New Zealand Has a New Luxury Lodge, and it Doesn’t Disappoint

The Lindis, Ahuriri Valley, New Zealand
The Lindis, Ahuriri Valley, New Zealand

Further solidifying New Zealand’s status as a global leader in luxury lodges, The Lindis is a stroke of architectural brilliance in a raw and untouched environment

Surrounded by over 6000 acres of mountains and valleys and nestled between three conservation parks, New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge has opened its doors.

The stunning new The Lindis is located in the Ahuriri Valley in North Otago on New Zealand’s South Island, a dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountains, wetlands, tussock grasslands and beech forests. Positioned on working farms Ben Avon Station and next to Longslip Station within the valley, the boutique hotel’s sleek, low profile and unique architectural design brings modern luxury to an otherwise untouched environment, bolstering New Zealand’s reputation as home to some of the world’s most beautiful luxury wilderness lodges.

The main building houses five eclectically designed suites – each named after a neighbouring station – and is characterised by top-shelf finishes and modern and sculptural detail. Its sweeping, wooden roof ensures the solitary man-made structure appears an organic, seamless addition to the natural landscape, while a huge expanse of glass along the front of the building provides guests with a looking glass to the spectacular panoramic views of the river – one of the top ten fly fishing locations in the world – and mountains beyond.

Outside the main building, guests can expect merino sheep and Angus bulls roaming freely, and endless opportunities to explore the valley on foot, bike or horse, with mountain climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding also on offer at the lodge.

Next year, a further three suites will open as part of an extension of the lodge, as well as individual glass pods specially designed for star-gazing.

Rates for a Lodge Suite at The Lindis start at NZD $2500 per night and include:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Daily pre-dinner drinks & charcuterie station
  • Daily multi course dinner
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Mini bar
  • Self-guided activities

World’s First and Only Chanel Spa Opens

Ritz Club Paris
Ritz Club Paris

The new, decadent Chanel au Ritz Paris is an homage to the fashion icon that made Ritz Paris her home for 34 years

The world’s first and only Chanel spa is now open to the public at the Ritz Paris, with the Chanel au Ritz Paris, along with the Coco Chanel Prestige Suite, paying homage to one of the hotel’s most celebrated residents.

Chanel famously resided in the second-floor suite of the Ritz Paris for 34 years from 1937 until her death in 1971 and over the years brought in her favorite furniture and décor until finally she had redecorated the whole space. Today, the Coco Chanel Prestige Suite as well as the new spa embody the fashion industry matriarch’s taste to a tee, with her trademark black-and-white palette, Coromandel lacquer screens, gilded mirrors, numerous portraits, sketches, and photographs, rock crystal chandeliers as well as swathes of velvet.

Interior designer Thierry W. Despont planned the Chanel au Ritz Paris to induce deep relaxation as well as recreate the aesthetic experience Coco Chanel created for herself. Chanel’s famous quote, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself,” is echoed by Chanel au Ritz Paris, with the spa focusing on enhancing each guest’s best self through the signature Chanel massage, rejuvenating skincare therapies, facials, and makeup applications using Chanel skincare products.

Merging ultimate Parisian luxury with total relaxation, Chanel au Ritz Paris is located in the hotel’s two-story, state-of-the-art Ritz Club.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort Opens

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Suite Bathroom
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Suite Bathroom

Designed by award-winning architects PEIA Associati, the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort marks Westin Hotels & Resorts’ entrance into the Maldivian resort market

Westin Hotels & Resorts has opened the doors of its first resort in the Republic of Maldives.

Centrally located in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features interior décor inspired by the abundant marine life the Maldives is known for, with Hanifaru Bay, known for the largest gathering of manta rays globally, within close distance of the resort.

Award-winning Milan-based architects PEIA Associati led the design process with a visionary approach that merges oceanic motifs and environmental sustainability. An aerial view of the new resort reveals that the entire construction and layout of the property forms the outline of a fish, and the arrival jetty is constructed to represent ocean waves and clam shells.

Guests of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort have the choice of staying in either a villa or suite, of which there are 70 in total, either on the island or overwater.

The resort offers the Heavenly Spa by Westin, a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, and three unique dining experiences. The Pearl is the resort’s specialty restaurant and offers a refined Japanese menu focusing on fresh seafood and local ingredients. For an all-day dining experience, the resort offers the Island Kitchen, and at Hawker guests can try authentic Asian street food in a casual atmosphere. The Sunset Bar overlooks the ocean in a relaxed lounge space and provides guests with cocktails and tapas.

