Hotel wrap: Manhattan-inspired hotel coming to Sydney, Chiva-Som to reopen ahead of schedule + MORE

Hotel wrap: Manhattan-inspired hotel coming to Sydney, Chiva-Som to reopen ahead of schedule + MORE

Spend your morning wishing you were staying in a luxury hotel somewhere warm instead of freezing your butt off in Australia? We’ve got you covered.

Luxury Manhattan-inspired hotel to launch in Darling Harbour Sydney

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The Manhattan-theme inspired Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour Sydney – featuring a roof-top infinity pool – is now available to book from 1 November.

The 145-room lifestyle property is artfully designed by WMK and boasts a Manhattan theme throughout, a rooftop infinity pool, hip communal spaces, and an urban-styled grand facade entry.

Hotel rooms will feature an array of New York-inspired amenities including curved rainfall showers, embedded window day lounges and retro bathroom fixtures.

Inviting shared spaces are filled with design features that inspire creativity, complimenting the flexible, connected work spaces typical of the Vibe Hotels brand.

Enviable location close to Sydney’s top entertainment precinct, and with the hotel’s convenient position on Sussex Street at the upper end of Chinatown, the hotel to set to liven up the dining precinct. With its close proximity to the International Convention Centre, Vibe Darling Harbour Sydney will be a natural choice for those visiting for business or pleasure.


New global Marriott Bonvoy point promotion gives members endless earning opportunities from July 2 – September 16

Marriott International’s travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, launches its second global promotion of 2019, “Endless Earning.”

By registering for the promotion, members will be rewarded with 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more across all 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy properties from leading hotel brands located in 131 countries and territories.

Registered members will earn on eligible stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and much more. Representing far more than a traditional loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy connects the world and enhances the lives of its 130 million members by offering unmatched benefits and rewards such as the ability to earn points faster through global promotions and co-brand credit cards from Chase and American Express.


Save big with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts EOFY sale

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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has launched its End of Financial Year Sale with huge savings across the Wyndham, Ramada by Wyndham and TRYP by Wyndham brands.

During the sale, save up to 35 per cent at beautiful destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand.

Book by 26 June 2019 and complete your stay by 30 December 2019. Minimum length of stay varies by hotel.


Element by Westin debuts in Australia with opening of Element Melbourne Richmond

Element Melbourne Richmond Ribbon cutting

Element by Westin, part of Marriott International, announced the opening of Element Melbourne Richmond.

Owned and developed by TRC (Aust), the hotel marks the debut of the Element brand in Australia and with it, the longer-stay brand’s signature eco-conscious ethos and commitment to helping healthy, active guests maintain a balanced lifestyle while travelling.

Each of the 163 guest rooms and five deluxe balcony king rooms include thoughtful touches like extra space, natural light, spa-inspired bathrooms, the signature Heavenly® Bed, and high-speed Wi-Fi. A select number of rooms also feature energy-efficient kitchenettes, ideal for guests planning a longer stay, or those travelling in larger groups.


Chiva-Som to reopen its doors ahead of schedule 

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced that due to the excellent progress of renovation, the resort will reopen its doors on 15th October 2019, ahead of the originally planned date of 1st November 2019.

This date will mark the completion of the fourth and final stage of a top-to-toe renovation – the first major works since its inauguration 24 years ago.

Be the first to experience Chiva-Som’s new era with an exclusive offer to celebrate our early reopening on 15th October 2019 and receive the following:
· Save up to THB 11,500 per person per night (Approx. AU $536 per person per night)
· A wellness voucher of THB 1,000 per person per night (Approx. AU $47 per person per night)


Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites announces expansion plans for Queensland’s largest inland city, Toowoomba

Oaks Toowoomba Hotel - Ruthven Street Perspective

Leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites is making its move on Queensland’s largest inland city, Toowoomba, announcing plans to open a 102-suite hotel in 2020 called Oaks Toowoomba Hotel.

Already under construction, the nine-story, new-build development will occupy the former Gladstone Hotel site on Kwong Sang Walk, which pays tribute to the town’s multicultural community and is part of the ongoing revitalisation of Ruthven Street in the CBD.

Practical completion is earmarked for Q1 2020, with the hotel set to open its doors to guests soon after.

Just 90 minutes west of Queensland’s capital of Brisbane, this regional city – fondly referred to as the state’s ‘Garden City’ – is set high on the edge of the Great Dividing Range and overlooks the Lockyer Valley.


Asia’s Most Luxurious and Sustainable Private Resort Drops Unprecedented Package


The forerunners of sustainable luxury in Asia, Bawah Reserve, are making it easier for travellers to reach the remote destination with a limited-time-only transfers package.

Guests who book five or more nights will be eligible for complimentary return transfers from Singapore, including luxury car pick up from their hotel, escorted ferry and private seaplane.

This package is combinable with the resort’s current low-season Stay 5, Pay 4 offer (applicable to multiple nights e.g. stay 10 pay 8), which is valid for all room types until 29 February 2020.


Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island Resort announces global best practice approach to environmental sustainability 


Fiji’s most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Private Island, is leading by example in its endeavour to operate as an environmentally sustainability resort and ensure the preservation of its beautiful habitat. Initiated by owner Lang Walker, an expert team has been assembled with efforts towards sustainability seamlessly incorporated into the resort’s guest experience.

Various environmentally sustainable initiatives are underway and new practices being trialled, but key to the resort’s efforts is the Kokomo Coral Restoration Project, launched by resident marine biologist, Cliona O’Flaherty, in March 2018. The focus of which is on the advancement of methods that will help to protect the islands surrounding reefs.

With an awareness of the threat that climate change is having on coral reefs globally, due to rising water temperatures, the project is working to minimise the impacts of global warming on coral reefs. The long term objective of which is for the findings to be shared and adopted on an international scale.


Kings Canyon Resort Reveals New Glamping Tents in the Red Centre

Kings Canyon Resort Glamping Tent - Lounge

Kings Canyon Resort in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre is offering visitors a chance to experience the region in style with the launch of its new glamping tents. Australian companies EcoStructures and Temple & Webster have been engaged in the construction and design of the tents, which offer guests luxurious hotel comforts combined with a first-hand encounter with the magnificent outback.

The six new Australian homestead-style glamping tents opened on June 1, 2019. Gathered in a central wiltja (meaning ‘shelter’ in Indigenous Anangu) area in the resort, the tents are made by West Australia-based company EcoStructures and designed to blend with the Northern Territory landscape.

Three tents are designed for couples, while three family tents feature a king bed plus two king single beds. Rates in the new glamping tents start at $390 per night* and include breakfast. Children twelve years and under stay free, making Kings Canyon Resort a great option for couples’ getaways and for family holidays.

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