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    AVANI Broadbeach

    AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences opens on Surf Parade

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    Dive into Broadbeach’s stylish coastal scene at the newly opened AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences. Occupying a prime beachside address on Surf Parade, the Residences connect guests with the city’s most popular attractions and experiences.

    All AVANI Residences offer travellers an upscale hotel experience served in a private apartment and at AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences guests can enjoy all the comforts of home in a brand new One or Two-Bedroom Suite, with the choice of hinterland, ocean facing or premier sky-high ocean views, which sweep across the glittering skyline and golden coastline beyond.

    AVANI Broadbeach’s maritime spirit extends to each suite, all of which have a liberating sense of space. Each suite has been decorated with tactile textures, fabrics and furnishings and are equipped with all the best and most desirable features any guest could want. The spacious open-plan layout is modern, stylish and functional with a fully equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and laundry facilities. A relaxing lounge and dining area comes complete with a Smart TV, private balcony and complimentary WiFi.

    When it comes to kicking back, chilling out or meeting up, AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences offer guests a mix of onsite facilities, from a landscaped terrace, to a private resident’s lounge, well-equipped gymnasium, to an outdoor 25m swimming pool and sundeck. An expansive ground-floor bar and restaurant will open in the first quarter of next year.

    www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/broadbeach

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    Introducing three new luxury hotels from IHG

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    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies is proud to announce the opening of three new hotels – in Los Angeles, Perth Australia and Singapore.

    InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
    The recently opened InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown elevates the Los Angeles skyline at 1,100 feet and 73 storeys, making it the tallest building on the West Coast of the US. The hotel occupies floors 31 to 73 of the Wilshire Grand Centre and has 889 elegant guestrooms. The property also boasts a Club InterContinental Lounge, a swimming pool and five dining outlets including Spire 73, the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere on the 73rd floor with unparalleled 360-degree views of LA’s cityscape and skyline with fire pits, fountains and innovative cocktails.

    InterContinental Perth City Centre
    Located amongst the charming theatres, cafés and luxe boutiques of ‘The King Street Precinct’, the new InterContinental Perth City Centre is the sixth InterContinental hotel in Australia. The hotel’s 240 rooms, studios and penthouse all have a residential feel and views over Perth’s cityscape. The property also features specially commissioned sculptures, paintings, bespoke ceramics and glass works by renowned artists from Western Australia. The hotel’s stylish line up of restaurants and bars focuses on regional food producers, growers, brewers and wine-makers.

    InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
    Set amidst a vibrant neighbourhood along the Singapore River, known for its wide array of restaurants and art galleries, the residential-inspired InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also features a 24-hour Club InterContinental Lounge, four dining options including a 389-seat Italian restaurant & bar, Publico, five meeting and event spaces, a swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness studio.

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    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opens

    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opens

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    The much-anticipated Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has opened its doors, making it the first new-build, international luxury hotel to open in Sydney’s CBD this millennium.

    Centrally located opposite the International Convention Centre, the AUS$500m (£281 million) Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will play a major role in the ongoing revitalisation of the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct. It also heralds the renaissance of new hotel development in Sydney, with over 40 hotels scheduled to open in the next five years to support the city’s tourism growth.

    The hotel will offer 590 stylish guestrooms including 35 coveted suites, boasting some of the best views in Sydney. All the hotel’s guest rooms feature the Sofitel MyBed™ and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Darling Harbour and the city. The suites feature an in-bathroom television, double shower heads and luxurious soaking tubs for the ultimate pampering experience.

    The Bellerive suite is the hotel’s pinnacle of accommodation and features a separate living room, dining room and butler’s pantry. Exclusive to guests staying in the Club Sofitel rooms and suites on levels 28 – 34, the Club Millesime Lounge, located at the very top of the hotel on level 35 will offer breathtaking views over Darling Harbour and the city.

