The Gold Coast’s Ruby Collection to Open in November

Ruby Collection Gold Coast

Ruby Apartments will be a sophisticated, five-star accommodation offering for families visiting the Gold Coast, and will introduce a new, upscale style of family travel to Surfers Paradise

The clock is counting down to the November opening of the first of four towers in the striking billion-dollar Ruby Collection development on the Gold Coast. The first of its kind, the Gold Coast resort complex spans an entire city block and will feature full kitchens and upscale amenities.

Spanning 30 floors, the stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments and sky suites will provide a bird’s eye view of the Pacific Ocean or Gold Coast Hinterland and cater to the modern family with spacious living areas, a full kitchen and laundry. Meanwhile, the 13 ground-floor villas will appeal to couples and five-star hotel junkies chasing the sun.

Combining a new level in service and amenities, warm family appeal and five-star facilities, Ruby Apartments will be a sophisticated new accommodation offering on the Gold Coast, one that Ruby Collection CEO David Brook says could reshape visitor perceptions of what a family holiday experience on the Gold Coast is meant to be.

“At Ruby we don’t do ordinary,” Brook said. “We all know that there’s no ordinary world; there are no ordinary people; no ordinary grandparents; no ordinary brothers and sisters; and no ordinary mums and dads …..there are also no ordinary holidays [and] our Ruby Ambassadors will be on hand from day one helping visitors create extraordinary memories.”

These Ruby Ambassadors will replace traditional customer service roles at Ruby Apartments, and their roles will be multi-faceted, enabling them to better understand guests and offer a more personalised service. From the moment guests arrive, Ruby Ambassadors will assist with guests’ every need – from assisting at check-in, booking local tours and attractions, and making dinner reservations.

Ruby Collection Pre-Opening Sale

To celebrate the opening of The Ruby Collection, the hotel is offering a special 50% off the daily rate plus a range of bonus extras:

  • Start your day with a complimentary continental buffet breakfast in Stones Bar & Grill for all guests
  • Unlimited access to the Waterpark
  • One Kid Club session per child 3-12years per stay
  • Complimentary Wifi throughout your stay
  • Complimentary local calls from your in-room phone
  • Complimentary daily housekeeping service Monday – Saturday (Sundays available on request)
  • Complimentary use of the cardio gym, sauna and steam room
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Access to a range of activities and entertainment
  • Access to Ruby’s 24/7 digital concierge

All pre-opening packages are on sale for a limited time and available for travel from 5 November 2018 to 31 March 2020 and can be booked online at

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Releases Japan Voyages Aboard EUROPA 2

By Staff Writer

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced its luxury vessel EUROPA 2 will be heading to Japan for the first time in 2019, with two new itineraries on offer: a 15-day ocean cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo and an 18-day voyage from Tokyo to Singapore.

The journey out of Hong Kong will take you to Taipei, before journeying to Jeju in South Korea where you’ll take a trip across the volcanic island to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.

Your first port in Japan will be Nagasaki, where you’ll learn all about the city’s turbulent past on a tour, before visiting the historic Sofukuji temple and the Peace Park. This route will take you up the Inasayama hill by cable car giving you spectacular views of Unzen, Amakusa and the Goto Islands.

Continuing the historic adventure, visit Hiroshima and the holy island of Miyajima to discover the moving details of Japan’s involvement in the Second World War. You will also find out all about traditional Japanese life and the vermilion Itsukushima-jinja Shrine.

On this voyage you’ll also get to visit one of the best-known spa resorts in Japan and melt into the hot thermal springs of Beppu and the Tatsumaki Jigoku geyser on an a shore excursion.

With two full days to spend in Kobe, you can head off on shore excursions to the ancient imperial city of Kyoto, famous for its countless shrines and temples; Nara, the legendary city of myths and traditions; or bustling Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city.

Wrapping up your Japanese journey is a vital visit to the county’s sprawling capital city of Tokyo. Here, visit the imperial palace and the Ginza district at your own pace or enjoy a view over the city on a helicopter flight. There are shore excursions on offer to world-famous Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, and you’ll get to experience the high-speed Shinkansen train.

On the lengthier 18-day voyage aboard EUROPA 2 from Tokyo to Singapore, guests will not only get to know the metropolis of Japan’s capital, but also some of Japan’s natural wonders. On the itinerary are trips to Ago Bay with its fjord-like waters and Mikimoto Pearl Island, where the first cultured pearls were created at the end of the 19th century.

