Category: Oceania

Bora Bora Cruises

Bora Bora Cruises

For those who prefer island hopping without unpacking, Bora Bora Cruises‘ 226.4-foot yachts (Tu Moana and Ti’a Moana) offer seven-day luxury cruises to Bora Bora, Huahine, Raitea and Taha’a. Guests can also charter the yachts and determine their own itinerary. There are only 30 spacious cabins with soaring ceilings, large windows, glass-enclosed baths, plasma TVs […]

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 […]

Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006

Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006

Fiji’s Yasawa Island Resort has won a top international accolade in the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006, announced yesterday at a gala event in New York. The exclusive retreat was chosen over three others for the Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway title in the 2006 Americas Awards for Excellence. Hidden in the most remote […]

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 […]

The Talei, Fiji

The Talei, Fiji

GHM has announced a new project, The Talei, placed atop the beautiful Fijian island of Nananu-I-Ra.   It is scheduled to be completed in 2008,  and will be a 60-room hotel with a nearby club, consisting of   20 1-bedroom Club Suites and 30 2-bedroom Club Suites. With six idyllic white sand beaches, two stunning […]

Argyle Resort Fiji

Argyle Resort Fiji

Argyle Hotels International and Suzhou Youth Travel have announced a deal on the soon to be built Argyle Resort Fiji. Suzhou Youth Travel having purchased beach front property from the Fijian Government, will transport materials and workers from China to construct a brand new 5 star 700 room resort. Work is  experted to commence in […]

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 […]

Fijian island resorts

Fijian island resorts

Five-star hotel, Vomo Island Resort, was relaunched under the Sofitel brand last year following a full refurbishment of its exclusive 29 beachside bures and resort facilities. Vomo is renowned for its world-class dining, luxury accommodation and charming Fijian culture. Fiji fanatics should also take a look at the new five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa […]

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.

Le Taha'a

Le Taha’a

£9 million was spent on Le Taha’a so it’s little wonder that it’s one of Polynesia’s most  beautiful  locations. As well as overwater villas have two glass walls, there are 12 beach villas  each with  private pools and walled tropical gardens.  Apparently the resort’s restaurants are built in the trees because mahi-mahi steak marinated in […]

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 […]

Captain Cook Cruises

Captain Cook Cruises

Captain Cook Cruises has won the Fijian award for ‘Best Overnight Cruising’ for 2005 for the ‘Ultimate Northern Fiji Dateline Cruise’ aboard MV Reef Escape.   It received the honour at the 2005 Annual Tourism Awards for Excellence on Friday  9th December 2005 at the Fijian Shangri La Resort in front of 400 attendees including […]

Bollywood star at Royal Davui

Bollywood star at Royal Davui

Bollywood star Fardeen Khan and his new bride have begun their honeymoon at as the the Royal Davui Island Resort on the island of Fiji. The resort consists of 16 private villas offering dramatic views over Beqa lagoon. Guests can explore the hidden undersea world of the barrier reef, go catamaran sailing, or thrill to […]