    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opensThe hotel was designed by renowned multi award-winning Sydney architect Richard Francis-Jones from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp architects. Dreamtime Australia Design and the A+ Design Group all collaborated to create this visually inspiring property which was built by Lend Lease.

    On arrival, guests will be greeted by the hotel’s imposing 35-storey glass exterior featuring triangular accents representing sails and a striking red ochre and blue exterior colour palette which pays tribute to the indigenous clans of the Eora nation who lived around Tumbalong – the name given to Darling Harbour. A stylish porte-cochere leads guests inside the building. The hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms continue to pay tribute to the maritime location and the industries that formerly occupied the site including extensive use of timber representing Sydney’s strong wharf heritage through to the rope and sandstone motifs in the carpets.

    While recognising the links to the location’s history, the hotel’s cutting-edge design places it squarely at the centre of Darling Harbour’s future. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will meet sustainability targets as part of a transformed tourism precinct with a 6-star green rating, as well as feature spectacular external lighting to enhance Darling Harbour at night with 6000 LED lights providing Sydney with stunning light displays.

    www.sofitelsydneydarlingharbour.com.au

    AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of the Metro Suites business in Auckland, New Zealand in a deal worth over NZ$ 11 million (£5.8 million)

    AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences opens its doors

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    The introduction of residences to AVANI Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio redefines hospitality as it appeals to both leisure and business travellers looking for an international upscale hotel experience served in a private apartment.

    Now open, AVANI Metropolis Residences offer a stylish city retreat with 65 contemporary, upscale residences available in one and two bedroom configurations. Guests can enjoy all the comforts of home in the heart of Auckland.

    AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences take urban living to a new level, featuring an open plan well equipped kitchen, lounge and dining room, laundry facilities, complimentary WiFi, grocery delivery services and a thoughtful selection of high-tech comforts.

    Several residences also boast private balconies. When it comes to recharging, relaxing and working out, the property has a superb range of leisure facilities including, a 22 metre heated indoor swimming pool & Jacuzzi, sauna and high-class fitness centre.

    In addition, the group will also be opening Broadbeach Residences on Australia’s Gold Coast in December 2017.

    www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/metropolis-auckland

    Esplanade Hotel. Perth

    Fresh new start for Perth’s famous Esplanade Hotel

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    The New Esplanade Hotel, the successor to the storied old Esplanade hotel that fell to the wrecking ball in the early 1970s, is embarking on a renovation and re-positioning that will reestablish its position as a vibrant link on Perth’s Elizabeth Quay.

    The hotel’s new management company, Louis T Collection, and owners H&M Capital Pty Ltd, have commissioned a diverse team of architects and designers to carry out a revitalisation of the property that will breathe new life into its interiors, enabling it to reclaim its position among Perth’s best hotels.

    The current 67-room property was built adjacent to the site of the original Esplanade Hotel, which opened in 1898 and was demolished in 1972. A popular and architecturally significant landmark in its time, the Esplanade was an important social gathering spot, featuring a formal dining room and bustling saloon style bar. Although the New Esplanade Hotel, constructed after the original property’s demolition, was designed and built with guest rooms and one small restaurant, its reopening in Summer 2018 will unveil a new 80-room property in addition to new public areas including a lobby café, rooftop bar and restaurant, and one of the city’s most flexible co-working spaces.

    Although design plans are still in early stages, the project team will stay true to the laid-back vibe of Western Australia, incorporating local style and craftsmanship into both the interior and exterior of the property. As a result of the extensive remodeling, the team plans to elevate the hotel to provide a more boutique luxurious feel which provides a taste of real Australian hospitality.

    “The new look will create a space that is both modern and stylish and imparts a sense of Western Australia,“ said Interior Stylist Malvina Stone, who will be working on the redesign with Nicola Gibson, collaborative architect and the Perth based architectural firm Alda Consultants, led by Andrew Lian. “My experience in creating spaces that are truly livable will enable us to deliver a hotel that encompasses a balance between work and play and is as inviting as a home.”.

