Chase the Sun With These Australian Winter Escapes

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland

From relaxing couples’ spa trips to family whale-watching getaways, these luxury hotels are so comforting  they’ll make winter’s chill seem like a distant memory

InterContinental Hayman Island

Whitsundays, QLD

Escape the chill at this idyllic destination of swaying palm trees, turquoise water and high-end accommodation. Following a $135-million investment and reopening under the InterContinental name two years after Cyclone Debbie forced its closure, Hayman Island by InterContinental has 166 rooms, suites and villas on offer, located across three wings and hugging the pristine coastline of the island. The Residences, meanwhile, are a collection of luxury private residences that are available to rent for those who want to experience a more private piece of paradise on Hayman Island. Perched on the hilltops of the island overlooking its iconic bay, the residences have full access to all the resort’s facilities.

Guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Whitsundays, spending their mornings indulging in ocean-facing Pacific restaurant’s five-star breakfast buffet before flitting between sun lounging by the iconic Hayman Pool, wellness treatments at the onsite Hayman Spa and snorkelling day tours out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Bookings made this winter season before August 5th for stays until September 30th, 2019 are now up to 30 per cent off, so what are you waiting for?

 

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Elements of Byron

Byron Bay, NSW

Byron Bay is one of the country’s favourite (and busiest) beach towns in summer, but when the crowds thin and temperatures begin to ease, Byron Bay really comes into its own, with a more relaxed, local feel while still offering plenty to see and do. Not to mention, June to November is whale-watching season, so you can sit and enjoy a beachside breakfast while spotting humpback whales as they migrate down the coast, or take in the ocean views from one of Byron’s many hikes and trails, like the Cape Byron walking track.

Elements of Byron is one of the area’s newest luxury resorts, and has been making quite the splash with its luxurious villas and large pavilion that was architecturally designed to mimic the surrounding sand dunes. The reception, restaurant and bar open on to a large infinity lagoon pool, accompanied by cabanas and thatched swinging chairs, and there is an adults-only pool for those looking for some peace and quiet away from the kids. Osprey Spa is an impressive addition to Byron Bay’s spa and wellness scene, and the First Light Club offers sunrise yoga every day throughout winter, which is complimentary for hotel guests. Namaste to that.

 

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Elements of Byron, Byron Bay
Elements of Byron, Byron Bay

Injidup Spa Retreat

Injidup Beach, WA

Injidup Spa Retreat is a welcome sanctuary located on the walking track above spotless, pristine Injidup Beach in Western Australia’s southwest. Each of the 10 self-contained two-bedroom units has heated stone floors, a kitchen, laundry, dining and sitting room and a fireplace; while glass bi-fold doors open to a private deck with a barbecue, plunge pool and unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean to take full advantage of those famous WA sunsets.

The minibar is stocked with premium regional wines, gourmet cheeses, homemade cookies, granola, and bread and jam, all provided by local gourmet cafe Merchant and Maker, and when it’s time for a rub-down you’ll have the renowned spa just a few steps away. As beautiful in winter as it is in summer, WA’s southwest is characterised by some of the country’s most gorgeous beaches along with a slew of award-winning wineries replete with Hatted, gourmet fare.

 

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Injidup Spa Retreat
Injidup Spa Retreat

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

Palm Cove, QLD

Located 25 minutes north of sun-soaked Cairns and just metres from the beautiful esplanade of Palm Cove, direct beach access is just the beginning of a spa escape at Alamanda, where the backdrop is as therapeutic as the spa treatments themselves. From an age-defying facial to an indulgent five-hour cleansing of body, mind and spirit, Alamanda has you sorted if you’re looking for a holiday where wellness and self-care are a top priority.

Alamanda also caters to families, making it an ideal destination for kids on winter break. With family-friendly pool zones, an extensive game room and an exclusive animal-sightseeing package, there is something for all ages. Plus, if parents want a private date night, the resort boasts professional babysitting services.

 

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Spa Pavilion at Alamanda Palm Cove
Spa Pavilion at Alamanda Palm Cove

Blackbird

Byron Bay, NSW

From Killan Falls and the Cape Byron Lighthouse to Crystal Castle, Blackbird is surrounded by 360-degrees of beauty, but with an adults hideaway as beautiful as this, you may not actually want to leave to see any of it. The brand new boutique property’s interior showcases Moroccan tiled bathrooms with naked copper fittings, lavish King size beds with Egyptian cotton linen on burnished concrete floors, unique reclaimed timber cabinetry and warm birch ply panelled walls. And while the neighbouring views are breathtaking year-round, the sauna and magnesium mineral infinity pool are even more relaxing during the calm winter months. Framed by acres of green rainforest, guests can wade in the water overlooking Cape Byron, Mount Chincogan and the Pacific Ocean.

