Westin Hotels & Resorts debuts in the UK at a time when consumers desire to travel is higher than ever and when self-care is now viewed as a “necessity” rather than a choice. Marriott International media release WESTIN LANDS IN LONDON THE Westin London City has officially opened its doors with the riverfront address theContinue reading “HOTEL – WESTIN LONDON CITY”


PARIS FOR SOFITEL MELBOURNE SOFITEL Melbourne on Collins is now home to new guest rooms that “feel like a Parisian apartment in the heart of Melbourne” thanks to an extravagant $15 million renovation. Celebrated architect IM Pei – who was originally tasked with designing the five-star address that sits at the Paris End of CollinsContinue reading “HOTEL – SOFITEL MELBOURNE”


What we have achieved is a relaxed environment that feels more like a home away from home, than a hotel stay. The space really emulates a countryside, guesthouse escape. Linda Boronkay – Linda Boronkay Design Studio HOTEL WITH HISTORY THE Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon is home to regional Australia’s newest place to stay withContinue reading “HOTEL – OSBORN HOUSE”


Located in the One Circular Quay mixed-use development at 1 Alfred Street, which includes an adjoining 61-level apartment tower, the hotel will be a home away from home for today’s discerning travellers.  Waldorf Astoria media release WALDORF ASTORIA SET FOR SYDNEY SYDNEY is set to become home to a new Waldorf Astoria with the iconicContinue reading “HOTEL – WALDORF ASTORIA SYDNEY”


NATURE LOVING AT BUSHMANS KLOOF I HAVE seen some spectacular sunsets during the 16,237 days spent on the planet so far but none compare to tonight’s presentation. I’m standing in the manicured gardens at Bushmans Kloof, the elegant outpost in South Africa’s wild Cederberg Mountains a three-hour drive from Cape Town, and the windswept sky isContinue reading “VISIT – BUSHMANS KLOOF”


Avant-garde in outlook and design, The St. Regis Venice merges striking, modern interiors with its historic provenance as the best address in the city.  The St Regis Venice website GRAND CANAL ADDRESS A PRIME plot of real estate on Venice’s Grand Canal is home to the Italian city’s newest hotel. The St Regis Venice sitsContinue reading “HOTEL – ST REGIS VENICE”


Four new Anantara addresses opening in 2020 and Mark Thomson, Minor Hotel’s Director of PR & Communications, couldn’t be more excited about the increasing inventory HOT HOTELS AND HOLIDAYS ASKING Minor Hotels’ head honcho Mark Thomson to name his favourite hotel is like asking a parent with a big family to nominate their most cherishedContinue reading “NEWS – ANANTARA”


The list of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World welcomes The Havannah Vanuatu VANUATU’S NEW NAT GEO ONE of the South Pacific’s most exclusive addresses is the newest name on the list of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World with The Havannah Vanuatu joining the esteemed register on the eve of its 10thContinue reading “HOTEL – THE HAVANNAH VANUATU”


Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies speciaising in luxury and experiential travel, with moer than 20,000 advisors. We partner with over 1,800 of the world’s best companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and more. Virtuoso website VIRTUOSO CROWNS ITS VERY BEST VIRTUOSO – the global network of agencies specialising in luxuryContinue reading “NEWS – VIRTUOSO’S BEST”


The Marquis title is bestowed to the elite global properties within the JW Marriott portfolio that offer five-star sophistication across the highest levels of design, technology and comfort. Marriott spokesperson to Business Traveller MARQUIS COMES TO SHANGHAI SHANGHAI is now home to a JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong with the latest addition to theContinue reading “HOTEL – JW MARRIOTT SHANGHAI”


Raffles Singapore has opened its doors after a multi-million-dollar renovation, and the results are remarkable with the original again back to its best RAFFLES REVEAL RAFFLES Singapore is finally back in business after being closed for more than two years during a top-to-tail renovation. The iconic Singapore hotel, which was looking a little rusty andContinue reading “HOTEL – RAFFLES SINGAPORE”


Connect with the city and drink in spectacular views in our stylish Sukhumvit hotel, high above the buzz of trendy On Nut neighbourhood.  Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok website AVANI EXPANDS IN BKK AVANI’S third hotel in Bangkok opened its doors on July 1 with the Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok sitting between the increasingly popular On Nut andContinue reading “HOTEL – AVANI SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK”


2019 is turning out to be a very big year for the luxury brands in the Hilton stable, setting a new record after a century in the hospitality business HILTON’S BIG HOTEL HAUL HILTON has announced the company will open more luxury hotels in 2019 than during any other year in the iconic hospitality brand’sContinue reading “NEWS – HILTON’S HAUL”


July is the perfect time for a mid-winter break, with properties dotted around rural Victoria providing the ideal retreat for a quick recharge VICTORIA’S WINER RETREATS DAYS are dark, the temperature has plunged below brisk, and even the hardiest of souls battling this bleakest of mid-winter months are dreaming about a break. While the sunContinue reading “VISIT – WINTERTIME VICTORIA”


Discover a tropical paradise surrounded by lush greens, white sand beaches, and azure waters. A mere 45-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi awaits. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi NEW DIGS FOR MALDIVES LUXE Three islands in the South Male Atoll, a 30-minute journey by boat from Male International Airport, is homeContinue reading “HOTEL – WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES”


