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Hotel Hotel opens in Canberra

Hotel Hotel in Canberra’s arts and culture precinct, NewActon has opened its doors. Located in Canberra’s distinctive pineapple shaped Nishi building, the hotel is a collaboration of 56 artists, designers and creatives. The hotel features raw materials, restored antique furniture and a stylish bar that is tipped to add to NewActon’s already bustling bar scene.

Bar and lounge area
The Creative Room

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The Chedi Sakala, Bali opens

Luxury hotel management company GHM has opened the doors on a property in Nusa Dua, the Chedi Sakala, that for the first time, melds the elegance of the group’s boutique appeal with purpose-built facilities for large-scale conferences and weddings.

The 630-square-metre Chedi Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 people. Located two floors below the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, it is fitted with adjustable ambient lighting and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. The ballroom can be partitioned into as many as six smaller rooms with breakout space.

Th Tanjung Benoa beach can be set up to provide the platform for up to 200 guests, while the immediate poolside area is spacious enough to entertain 350 for a buffet-style reception.

For its array of venues, The Chedi Sakala is also positioned to attract all manner of wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

The signature ‘water wedding’ features a transparent stage fitted across the resort’s Olympic-size, oceanfront infinity pool, with the sense of walking on water.

The third GHM hotel to open on Bali, The Chedi Sakala is located half an hour from the international airport in Denpasar and 10 minutes from the island’s largest convention centre.

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La Residence, Hue festival package

The biennual Hue Festival, Vietnam, kicks off an 8-day extravaganza of art, music, dance and other spectacular cultural pursuits on April 12. The city’s foremost hotel, La Residence, is greeting the event with a ‘Hue Homage’ package which includes the following:
•    A three-day, two-night stay at the 122-room hotel on the Perfume River
•    A Colonial Dinner for two
•    Airport pick-up for arriving guests
•    Admission to select Hue Festival performances
•    A bottle of the hotel’s signature Woody Ylang scent
•    A self-guided bicycle excursion to the renowned Thanh Toan Bridge

The Hue Homage package is priced at US$246 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information contact La Residence

Pool at La Residence, Hue

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AVANI Sepang GoldCoast Resort, Malaysia

AVANI Hotels & Resorts, Minor Hotel Group’s vibrant upscale brand, has added a fifth property to its portfolio – AVANI Sepang GoldCoast Resort in Malaysia.

The resort is located on the country’s west coast, close to Sepang International Circuit, home to the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix, and 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Formerly operating as Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa, the resort has a distinctive design in the shape of a palm tree and has relaunched under the AVANI flag following the completion of the first of two phases of a total MYR 15 million refurbishment programme. Facilities at the resort include five restaurants and two bars, a spa, pool, an extensive selection of activities and an 840 square metre ballroom.

The overwater palm features 392 contemporary Polynesian-inspired guest rooms and one, two and three bedroom villas, all with a sea view. Guests staying in a Three Bedroom Villa also experience first class butler service including welcome drinks and a special check-in service, before being taken to their villa by private buggy. This butler service can be booked for all accommodation types, at a surcharge.

On the activity front, buggies are available to commute around the resort, a complimentary daily shuttle bus to Kuala Lumpur, a mangrove river cruise, visits to a local village to delve into rural life and guided excursions to the city of Putrajaya, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.

Aerial view of the AVANI Sepang Royal villa kind bedroom

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Reno complete for Palm Cove Rarotonga

Rarotonga’s Palm Grove has completed a refurbishment of the property, including a new swimming pool and bbq area. Each of the resort's 26 rooms has received new beds, soft furnishings, kitchen and bathrooms with the beach front studios receiving granite top benches, new wall and floor tiles and modern outdoor furniture on the deck/patio areas.

Beachfront studio images

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Starwood ups the ante in Australia - Pacific

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will forge ahead with expansion in Australia and the Pacific, opening six new hotels and resorts this year, it announced today at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expos (AIME) in Melbourne. The growth will be fuelled by Starwood's largest brand, Sheraton, as well as by a dynamic travel industry partnership between Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), Starwood’s innovative loyalty programme, and Virgin Australia. Read more on the partnership.