 

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Blackbird
Blackbird

Lake House Daylesford

Daylesford, VIC

Whilst only a short stroll from the village of Daylesford, the picturesque hotel sits amid six acres of beautiful country gardens that extend down to Lake Daylesford and provide guests with immediate access to the lake shore and the Wombat State Forest beyond.

Lake House Daylesford’s iconic restaurant boasts numerous accolades, making it a prime destination for food and wine lovers. Guests can additionally indulge in a tennis match, a soak and massage in the Salus Spa, a signature cocktail in the Argyle Library Bar or even a masterclass in the Cooking School. Sculptures and artwork from many of the region’s top artists adorn the surrounding gardens, while extensive outdoor terraces overlook the lake shore. The Lake House continuously offers special events such as hands-on cooking classes, art exhibitions and wine lunches.

 

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Lake House Daylesford
Lake House Daylesford

Orpheus Island Lodge

Great Barrier Reef, QLD

The majority of Orpheus Island’s rain falls between January and March, so the weather will be dry and warm with cooling breezes from the southeast trade winds for the winter months, making it the perfect time to visit. From August onwards it is also manta ray and humpback whale season in the waters off the island.

The island’s snorkelling and diving are world class and the lodge itself boasts motorised dinghies to let travellers explore the neighbouring 11 kilometres of coastline, or embark on a day trip to nearby Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s largest island national park. Head out to the fringing reef for a half-day fishing expedition and then grill your catch over an open fire in a secluded cove.

Orpheus Island is ideal for those seeking a relaxed atmosphere in an ultra-private setting. The lodge only accommodates up to 28 people, meaning you’re getting an unspoilt tropical paradise in the winter, but only if you book your room soon.

 

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Orpheus Island Lodge
Orpheus Island Lodge

Bannisters

Mollymook, NSW

In the coastal New South Wales town of Mollymook, the winters are just as pristine as the summers. A touch over three hours south of Sydney, this quaint beachside town draws visitors with its sweeping two-kilometre beach, seaside golf courses and migrating humpback whales.

Bannisters by the Sea, which began life as a classic beach motel, has been upgraded to a chic 34-room oasis. Its suites and penthouses are particularly luxurious, with ocean views and plush touches like spa baths, fireplaces and wraparound balconies. The two Collette Dinnigan penthouses are standouts with oak floorboards, hand-printed textiles, custom marble bathrooms and classic Australian surf photographs on display.

Just down the road is Bannisters’ sleek second venture, Bannisters Pavilion, which opened in 2015. The style here is more cool and contemporary with charcoal tones, soft-hued timbers, Scandinavian-inspired furnishings and contemporary artwork. The highlight is a cantilevered rooftop pool, which hangs over the entrance.

 

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InterContinental Wows with Opening of Historic Hotel in Lyon

InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu | Epona Restaurant | Photo by Eric Cuvillier
InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu | Epona Restaurant | Photo by Eric Cuvillier

The renovated hospital-turned-hotel is the largest private transformation of a historic monument carried out in France to date

InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu is now open after an extensive four-year restoration of the former hospital Hôtel Dieu, one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings. This marks the brand’s sixth hotel in France, with the new property featuring the designs of renowned interior designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel. Nuel focused on maintaining the original beauty and architecture of the building while creating a sense of contemporary, understated luxury, which is rooted in the history of Lyon and the building itself.

Lyon was once the capital of the European silk industry and the product is still an important part of the city’s culture today. The city is also famed for its floral art which was an early source of inspiration for the local silk industry and a major influence for the hotel’s design theme. Prestigious Lyonnais silk creator Verel de Belval, a subsidiary of the Hermès group, has designed custom silk prints which can be seen throughout the rooms and public areas in silk screen panels, cushions and soft furnishings.

Le Dôme Bar is nestled in the heart of the hotel within the grand dome, one of the most breathtaking features of the renovated hotel. Originally housing a chapel, the dome today is a space where hotel guests and locals can come together under its 32-metre high ceiling. Originally designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, architect of the Pantheon in Paris, Soufflot was called away during the project and never saw the dome finished. The dome has since been named in his honour as the Soufflot Dome.

