It’s The Big Fat Hotel Wrap!

It’s The Big Fat Hotel Wrap!

Another day, another delicious wrap – today we’ve got all your hotel news in one neat little spot! Enjoy.

Ovolo reaches peak fashion status


Boutique hotel brand, Ovolo Hotels, has donned its best frock and signed on to become the first long-term official hotel of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA).

With a three-year partnership established, the match-up starts from the 2017 show (occurring from 14 – 19 May), and involves Ovolo Hotels becoming fashion HQ for Australian and International designers, editors, buyers, and fashionistas descending upon Sydney for the event.

During MBFWA ‘17, Ovolo Woolloomooloo will host a range of activities including runway show viewings, Fashion Week-inspired drinking & dining menus, afterparties, model castings and photoshoots held across various areas of the design-driven hotel.

In addition, MBFWA ’17 attendees will also get a taste of Ovolo’s hospitality, with a mini version of its famed Lo-Lounge occupying space at Carriageworks.

Hot deals at Mantra


With temperatures hitting record highs all over Australia, people can be forgiven for dreaming of ice-cold air-conditioning, tropical swimming pools, ocean breezes and mountain resorts.

Mantra is having its annual mega sale with great value holiday packages available at some of Australia and New Zealand’s favourite resorts and hotels.

The deals include accommodation and free meals for children under 12 (one child’s meal is free with each adult meal purchased, at participating properties**) and plenty of extra touches to make your Mantra stay memorable.

All packages are available for sale until midnight 26 February, 2017 with travel throughout the year. For bookings and more packages, visit or call 13 15 17.

onefinestay launches ‘Collections’

onefinestay, the company that brings hospitality to the finest homes in the world’s best cities, today launched Collections, a series of new market launches of its acclaimed private rentals service in top leisure destinations in the U.S. and Europe, beginning with the Hamptons.

onefinestay currently operates in six world-class cities – London, Paris, Rome, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and this latest launch will be part of the company’s 2017 initiative to bring its service to the most desirable places around the globe.

Starting today, onefinestay will begin taking bookings for the Hamptons Collection. The Collection will include over 20 homes, with rarified property renting for up to $2M for the season.

Bali launches Hotel Komune

Hotel Komune Bali,  the first resort in the world to offer a permanent night surfing installation, has opened 22 luxurious ocean view pool suites with panoramas across Lombok strait to Nusa Lembongan, each offering a glorious sun deck and a private refreshing pool, with rooms available from $US199 per night.

The owners of Komune Resorts  have added extra luxury to Hotel Komune Bali, set on the lush and unspoilt East Coast of Bali. It is blessed with a hypnotizing view of the world famous Keramas surf break and just 50 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport the resort.

Vanuatu celebrates Oscars with glam specials

Tanna, Vanuatu’s first ever feature movie filmed entirely in Vanuatu, has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th globally renowned Academy Awards also known as The Oscars.

The package includes: Air Vanuatu return economy flights; airport transfers; five nights’ B&B in an Ocean View room at White Grass Ocean Resort; Yakel village visit; volcano safari; black magic tour and kava tasting; Louniel Beach and waterfall safari; 30 minute aromatherapy massage; and one night pre and post at Coconut Palms Resort in a Superior Orchid Room.

To book call 1800 800 722 or visit here and quote 164614 by 28 February, 2017.

W Maldives gets shady


W Maldives, part of W Hotels Worldwide, has partnered with leading Australian sunglasses brand Le Specs to create the exclusive limited edition sunglasses The Prince.

The vibrant blue model was inspired by the glowing colours of W Maldives and shot onsite across the sands of the exotic island surroundings that perfectly reflect the spirit of a tropical escape and the dream-like energy of summer that the Le Specs brand embodies.

The Prince model is also part of the new 22 style collection that introduces a new colour palette speaking to a mood of endless vacation, demonstrated perfectly by W Maldives’ stylish and playful surroundings.

Cairns Coconut sold

The iconic Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort has been sold to Ingenia Communities Group for $50 million in the largest single holiday park transaction in Australia.

Simon Owen, CEO of Ingenia Communities said Cairns Coconut would become the flagship asset for the Group’s rapidly growing Ingenia Holidays business, and will increase Ingenia’s portfolio to 21 holiday parks located in NSW and Queensland.