Ishigaki, the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, is famed for its idyllic swimming spots and fine sandy beaches, and guests on board EUROPA 2 will get to discover its beauty on a tour, with the fast ferry also taking you to the neighbouring island of Taketomi with its long sandy beaches and picturesque town.

Other highlights include an excursion to the Shuri Castle where fascinating impressions of Okinawa Prefecture await, a visit to the Shikinaen Royal Garden, and a trip to the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle, which dates back to the 15th century.

Ayana Komodo is Open for Business

Ayana Komodo
Ayana Komodo

The first five-star resort on the Indonesian island of Flores, AYANA Komodo will give modern explorers the chance to visit some of the most beautiful islands in the Indonesian Archipelago, including the UNESCO Heritage Site of Komodo National Park

AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach opened its doors for the first time this week as the first and only five star resort on the Indonesian island of Flores.

The sparkling new resort will allow guests to check-in from the 11th floor lobby and access their room by descending towards the sandy shores, with the 205 rooms featuring a design inspired by light, comfort and open living. Each contemporary room has a flawless ocean view, with large windows that capture the golden glow of a tropical West Coast sunset behind the distinctive Kukusan Island.

In addition to the new resort, and in making full use of the extensive private pier, AYANA Komodo will launch the world’s largest specially built phinisi ship, AYANA Lako di’a on 1st October. The impressive 54-meter AYANA Lako di’a features nine luxurious bedrooms, including a master suite with a private deck, and exquisite lounging and dining areas.

AYANA will also launch a fleet of water vessels, including a bespoke catamaran, Lako Taka,  a glass bottom boat; Lako Cama, a speedboat, and a second specially built phinisi. The new aqua fleet will transport guests to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Komodo National Park – home to the famous Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest species of lizard, which cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Day trips and longer voyages of up to three nights will be on offer, sailing to some of the world’s finest dive spots as well as the surreal landscapes of Padar Island and the Cunca Rami waterfall, Rinca and 26 other smaller islands.

The new Ayana offers a scenic oasis set in one of the most rugged and beautiful islands of the Indonesian Archipelago, and is located just a one-hour flight from the tourist hub of Bali.

To book or to find out more about AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach and AYANA Lako di’a  visit

A First Look at the New Hayman Island by InterContinental

Hayman Island by InterContinental
Hayman Island by InterContinental

The new private island InterContinental will open in July 2019, featuring 166 luxurious rooms and villas

Hayman Island by InterContinental will open its doors in July 2019, more than two years after Hayman Island’s previous hotel, One&Only, was forced to close its doors in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Following a significant investment to refurbish the product, like the island’s previous iteration Hayman Island by InterContinental will be a private island resort featuring 166 rooms, its guests the only witnesses to Hayman Island’s tropical 400 hectares and an unbeatable panorama of the world famous Whitsundays.

The resort will introduce a new luxurious design concept across all rooms, suites and residences, world-class food and beverage experiences and eminent facilities from a new spa to kids club and retreat spaces. The new InterContinental will also cater to the growing group of discerning travellers seeking out boutique hotels and local, authentic experiences in their travels by offering guests meaningful experiences and local know-how, in addition to the expected frills of the InterContinental brand.

“It is a privilege to introduce a brand new luxury concept for local and international visitors alike,” said newly appointed Resort Manager Mark Eletr. “Myself, like many, share a special affinity with Hayman Island; its spectacular beauty and seclusion are rare encounters in today’s world…I am deeply excited to work with my team and deliver our shared vision to open Australia’s most iconic island resort.”

Located on the northernmost point in the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island by InterContinental is accessible via Hamilton Island and then by either luxury vessel, helicopter or seaplane.

As part of the multi-million dollar refurbishment, guests can expect two brand new Residences, one three-bedroom Beach House with no less than three private pools including an infinity pool, and 16 new Retreat Rooms. Located behind the villas, the private one-bedroom Retreat Rooms will be a mere 10 metres from the beach, with Interconnecting Retreat Rooms available for family and multi-generational holidays.

The resort will also offer a wellness and spa centre and a new wellness concept that extends the facilities to include holistic experiences such as yoga and visiting wellness specialists, alongside traditional spa and beauty treatments.