The bar is open for all-day drinks and light bites. Traditional, local products are a key focus of the signature cocktails, which include a fresh twist on the famous pink praline — a traditional Lyon confectionery that is uniquely made at the bar with vodka, pink champagne and lemon. Club InterContinental guests will have the added luxury of enjoying drinks and views of the grand dome from the first-floor balcony of the private Club InterContinental Lounge above.

The hotel’s restaurant, Epona, extends along the hotel’s front façade and opens on to an interior courtyard and garden. Head Chef Mathieu Charrois serves world-class Lyonnaise dishes with a modern twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Of the 34 suites at the hotel, the 150-square metre Presidential suite is the largest suite in the city. It follows a similar modern luxury design, decorated in powder pink tones and elegant floral motifs, yet offers guests an overhead view of the grand dome from the suite’s own private balconies.

The most emblematic of the 144 rooms at InterContinental Lyon – Hôtel-Dieu are the 28 Duplex Suites, which feature huge vertical windows with views on to the Rhône river. Guests enter from the mezzanine floor to take in the river view at first glance before heading down the stairs to the bathroom and bedroom.

The luxury stay also boasts 1,500 square metres of flexible convention and reception halls at  L’Académie. This is one of the largest conference centres in the Presqu’île (Peninsula) quarter and in Lyon city centre, offering 12 meeting rooms on four different levels, all with natural daylight.

For guests looking for relaxation, the Le Tigre Spa is just a one-minute walk from the hotel and includes a Hammam, 24-hour gym, sauna and steam room, as well as Pilates and Yoga classes.

 

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Australia’s most beautiful heritage hotels

Treasury on Collins, Melbourne

From former government buildings to old theatres, city heritage hotels make the perfect place to rest your head while satisfying your cultural curiosity

With their grand architecture and detail-driven craftsmanship, there is something undeniably romantic about heritage hotels, and when they manage to perfectly meld a sense of rich history with modern comfort, they are hard to beat for a city stay.

Australia might be young, but it is still home to myriad  impressive buildings with architecture and design dating back to the country’s pre-federation days in the 18th century. So if you’re after a history lesson, or just a change of pace from the quintessential Australian beach-combing holiday, look no further than our below picks of Australia’s best heritage hotels…

 

Treasury on Collins

Dating back to the 1800s, the Treasury on Collins building was once The Bank of Australasia and designed by principal architect Joseph Reed, who also designed the Melbourne Town Hall and State Library. Located in the Melbourne’s CBD, the apartment hotel now delivers the same historic charm in a posh and more elegant setting. Guests can choose from a variety of suite styles, from the Plaza Queen Suite, which is perfect for shorter stays and solo travellers, to the exclusive Heritage King Loft Apartment with its in-suite spa bath and spacious living and dining room. Treasury on Collins is also one of Melbourne’s few boutique hotels, providing a more intimate and personalised form of luxury in its 95 rooms. In addition to unlimited Netflix and stunning city views, those who book directly with the hotel receive complimentary breakfast, wine and more perks in the luxurious Guest Lounge.

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Treasury on Collins, Melbourne
Treasury on Collins, Melbourne

InterContinental Sydney

An unforgettable classic, this five-star hotel is ideal for the business and luxury traveller, resting at the heart of Sydney’s CBD just a block from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House. Once the Treasury Building in the 19th century, this ‘oldie but a goodie’ hotel now houses 509 contemporary guest rooms and suites, each boasting spectacular views of the city and harbour. A glass-panelled pool and sauna offers even more views on the third floor, while the renowned Sebastian Salon and Odyssey Health Club & Spa are additional luxuries. Dining options include The Meat and Wine Co. steakhouse, the buffet-serving Cafe Opera and The Cortile with its refined High Tea, along with the Supper Club terrace on Level 31, where you can sip on cocktails while taking in views across the world’s most beautiful harbour city.

