Hotel wrap: First-ever Aboriginal accommodation app, Six Senses opens in Bhutan, Karma Reef reopens + more!

Our hotel wrap might be a little less big and fat, but it’s still just as (if not more) hotel-y and wrap-y as ever.

Sage Hotel Ringwood is ringside for Spiegeltent 2019

Dolly Diamond, star of Spiegeltent Ringwood at Sage Ringwood - photo credit

Sage Hotel Ringwood is the Official Accommodation Sponsor of Melbourne’s much anticipated Ringwood Spiegeltent extravaganza, which rolls into town for seven days in April and promises a jam-packed line-up of entertainment, cabaret and comedy.

Fresh from celebrating its first birthday, Sage Hotel Ringwood will be home to a dazzling line up of pre-show animation, cocktails, pre-concert dinner options and a very special Spiegeltent accommodation package for the duration of the festival, which runs from 5-13 April.

As part of the partnership, Sage Hotel Ringwood is offering guests a special Spiegeltent rate of $199 per night for those wanting to experience the show and stay overnight from 5 – 13th April. As part of the package, guests will enjoy accommodation in a Deluxe King Room and breakfast for two.

Wilpena Pound Resort Designs First-ever Aboriginal Accommodation App

Indigenous Guides Lead the Way at Wilpena Pound Resort

Wilpena Pound Resort has released an app for visitors to South Australia’s spectacular Flinders Ranges, a first for an Australian Indigenous accommodation business.

The Wilpena Pound Resort Guide is free and available on Google Play and in the App Store.

Fully developed in-house, the new app is a welcome to Indigenous Adnyamathanha Country and comprehensive, pocket-sized guide to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound Resort, Ikara Safari Camp and Wilpena Pound Campground.

The app includes tips on making the most of a stay in Adnyamathanha Country with an introduction to local Indigenous culture, history and stories, as well as maps for self-guided walks and drives, weather updates and useful resort information and contacts.

Six Senses Bhutan Opens in The Land of The Thunder Dragon


Located in the colorful Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan famous for its Gross National Happiness (GNH) philosophy, Six Senses Bhutan celebrates its highly-anticipated arrival with the opening of its first three lodges in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. The lodges seamlessly combine the brand’s commitment to wellness, sustainability and out-of-the-ordinary experiences with the country’s rich culture, warm hospitality and omnipresent spirituality.

Comprised of five lodges spread over the west and central valleys of this remote Himalayan kingdom, Six Senses Bhutan offers guests a unique adventure with uplifting experiences at every turn. From sunrise meditations and holistic spa treatments to private astrology readings and butter lamp lighting ceremonies to incredible hikes and treks through pristine forests, the aim is to leave enriched and reconnected.

Each location has been thoughtfully designed to fully immerse travellers into the local culture. The lodges, which vary in style, showcase the diversity and special character of each valley. Offering sweeping views, the spacious interiors are framed by subtle references to Bhutanese architecture, seen in the simple lines of the natural timber furniture and the presence of locally-inspired touches, such as bukharis (traditional wood-burning stoves) and vegetable-dyed, antique-washed Himalayan rugs.

El Questro Opens Kimberley Season with Special Deals

El Questro Homestead The Kimberley - Aerial

Celebrating the start of the Kimberley visitors’ season, El Questro has released special opening offers across its Homestead, Station and Emma Gorge lodgings with extras for everyone, bonus nights and savings on bookings made before April 30* for stays in 2019.

Perched high on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Chamberlain Gorge, El Questro Homestead is the ultimate in Kimberley luxury, a relaxed retreat with just nine guest rooms and welcoming children over 15 years, ensuring an intimate and refined escape.

Generously inclusive rates feature all dining, premium beverages, exclusive use of the Zebedee thermal springs and a Chamberlain cruise, guided gorge walks and boat tours. Guests who book a four-night getaway on the opening offer can enjoy a 15 per cent discount and a complimentary helicopter ride for two to the remote Miri Miri Falls. The offer is valid for stays at El Questro Homestead until October 26, 2019.

Indigenous Artists-in-Residence at Longitude 131°

Ernabella Artworks at Longitude 131

Baillie Lodges has announced a series of artists-in-residence visits planned for 2019 as part of its growing, mutually-beneficial relationship with the indigenous community at Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

The Ernabella artists-in-residence program sees some of the community’s artists come to Longitude 131° for a few days at time, setting up an open studio in the Dune House and painting with views out to Uluru.  Guests at Longitude 131° have the rare chance to see the artists creating beautiful artworks and chat to them about the process and their inspiration.

Planned dates* for artists-in-residence visits in 2019 are:

  • March 25-30
  • May 19-25
  • July 22-27
  • October 6-12.

Karma Reef, Gili Meno Grand Reopening – Opening rates with 25 per cent off


Karma Reef, a resort nestled on the peaceful island paradise of Gili Meno, is offering special rates with 25 per cent off for March and April to celebrate its grand reopening and we thought this would be of interest to you and your readers.

In its reopening, the resort, which has been undergoing renovations since the earthquake that struck Lombok in August last year, is set to open Karma Beach Gili Meno, the sister of the famous beach club Karma Beach Bali at Karma Kandara.

For more information and bookings, please go to

Atlantis, the Palm unveils newly redesigned Imperial Club offering 

IC terrace

Atlantis, The Palm, is raising the bar of its luxury offering with the relaunch of its Imperial Club service including a brand new 3,091sqm lounge.

Guests of the iconic destination resort can enjoy additional comfort and convenience, as well as multiple exclusive benefits and perks. The relaunch of the service is part of Atlantis, The Palm’s constant commitment to enhancing guests’ experiences at the five-star resort.

Search commences for one lucky Aussie to enjoy the ultimate hotel takeover

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Fancy a hotel where you can wander around like you own the place? Somewhere you can wear your pyjamas from bed to the bar with no funny looks? Wish you had a place to invite your 50 besties for the ultimate sleepover… or your far-flung family members for the best reunion ever?

Leading 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 (NSW)
  • Clarion Hotel Townsville (QLD)
  • Comfort Inn The International, Apollo Bay (VIC)
  • Econo Lodge Mildura (VIC)
  • Quality Suites Alexander Inn, Auckland (NZ)

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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