A complete overhaul of the food and beverage offering will be introduced under InterContinental management, with an emphasis on refined Australian dining, while an all-new Italian restaurant called Pacific will be relaunched and will be conceptually-led to include themed dinners and event for guests.

The Pool Club will offer guests an Asian fusion with mixed Asian cuisine, complemented by colourful and playful aesthetics and a resident DJ.


Get a first look of the new resort below:

Complimentary Nights on Offer at Amatara Wellness Resort

Amatara Wellness Resort

The offer is valid for wellness package bookings made on Bay View Suites, Ocean Pavilions and Sea View Suite Rooms until the end of October

Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket has announced a limited-time bonus nights offer on its wellness packages. Valid on stays up until the 31st October in Bay View Suites, Ocean Pavilions and Sea View Suite Rooms, guests seeking a respite from the daily grind will want to take advantage of the resort’s one to three additional nights being offered completely complimentary on any of the resort’s wellness packages.

Set in one of Thailand’s most beautiful locations on the southeastern tip of Phuket at Cape Panwa, Amatara’s holistic wellness experiences encompass the body, mind and spirit with a ‘middle way’ pursuit to wellness that encourages an enjoyable journey towards self-improvement, rather than a go-hard-or-go-home approach.

The eight personalised, all-inclusive wellness programs range from three to seven days, and guests can choose from detoxing and weight management experiences to yoga retreats that balance the mind and body as well as good old-fashioned pampering sessions. All programs also include the resort’s signature 105-minute Thai Hammam experience, which melds traditional Turkish and Moroccan bathing practices with relaxing Thai spa therapies, encourage absolute unwinding.

A state-of-the-art fitness centre, yoga sala with panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, and a dedicated pilates studio await guests keen to give their bodies some due attention; while a steam room and infrared sauna are also at guests’ disposal.

Niggling aches and pains can be addressed with a professional physiotherapy session, while those wanting to focus on their diet can opt for a naturopathy consultation.

Amatara’s Holistic Vitality package combines integrative medicine with soulful spa sessions while the Brain Health Enhancement takes wellness a step further. A collaboration with the brain health institute, the program combines preventative health care and luxury wellness to help draw guests’ attention to being ‘brain fit’.

But just because you want to get fit and healthy, doesn’t mean you have to endure bootcamp-style accommodation. Amatara offers some of the best panoramas on the island with sweeping vistas across the Andaman Sea, and its luxurious 22 pavilions and 48 suites each have their own balconies and ocean views, with some also featuring private plunge pools.

The Details

  • Book a three or four-night wellness package and get one additional bonus night
  • Book a five to 13-night wellness package and get two additional bonus nights
  • Book a 14-night wellness package or more and get three additional bonus nights

Wellness packages available for this offer include:

  • Amatara Detox
  • Spa Revive
  • Amatara Active
  • Bespoke
  • Weight Management
  • Amatara Connect
  • Amatara Yoga
  • Holistic Anti-aging

Seven-night stays start at AUD$3,350 per person twin share for a five-night wellness retreat plus two additional bonus nights.

Book this five-night package at our sister site Luxury Exclusives, or visit

Etihad Airways Adds More Offers to Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass

Etihad First Class Lounge

The VIP Pass will now give visitors to Abu Dhabi access to even more offers, including up to 20% off at luxury fashion reatilers and 20% off stays at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways has added more options to its Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass including restaurants, leisure attractions and a five-star hotel. A collaboration between Etihad Airways and some of Abu Dhabi’s best attractions, the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass gives visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi access to exclusive discounts and special offers at some of the city’s best restaurants, spas, beaches and retail stores.

Those who love a bit of retail therapy will love Etihad’s partnership with The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, with the VIP Pass giving you access to offers from top luxury fashion brands including 10% off full priced items at Coach, 20% off full priced items at Hugo Boss, 15% off full priced items at Longchamp and a special gift with purchase Montblanc.

Receive The Galleria VIP Pass when showing your Etihad boarding pass at the Concierge desk on Level 2 of The Galleria on Al Maryah Island.

Foodies can indulge in delicious dining experiences for 20% off the usual price at outlets in Yas including Fish & Co, Mr Greek, Al Fanar and others, while thrill-seekers will want to take advantage of the 20% discount on offer at Leisure Train Tourism tours in Al Ain as well as a whopping 50% off Hala Abu Dhabi tours, including the Story of Abu Dhabi City Tour, Morning Desert Drive and Desert Sunset Drive & BBQ experiences.