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InterContinental Sydney Treasury Room
InterContinental Sydney Treasury Room

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

A change from your standard luxury stay, the Ovolo welcomes guests with trendily-dressed staff and the sounds of classic rock and dance music in the lobby. The Lo Lounge, a bar and social space, additionally attracts attention with billiard tables and old-school arcade games. The hotel’s alternative and modern atmosphere makes it hard to believe it’s the heritage-listed Finger Wharf building, especially with the music-themed rooms and eye-catching art. In-house, casual lounge fare is available without leaving the hotel, while a plethora of waterfront dining options ranging from ocean-view fine dining to Asian and Italian are a few steps away on Woolloomooloo Wharf. Guests can additionally enjoy the indoor heated pool, sundeck, fitness centre and meeting and event spaces. As well as its heritage in the true sense of the world, the now Ovolo has had many accommodation iterations over the years including as the first W Hotel outside of the United States and then as “Blue Hotel” for a period from 2007, managed by Taj Hotels & Resorts.

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Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Welcoming guests with traditional heritage architecture and a vintage sandstone facade, this former-Fairfax-newspaper-office-turned-hotel is in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and walking distance from Circular Quay and the Botanical Gardens. Interior touches channelling the building’s 1800 origin are scattered throughout, while more modern and spacious amenities offer ultimate comfort. Guests can additionally upgrade to a premium Business Class Room on the tenth floor, which grants access to the private Business Class Lounge for breakfast, drinks and hors d’œuvres. The 336-room hotel is also home to the notable Lady Fairfax Room, which serves traditional High Tea, and The Fax Bar for late-night cocktails. For a hatted meal, though, there’s no looking past multi-award-winning Bentley Restaurant & Bar, where you’ll be treated to delicious Modern Australian cuisine complemented by a celebrated, lengthy wine list.

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

COMO The Treasury, Perth

With a Victorian-esque exterior reminiscent of the building’s early days as the State Buildings in the 19th century, COMO is anything but outdated. 48 contemporary rooms and suites, all conceived by respected and local designer Kerry Hill, fill the space and treat guests to the finest European furnishings. The elegant stay is conveniently located in the heart of Perth, just a short distance from Swan River and Kings Park, as well as a 20-minute drive from the Perth airport. In addition to the many dining options surrounding the hotel, COMO boasts three restaurants, including the Two Chefs Hatted-Wildflower, which is located on the hotel’s rooftop. The zen COMO Shambhala Urban Escape treats guests to massages, facials and more, while the techno gym and heated indoor pool complete the experience. This impressive hotel has won countless awards over the years making it a must-visit for your next stay in WA.

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COMO The Treasury, Perth
COMO The Treasury, Perth

Why Hayman Island Will Make the Ultimate Family Holiday

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

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From Mum and Dad to tiny tots, Australia’s most iconic island promises to impress every member of the family

The Whitsundays has long been a favourite tropical destination for local Australians as well as foreigners flocking to see the Great Barrier Reef. And for those luxury travellers who have been patiently waiting for the Whitsundays’ treasured Hayman Island to open back up to the public, the countdown is now on with Hayman Island by InterContinental taking reservations ahead of its 1st July launch.

The new Hayman Island by InterContinental is set to be a multigenerational magnet, attracting all ages and all interests, from thrilling water sports and treks to tranquil beach walks and sunset boat rides. With some of Australia’s most picturesque surrounds, couples can find secluded coves for romantic picnics or retreat back to their luxurious room for a celebratory glass of Champagne, while the kids will be in heaven in the oversized swimming pools, swimming at family-friendly beaches and taking in the colourful wildlife and greenery.

 

For the Kids

Surrounded by cerulean waters and tropical wildlife, kids will relish seeing – and even feeding – Hayman Island’s native fish. A 250-kilogram giant Queensland Grouper fish named Jacko has occupied the area for nearly 25 years, while a school of Barramundi, Australia’s most famous fish, swim in a secret grove beyond a rainforest lagoon.

Additional animals can be spotted during a leisurely bird walk where children can tour the heart of the island, catching glimpses of Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets, Stone Curlews, Kingfishers, Kookaburras and more along the way.

The sand flats tour is another kid-friendly activity, offering soft sand and shallow-enough waters suitable for young ones. As the kids wade through the low tide, they can spot a shore scattered with coral, sea urchins and seashells.

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For Mum and Dad

If anyone is in need of an idyllic escape, it’s Mum and Dad, and it doesn’t get more relaxing than hustle-bustle-free Hayman Island. While the kids are off exploring, parents can spend an afternoon on a peaceful garden tour, smelling the renowned perfume tree, Michelia, and discovering a myriad of tropical plants native to the area. For something a little more adventurous, leave the kids with the grandparents and take a speedboat trip to spectacular, private Langford Island for a romantic picnic dinner on the sand, or up the luxury factor with a relaxing sail aboard a catamaran, replete with sparkling wine and views of the sun setting across the Whitsunday Islands.