Cairns Coconut has been solely owned and developed by the Olholm family since 1984, transforming it from a cane paddock into the leading holiday park in Australia. It was recently ranked number 8 in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards amongst the Top 25 Hotels in Australia.

Cairns Coconut appeals to both domestic and international tourists seeking access to the natural wonders including the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Cairns Coconut provides a range of facilities including three swimming pools, water park, two jumping pillows, mini golf, camp kitchen, gym, outdoor cinema and tennis court.

Minor hotels scores major win

Anantara Hoi An - River View Suite balcony low res

Minor Hotels is celebrating an impressive number of properties being recognised in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels.

In the 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe.

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2017 has recognised 14 Minor Hotels, including across its Anantara, AVANI and Tivoli brands, with a total of 28 awards in the Top Hotels, Small Hotels, Romance, Luxury and Best Service categories.

Showcasing unique properties around the world in the 2017 awards, eight resorts highlighted Anantara journeys of luxury discovery, three hotels proudly fly the flag for AVANI’s vibrant contemporary style and one hotel showed off Tivoli’s distinct charms. In addition Naladhu Resort Maldives and Essque Zalu Zanzibar were recognised.

Barnaby Joyce opens Mercure Tamworth

 L-R Danesh Bamji, General Manager Franchise AccorHotels Australia, Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Rod Laing, CEO Wests Entertainment Group, Kevin Anderson MP

L-R Danesh Bamji, General Manager Franchise AccorHotels Australia, Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Rod Laing, CEO Wests Entertainment Group, Kevin Anderson MP

Tamworth’s newest 4.5 star hotel – Mercure Tamworth – was officially opened on Friday 10 February with a ceremonial plaque unveiling led by the Honourable Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Federal Member for New England, together with Danesh Bamji, General Manager Franchise Australia, AccorHotels and John McClelland, President, Wests Entertainment Group.

Wests Entertainment Group will operate the three-storey, 52-room Mercure Tamworth in partnership with AccorHotels – a welcome addition to West Tamworth League Club on Phillip Street.

In officially unveiling Mercure Tamworth, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce MP commented that the new partnership between AccorHotels and Wests Entertainments Group signifies a confidence in the region’s economy and potential for tourism growth.

Hilton signs NZ DoubleTree

The New Zealand capital of Wellington will become the site of the area’s third DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 distinct brands. The signing is a franchise agreement with Sarin Investments to operate DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington. The seven-story hotel, expected to open in late 2017 and is located on Lambton Quay, the main street of downtown Wellington.

The property is operated by Sarin Investments and is currently undergoing extensive work converting the iconic T&G Building to a hotel.

The hotel will boast 108 stylish and comfortable rooms, including 21 suites, a restaurant, bar, boardroom and gym coupled with all the modern, thoughtful amenities our customers expect from the DoubleTree by Hilton brand.

Taj Hotel announces new identity


The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has announced that all hotels in the current global portfolio will now be grouped under a single branded house identity: Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris.

The new brand architecture was designed to honour the 100+ year legacy of the Taj and to realign Taj’s vision of building a globally-reputable chain of world-class hotels. The redesigned architecture will see all hotels grouped under: Taj Hotels; Taj Palaces; Taj Resorts; and Taj Safaris respectively.

At Taj Hotels these will include in-room check-ins, lobbies as cozy living rooms, world-class concierge service, 24/7 services including breakfast, fitness centers, spas and an exceptional sleep experience apart from all-day dining, comfort food, and the world of Taj cuisine.

Sydney scores new rooftop bar


Hyatt Regency Sydney this month launched its luxurious rooftop bar, zephyr, boasting unique vermouth inspired cocktails and rums sourced from around the globe with vintage originals from the 1950’s and 60’s.

Zephyr is set to make a lasting impression on Sydney’s bar scene, taking advantage of its unrivalled location overlooking the city’s celebrated Darling Harbour. The extensive drinks list curated by world renowned mixologist, Grant Collins and led by Bar Manager, Mirko Simonazzi is appealing to all tastes, from timeless classics to the more contemporary and experiential beverages.

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