The Westin Kids Club adds to every family’s stay at the resort. The Kids Club follows the Westin Brand’s focus on wellness by providing guests between the ages of 4-12 with immersive experiences such as nature walks, family-style runs, and water activities. The resort offers snorkelling, diving, fishing, and parasailing for guests of all ages.

Singapore’s New Six Senses to Open in December

Six Senses Maxwell, Six Senses Singapore

Six Senses Maxwell follows the opening of Six Senses Duxton, with both heritage buildings together forming the new Six Senses Singapore

Six Senses Resorts has announced the December 1st opening of Six Senses Maxwell, the second of two heritage buildings that comprise Six Senses Singapore – the other being Six Senses Duxton, located a mere walk away through vibrant Chinatown.

Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, Six Senses Maxwell’s design offers an alternative aesthetic with the designer’s signature European style that melds tradition and modernity. All 120 rooms have been intentionally styled to create an East-meets-West eclecticism and feature brass, lacquer and marble minibars and handmade Lafroy Brooks bathroom fixtures.

The hotel also has five food and beverage concepts on offer, with four of the five restaurants located on the ground floor and offering outdoor seating, including a classic European-style brasserie, a social library restaurant and bar, a classic champagne bar and a cocktail lounge. Located on the top floor of Six Senses Maxwell is Max’s Edible Garden, a restaurant complementing the 25-metre rooftop pool and gym.

Following Six Senses Maxwell’s opening, the hotel will be introducing Six Senses Spa Pods in early 2019. In addition to massages, facials, and beauty treatments, the spa facility will offer personal trainers and yoga classes, with both hotel guests and locals invited to book treatments.

As part of the unique Six Senses experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations, tea appreciation sessions, yoga and well-received heritage tours of the surrounding neighbourhoods will also be available to guests of both Six Senses Maxwell and Six Senses Duxton.

Six Senses Maxwell is now accepting reservations for its upcoming opening and is offering an opening special where guests can receive 15% off the best available rate when they book online through Six Senses’ website. This offer includes daily breakfast, welcome amenities and unlimited WiFi accessibility. Standard rates start at SGD $330 per night.

Six Senses Maxwell recently received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award due to its European elegance and modern vibrancy.

New-Look Raffles Singapore Opens Reservations

Raffles Singapore

The home of the very first Singapore Sling has undergone an extensive overhaul ahead of its 2019 re-opening, with its iconic Long Bar already open for business

The famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore ­– currently in the midst of an extensive refurbishment – has opened reservations for stays starting in August 2019. Following a grand reopening, the luxurious all-suite hotel will feature an expanded suite count of 115 when its doors once again open to guests, each complete with pampering amenities, redesigned bathrooms, state-of-the-art technology, double-glazed windows, colonial architecture, lush gardens, verandahs and teakwood floors.

Meanwhile, two brand new amenities, The Raffles Boutique and Raffles Spa, along with the iconic Raffles Butlers, who provide 24-hour service and anticipate guests’ every need during their stay, will take the hotel into new luxury ‘lifestyle hotel’ territory.

General Manager of Raffles Singapore, Christian Westbeld, said that Raffles will also be introducing new and redesigned bars, restaurants, courtyards, and social areas. “Our careful and sensitive restoration was designed to ensure we retain everything that makes Raffles Singapore so special.”

One of those things is, of course, the historic Long Bar, home to the authentic Singapore Sling cocktail that was created there over 100 years ago. Now completely restored, the celebrated watering hole recently reopened to the public in its original location at the Raffles Arcade. With a tropical, Malayan plantation-themed interior, patrons of Long Bar will feel as if they have been transported back to the golden age of the 1920s. Not to mention, where else in the world can you sit at a hotel bar, eat peanuts directly from a gunny sack and then dispose of the shells right on the floor?

In addition to the famous Singapore Sling at Long Bar, which every guest staying at the hotel receives on arrival, returning food and drink favourites at Raffles Singapore include North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room, and the classic Raffles Afternoon Tea. The hotel will also boast not one but two Michelin-starred chefs – Alain Ducasse’s first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept, BBR by Alan Ducasse, as well as Anne-Sophie Pic’s debut in Asia with La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore.

In celebration of The Raffles Singapore’s new look, the hotel is offering a Raffles Opening Package. For an extra SGD $120 per night, guests will receive daily breakfast in their suite, on the verandah, poolside or at the Tiffin Room, as well as an SGD $100 credit to use at the Raffles Spa or at any of the Raffles Singapore dining options. This enhanced package also guarantees late check-out until 3:00 p.m. and comes with a commemorative Raffles Heritage souvenir.