Couples can also take to the skies with a group or private helicopter tour over the jaw-dropping 7-kilometre Whitehaven Beach, the world-famous Heart Reef and beyond. From airborne to underwater, another option is to take a guided tour along the Coral Sea to the beautiful Blue Pearl Bay, ending your small adventure with a cooling swim or snorkel in a secret cove.

For ultimate exclusivity, opt for a private charter — complete with guests’ own dedicated captain and a personalised itinerary.

For the Whole Family

When it’s time for the whole gang to join in, families have plenty of options that don’t even require leaving the resort. The complimentary recreational centre is located opposite formal gardens facilities with a range of activities including tennis courts and lessons, squash courts, basketball, croquet, soccer, bocce, pool and foosball.

Families can also choose to immerse themselves in the neighbouring waters — swimming with green turtles and snorkelling at either Langford Island or Blue Pearl Bay, or perhaps embarking on an exclusive fishing experience in the Whitsundays and watching colourful fish families inside of the island’s all-new fishing vessel.

Those wanting to explore even further can opt for the Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Tour, where a lookout waits with stunning views. Beginning with a luxury boat tour through the Whitsunday Islands, families will reach Whitehaven Beach, where they can stand-up paddleboard, play beach cricket and more. The onshore kids club, with lessons on marine life and sandcastle-building, will also give parents a break.

For the Soloist

For single travellers or those family members looking for an afternoon escape, the Whitsundays’ pristine reefs and deep blue waters of Blue Pearl Bay are waiting to be explored, while Langford Island and Bali Hai make ideal sites for sea kayaking andgreen sea turtles and stingray-spotting. Those daring enough can even dive the Great Barrier Reef, guided by expert instructors, or waterski and wakeboard the Coral Sea – all activities that are suitable for first-timers. Interested divers can also make the trip an unforgettable learning experience by earning scuba diving certification via the globally-recognised PADI Open Water Diver Course — offered right on the island. Back on land, the rigorous, the sunset peak hike is a must-do, with its elevated position providing the ultimate golden hour.

Check out our other recommendations for family vacations.

 

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Suite Life: Intercontinental Perth City Centre

InterContinental Perth Rooftop Terrace
InterContinental Perth Rooftop Terrace

Room: Executive Suite | Size: 40 square metres | Price: From A$311 per night | Guest: Siobhan Plowman

Hotel

One of the most recent luxury hotels to open in the Western Australian capital, the 16-storey InterContinental Perth City Centre is centrally located on the corner of Hay and King streets. The building, originally an office block and then a Rydges Hotel, has been completely rebuilt, with the exception of the white façade and its distinctive rounded-corner windows. Top architects Woods Bagot and design studio Chada have cleverly filled the space with airy, light-filled interiors that give off an elegant, residential feel.

 

Suite

Our corner Club Executive Suite on the 15th floor felt so spacious it was almost suitable for entertaining. Four large windows with spanning views of the city flooded the space with natural light, emphasised by a multitude of floor-to-ceiling mirrors and glass panels. A standalone feature wall served as both a King-size bedhead and bathroom wall, cleverly extending the bathroom out into the main space while maintaining an element of privacy. The favourite was the large wet room-style bathroom, with both a standalone bathtub and rain shower in a glassed-off area. The Suite also featured a dedicated living space, workstation and large walk-in wardrobe.

Locale

The hotel opens on to Hay Street, right in the heart of Perth’s CBD. His Majesty’s Theatre, home to the West Australia Opera and West Australia Ballet, is right on the hotel’s doorstep, and luxury retailers such as Chanel and Gucci line the adjoining King Street. The surrounding blocks offer a maze of graffiti-filled laneways, teeming with cafes and hidden bars. King’s Park, the buzzing gentrified suburb of Northbridge and the revitalised Elizabeth Quay complex are all within an easy walking distance.

 

Look and Feel

Opening last October, everything about the hotel is new, with an emphasis on open, light-filled spaces. Plush, sophisticated interiors in hues of grey, taupe and bronze are brightened by metallic touches and large, statement artworks by local artists. There has been an effort to bring the outside in; large, open-air terrace balconies feature vertical gardens, events-focused cooking stations and lounges, while the two hotel restaurants on the ground floor encourage indoor-outdoor dining by spilling on to the main street.

