Crown Resorts has taken out top honours at the 2013 International Hotel Awards for the Asia Pacific region, with both Crown Towers Melbourne and Crown Metropol Perth awarded gongs. The awards ceremony was held last week at Kuala Lumpur’s Shangri-La Hotel, and Crown Towers was recognised as ‘Australia’s Best Hotel’, while Crown Metropol Perth was named ‘Best Hotel Renovation for Australia’.
Clients can live like a king and enjoy four nights for the price of three at the spectacular 5-star Hotel Ritz in Madrid when booking through Tempo Holidays.
The deal includes 4 nights’ accommodation and breakfast daily now from $677* per person twin share, valid for sale until 27 December 2013.
There’s also an earlybird special at the 4-star Hotel Waldorf Trocadero and Hotel Waldorf Madeleine in Paris, with one night’s accommodation with breakfast now from just $174* per person twin share when booked by June 30.
The Luxe Manor hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, on Kowloon has a number of themed rooms, including this amazing Safari Suite, with tribal motifs and a ‘tent-like’ ambiance.
The Peninsula Hotels is introducing ‘Summer Moments’ offers available from 12 May to 18 September 2013 across the group’s nine hotels in Asia and the USA.
Great room rates are on offer at each hotel, with special benefits including an upgrade to the next available room category, daily American breakfast for two, complimentary local calls and in-room wired and wireless broadband internet access.
For just $298, Stay Connected with ‘U’ guests will receive a new Nespresso ‘U’ machine (RRP $299) plus enjoy an overnight stay in one of Traders’ revitalised accommodation rooms, along with the convenience of early check-in and late check-out, plus a $50 return credit voucher.
Traders also offers free Wi-Fi accessible throughout the hotel.
For more information call (07) 3238 2222 or visit www.shangri-la.com/brisbane/traders/
Phuket’s PGS Dalar Resort Hotel closed its doors to guests on Wednesday as the owner of the four-year-old property and the resort’s contractors continue a dispute over the source of polluted waste water. The resort, situated at the southern end of Bang Tao beach, a popular tourist area, lies on a stretch of beach that was recently blackened by polluted water from a nearby canal.
A Phuketwan article says that while most large resorts on Phuket treat their own waste water and recycle it for plants and trees, the canal at Bang Tao and other canals across Phuket are so badly polluted they now pose a health danger.
Metro Apartments Darling Harbour has unveiled renovations that include the installation of new kitchens in all apartments, new Sealy beds, refurbished lifts and free high speed Wi-Fi throughout.
The property enjoys high occupancy thanks to the strong Sydney MICE market and leisure sector, and its location close to events, concerts, trade shows and conferences.
The chairman and chief executive of French hotel group Accor has been sacked by the company’s board and replaced by a trio of executives.
In a company statement after an emergency board meeting, Accor said board members had taken note of reservations by Denis Hennequin on company strategy and “had thus unanimously put an end to his mandate effective April 23, 2013″.
The Hon. Ken Smith MLA, Member for Bass and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, joined Tourism and Local Government representatives on Monday, for the official opening of Ramada Resort Phillip Island.
Located at 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, Victoria, Ramada Phillip Island features 211 free-standing cottages situated on 65 acres of picturesque countryside. Ramada Phillip Island is a Wyndham Hotel Group resort, which is the world’s largest hospitality company with over 7,340 properties.
In addressing the audience, Mr Smith, a long term resident of Phillip Island, welcomed Wyndham Hotel Group as a major employer on the island.
“I am thrilled to see the international brand, Ramada establish its presence on the island. The resort has already taken many positive steps in helping to promote and preserve a region that so many Victorians are passionate about,” said Mr Smith.
The resort operates as a mixed-use property in partnership with Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, the largest vacation ownership company in the Asia Pacific region.
Comedienne and actress Dawn French has tied the knot for the second time and chose a luxury eco-hotel in England’s Newquay for the nuptials.
Cornwall’s Scarlet Hotel hosted French’s 100 guests including Jennifer Saunders, Richard Curtis and Kathy Burke plus the bride and her groom, Mark Bignell, chief executive of the Cornish Hamoaze Charity which was founded by French’s late mother.
Recycling, reducing water consumption and minimising their carbon footprint are all part of the Scarlet’s Sustainability Policy and the hotel also engages in a Buy Local Policy that aims to source 90% of its produce from suppliers in England’s South West.
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W Hotels have plans to open the W Mumbai hotel in 2015. With 235 rooms, the hotel will overlook the Arabian Sea and will add to the brand’s recent hotels in Asia, including Singapore and Bangkok and the first W Hotel in Guangzhou, China. New hotels will open in Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha and Suzhou over the next five years.
Metro Hotel Sydney Central will complete a two-year refurbishment this month that has upgraded its rooms, pool, restaurant and guest lifts.
Raffles Group of Hotels & Resorts Director of Sales and Marketing, Hannah Raffe said the management and staff of Plantation Island Resort, in the Fijian Mamanuca Islands group, were delighted and extremely proud to have received the second placing in Australian family travel, holiday and leisure magazine Out & About with Kids ‘Best of Family Travel Awards’.
The popular Fiji family destination was pipped at the post by Disneyland Resort in California.
“As a small island resort it is incredibly rewarding to have been nominated alongside some of the biggest and best established family destinations in the world,” Ms Raffe said.
“Given Disneyland’s huge international profile, this result is a huge achievement in its own right and really underlines the levels of service and the efforts all of us here at Plantation Island Resort go to every day in order to ensure our family guests have the very best holiday experience.”
The full list of winners can be viewed at the following link:
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced it will be providing free internet to all of its 71 million loyalty program members worldwide. IHG is the first and only hotel group to offer free internet in all hotels to all loyalty program members globally – whether they stay the night or come in for a coffee or an impromptu meeting. This will start from July 2013 for Elite members and extend to all members in 2014.