Topping it all off, after a full day of exploring it’s time to rest your weary head at the award-winning beach resort Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, where pass holders can take advantage of a 20% discount on accommodation (inclusive of breakfast), across all food and beverage outlets, and at its signature Atarmia Spa.

To qualify for discounts or special offers, simply keep your Etihad Airways-issued boarding pass (branded or non-branded) and present it at participating retailers to receive their discount.

A full list of participating retailers and more information on the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass can be found here.

Renovated Queen Kapi’olani Channels Hawaii’s Golden Age

Queen Kapi'olani

The reimagined hotel will open its doors on October 23, 2018 with a refreshed and playful design that nods to the hotel’s mid-century heritage

Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel in Waikiki will relaunch next month following a $35 million renovation that captures the hotel’s 1960s roots while bringing it firmly into modern-day luxury territory.

Built in the mid-1960s during Waikiki’s Golden Age as one of Honolulu’s grand full-service hotels, the Queen Kapi‘olani’s reimagining embraces its heritage with a retro-chic aesthetic, while its 315 guest rooms spread across 19 stories offer all the modern luxury trimmings.

The new rooms are cocoons of coastal comfort decorated with furniture that playfully nods to the hotel’s history, and offer unparalleled views of the ocean and Diamond Head through the oversized windows and from the rooms’ individual lanais.

Guests arriving at the new Queen Kapi’olani will find themselves in a breezy open-air lobby fronting Kapi‘olani Park, designed as a relaxing, social space and an extension of the surrounding upscale neighbourhoods of Waikiki’s Gold Coast, Kaimuki and Kahala. Not to mention, caffeine addicts and  wine connoisseurs alike will be kept happy with the addition of Knots Coffee Roasters, which serves up coffee by day and wine and small-batch local beers by night.

A few storeys up on the third floor, an 8,000-square-foot lanai (outdoor deck) and pool await, ready to transport weary travellers into holiday mode. The hotel’s “outdoor living room” also features a new restaurant – DECK, a bar and a lounge, all with the panorama of Diamond Head, the surf break at Waikiki Beach and the lush green lands of Kapi‘olani Park on display.

History buffs will want to visit the art gallery on the second floor, which takes visitors on a visual journey of Hawai‘i history with classic art, period pieces and modern installations, while the hotel’s halls are adorned with vintage photos, prints, posters, music programs and advertisements that tell tales of mid-century Hawai’i.

To celebrate the grand relaunch of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, guests can book introductory rates for its newly renovated rooms and suites from now through December 20, 2018 starting from $150 per night.

The hotel has also announced an all-new lineup of lifestyle programming by local taste makers, offering fitness and wellness classes, crafting workshops, food and beverage experiences, as well happy hours and live music, and more. These events, activities, and classes are now available to book on the hotel’s website, with discounts for hotel guests.

The new Queen Kapi’olani will open on October 23, 2018.

Luxury Resort Brand for the “Culturally Curious” to Launch in Mauritius

Salt Resorts, Mauritius
Salt Resorts, Mauritius

SALT will open its first property in Mauritius in November, with plans for additional properties to open across the Indian Ocean, Asia, Africa and Middle East in the future

The Lux Collective (LUX* Resorts & Hotels) has announced it will be launching an all new 5 star boutique brand called SALT. SALT’s first property will open in Mauritius on 1 November 2018 and will lay the foundation for future development across the Indian Ocean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Paul Jones, the CEO of The Lux Collective said SALT is a progressive new hotel brand that aims to connect the culturally curious modern-day traveller – a group he calls “cultural purists” – with meaningful travel experiences.

“SALT was born from a demand for a more humanistic approach to hospitality – hotels that cater to an ever-growing audience of modern explorers and mindful travellers who travel to satisfy their curiosity and challenge their perception of the world. They want to connect with people – not just places – and they genuinely want to give something back… and in creating SALT, I believe we can help facilitate these connections and create meaningful experiences for our guests and the communities in which we operate,” he said. 

With a local and sustainable heartbeat, SALT sets out to take guests to people, not just places, revealing the authentic, non-touristy side of urban, rural, iconic and obscure destinations across the world and the thriving communities within them.

