Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team!



The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Marry Me Abroad Sets Sail in the Whitsundays

Host a luxury wedding in the Whitsunday islands with the help of Marry Me Abroad!


Get married on a remote beach amongst the spectacular Whitsunday Islands and have your reception aboard an elegant 65ft classic sailing yacht!

Fly in by seaplane to meet the yacht at your chosen secluded beach destination, hold your ceremony on the warm sand, the turquoise water lapping at the beach.

Enjoy Champagne and canapés on the wide decks of our flagship vessel, then as the sun is setting sail over the crystal clear waters, between the islands to your luxury tropical honeymoon haven.

For more information contact the friendly Marry Me Abroad team:

Phone: 1300 553 573 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort



When a Holiday Park employs a “Groups & Events Manager” you know they are starting to play in a different league. The multi award winning BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday is so much more than just a Holiday Park it is becoming a destination in it’s own right and the word is out that it is a great place for groups to stay as well.

Newly appointed Groups & Events Manager Jodie Talbot says, “we are getting more and more enquiries from wedding groups, social groups, conferences and family reunions. With a strong focus on customer service and adding value we wanted to ensure that one person co-ordinated everything from the group booking through to the actual stay to make the experience as seamless as possible. The fantastic part of my job is that I will be working with people to help create special, happy events in a fantastic environment!”


Adventure Whitsunday is a perfect location for families and friends to stay all-together for a weekend event or even tack on a family holiday. With the increased popularity of the Whitsundays as a wedding destination, Adventure Whitsunday has established itself as a preferred destination for friends and family searching for quality in every sense of the word and can confidently boast that you won’t find a larger range of accommodation to suit any budget anywhere else in the Whitsundays. Once the formalities are over, there’s still time for everyone to enjoy all the facilities at the Resort. Likewise, companies looking for a family-focused conference venue find everything they need at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday.

With over 40 tastefully decorated, self-contained cabins from open plan style through to luxury 4.5 star 3 bedroom condos, 120 caravan and camping sites set amongst 26 acres of lush tropical gardens the facilities are on par with any island resort topped with a great social atmosphere. 


An array of facilities and services include a lagoon-style swimming pool, water slides, giant jumping pillow, pedal karts, full-size tennis court, mini-golf, adventure playground, basketball, volleyball, badminton, bocce and table tennis. On top of all that the only Kid’s Club on the mainland, full-time Activities Co-ordinator and a year-round Activity Schedule means there is plenty to do for every age and visitor combined with genuinely warm and friendly staff. The Park has capacity for 600 guests and is located in Airlie Beach and has easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and a vast array of trips, water activities and truly memorable Australian holiday adventures. 

For more information on bookings please email Jodie at groups@adventurewhitsunday.com.au or visit www.adventurewhitsunday.com.au

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Escape! Great Holiday Deals...

The Haven Bali

Overseas holidays offer a world of variety. Whether you prefer relaxing on a tropical island, experiencing a new culture, having fun with the family or just taking a break from it all, this week's international airfares from Escape Travel are a great place to start your next trip! Fly your dollar further with flights to Bali, London, Los Angeles, Phuket and Bangkok or add a hot accommodation deal to your airfare!

There are domestic and international accommodation packages and flights available, including our favourites:

• Sydney Break - 3 nights from $179 at BreakFree on George - stylish apartment style accomodation in the heart of the CBD.

• Hamilton Island - 3 nights from $455 in the romantic and affordable Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows.

• Bali Indulgence - Airfare + 5 nights from $670 staying at The Haven Bali, a 4.5 star property.

Visit  Escape Travel for details and more great deals!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Attains #1 Ranking in Institutional Investor's 2010 World's Best Hotels



The Bride's Diary sends our congratulations to Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, who have achieved extraordinary high marks in the 30th annual “World’s Best Hotels” rankings in the November issue of Institutional Investor magazine. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo took the coveted number one spot, as ‘Best Hotel in the World’. Mandarin Oriental, New York was voted third best hotel worldwide, and a further nine Mandarin Oriental properties were ranked in Top 100 list. In addition, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Geneva were also voted as the ‘Best Hotels’ in their respective cities.

Institutional Investor’s exclusive rankings of the Top 100 hotels are determined by scores from an elite group of voters – CEOs and other senior executives from the U.S., Asia and Europe. Respondents were asked to rate hotels on rooms, service, food/dining, location and overall design. The recognition awarded to Mandarin Oriental properties in this prestigious publication, is a testament to the Group’s continued  commitment to excellence.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel Gives Tips on Top Summer Holiday Rates



With Summer holidays kicking in and belts being tightened this year more than ever, Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has offered top tips on how to access the best Summer hotel rates, and really enjoy your break no matter how long or short it may be!

As one of the most awarded hotels in the country since it opened its intricately designed doors in June 2007, the Emporium Hotel is boutique and prides itself on ensuring the experience of every guest is ‘exquisite’. Here are some tips on how to find the best Summer hotel rates, and make the most of your break.....

• Book in advance – hotels often have different rate structures, and reward guests for booking in advance with discounted and incentive rates.

