxurious outdoor jacuzzi and spacious living areas.

Activities are plentiful at the resort with a range of water sports on offering including parasailing, diving, water skiing and kayaking. You can also venture to outlying islands on an island-hopping tour or sunset yacht cruise.

A sneak peak inside the Ruby Apartments

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With only seven months until the Ruby Apartments opens, the countdown is on to ensure that families don’t miss out on staying at this ‘precious gem’ over the Christmas school holidays.

Construction of Tower 1 in the billion-dollar development – the Ruby Collection is now up to the 26th floor and the team at Ruby confirm that everything is on track and will be welcoming guests from the 5th November. Having just finished the fit-out of their first two-bedroom apartment, Ruby CEO David Brook is thrilled with the final look and feel and believes it will raise the standard of holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast.

The first tower will feature 243 apartments and villas with ocean or hinterland views each with a full kitchen, lounge and dining areas, private ensuite with shower and little extras such as USB charging points, Smart TV’s so you can pair your own device, complimentary Wi-Fi and easy access to Ruby’s own digital concierge.

People wanting to be the first to stay at the brand new Ruby Apartments later this year, can take advantage of the special pre-opening packages and save up to 54 per cent.

Transmetro Corporation sells Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane

ASX-listed Transmetro Corporation has sold its Brisbane landmark property, Metro Hotel Tower Mill to Interstay Holdings Pty who plan to operate the hotel under their Madison Hotels brand.

Transmetro Corporation Ltd has operated the Tower Mill property since 1994.

Transmetro Corporation Limited’s Managing Director, Peter Frawley, said the company is pursuing other opportunities in Brisbane which better reflect its strategy to add more contemporary properties to its portfolio of hotels and apartments.

The company expects the sale to have a positive financial result for the Transmetro in the current financial year. The sale was handled by Resort Brokers Australia managing director Ian Crooks.

The historic Shoal Bay Country Club gets a striking facelift


After a six million dollar refurbishment from a run down, yet historic venue, the new owners of the historic Shoal Bay Country Club are excited to bring a cosmopolitan venue to the Port Stephens area.

Under the major revamp of SBCC, The Kitchen, The Patio, Beach Bar, Cane Lounge, Sports Bar and Mermaid Café has been transformed by leading interior designer Rachel Luchetti from Luchetti Krelle, with the desire to recapture the hearts of the locals whilst appealing to holiday markers once again.

The award-winning design firm Luchetti Krelle are the masterminds behind a number of Australia’s high-profile restaurant and bar projects including Adriana Zumbo’s concept store, Zumbo, at The Star Pyrmont, Mode Kitchen and Bar in Sydney to The Byron at Byron Resort and the Food Court for Sydney’s CBD high-end MLC Centre.

Much of the country club’s original 1950s features were reinstated, but with modern improvements. The idea behind the charming renovations was to restore the club back to its former glory, drawing its inspiration from the vibrant beach culture of its heyday – back in the 1950’s.

Nine AVANI Hotels & Resorts recognised with 2018 TripExpert Awards

AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

AVANI Hotels & Resorts ( is proud to announce that nine AVANI properties around the world have received 2018 Experts’ Choice and Best of the City Awards from TripExpert. TripExpert relies on over one million reviews from professional travel writers in over 85 international publications to determine which hotels are the best. Less than two per cent of hotels around the world receive this honour.

The following AVANI has been selected for the TripExpert 2018 awards – AVANI Riverside Bangkok, AVANI Atrium Bangkok, AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa, AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon, AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa, AVANI Kalutara Resort, AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino, AVANI Deira Dubai and AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa. The nine AVANI Hotels & Resorts stood out with glowing reviews from leading travel outlets such as Fodor’s, The Telegraph, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Jetsetter, and Frommer’s, just to name but a few.

TripExpert is an alternative to rankings and awards driven by user reviews. Rather, it relies on expert opinions to aggregate an overall TripExpert score. On, travellers can read reviews from respected travel media to inform their decisions.

FERGIE to perform at Mulia Bali


Mulia Bali is calling all effervescent party enthusiasts to get ready for the upcoming RAPTURE – Mulia Summer Party, by its tropical pool and white-sand beach, on 1st September 2018. This event is eventually will be held every year as Mulia Bali signature and expected to set the bar of daytime lifestyle party on the island.

Whilst the full line up is still to be announced, FERGIE has today been announced as the first of three internationally renowned artists performing at the exclusive party in September.

Renowned for years of experience with out of this world events for its numerous VIP clients as well as hotel guests, Mulia Bali presents RAPTURE with a whole new sophisticated entertainment; from world-renowned singers to acclaimed international DJs, enlivened with extravagant dancers and Mulia’s ever-exceptional decor and adornment. Hail or shine, this vivacious party will be started by 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm, then guests are welcome to enjoy the night at resort’s ZJ’s Bar & Lounge.

Previous performers and DJs at Mulia Bali events include Leona Lewis, Pia Mia, Charli XCX, Mambo Brothers, Roger Sanchez to name a few.

Best Western adds new properties in Western Australia & Adelaide

Best Western Australasia (BWA) has welcomed two new properties to its national network – the Best Western Plus Hotel Lord Forrest in Bunbury, Western Australia, and the Best Western Granada Motor Inn, Adelaide.

BW Plus Hotel Lord Forrest is the third Western Australian property to sign with BWA in recent months and the global accommodation group now has 13 properties in the state.

Spencer Watson, Acting CEO of BWA, said BW Plus Hotel Lord Forrest gave Best Western customers an excellent option just two hours south of Perth.

Meanwhile, Best Western once again has a property in Adelaide. The Best Western Granada Motor Inn is conveniently located in Glenunga, within easy reach of the CBD, Adelaide Hills and bayside Glenelg. It has 56 rooms and there’s a popular Mexican restaurant on site.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Welcomes 35 New Member Hotels, with five in Asia Pacific


Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, announces the addition of 35 new member hotels and resorts across 17 countries between 1 January to 31 March 2018. Whether looking to experience China, South America or a multitude of destinations in between, travelers can now enjoy #ThePreferredLife while staying at distinctive independent properties in even more exciting locales around the world.

Highlights of the new hotel additions include:

  • One World Hotel (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – This elegant, award-winning hotel, offering 438 spacious rooms and suites, and four on-site restaurants, is located in the heart of Petaling Jaya within walking distance to major shopping, entertainment, finance and business centers.
  • Wanda Vista Beijing (Beijing, China) – Strategically located in the heart of Beijing’s central business district, the Wanda Vista Beijing is five minutes from Guo Mao subway station that connects travelers to historical attractions like the iconic Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the shopping haven of Wangfujing Street.
  • Hotel Unique (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Located in the heart of Jardins, one of Sao Paulo’s most upmarket neighborhoods, this iconic award-winning luxury hotel is designed by renowned architect Ruy Ohtake.

Greetings from Hotel 1929 Singapore at 50 Keong Saik Road

Housed in a heritage building that is newly renovated with modern chic interiors, guests can choose from cosy Standard Superior Queen Rooms to Spacious Terrace Suites with a private patio – which includes a bathtub and seating area. The restaurant, Birders, will be serving exquisite Japanese cuisine and Western favourites. Hope to see you at our new opened restaurant.

Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks at the lobby. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and a tablet is available in our rooms for browsing information and shopping.

The Patio on the second level has barbecue facilities which are great for gatherings of friends and family or corporate events. Guests are welcome to cook their meals too!

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