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Scenic Hotel Group secures Matavai

New Zealand’s largest Kiwi-owned and operated hotel chain, the Scenic Hotel Group, has continued its expansion into the South Pacific with the acquisition of the former Matavai Resort Niue on December 1, 2014.

The property will take on its new name of Scenic Matavai Resort Niue to become Scenic Hotel number 10 and the group’s 18th property overall.

Scenic Hotel Group managing director Brendan Taylor says the Matavai property’s stunning location, reputation and standard of presentation made it a natural addition to the Group’s South Pacific portfolio.

The 54-room complex incorporates 44 hotel rooms, 10 apartments and a three-bedroom villa that are all air conditioned and well appointed. Additional facilities include a restaurant bar and two  fresh water swimming pools.

This is the second property to join the South Pacific portfolio after the Group secured the Scenic Hotel Tonga, formerly the Royal International Hotel Tonga, in 2012.

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Refurbishment for StayWell SIN & DXB

StayWell Hospitality Group has unveiled plans for its A$3 million renovations to the Park Regis Singapore and Park Regis Dubai properties.

The Park Regis Singapore works are slated for completion in November and include the extension of ther food and beverage offering, relocation of the reception, a new conference facility accommodation up to 50 guests, upgrade of the gym and refresh of the rooftop bar. A

The Park Regis Dubai renovations will focus on the conference and event spaces, to allow for greater flexibility and options with intimate dinners through to cocktail parties.
Both properties will remain fully operational during the refurbishment and daytime working schedules and noise will be limited to 9:30am to 6:00pm daily.

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Royal Atlantis Resort to add Residences

The Royal Atlantis Resort in Dubai has revealed plans to expand its footprint with the addition of 250 luxury residences and retail outlets.

Rahul Sharma from Exotic Holidays was in Dubai recently and reports that the ambitious 46 storey development will be located next to the Atlantis Resort and feature ocean views and striking architecture combined with a new level of luxury and sophistication. 'The 800 room hotel will have some outstanding guest features including a Sky Pool 90m above the ground, private gardens, infinity pools, boutique shopping and spa, fitness and event centres,' advised Sharma.

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Kamu Lodge spruces up facilities

Three’s a crowd at the smallest and most sustainable bar in Laos at Kamu Lodge, near Luang Prabang. The 20-tent eco-lodge is one of the country’s first pioneers in low-impact travel and employs some 27 staff from a neighboring Kamu community, one of Laos’ ethnic hill-tribe minorities.

The bar is one of a number of improvements Kamu Lodge will debut in time for this year’s peak tourist season. The property has also re-floored the bathrooms in each of its solar-powered safari tents, and added a new restroom to its outdoor restaurant.

For every visitor it receives, Kamu Lodge donates US$1 to a village development fund. The money is spent once a year on a project chosen by the villagers, provincial authorities and lodge management. Past projects have included the renovation of the village’s primary school and the purchase of cattle for farming and breeding purposes.

New thatched-roof bar at Kamu Lodge

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InterContinental Fiji to host golf royalty

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is hosting three time Major champion Nick Price, and Fiji national hero Vijay Singh for the upcoming PGA OneAsia Fiji International Tournament to be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from August 14 - 17.

General mManager of InterContinental Fiji, Erik Stuebe says that in addition to the immediate multi-million dollar boost to local economy the influx of visitors will bring, the tournament places Fiji on the world stage as an exceptional golf destination, which has long term benefits for Fiji’s tourism industry.

'As the gold sponsor of Fiji International, the resort’s thrilled to see such a positive response to the event both locally and internationally.'

The Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is regarded one of the best golf courses in Fiji offering uninterrupted views of the white sands and coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean. The golf course facilities include an 18 hole par 72 championship golf course, golf shop, golf driving range, practice chipping and putting greens, and the Vatu Lo Bar & Restaurant.


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Peppers opens in Canberra

Peppers Hotels has officially opened its first CBD based hotel – Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra.

Formerly the Diamant Hotel, the building is an award-winning 80-room boutique hotel with the renowned Bicicletta Italian restaurant onsite.

All rooms are appointed with Bang and Olufsen plasma TVs, iPod docking stations, plunger coffee makers, free broadband access, original art works throughout as well as rain shower and marble vanity tops in the bathrooms.

Popular for business meetings, conferences, sales presentations and social events, a number of venue options are on offer.

The Smith Murdoch Room, named after the hotel’s architect, and the Ngunnawal Room, acknowledging the indigenous people of the area, each offer a boardroom style capacity of 14 people or cocktail style for 36 people and include wifi access.

Larger scale functions for up to 100 people can be held in Bicicletta Restaurant or for up to 50 people in both the Library Bar and the outdoor courtyard in the summer months.

Peppers Gallery Hotel is offering an opening special including a cheese platter on arrival, breakfast for two and late checkout to 1pm staying in a deluxe room from $194 per night Friday – Sunday or from $239 per night Monday – Thursday.

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Ibis opens in Adelaide

The A$65million ibis Adelaide opened its doors last week making it the first purpose built economy hotel in Adelaide’s CBD for two decades and the largest ibis hotel in Australia.

The 17-storey premium economy hotel features 311 guest rooms, conference and meeting facilities, a guest lounge, food and beverage retail and a fitness centre.

Located at 122 Grenfell Street, ibis Adelaide is a close to the city's shopping and dining precincts, Rundle Mall and Rundle Street. The Adelaide Oval, Casino, Convention Centre, Botanic Gardens, National Wine Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital are also within walking distance. The hotel is also located close to Adelaide's Arts district, which includes the Festival Centre and Dunstan Playhouse.

To celebrate its opening, Ibis Adelaide is offering introductory travel agent and PCO (professional conference organiser) rates from $A84 room only with a complimentary upgrade to a superior view queen or twin room. Valid for stays to September 30 2014. Click here for more details.

ibis Adelaide will have an official opening ceremony on August 14.

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Sofitel SO SPA arrives in Fiji

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has extended its worldwide SO SPA concept in the Pacific.

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s SO SPA precinct boasts nine exclusive beachside bures, including couples rooms, outdoor garden showers, plus a private sauna, whirlpool and juice bar retreat.

The resort also features the world’s first Pure Fiji concept store onsite, and hopes to use this product to inspire its own Fijian range of complementary SO SPA treatments.

Sonia Prasad has been appointed head of the new operation, regarded as one of Fiji's best and most experienced luxury spa therapists.

Prasad has worked with many resort and spa operators across the Fiji islands including the Westin Heavenly Spa and Senikai.

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