Rates for a State Room Suite start at SGD $869 per night starting 1 August 2019.

Raffles Singapore Reopens after Complete Restoration
Raffles Singapore has officially reopened, unveiling its revitalised facade and interiors to guests on 1st August after a two-and-a-half-year, three-phase process.

Cairns’ Eco Hotel, Riley, to Open Next Month

Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort, Cairns

The new Cairns hotel will open on 6 November as an environmentally-conscious hotel dedicated to showcasing ‘responsible luxury’

The Crystalbrook Collection Resort group has announced its newest hotel, Riley, will welcome guests starting 6 November 2018, and that it will donate $100 per room booked direct through for the first week of its launch to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.

In a strong commitment to the hotel’s surroundings and location, the first five-star hotel introduced to Cairns in over twenty years will also promote environmentally conscious living in all aspects of the hotel, from paperless check-in and iPads replacing paper to using recycled wooden keycards in lieu of plastic.

“As an organisation hugely committed to the environment and as a Founding Citizen of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, this was a natural choice for us to celebrate this exciting opening,” CEO of Crystalbrook Collection, Mark Davie, said. “This initiative is just one way in which Riley will speak to Crystalbrook’s core value of responsible luxury.”

The new Cairns hotel features 311 stylish rooms and suites, a lagoon pool, private beach, Eléme Day Spa, 24-hour fitness centre, numerous event and banquet spaces, as well as three high-end dining experiences. These include the Asian-inspired Paper Crane, a healthy living focused all-day venue called Greenfields, as well as a bar, Rocco. Rocco now holds the distinction of being Cairns’ highest rooftop bar, providing views of Cairns and the Coral Sea.

Riley is centrally located at the northern end of Cairns waterfront Esplanade.

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Iconic Westin Hotel to Become The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

The hotel located at the landmark building of No. 1 Martin Place Sydney will become The Fullerton Hotel Sydney after 20 years under Marriott management

Fullerton Hotels and Resorts has announced it will take over management of The Westin Sydney at No. 1 Martin Place on 18th October 2019, at which point the hotel will be rebranded The Fullerton Hotel Sydney. The acquisition of the historic, landmark General Post Office (GPO) building will mark the first international destination for Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, who own the award-winning The Fullerton Bay Hotel and The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

Built in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, like its sister Sydney property, was previously home to the country’s General Post Office and other government departments, and was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015 – the highest form of national recognition in Singapore and the equivalent of a listing on the National Heritage List in Australia. Both Singapore properties are located in the cultural Fullerton Heritage precinct in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore’s city centre.

General Manager of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale said: “We strive to deliver a luxury hotel that can further contribute to Sydney’s growth as an international tourist destination and showcase the beauty and heritage of the original building to a wider audience, both nationally and globally.”

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney building, originally constructed in 1874, will undergo a variety of projects and renovations throughout 2019, with the focus of the restorations on the building’s main façade. Viterale has stressed that the renewing process will strictly adhere to the Heritage Management Plan and safety regulations.

Marriott International managed The Westin Sydney for twenty years at its iconic location of 1 Martin Place. The building is located near some of Sydney’s finest restaurants, shopping, and theatres in the heart of the harbour city.

The news of the hotel’s rebrand follows Australia Post’s sale of the GPO building – one of Australia’s most significant heritage buildings – to two Singaporean billionaires in March 2017 for $150 million in a deal shrouded in secrecy that led to an outcry over heritage concerns.

The New Necker Island Revealed

Necker Island, Virgin Limited Edition, British Virgin Islands

Necker Island has a fresh new look, and more luxury than ever before…

Virgin Limited Edition has shared first images of the new, redesigned Necker Island following its reopening in October. The images show renovated accommodations and expanded communal areas, with The Great House – previously home to nine bedrooms including a Master Suite – now restored and developed to add two additional rooms, bringing the total room count to 11. The spacious and al fresco Great House is Balinese in style and boasts amazing panoramic views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and neighbouring islands, and The Master Suit, located on the upper level, comes with a private outdoor Jacuzzi and sundeck.

Each of the 11 guest rooms in the Great House has a balcony, king size bed and ensuite bathroom. The private island now also boasts a family-friendly Bunk Room that sleeps up to six children and is equipped with every toy, book, and video game under the sun to keep the smallest in the family entertained.

Jon Brown, Managing Director for Virgin Limited Edition said there is also more on the way for Necker Island: “It is wonderful to see Necker Island’s beauty restored and to have welcomed back our first guests. It has been a busy year and it’s not over yet as we look forward to 2019 and the reopening of further accommodations including a new and improved Bali High complex which will feature an extended pool and outdoor lounge as well as a private plunge pool in each of the individual Bali Houses.”