    For Stone, whose interior design firm specialises in multi-million dollar homes throughout Australia, the New Esplanade Hotel will be her first endeavor in the hospitality arena.

    Esplanade Hotel. PerthThe interiors will be completely re-imagined. A new 24-hour lobby will connect to the outdoors through lofty French doors opening onto the Elizabeth Quay promenade. Comfy communal spaces will be added throughout including a cafe brewing up locally roasted coffee and bakery items that will be the cornerstone of the space, and open to guests and local passersby. The hotel will be driven by a sense of nature and community with classic overtures.

    Design elements include Australian timbers, wool and linens. The feel will be comforting rather than ‘showy’, with a nod to local contemporary artists and palette. Occupying the entire ninth floor will be Perth’s first dedicated 24/7 collective work space where guests and locals can convene to work, meet, find inspiration and socialize.

    According to Lian of Alda Consultants, the exterior design will embrace a ‘new meets old’ philosophy to maintain the character of the property, while updating the existing bay windows and extending the facade of the roof top to highlight its location in the Perth skyline. Lighting will play a critical role in the exterior aesthetic, complementing the property’s ‘front and center’ position in the new Elizabeth Quay waterfront development.

    Louis T Collection will oversee the renovation with Robert Batrick, Louis T’s director of project services, as the lead. Batrick brings over 15 years of experience in the construction industry to the project, recently overseeing the 2016/2017 renovation and re-opening of Louis T Collection’s Mantra Samui Resort, an idyllic coastal retreat on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.

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    Mantra Accor

    Accor in big Mantra bid to cash in on Australia tourist boom

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    France’s Accor SA has bid Australian $1.18 billion (£696 million) for Mantra Group Ltd – a deal that would combine the two biggest hotel owners in Australia, both seeking to capitalise on surging tourism in the country, according to a Reuters report.

    Accor, already the biggest hotelier in Australia, offered $3.96 (£2.34) a share, or a 23 percent premium to Mantra’s closing price on Friday. The total offer is worth $4.02 (£2.37) per share if a six-cent final dividend paid in 2017 is included, Mantra said in a statement.

    Mantra said it was allowing Accor to conduct due diligence “to determine if a transaction can be agreed and recommended unanimously by the Mantra board.” An Accor spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

    New hotel: M Social Auckland, New Zealand

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    This October marks the opening of M Social Auckland, an exciting new lifestyle hotel positioned on the waterfront in Auckland’s prime CBD. The opening marks the expansion of Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ M Social brand to two properties, following the successful launch of Philippe Starck-designed M Social Singapore last summer.

    Centred around the design experience, M Social Auckland offers contemporary form and function in a casual setting, featuring spaces that are designed to be accessible and flexible to guests’ needs; an extension of the democratic design concept which typifies M Social Singapore. It provides a modern space for those who live, work and play in the neighbourhood, as well as a social base for curious travellers.

    The 190-room hotel is home to five distinct guestroom categories comprising the Social Room, Social View Room, Social Club Room, Social Tribe Room and Social Tribe View Room. There is also two suite categories, namely the Harbour Suite and Ocean Suite. Leading to the rooms, each floor at M Social Auckland has a defining theme, featuring elements of local culture such as the fauna, marine life and literature.

    New hotel: M Social Auckland, New ZealandContemporary and chic, all guestrooms feature wall-to-wall windows overlooking picturesque Auckland Harbour, with the ‘Social View’ categories located on the upper floors for even more stunning views. The ‘Social Tribe’ rooms feature two interconnecting bedrooms, making M Social Auckland an ideal destination for family travellers.

    New hotel: M Social Auckland, New ZealandThe Harbour Suite and Ocean Suite provide an abundance of living space combined with unparalleled harbour views from the ninth floor or above. The perfect base for those who love to spread out, each category comes with separate sleeping and living areas along with indulgent freestanding bathtubs.