Eat In

The InterContinental Perth’s food offerings are run independently of the hotel, in an attempt to separate them from the common perception of the traditional mundane hotel restaurant. So far this seems to be successful; food-truck concept eatery Graffiti, which operates out of a roller door, has corporates lining up for their morning coffee while casual tapas bar Heno & Rey is surprisingly packed for a Monday afternoon. Upmarket Spanish grill Ascua features an impressive open kitchen and a generous display of aged charcuterie and The Loft Lounge serves alfresco cocktails, pastries and high tea.

 

Special Touches

Those staying in higher-tiered rooms have access to the dedicated InterContinental Club lounge on the 16th floor. Accessible via their room key, the lounge serves complimentary à la Carte breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés and drinks.

 

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The InterContinental Perth Opens its Doors

InterContinental Perth City Centre Rooftop Terrace
InterContinental Perth City Centre Rooftop Terrace

The newest addition to Perth’s five-star landscape has been unveiled

InterContinental Perth City Centre has just been unveiled, the sixth Australian property from the brand. Set on Hay Street in the central King Street Precinct, the hotel is walking distance from His Majesty’s Theatre, designer retailers, cafes, city parks and the Swan River ferry at Elizabeth Quay.

Guests have the option to stay in classic rooms, studios, or a penthouse suite, which all feature taupe, olive and bronze hues alongside city views. The hotel interiors have been outfitted with more than 300 specially commissioned sculptures, paintings, ceramics and glass works by 13 West Australian artists. On-site dining offerings include Graffiti, a food-truck concept eatery that serves up coffee, Portuguese custard tarts and other gourmet food-to-go from behind a graffiti-covered roller door designed by a local artist; outdoor tapas bar Heno & Rey; and Ascua, a ground floor restaurant that showcases the preparation of aged beef and other meats. On the first floor, The Loft Lounge serves fresh breakfast pastries as well as high tea in the afternoons, and a menu featuring InterContinental Worldly Classic cocktails.

Club InterContinental guests can access the exclusive facilities on the top floor, which include à la carte breakfast, all day refreshments, a high tea service in the afternoon, and canapés and drinks from sunset. The hotel’s concierge team specialises in giving guests an insider’s guide to the city, offering personal recommendations and securing hard-to-get tickets to exclusive events.

Rates start from A$343 per night for a Classic King room.

 

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A New InterContinental Opens in Perth

InterContinental Opens in Perth

The 240-room, 16 storey hotel has just opened along Perth’s charming King Street Precinct.

The InterContinental brand’s sixth Australian property, the InterContinental Perth City Centre, has just been unveiled. Set on Hay Street within the King Street Precinct, the hotel is walking distance from His Majesty’s Theatre, designer retailers, cafes, city parks and the Swan River ferry options at Elizabeth Quay.

Guests have the option to stay in classic rooms, studios, or a penthouse suite which feature taupe, olive and bronze hues alongside city views. The hotel interiors have been outfitted with over 300 specially commissioned sculptures, paintings, ceramics and glass works by thirteen Western Australian artists.

Club InterContinental guests can benefit from the Club InterContinental facilities on the top floor, which include a la carte breakfast, all day refreshments, a high tea service in the afternoon and canapés and drinks from sunset.

Other on-site dining offerings include Graffiti, a food-truck concept eatery that serves up coffee, Portuguese custard tarts and other gourmet food-to-go from behind a graffiti covered roller door designed by a local artist; outdoor tapas bar Heno & Rey; and Ascua (Spanish for ember), a ground floor restaurant that will uniquely showcase the preparation of aged beef and other meats when it opens on 1 November. On the first floor, The Loft Lounge offers guests fresh breakfast pastries as well as serviced high tea in the afternoons, and a menu featuring InterContinental Worldly Classic cocktails throughout the day and into the night.

The hotel’s concierge team specialises in giving guests an insider’s guide to the city, offering personal recommendations and securing hard-to-get tickets to exclusive events.

Rates start from A$343 for a Classic King room.

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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Name of resort

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Year opened

2009

Neighbourhood

Far flung from the cities and towns, InterContinental Fiji is nestled amongst 35 acres of tropical garden located along picturesque Natadola Bay on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. The resort is protected by a reef which creates an aqua-blue ocean-facing lagoon.

Walking distance to:

The InterContinental Concierge team are able to arrange for transfers to places of interest and historical significance. Travelling time can vary from five – 60 minutes depending on interest.

