Category: Australia

Sydney Opera House crisis

Sydney Opera House crisis

The planned interior refurbishment of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who designed the exterior 40 years ago, is allegedly  in crisis. Plans to excavate into Sydney Harbour and slice through a concrete beam holding the building’s shells together is estimated to cost AUS$700m – ten times the state government’s […]

Valentine's with Stamford Hotels & Resorts, Australia

Valentine’s with Stamford Hotels & Resorts, Australia

At Stamford Hotels & Resorts they’re taking Valentine’s Day  a step further to provide a complete romantic experience with our Romance and Seduction Package. French Champagne on arrival, canapés, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a hand-drawn rose petal bath, and breakfast in bed for two is just the start with this special overnight package. Prices start from $299.

BLUE - Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney

BLUE – Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney

One of Sydney’s most popular hotels is now BLUE. Everything else about this charming boutique hotel though, remains the same. The simple, yet stunningly urban spaces, the acclaimed bar, the stylish lofts and stunning location in the heart of the finger wharf at Woolloomooloo. BLUE is now a part of one Asia’s finest and largest […]

Fine dining in Launceston, Tasmania

Fine dining in Launceston, Tasmania

If you’re seeking one of Tasmania’s best dining experiences, look no further than Fee & Me. The restaurant has accrued a number of awards over the years, including Gourmet Traveller Best Restaurant in Tasmania, Tucker Seabrook Best Wine List in Tasmania, and the Restaurant and Caterers Association Best Restaurant in Tasmania.

Valentine's dinner show at Sea World Nara Resort, Gold Coast

Valentine’s dinner show at Sea World Nara Resort, Gold Coast

Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a fabulous dinner show at Sea World Nara Resort‘s Ocean Room. You will be treated to a gourmet 3 course meal (including selected beer, wine and Champagne) as the world-renowned performing artist  Rhonda Burchmore delivers a dazzling Valentine’s Day program especially for you. All for $165 per […]

Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley, Australia

Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley, Australia

To really impress your  loved one this Valentine’s, take him or her Down Under to  Australia’s Chateau Yering, a Victorian estate set on 250 acres in the Yarra Valley north of Melbourne. Located in the heart of Australia’s wine country, this luxurious Relais & Chateaux property, dating to 1854, awaits with dazzling sunsets, vineyards ready […]

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The Australian Tourism Export Council has added its support for the Sydney Opera House with its bid to join UNESCO’s register of World Heritage-listed structures. As one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Opera House contributes millions of tourism dollars to Australia’s economy each year and is always on the ‘must see’ list of […]

dailyLuxé Top Ten Resorts & Villas

dailyLuxé Top Ten Resorts & Villas

According to dailyLuxé, the Top Ten Resorts & Villas are: Grand Bay Hotel – Isla Navidad Resort, Mexico Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Fiji Casa del Mar Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mexico Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia Eagle’s Nest Private Retreat, New Zealand Angsana Resort & Spa, Australia Esperanza – An Auberge Resort, […]

New South Wales' outback in need of luxury

New South Wales’ outback in need of luxury

New tourism research has found that there is strong demand for a luxury resort in far west NSW. Three-thousand people responded to the  survey conducted by the  Outback Regional Tourism Organisation. The results will be used to attract more visitors and investors to outback New South Wales. The organisation’s executive manager, Wincen Cuy, says most […]

Saville South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

Saville South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

A new 161-room deluxe hotel has opened on Brisbane’s South Bank. The $90 million Saville South Bank Hotel has as one of its key architectural features a 25m heated lap pool which boasts a transparent wall looking on to Grey Street, and views from the pool deck to South Bank and the city. The hotel’s […]

It pays to be a celebrity!

It pays to be a celebrity!

At the Golden Globes Awards ceremony on 16th January 2006, presenters including Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman and Emma Thompson will receive swag bags filled with complimentary luxury items valued at more than $62,000. Among the goodies, a cruise to mingle with the penguins in Antarctica; Quark Expeditions whisks a VIP and […]

Best hotel bar in the world?

Best hotel bar in the world?

Blu Horizon Bar occupies a breathtaking location on the top floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney and offers unrivalled harbour views.  It has been voted ‘Best Hotel Bar 2005’ at the Hotel Management Magazine Awards and ‘Best Hotel Bar in Sydney’ by Forbes Magazine. Always up to the minute with fashion, Blu Horizon Bar has […]

Sydney hotel takeover

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which operates 73 hotels in India and abroad, has announced the purchase of a 100-room, five-year old hotel, located in close proximity to the central business district of Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney for Australian $36 million. The hotel is currently operated by the Starwood Group and is amongst the top […]

Hilton hotels lose ratings Down Under

Hilton hotels lose ratings Down Under

The Hilton hotels in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns have all  lost their coveted five-star ratings and been downgraded to 4.5 status, failing to make the grade on things like decor, maintenance and external appearance. This is the assessment by AAA Tourism, Australia’s only star-rating agency, AAA Tourism. A Hilton Hotel spokesman said the chain […]

Best Hotel in Sydney

Best Hotel in Sydney

For the second consecutive year Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has been named the Best Hotel in Sydney by the Travel + Leisure 500. A prestigious list, the T+L 500 is a compendium of the greatest hotels around the globe, as chosen by Travel + Leisure readers in the annual World’s Best Awards survey.

Champagne consumption boosted by holidaymakers

Champagne consumption boosted by holidaymakers

Queenslanders drink more vintage champagne per head than other Australians, a survey by the Champagne Information Centre of Australia has found. It’s thought that it might in part be due to holidaymakers at resorts such as Hayman Island and Lizard Island, as well as international guests to the Gold Coast. 1.7  million bottles of champagne […]