    The M Social brand embraces technology: the hotel has self-check-in kiosks to ensure a quick and streamlined process as well as a traditional reception desk and concierge service. A digital information pack is sent to guests prior to arrival, while high-tech smart TVs in each room feature further information on the hotel along with various apps useful for both business and leisure travellers. A media wall at the hotel also displays practical information such as transport timetables, the weather forecast and details on local activities.

    New hotel: M Social Auckland, New ZealandM Social Auckland offers a variety of new venue options for event planners and delegates in Auckland, with an array of meeting spaces and boardrooms available inclusive of the latest technology, specialising in handling events for 5-50 guests.

    Nigel Edwards, General Manager of M Social Auckland commented: “We are extremely excited to bring such a vibrant lifestyle hotel to Auckland that embraces local culture. Not only will M Social Auckland provide the perfect base for travellers, it will constantly evolve and become a local hotspot for those who live, work and play in the area to socialise.”

    Franck Kermarrec, Chief Marketing Officer at Millennium Hotels and Resorts commented: “Following the much-anticipated launch of M Social Singapore in June 2016, we are delighted to expand our portfolio further with the launch of M Social Auckland. The property strengthens our lifestyle offering, and with plans to expand the brand further in the near future, it is a very exciting time for us.”

    5-star hotel arrives in Parramatta with SKYE Hotel Suites

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    SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta opens its doors this week, bringing unrivalled urban luxury to Sydney’s West. The highly-anticipated opening sees Crown Group lead the charge into Parramatta’s 5-star hotel market, elevating the suburb into Sydney’s second CBD.

    Committed to the ultimate in guest luxury, SKYE Hotel Suites comprises 72 apartment-style suites with the finest bespoke furnishings and fittings. Each features L’Occitane toiletries, in- room dining from a modern on-site restaurant, pre-stockable maxi-bar, the unique ability to choose your own mattress firmness on each side of the bed, keyless entry and ‘virtual concierge’ tablets to enable access to all hotel services from each suite.

    Amenities to delight even the most seasoned business traveller or the most demanding holidaymaker include a state-of-the-art gymnasium, pool, sundeck, spa, sauna and new restaurant, Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar, which opened at lobby level on July 1. Later this year cocktail legend Sven Almenning will also open a breathtaking 26th floor rooftop bar, overlooking Sydney’s iconic skyline.

    5-star hotel arrives in Parramatta with the opening of SKYE Hotel Suites
    When breaking ground for the development, Crown Group discovered archaeological remains integral to Parramatta’s historical and cultural past, including an 1840s house, an underlying convict hut, wheelwright’s workshop and the cellar of the Wheat Sheaf Hotel, which were preserved for public display and have inspired Husk & Vine’s unique wheat and wine concept.

    5-star hotel arrives in Parramatta with the opening of SKYE Hotel Suites
    Adding to Crown Group’s already extensive portfolio of luxury residential property, SKYE Hotel Suites sits within V by Crown Group’s twin residential towers, creating a world-class ‘vertical village’ to rival those in emerging Asian and European design capitals.

    The building itself is an architectural centrepiece for Parramatta, achieved by twin visionaries Allen Jack + Cottier and Koichi Takada Architects. Located less than 300 metres from Parramatta Square and a short walk from Parramatta’s train station and ferry wharf, SKYE Hotel Suites is surrounded by high-end retail and cultural experiences.
    Commenting on Crown Group’s move into the luxury hotels arena, Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer Iwan Sunito noted, “Parramatta is a powerhouse for innovation and business and SKYE Hotel Suites will be a stand-out, luxury addition to Sydney’s up-and-coming West.”

    “Appealing to a new generation of domestic and international visitors to the city, SKYE Hotel Suites is designed to create a fresh lifestyle standard delivering superior apartment-sized suites for discerning travellers. It will also set the benchmark for future SKYE Hotels Suites openings in Sydney’s CBD in 2018 and Green Square in 2019.”