• Sunday Stays – for those looking to escape on a great rate, Sundays can be a terrific option. It’s often a quieter day of the week for hotels and therefore rooms can be offered at a lower price.
• Summer Packages – look for hotels with Summer packages, this is the season for great package options so take advantage!
• Research online – a lot of great hotel rates can be found direct through the hotel’s own website or through booking sites such as Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, visitbrisbane.com.au or Expedia.com.au.
• Don’t take second best – if it’s an escape that you are looking for, book a hotel that suits your needs and don’t forgo luxury or location for a cheaper rate, you’ll wish you didn’t!
Emporium Hotel recently announced its Endless Summer Accommodation Package for those looking for short escapes rather than extended vacations. The package features overnight accommodation in a King Suite along with all the in-room accessories which have made the hotel famous, as well as one of the following wonderful experiences to personalise the summer stay ... chocolate dipped strawberries delivered to the suite; premium sparkling wine, a complimentary room upgrade* or valet parking. Emporium’s Endless Summer Accommodation package is priced from $225* per room per night and is valid from December 19 through to January 31, 2011. Conditions apply.

The hotel has also created the ultimate girls’ night for those in need of some old-school luxury and me-time!! So now there’s the perfect excuse to get your best girlfriend - or all your girlfriends – and experience the luxurious and indulgent Sleeping Beauties Package at Emporium Hotel! The Sleeping Beauties package is priced from $249* twin share per person per night and features accommodation in the exquisite King Spa Suite, bottle of French Champagne with chocolate dipped strawberries, thirty minute massage per person and a SLIP Pure Silk sleep eye mask, so your beauty sleep isn’t interrupted.

Visit www.emporiumhotel.com.au

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hilton Worldwide Receives Global Vision Award for Corporate Greening

Hilton New York City

The Bride's Diary would like to congratulate Hilton Worldwide for their efforts in going green! Their eco-friendly and sustainable practices have been acknowledged with a 2010 Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure. Recognising the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that are working to preserve the world's natural and man-made treasures, Travel + Leisure honored Hilton Worldwide with the award in the Corporate Greening category for the company's new LightStay sustainability tracking system.

“We are honored to receive a Travel + Leisure 2010 Global Vision Award," said Paul Brown, president of global brands and commercial services, Hilton Worldwide."LightStay was developed to improve individual hotel performance while decreasing the company's overall impact on the environment, and we are thrilled that our efforts are allowing us to continually provide our guests with the best sustainable lodging options. LightStay is an example of how Hilton Worldwide will continue to look for opportunities to address the environmental, economic, social and cultural issues that impact the world around us."

Hilton Worldwide was selected as a Travel + Leisure 2010 Global Vision Awards winner by a group of distinguished jurors, including the following: Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monuments Fund; Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel-Prize-winning economist; Tony Williams, senior vice president of resorts and projects at Emirates Hotels & Resorts; Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes; Jake Kheel, environmental director for Grupo Puntacana; Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-winning documentarian; and Liya Kebede, model and goodwill ambassador to the World Health Organization.

With the implementation of LightStay, Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of hotel brands recently became the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to require property-level measurement of sustainability. LightStay specifically analyzes performance across 200 operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. In addition to its function as a measurement system, LightStay provides a"meeting impact calculator" that calculates the environmental impact of any meeting or conference held at a property.

By December 31, 2011 all of the more than 3,600 properties within Hilton Worldwide's global portfolio of hotel brands will implement LightStay. More than 300 hotels currently using LightStay were recently welcomed into the"green hotel" programs of two leading online travel agencies, Expedia and Travelocity.

LightStay underwent two years of rigorous internal testing before being unveiled to the public in April 2010 along with the first full year of findings from 2009. According to the testing results, 1,300 Hilton Worldwide properties using the system conserved enough energy to power 5,700 homes for a year, saved enough water to fill more than 650 Olympic-size pools and reduced carbon output equivalent to taking 34,865 cars off the road. Reductions in water and energy use also translated into dollars saved for hotel owners, with estimated savings of more than $29 million in utility costs in 2009.

For more information about Hilton Worldwide's LightStay program, please visit HiltonWorldwide.com/LightStay.

Travel + Leisure's 2010 Global Vision Awards, with reports on all 19 winners and insights from the jury, are featured in the November issue of Travel + Leisure and on www.travelandleisure.com now.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

C'est La Vie Sundays at Palazzo Versace



Mix, mingle and shake on hot Summer Sundays with Vie Bar at Palazzo Versace stirring up the social scene with their new C'est La Vie Sundays from 3pm. DJ Aaron Whittaker spins the decks on the deck and summer cocktails and icy cold beverages shake up the mood. C'est La Vie Sundays at Vie creates a French Rivera playground vibe with cabana daybeds, ottoman lounges with the backdrop of the coast's sparkling Broadwater and Marina.


What: C’est La Vie Sundays
Why: For chilled tunes from DJ Aaron Whittaker, chilled thirst quenching beverages, and to chill out on cabana daybeds
Where: Vie Bar + Restaurant, Palazzo Versace, Sea World Drive, Main Beach, QLD, 4217
When: Every Spring/ Summer Sunday from 3pm

Bookings are not required

For more information on Palazzo Versace phone 07 5509 8000 or visit www.palazzoversace.com.au