Size and style:

The Resort is made up of 266 rooms, including 50 luxurious one and two bedroom Club InterContinental suites. The style of the Resort is chic and modern, with rooms and suites ranging from 63 to 218 square metres.

Guest profile:

The InterContinental guest is a business professional aged 35 years and above. Guests are well travelled and used to the finer things in life and demand this when on a holiday. They want impeccable service, fantastic food and beverage offerings and options for leisure recreational activities.

Family friendly:

Yes, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa caters to guests of all ages. For families, they have a signature kids club Planet Trekkers, that looks after children aged four-12 years throughout the day. They also offer expertly trained babysitters/nannies so that parents can indulge in some quality time together.

Airport transfers:

A private vehicle transfer, which seats four, is charged at FJD$320 (about A$199) each way and FJD$590 (about A$367) return.

The shared Airport shuttle, which seats 13, is charged at FJD$63 (about A$39) per person each way and FJD$110 (about A$68) per person return.

Helicopter transfers are also available to and from the resort.

You need to know:

The resort’s unique white sand beach setting on Natadola Bay allows for positioning of “offering an island experience on the Fijian mainland”. The resort has the largest entry level size rooms in Fiji at 63 square metres. All rooms have an outdoor Cleopatra bath tub that fits two people.

On-site dining and drinking facilities:

Navo Specialty Dining: This restaurant features contemporary cuisine inspired by the sea and an extensive range of new and old world wines. An adults only venue for breakfast and dinner with exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean. (Families can enjoy dinner at Navo during family hour from 5.30pm – 7pm).

Sanasana: This all day dining restaurant offers buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch/dinner and themed buffet dinner, with a different theme for dinner each evening.
Toba Bar & Grill: Located at the heart of the resort, guests can enjoy casual Fiji dining for lunch or dinner at Toba Bar & Grill. The grill features a wide range of dining options including wood-fired pizzas, burgers and desserts.
Kama Lounge: Specialising in international and locally inspired cocktails and snacks, this is the signature bar at the resort that also offers all day dining. Some key highlights are the deli for a quick bite, afternoon high tea and happy hour in the evening accompanied by daily entertainment to herald the arrival of sunset hour.
Intimate dining experiences are also available at locations across the resort.

On-site facilities:

The Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course with 18 holes is five minutes drive away. The resort also offers Dive and Water Sports Fiji, glass bottom boat safaris, snorkelling, wakeboarding, waterskiing, knee-boarding, tube riding, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sport fishing and surfing lessons. A Leisure Concierge can take care of all guests’ recreational needs and provides assistance with planning a tailor-made itinerary, restaurant bookings, spa bookings and arranging tours.

Parking

Valet parking is complimentary.

Pool

Yes – a family pool (105 metres long), an adults-only infinity pool and the Club Lounge Pool, which is only accessible by Club InterContinental guests.

Gym

Yes, there is a 24 hour operational gym with key room access that is unsupervised. The gym combines the flexibility of free weights with state of the art cardiovascular equipment. A personal trainer can be arranged upon request.

Spa

The SPA InterContinental is a haven of peace and relaxation combining Asian, Eastern and Western treatment methods. Signature body treatments include hot stone massages, traditional Fijian massage and pure romance rituals. The Spa also offers a Wai Zone – a hydrotherapy room with a plunge pool, steam room and ice room where guests can undergo a detox programme to stimulate blood circulation.

Concierge recommends:

Book an ‘In the Know’ tour which is specifically designed to give an insider’s look and experience into the real Fiji. The Sigatoka River Safari is also recommended – guests cab venture into the heart of Fiji via a safari jetboat and visit local authentic Fijian villages.

InterContinental Tokyo Bay

Name of hotel

InterContinental Tokyo Bay

 

Year opened

1995

Last refurbishment

2014

Neighbourhood

The InterContinental Tokyo Bay occupies a prime location only a short distance from major business, shopping, and entertainment centres. A walkway connects the hotel to Takeshiba Station and the popular Odaiba area, Tokyo Big Sight, and the Shiodome development are all within minutes. The famed Ginza shopping district can be reached in 10 minutes by car.

Guests may select a room with a view of Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, or Tokyo Tower.

The hotel shuttle bus commutes from the hotel to Hamamatsucho station and Shinagawa station. From Hamamtsucho station, there is a 20-minute monorail to Haneda airport.

 

Walking distance to:

Guests should visit Tokyo Tower for a great view. On a clear day the Imperial Palace, Odaiba, Shinjuku Metropolitan, and even Mt. Fuji are visible.