    EVEN Hotel Auckland

    Concept Hotel Focus: EVEN Hotel Auckland scheduled for 2020 opening

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    Travel can play havoc with our mental and physical wellbeing. So many of us spend hours at the gym, watching our diets or taking early morning yoga classes, only to see all the great results fly out the window when we board the plane.

    Increasingly travellers are realigning their priorities to put wellbeing first in today’s over-scheduled and ‘always on’ culture. As they increasingly endeavour to stick to good routines on the road, ‘wellness travel’ has flourished, outpacing regular travel by 50% and reflecting the need for travellers to recharge, refresh and rejuvenate themselves to maintain a healthy life balance.

    IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Pro-invest Group today herald the ‘age of the healthy traveller’ in Australasia with the first signing of an EVEN Hotels property in New Zealand, the first and only global hotel brand with wellness at its core.

    EVEN Hotel Auckland is scheduled to open in 2020 and is the first of the brand to be signed outside of North America. It is also the first in Pro-Invest Group’s portfolio of 10-15 EVEN Hotels across the capital cities and economic hubs in Australia and New Zealand, in partnership with IHG.

    Located in the very heart of Auckland’s centre, at the corner of Albert and Wyndham Street, the 200-room EVEN Hotel Auckland will not only look different, but will also have a distinctive vibe. It will feature fresh, natural and modern design; bringing the outdoors inside and offering playful and energising workspaces, dining and social areas, natural outdoor spaces. It will also feature design and technology elements to enable guests to maintain the balance they desire on a daily basis.

    Mantra Group - Melbourne

    Mantra Group acquires new-build hotel in Melbourne

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    One of Greater Melbourne’s fastest growing areas will benefit from a $70 million hotel development that will service the rapid increase of activity in Melbourne’s booming northern suburbs.

    Epping will be the site of the 214-room hotel that is being designed to capitalise on both the history of the northern suburbs and the unique attributes of Epping.

    Located right near Melbourne’s new wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower market and The Northern Hospital, construction is due to start in the latter part of 2017 with opening scheduled for mid-2019. The hotel is being developed by Too Build and will be operated by Mantra Group.

    Operating as Mantra Epping Hotel, it will feature both hotel rooms and apartments, a café/restaurant, brewhouse, conference and meeting facilities, gymnasium, and an open car park containing 143 marked bays and secure bicycle storage.

    Occupying a prime corner position at 250 Cooper Street within the prestigious Northpoint Enterprise Park at Epping, Melbourne’s fastest growing expansion corridor just 18km north of the CBD, the four-star, two-wing hotel has been designed by leading architect Peddle Thorp and Bruce Henderson Interiors.

    One of Australia’s largest construction companies, Hacer Group, has been engaged to complete the project build, creating an expected 300 construction jobs.

    AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of the Metro Suites business in Auckland, New Zealand in a deal worth over NZ$ 11 million (£5.8 million)

    AVANI Hotels & Resorts set to launch in New Zealand

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    AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of the Metro Suites business in Auckland, New Zealand.

    In a deal worth over NZ$ 11 million (£5.8 million), the Metro Suites business currently operates in the luxury 40-storey tower and will be transformed through a major room refurbishment programme. Upon completion in October 2017, the property will be rebranded as Metropolis AVANI Residences, signalling the AVANI brand’s debut in New Zealand.

    Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director AVANI Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to reach agreement with the Metropolis body corporate to secure this hotel business in the very strong Auckland hotel market, as well as launch our AVANI brand into New Zealand.

    “Metro Suites presented itself as a compelling acquisition opportunity to expand our foothold within the Asia Pacific region, and we look forward to introducing the AVANI brand into this market later this year following a significant refurbishment programme.”

    Located in Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, the 370-key property was built in 1999 at a reported NZD 180 million and occupies a prime CBD position in the ‘City of Sales’ – the country’s largest and most populated city.