The six new properties to open in 2014 include Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane in Australia; Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji; Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa; Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel.

Starwood currently operates 14 hotels in the Pacific region, with nine hotels in Australia, three in Fiji and two in New Caledonia. At year-end 2014, the company expects to have 20 operating hotels and resorts. In addition, The Westin Perth is in the pipeline for 2017 openings.

Australia presents significant growth opportunities for Starwood in 2014 with the hospitality landscape characterised by a lack of new supply, even in the face of steady demand growth. 'Australia is benefitting from record low supply and the global travel revolution, with continued increase in domestic travel and a robust outlook for international visitors led by the growing number of Chinese travellers,' says Matthew Fry, senior vice president, acquisitions and development, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Sheraton Melbourne will mark the Sheraton brand's return to the city after nearly a decade. Located at the Paris end of the CBD, the hotel will feature 174 guest rooms; a bistro-style signature restaurant; The Terrace Bar; a heated indoor pool; business centre and more than 650 sqm of meetings space. .

In time for the G20 Summit in Brisbane this November, the 246-room Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane will open in March, marking the first internationally branded property to enter the Brisbane CBD market in over ten years.

Starwood is leveraging the popularity of the Pacific islands among increasingly affluent global travellers, with the openings of Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji and Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa this year. Sheraton will also debut in Samoa, marking the introduction of the first international hospitality brand to the market, through the recently signed management agreement of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel.

Situated five minutes from the airport on the island of Upolu’s western coast, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort is expected to be re-launched by mid-2014, offering tennis courts, a large outdoor fantasy pool, multiple restaurants and bars, and two well-equipped meeting spaces. Additionally, the resort will have easy access to a full-service casino and nearby golf courses.

Also on Upolu, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel will house 198 guest rooms and suites on a waterfront location in Apia, Samoa’s commercial hub and capital. The property will cater to a range of events, from intimate executive meetings to large social gatherings. In addition to signature amenities, the resort will provide a restaurant and bar, a large outdoor fantasy pool, pool bar and will be located in close proximity to a full-service casino full-service casino

In Fiji’s Mamanuca group, Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji will complement the existing Sheraton Denarau Villas, Sheraton Fiji Resort and The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Fiji. The resort, scheduled to open in March 2014, will feature 101 guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a 'Gold Class' style theatre/cinema accommodating up to 50 guests, three distinctive dining venues, a modern day spa and several state-of-the-art function spaces.

With a distinctive Melanesian-French flavour, the new build Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa will open on New Caledonia’s Grande Terre in July 2014. The 180-room resort will boast two large meeting spaces and a house reef that offers spectacular diving and snorkelling.

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Kakadu hotels to join Accor network

The owners of the Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge in Australia’s Kakadu National Park, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Accor to manage their hotels from 1 April, 2014. They will replace incumbent managers, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG).

Gagudju Crocodile Hotel will be aligned with Accor’s distinctive Mercure brand, and Gagudju Cooinda Lodge will be part of Ibis Styles. Current managers of the two properties – Daniel Lukritz (Crocodile Hotel) and Vanessa Thomson (Cooinda Lodge) – will stay with the hotels following the change of management.


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Starwood – Virgin partnership

Virgin Australia and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have released details of a new partnership that offers benefits to members in each of their respective loyalty programmes - Velocity Frequent Flyer and Starwood Preferred Guest.

With this partnership, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members have the option to transfer Starpoints to Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for each eligible hotel stay with a 1 for 1 Point transfer rate.

To celebrate the launch, SPG offers Velocity Frequent Flyer members an opportunity to earn 2,000 Starpoints for every two-night stay at a participating Starwood property in Asia Pacific. A maximum of 6,000 Starpoints can be earned. To participate, Velocity Frequent Flyer members register at until March 31, 2014. Hotel stays must be completed by May 31, 2014. Velocity Frequent Flyer members who are not SPG members can sign up for the SPG programme for free. Velocity Frequent Flyer members will also receive SPG member dining discounts, starting from 15 percent, at participating restaurants and bars in Starwood properties in Australia (valid until May 31, 2014).

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