One of the island gems of the British Virgin Islands, Sir Richard Branson’s private island has long been famed for its white sand beaches, high end cuisine, and top-of-the-line accommodation, set in arguably one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Necker Island can be booked exclusively throughout the year for up to 30 guests with rates starting from US$ 77,500 per night. For guests wanting to book individual rooms, Celebration Weeks are a great way to experience all the Island has to offer, with rates starting from US$ 4,525 per room per night based on a minimum of 3 nights. Rates are subject to group size and numbers. All stays are inclusive of all meals and drinks (including all alcoholic beverages), return transfers, a dedicated team and Watersports activities.

Celebration Week dates include:

  • 16th December – 21st December 2018
  • 6th January – 16th January 2019
  • 17th August – 24th August 2019
  • 24th August – 31st August 2019
  • 21st September – 28th September 2019
  • 19th October – 26th October 2019
  • 26th October – 2nd November 2019


For reservations contact

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity 2021 Voyages Announced

By Staff Writer

Crystal Cruises has announced its full lineup of 2021 luxury sailings aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. In all, 68 all-inclusive voyages will sail to 238 destinations in 53 countries, including 175 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

From Crystal Serenity’s 139-day “Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders” comprehensive World Cruise to 10 seven-day sailings through the Mediterranean aboard Crystal Symphony, luxury travellers will have the chance to explore both famous and less-visited destinations in 2021, with shorter sailings on offer that are easily combinable with other cruises and don’t repeat ports, for those seeking an extended holiday.


Highlights of Crystal Cruises’ 2021 voyages include:

– Nine maiden calls in Townsville, Australia; Banda Neira and Ambon, Indonesia; Burgas, Bulgaria; Novorossiysk, Russia; Batumi, Georgia; Seydisfjordur, Iceland; Dingle, Ireland; and Kepez, Turkey

– At least one overnight stay on virtually every voyage – more than 100 in total – with as many as four overnight ports on a single sailing and double overnights on many

– 175 UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured in a diverse selection of Crystal Adventures ashore that appeal to virtually every traveller’s individual preferences, including such wonders as Angkor Wat, the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Luxor, Mont-Saint-Michel, and the historic cities of Dubrovnik, Florence, Corfu and many more

– Four voyages to/from Dublin aboard Crystal Serenity, exploring the Emerald Isle’s Cork and Dingle, as well as Belfast, Liverpool and Edinburgh (in time to experience the annual Military Tattoo in Edinburgh)

– Six voyages exploring Southeast Asia aboard Crystal Symphony, highlighting Malaysia’s culinary flavor in Penang, Myanmar’s gateway to Bagan, remarkable Kuala Lumpur, and the tranquility and tropics of Thailand and the Philippines

– Voyages to China and Japan aboard Crystal Serenity, allowing guests to venture to Kyoto, see Mount Fuji, explore Beijing’s Forbidden City, Shanghai’s Jade Buddha and the Great Wall

– Arabian Gulf and India voyages featuring overnights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and offering opportunities to explore Wadi Rum and Petra from Aqaba, Luxor and the Valley of Kings from Safaga, and Mumbai’s colorful bazaars and Bollywood

– Holy Land sailing aboard Crystal Symphony featuring two days in Ashdod, allowing guests to explore Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as Rome’s sacred sites

– Transcontinental voyages from Asia to Africa across the Indian Ocean, exploring Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Seychelles, and offering post-cruise safari options in Mombasa (Crystal Symphony); and a new trans-Atlantic option from Dublin to New York City that explores Ireland’s treasures and New England’s colonial history (Crystal Serenity)

– Nineteen sailings of 10 days or fewer, aboard both ships, allowing busy travellers ample opportunity to embark on their dream luxury voyages through the Greek Isles, Côte d’Azur, Italian Riviera, Dalmatian Coast, Caribbean, New England & Canada and Northern Europe

– Holiday sailings through the Caribbean’s breathtaking isles including two days in Barbados and offering convenient round-trip travel from Miami aboard Crystal Serenity; and an extravagant New Year’s celebration in Sydney Harbour on a Crystal Symphony voyage through New Zealand’s sounds and wine country and Australia’s coastline


Crystal Cruises’ 2021 voyages are now open for booking, with savings of up to US$2,000 per person for select 2021 voyages, and US$12,500 per person for the full 2021 World Cruise if booked by October 31, 2018.