SABI SABI SAFARI HEAVYNESS giggles mischievously when I ask him the story behind his first name. The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve tracker holds his hands in front of his chest and slumps, pretending to be carrying something substantial, and tells me his mother settled on the name when she held him for the firstContinue reading “VISIT – SABI SANDS”


The Peninsula Manila gets a spruce up, and a brand new club lounge PENINSULA’S MANILA UPGRADE THE Peninsula Manila is ready to receive a revamp with the work taking aesthetic place across the third quarter of 2019. The soft renovation of the hotel in the heart of the Makati Central Business District will be mostContinue reading “HOTELS – THE PENINSULA MANILA”


Our spacious, light-filled guestrooms and suites with striking views are designed to create a peaceful place for you to unwind. Element Melbourne Richmond website MELBOURNE IN ITS ELEMENT SUBURBAN Melbourne is home to Australia’s first Element by Westin with Element Melbourne Richmond opening its doors this month. The brand, which belongs to the Marriott InternationalContinue reading “HOTEL – ELEMENT MELBOURNE”


It’s like Australia’s River City has a new place to stay, with a $20 million renovation modernising the Brisbane Marriott Hotel BRISBANE MARRIOTT MAKEOVER A $20 million spend has “reimagined” Brisbane Marriott Hotel with the just-completed renovation transforming all 267 guest rooms and suites as well as the executive-level lounge and the property’s signature restaurant.Continue reading “HOTEL – BRISBANE MARRIOTT”


A favourite New York hotel has a quirky new mealtime option with The Mark now offering on-the-go guests the chance to pick up a packed lunch. THE Mark, the Big Apple property described as “New York’s most boldly lavish hotel”, has a new lunch offering for guests with Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten now packing aContinue reading “HOTEL – THE MARK”


Northbridge has emerged to be the entertainment and cultural hub of Perth, and Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge is located at the heart of it all. Hilton Australasia’s oeprations boss Heidi Kunkel NEW HOTEL FOR NORTHBRIDGE THE West Australian hotel boom continues with the Double Tree by Hilton Perth Northbridge now welcoming guests seeking a placeContinue reading “HOTEL – DOUBLETREE PERTH”


Stay playful at The Moxy Washington, DC Downtown. Check out downtown DC bucket list attractions near our hotel like the White House, the Washington Monument or the countless exhibits at the Smithsonian. Moxy DC website DC FINDS ITS MOXY CONSERVATIVE Washington DC just got a big dose of cool with the opening of the brand-spankingContinue reading “STAY – MOXY DC”

Brissy’s hotel boom …

QUEENSLAND’S River City is booming with more hot new accommodation offerings than you can count on all fingers. From glamping tents and riverside wharf residences, to moody five-star digs and a 1920s-era bank turned 220-room hotel, each new gem is embellishing the Brisbane skyline with their own quirk and character. Here are the latest BrisbaneContinue reading “Brissy’s hotel boom …”


NEW RESORT FOR SIEM REAP SIEM Reap and serene places to stay go together like Angkor Wat and Apsaras, and now there’s another peaceful property to add to the list. Treeline Urban Resort, which sits on the bank of the modest river that runs through the heart of the Cambodian tourist settlement, officially opened onContinue reading “HOTELS – TREELINE URBAN RESORT”

Island time for InterCon …

PHU Quoc is emerging as Vietnam’s next holiday hotspot with the island’s newest place to stay, the InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, welcoming its first guests on June 28. The resort is a 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc’s international airport, and only 20 minutes from the “cultural attractions” of Duong Dong town, and guests enjoyContinue reading “Island time for InterCon …”

New look for Caravelle …

→ The Caravelle Saigon is already one of Vietnam’s great historic hotels with a room renovation set to start a new chapter … TODAY marks the start of a new chapter for the Caravelle Saigon with the historic hotel launching a renovation program that will see guest rooms receive an elegant upgrade. “For those ofContinue reading “New look for Caravelle …”


CAPITAL OF QUIRK JAPAN is one destination guaranteed to hand travellers a healthy dose of culture shock with many of the capital city’s hotels charismatically categorised as quirky. So if you fancy being welcomed by a robot, sleeping in an airplane’s first-class suite but never leaving the ground, having a dinosaur check you in andContinue reading “STAY – TOKYO’S QUIRKIEST HOTELS”

Hotel Vic on HK harbour …

An elegant new hotel in Hong Kong is making the most of its location by the harbour in trendy North Point HONG Kong Island’s fashionable North Point district is home to the new Hotel VIC with the 671-room property opening for business on July 16. The twin-tower complex boasts views of the harbour and cityContinue reading “Hotel Vic on HK harbour …”

Novotel Citygate Hong Kong …

  Where … Novotel Citygate Hong Kong When … Tuesday, May 1, 2018 What … There’s a choice of hotels near Hong Kong International Airport for travellers looking to pause between planes, but my favourite is the Novotel Citygate Hong Kong which is a five-minute ride on the complimentary shuttle from the arrivals area. TheContinue reading “Novotel Citygate Hong Kong …”

Top Zhangjiajie stay …

→ Pullman Zhangjiajie the place to stay in China’s popular wilderness area … Where … Pullman Zhangjiajie When … April 2018 What … There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of a spot in central China called Zhangjiajie. But if you’re a movie lover, and I told you this is the place that served asContinue reading “Top Zhangjiajie stay …”