The design of each SALT property will take inspiration from local colour, shape and motif, to infuse the vitality of local culture into the interiors and give guests a true sense of place.  Where possible, SALT hotels will use local resources and materials; from the local soundtracks and musicians playing live, to the food, furniture, fabrics and toiletries. The company will also prioritise fair trade, organic, and non-toxic processes and materials and limit energy use, waste and emissions. Compost, animal feed and recycling plants are a guarantee, along with a commitment to no buffets or single-use plastics.

Outside the hotel, every guest will be equipped with the tools to get off the beaten track and behind the scenes. A bespoke guidebook written and photographed by locals, illustrated maps, a local SIM card and a choice of transport – bicycles or cool convertibles –to explore independently will be on offer.

Every SALT hotel will have its own farm and guests will be treated to delicious menus designed around what’s in season and nothing more, while the pantries will be stocked exclusively with homemade products.

The brand has also created a “Skill Swap” platform to offer guests the chance to get out there and exchange their knowledge and talent with the local community – a bid to broadened horizons, deepen cultural understanding and forge long-lasting relationships.

Not forgetting modern travellers’ increasing desire for self-care while on holiday,  every SALT hotel will have a wellness philosophy that brings guests together for swim and run clubs, yoga on the SALT Farm, trekking and other slow sport initiatives plus location-inspired activities. At SALT EQUILIBRIUM, guests can re-energise in the signature Salt Room and indulge in salt-based remedies and spa treatments.

New Luxury Hawai’i Guide Out Now


The second edition of the Luxury Hawai‘i guide is available in the spring issue of Luxury Travel Magazine, on shelves now

Sydney-based Explore Media, which has also been producing the annual 100-page Discover Hawai‘i guide for the past decade, has released its second edition of the Luxury Hawai’i guide. The new 36-page 2018 guide is filled with inspiring images catering to the upmarket traveller and outlines the best five-star hotels and resorts to stay at, fine dining restaurants to book, high-end shopping precincts, VIP tours and the ultimate spa treatments across the four main Hawaiian Islands. It also offers practical information, including which airlines fly to Hawai‘i, how to get around, the best times to go, visa requirements and tips on tipping.

Explore Media publisher Angela White said the guide catered to discerning travellers who were looking for something special from their Hawaiian holiday. “Our team is thrilled to be able to produce the guide for a second year,” she said.

The Luxury Hawai‘i guide is available with the spring issue of Luxury Travel Magazine, now on shelves, as well as online.


You can view the electronic version of Luxury Hawai‘i and other guides here.

MGallery Wellness Resort Opens in Vietnam

Legacy Yen Tu MGallery by Sofitel
Legacy Yen Tu MGallery by Sofitel

Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery is being positioned as a resort for self-discovery and spiritual transformation thanks to its location on Yen Tu mountain, long regarded as a divine and sacred place

MGallery has announced the opening of Legacy Yen Tu, a wellness sanctuary located on the sacred Yen Tu mountain in Vietnam, approximately 1,068 metres above sea level. Situated near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, at Yen Tu Mountain, King Tran Nhan Tong established Truc Lam Zen Buddhism, and the destination is part of Vietnam’s historical golden era with a rich history dating back some 760 years.

“The opening of Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery combines the quintessence of wellness tourism and luxury travel to provide a getaway for travellers in search for a complete rejuvenation of their body, mind and spirit,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

Designed by Bill Bensley, renowned designer of luxury resorts, each of the 133 rooms at Legacy Yen Tu MGallery is a reflection of heritage and spirituality. A testament to Vietnam’s rich history, the property was inspired by the ancient architectural design and built using ancient methodologies to emulate the peaceful way of life. The rooms feature handcrafted interior décor items, the signature wooden-inked slab traditionally used for calligraphy and an outdoor patio living area.

Guests can dig into authentic Vietnamese cuisine at the hotel’s Tho Quang restaurant or an evening wine at Thien Tra Lobby Bar, which overlooks the picturesque mountains. The hotel is also home to a range of leisure facilities, including Tue Tinh Am Wellness that offers an open space for meditation, yoga and Truc Lam Zen practices.

Superior room rate starts from VND 2,600,000 Net per night with breakfast buffet for two.


For more information please visit  or call +84 203 6259 888 for reservations.