    Launched in 2011, AVANI offers all the details that matter, blending genuine hospitality and modern lifestyle features with a passion for design. Each of the property’s one and two bedroom apartments will be transformed as part of the revitalisation programme. Rooms will feature spacious living and dining areas, well-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, and will offer stunning views over the city skyline, harbour and beyond. Leisure facilities include a 22-metre heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spas, a sauna, gymnasium with male and female facilities, and steam room.

    AVANI Hotels & Resorts is part of Minor Hotels which already has a presence in New Zealand through the Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand where it currently operates two resorts in Queenstown.

    Mantra Club Croc

    Iconic Queensland hotel reborn as Mantra Club Croc

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    Mantra Group has officially opened the new-look, rebranded Mantra Club Croc hotel, following a major $5 million refurbishment to bring a fresh design and upgraded facilities to the iconic Airlie Beach hotel.

    Situated close to the beachfront and Abell Point Marina, Mantra Club Croc is housed in a traditional Queenslander-style building, offering a glimpse into the region’s past, contrasted by its modern accommodation and facilities.

    Guests can now experience stylish accommodation with coastal inspired décor, a range of new and improved guest amenities such as a large lagoon pool with adjoining spa and lush tropical gardens, and locally-inspired cuisine at the hotel’s new contemporary poolside restaurant and bar.

    Mantra Club Croc

    In addition to the refurbishment of all 160 guest rooms, the restaurant and bar, common areas and leisure facilities, the upgrade also includes an executive makeover of the hotel’s conference centre, which accommodates events from 20 to 200 delegates with a comprehensive range of facilities.

    Mantra Club Croc

    Mantra Club Croc General Manager Luke Harley said the hotel’s rebranding marks the conclusion of the hotel’s multi-million dollar refurbishment program.

    “The refurbishment has breathed new life into the much-loved hotel and has brought it up to the premier Mantra brand standards,” said Mr Harley.

    Originally opened 30 years ago in 1987 and now meticulously restored and refurbished, Mantra Club Croc is an important property, not just for Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, but also for the international Mantra brand.

    Mantra Club Croc is Mantra Group’s third Whitsundays property, joining Mantra Boathouse Apartments and Peppers Airlie Beach.

    Skye Hotels

    Australia’s newest hotel brand – Skye – to debut in Sydney

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    The Crown Group, the award-winning developer of distinctive residential and commercial properties across Australia, is putting the finishing touches on its new hotel brand, Skye Hotel Suites in Parramatta.

    Set to open in early 2017, Skye Hotel Suites offers 72 luxury suites overlooking Sydney within the new V by Crown Group, a 28-storey luxury residential and commercial development known as Parramatta’s “Vertical Village.”

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    “We can’t wait to welcome our first guests to the new Skye Hotel Suites,” said Iwan Sunito, co-founder and CEO of Crown Group. “As we did with our innovative residential offerings, we are creating a distinctive hotel experience, delivering a new style of urban luxury that meaningfully connects world travelers with personalised, memorable experiences.”

    Skye Hotels

    Offering unrivaled urban luxury for discerning guests, Skye Hotel Suites brings together the best elements of hospitality: the warmth and personalised service of a boutique hotel; the grandeur and amenities of a luxury hotel; the spaciousness and familiarity of a local apartment; and the relaxing escape of a resort. The hotel is located within V by Crown Group, a distinctive new Sydney landmark designed by Allen Jack + Cottier and Koichi Takada Architects. The tower houses a diverse mix of 590 residence apartments and hotel suites along with an outdoor, 25m swimming pool, fitness centre, entertainment rooms and outdoor spaces.