Tsukiji Market, the biggest and most famous fish market in the world, is nearby and hosts a Tuna Auction, where large tuna are unloaded from docks and laid out for bidding.

Hama-Rikyu Gardens is surrounded by a moat of sea water from Tokyo Bay. Visitors can have a cup of Matcha Green Tea at the Nakashima tea house in the middle of the tidal pond, or take a Sumida River Boat from the gardens to Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree to get a feel of traditional and modern Japan. In the spring, visitors are treated to a stunning view of blooming cherry blossoms along the way.

 

Size and style:

The hotel features 330 guest rooms and suites that offer a sophisticated contemporary design with the industry’s first concept bed and linens.

Airport transfers:

No

 

On-site dining and drinking facilities:

Teppanyaki Takumi: Executive Chef Taguchi has created healthy teppanyaki cuisine, and uses his skill and experience at this Michelin-starred restaurant to choose the best ingredients.

Manhattan Dining & Champagne Terrace: Guests can enjoy New York and French fusion cuisine at this restaurant offering views of the Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Tokyo Tower. Healthy fusion dishes are served by Chef Kenji Yoshimoto, who studied French cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants in southern France. Meals start with Colourful Art Terrine for hors d’ouevres.

 

On-site facilities:

Parking

Yes, 600 yen/hour (about A$7), max 2,500 yen/day (about A$28).

Gym

Yes

Pool

No

Spa

Yes. Signature treatments include foot steaming (20 minutes), detoxification stone full-body treatment (60 minutes), and head refreshment (10 minutes). The package is available for 20,000 yen (about A$227).

Concierge recommends:

The hotel is conveniently located just a quick train ride to many nearby shopping and sightseeing areas. The concierge recommends starting off the morning with a nearby river cruise up to the traditional Asakusa district, which features Nakamise Shopping Street and Senso-ji Temple. Fantastic downtown-style shopping districts including Ginza, Shibuya, and Shinjuku, all of which are accessible on the JR Yamanote Train Line (a station is located near the hotel). Tokyo is overflowing with fun and exciting things to see and do, including deep and thought-provoking historical areas and architecture.

Public lounge space

 

 

Your luxury guide to Osaka

As one of Japan’s biggest metropolitan cities, Osaka has no shortage of luxury accommodation, dining and attractions. Nicknamed Tenka no Daidokoro (the nation’s kitchen), the city is home to some of the country’s best fine dining restaurants, with more than 90 restaurants awarded Michelin Stars in 2017  23 of which hold two or more.

Osaka is home to The Ritz-Carlton, the St. Regis and The Westin. The Premium Residential Suites at the InterContinental Osaka offer contemporary outdoor living spaces, complete with sun lounges, plantar boxes and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with panoramic views of the city.

Mido-suji is the Japanese equivalent of the Champs-Elysees or Singapore’s Orchard Road; a 44-metre wide boulevard lined with more than 900 gingko trees and home to brands such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Louis Vuitton. The beautiful golden leaves in Autumn and fairy lights in winter make this street worth a visit at all times of the year. After a long day of shopping, head to three-star Michelin eatery Fujiya 1935, which is one of the world’s top 50 restaurants. Here they serve a seasonal menu of contemporary Spanish cuisine, and the chefs bring the meal directly to your table. For something more local, three Michelin star restaurant Koryu sources seasonal ingredients from the local markets. Be sure to book in advance, however, as Koryu only seats ten diners at a time.

The 355-square-metre IRIDIUM spa at the St. Regis offers the best in western-style spa luxury, but for a quintessentially Japanese spa experience head to the onsens in the nearby mountains. These traditional hot spring baths are famous for their therapeutic benefits, and welcome both locals and tourists. Arima Onsen is an onsen town approximately an hour by train from Osaka Station. In Arima, visitors can also witness traditional geiko (geisha) perform.

For a regional accommodation alternative, luxury hotel Amanemu is situated three hours away in the hills overlooking Ago Bay, also known as the Bay of Pearls. The resort’s 24 suites and four villas form a contemporary interpretation of traditional Japanese minka homes. The 3,940-square-foot two-bedroom Nagi villa offers the best in Japanese simplicity, with clean, open spaces and panoramic views of the water. The region is certainly worth a visit, even if only to witness the traditional Ama (female free divers) foraging for pearls without the aid of oxygen tanks. Ise Grand Shrine and the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails are also not far away.