    Skye Hotels
    Skye Hotel Suites features just 72 luxury studio, one-and-two-bedroom suites overlooking Sydney. Guests will enjoy access to V by Crown Group’s resort-style pool and sauna, state-of-the-art fitness centre, business centre and conference room facilities, along with an alfresco dining and retail piazza. The stylish bar on level 26 is Parramatta’s highest bar, offering a spacious open-air terrace and spectacular 270-degree views of Sydney’s skyline, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains. In addition, famed chef Neil Perry is opening one of his popular Burger Project restaurants in the tower.

    Skye Hotels

    Parramatta, in Western Sydney, is enjoying rapid growth fueled by private and government investment. Skye Hotel Suites, located in the heart of Parramatta, is ideally suited for business travelers. The tower is conveniently situated at the corner of Macquarie and Marsden streets, less than 300m from Parramatta Square and a short walk from the train station, Westfield Parramatta and the Heritage Parklands.

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    Marriott - ANZAC

    Marriott targets Australia, NZ and Pacific region to reach 50 hotels by 2020

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    Marriott International has announced that its on track to hit a target of 50 hotels for its Australia, New Zealand and Pacific portfolio by the end of 2020. This announcement follows Marriott’s recently completed acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

    With 24 hotels currently in operation and a pipeline of signed and approved deals totaling an additional 18 properties, Marriott is on track to grow to 50 hotels over the next four years across the region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. The current pipeline properties will provide more than 2,500 hotel jobs and add more than 4,500 rooms.

    “This is an extremely exciting time for Marriott as we significantly grow our footprint in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region, and continue to build on our leadership position in gateway markets,” said Craig S. Smith, president and managing director Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “We currently have seven of our 30 brands represented here and we look forward to introducing more in the coming years.”

    Marriott International is set to expand rapidly across Australia in particular over the next few years. The world’s largest hotel company already has a strong market presence in the key gateway cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, and will be entering emerging primary and secondary destinations, with the signings of Four Points by Sheraton Parramatta, The Westin Resort & Spa Coolum, Aloft Adelaide and Sheraton Adelaide Hotel. Three additional brands, Aloft, W and The Ritz-Carlton, are expected to be introduced to the region by the end of 2020, with the W Brisbane, and Aloft Perth scheduled to open in 2017, followed by Aloft Melbourne South Yarra and Aloft Adelaide in 2019, and The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne and The Ritz-Carlton, Perth slated for 2020.

    Marriott International is on track to boast the largest portfolio of upper upscale and luxury brands and properties across the Pacific region by 2020.

    Grand opening for Mantra Richmont Hotel in Brisbane

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    Mantra Richmont Hotel, a new $28 million (£17.6 million) 108-room boutique hotel at Spring Hill in Brisbane, has officially been opened by Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones and the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk.

    Merging a bygone era with present day, Mantra Richmont Hotel’s modern design and stylish finishes are complemented by the historic charm of its onsite restaurant and bar, Kennigo Social House, which is housed in a meticulously refurbished heritage listed Queenslander.

    The hotel, which is managed by leading Australian-based hotel and resort operator Mantra Group, is the first project undertaken in Australia by Malaysian-based developers Richmont Holdings.

    Richmont Hotel, grand opening, Brisbane

    Richmont Holdings Managing Director Gregory Loh said Brisbane was an obvious choice for Richmont Holdings’ first Australian development as their company vision focusses on building high quality hotels in fast-growing major city centres.

    Mantra Richmont Hotel showcases a unique design incorporating a heritage building, which houses Kennigo Social House, alongside the brand new five level 4-star boutique hotel complete with a range of onsite leisure and business facilities including internal landscaped Courtyard, an espresso café, 24 hour reception, a gymnasium, meeting facilities, undercover basement car parking and tour desk.

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    IHG looking for sites for Hotel Indigo in Australia

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    IHG is looking for suitable sites in Sydney and Melbourne for its Hotel Indigo brand.

    Bruce Ryde, IHG’s Asia, Middle East and Africa head of luxury and lifestyle brand marketing, said: “We feel the brand will resonate in Australia as it is a mature market and travellers are always looking for a new experience. The Indigo brand would, we feel, work well in places like Surry Hills and the eastern suburbs and we are keen to be there sooner rather than later.”

    IHG launched its first Indigo in the Asia Pacific region in January last year with the Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road and the second in July this year with the opening of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach will open in late 2016.

    “Guest reaction is now immediate, so as hoteliers we must offer a point of difference, which is the aim of the Indigo brand,” said Ryde. “Each Hotel Indigo property is distinct, with no two alike, as each is designed to reflect the local culture, character and history of its surrounding area. From the service to the architecture to the cuisine, all Indigo properties evoke the unique tastes and cultures that make up the communities of the neighbourhood in which they are located.”

    Christchurch - DoubleTree by Hilton

    Hilton Worldwide’s first hotel in New Zealand’s Christchurch opens

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    Hilton has announced the opening of Chateau on The Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

    Formerly Chateau on The Park, this Christchurch icon is adjacent to Hagley Park, within walking distance to Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the western business district, and just a five-minute drive into the city. The hotel will be the second DoubleTree by Hilton to enter New Zealand and joins four Hilton Worldwide hotels in Auckland, Taupo and Queenstown.

    Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, Australasia, said, “The city’s strong tourism market was the key driver for bringing the brand into the city. We are especially proud for the brand to be represented in the re-emerging city of Christchurch – an important hub for both business travellers and leisure tourism in New Zealand.”

    Located on Deans Avenue and nestled amongst five acres of verdant gardens, this fully-refurbished hotel features 192 modern guest rooms. The cozy Den Bar is a great place to meet friends for a drink and the Garden Court Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering al-fresco style dining. The hotel also features seven meeting spaces, a business centre, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a modern fitness room.

    Double Tree by Hilton in Fiji

    DoubleTree by Hilton opens its first hotel in Fiji

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    The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island has opened on Naisali Island, Nadi, Fiji. It is the first DoubleTree by Hilton-branded hotel in the South Pacific nation.

    The resort joins an existing portfolio of six other properties operating in the Australasia region, and opens as Hilton Worldwide’s 22nd hotel in the region. The resort is owned by The Vision Group.

    Paul Hutton, VP of operations, Australasia, Hilton Worldwide, said, “DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is ready to provide guests with an authentic Fijian experience, while delivering the comforts and amenities of a full-service resort.”

    Situated on a lush, private tropical island and surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a three-minute boat ride from the main island of Viti Levu and a 25-minute drive from Nadi International Airport.

    All 120 guestrooms and bures—traditional Fijian bungalows—have been refurbished as part of the renovation and fitted with a wide range of guest amenities, including new furniture, smart televisions and signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree beds. Each of the rooms and bures feature views of the Mamanuca Islands.

    “The DoubleTree by Hilton brand has a strong and growing presence in Australasia, with three more hotels in the pipeline,” said Dianna Vaughan, SVP and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton and Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is a great addition to our resorts collection, and global travelers are sure to enjoy a memorable tropical getaway enhanced by our signature DoubleTree service, starting with our warm chocolate chip cookie greeting.”

    DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island features three restaurants and bars, offering a variety of cuisines and dining experiences. The onsite vegetable farm, herb gardens, tropical orchards and hydroponic farm provide the kitchens with produce daily. Vulani, surrounded by a lagoon-style swimming pool, offers buffet and à la carte dining with themed nights and live entertainment. Tavu Bar & Grill, a poolside outlet offering swim-up service, is where an extensive selection of local and imported meats is served “BBQ style” on the beachfront.

    “The Vision Group Fiji is delighted to launch the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Fiji. It is an exciting and energetic brand that will resonate with travellers who are looking for a contemporary resort stay combined with an authentic Fijian experience,” said Vision Group Fiji Chairman Dilip Khatri. “The renovation of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji, our second Hilton property, makes it a key asset and at a local level, provides a new high quality, unique resort option to international visitors and the Fijian market alike.”