Friday, April 26, 2013

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Appoints Unique Tourism for Global PR Campaign



15 April 2013: The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed by Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) to manage and execute its public relations in Australia as part of a global PR drive.

The campaign will commence with immediate effect and will be led by UK office Lotus UK, coordinating activity with The Unique Tourism Collection and partner offices in China, USA, Canada, Russia, France, Germany and Brazil.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ is a brand of luxury, independent hotels representing over 520 carefully selected properties in over 70 countries, offering inspiring and authentic experiences.

Reporting to UK Account Director, Kate McWilliams, The Unique Tourism Collection has been briefed to build the SLH brand to differentiate from potential competitors and drive new club members.

Tim Davis, Marketing Director at Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ says “The Lotus Network & Partners was appointed following a competitive 4-way pitch. The creative approach and proven track record in coordinating global travel campaigns made them the natural choice for Small Luxury Hotels of the World™.”

Jonica Paramor, Managing Director of The Unique Tourism Collection says, “We are naturally delighted to be working with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. The award-winning hotel portfolio, comprising some of the world’s finest independent hotels, makes this an extremely exciting account and we look forward to driving results in the core SLH destinations.”


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Emirates Announces Second Daily A380 Service For Sydney



Emirates has announced its early morning service from Sydney to Dubai will be operated by an A380 from 2nd June the second daily A380 for Sydney passengers demonstrating the airline¹s commitment to New South Wales and demand for the flagship aircraft.

Currently serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER, upgrading Emirates' flights EK 414 and 415 to the Airbus A380-800 will see an increase in capacity of 1,890 seats per week. 

"Emirates' decision to commit a second A380 to Sydney is a clear indication of customer demand for the state-of-the-art aircraft and the growing travel between Dubai and Sydney on the early morning service," said Barry Brown, Emirates' Vice President Australasia.

"Australia represents an important market for Emirates and ranks in the top three countries on Emirates' global network. The A380 is a core element of Australian activity, delivering considerable economic benefits through inbound seats and travel connections," said Mr Brown.

"Adding larger capacity aircraft is central to our strategy of meeting growing passenger demand, while supporting trade between our two countries. A second A380 for Sydney also complements our proposed plans for the partnership with Qantas," he added. 

Pending regulatory approval, the Qantas and Emirates global aviation partnership will commence 31st March, and will see Qantas and Emirates as the only airlines operating at Dubai International's Concourse A, built exclusively for the A380. The two airlines will jointly offer 98 weekly services between Australia and the global gateway city of Dubai, including five daily A380 flights from 2nd June. 

Emirates sets the pace for A380 deployment, with the aircraft having carried 14 million passengers on 35,000 trips spanning 200 million kilometres since A380 operations commenced five years ago. In 2012 alone, Emirates added 11 A380s to its fleet and remains the largest operator of the aircraft, with 31 in the fleet and 59 on order. 

For flight information and bookings for Emirates' new twice-daily A380 service, contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or Emirates.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Get FREE wi-fi on Captain Cook Cruises' Reef Endeavour, Fiji



Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Executive Director, Jackie Haworth-Charlton today announced passengers could enjoy free Wifi on-board the MV Reef Endeavour operating the company's three, four, seven and eleven night cruises in Fiji.


Free Wifi is now accessible in the ships Tabua Suites and Wifi is available in the Yasawa Lounge, Pool Deck and on the Sundeck. 

"We can offer free WiFi to passengers due to a sneaky aerial on the upper most mast above the Sundeck. It means passengers can connect with their loved ones and even just find out what is happening in the world on any of our three, four and seven night Yasawa Island and Discovery cruises," explains Jackie Haworth-Charlton, Executive Director, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji. 

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has also appointed Viti Water Sports, a five star PADI operator, to look after their passenger's diving and snorkelling activities on the MV Reef Endeavour and on their Tivua Island day cruise. 

"Our Fiji cruise passengers normally get the opportunity to dive twice a day and our on-board PADI dive operator, Viti Water Sports manages and operates these dives. Dive opportunities are at an additional cost and are available for both certified and first time divers.

"Diving in Fijian water is an unforgettable experience. Divers are taken by Viti Water Sports experienced divers, who accompany passengers on every dive to amazing dive locations where divers swim through caves, coral bommies and see breathtaking coral gardens and sea creatures," says Ms Charlton.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji operate three, four and seven night cruises on-board the MV Reef Endeavour. Early Booking Savers fares start from AUD$796 per person twin share for a three day cruise and all cruise prices include on-board accommodation, all meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions, snorkelling, Wifi, on board entertainment and use of the ship's facilities including swimming pool, spa, pool bar, sun deck, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and library.



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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Semara Resort & Spa - luxury holidays Bali



Semara Resort & Spa is perfectly located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali's fashionable shopping and dining district, and only 150 meters to the beach.

You will find them situated right next door to Potato Head and in between Ku De Ta and W Retreat and Spa. Across from Biku and close by are Metis, Sarong and La Lucciola.

Semara Resort & Spa is only just over one year old and is already receiving rave reviews, with many guests already returning to stay with them again.

The resort features include;

  • Modern Spacious Rooms - Executive Suites are 60m2 and offer a separate bath and shower.
  • Guaranteed Interconnecting Rooms - Perfect for families or groups of friends.
  • Wellness Activities - FREE modern gym, lap training, yoga, meditation, aqua aerobics for in-house guests.
  • The Deck Sports Bar - 5 Pool Tables, Live Sport and an extensive menu reasonably priced.
  • Semara Spa - Affordable Luxury. The only Bali Spa stocking Miranda Kerr's "Kora Organics."
  • Cubby House Kids Club - The best kids club in Bali.
  • Two Swimming Pools - One including a kid's pool next to Georgies Restaurant and the second in the quieter gazebo area.
  • Their Balinese staff - always smiling and happy to assist.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Dream island weddings at Alila Villas, Uluwatu


For a truly fresh and inspiring wedding venue, the luxury all pool villa resort of Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali ticks all the right boxes with its jaw-droppingly gorgeous clifftop setting and contemporary Balinese-inspired design. Located on Bali’s southern coastline, just 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Alila Villas Uluwatu brings eloquence and flair to an exotic island wedding, set in a tropical landscape amid sprawling lawns and shimmering Indian Ocean backdrop.

The resort offers several spectacular venues for the wedding ceremony with capacities to accommodate anywhere from 40 to 100 guests. Choose from signature spaces such as the oft-photographed Sunset Cabana–a dramatic overhanging cliffside platform–or The Pavilion, any of the restaurants, or poolside – all fabulous settings for saying ‘I Do’, whether in a grand celebration or an intimate affair.

For an added touch of privacy and exclusivity, celebrate this special occasion in one of the resort’s luxurious Three-Bedroom Cliffside Pool Villas. Covering an expansive 2000-3000 sqm of indoor and outdoor space extending to the cliff edge, the villas are ideal for intimate wedding celebrations. Exchange vows in the villa’s own private cabana, and celebrate in style with family and friends by your private pool out on the lawn. Then indulge a few days longer in the villa’s lavish space and serenity with an extended stay for the bride and groom and up to four other guests of the wedding party, with your own personal butler on hand to cater to your every whim.

Every couple wants to mark their wedding day in a unique and personal way. Allow the resort’s wedding and events planner to tailor the wedding of your dreams right down to the very last detail. Besides the perfect venue, tailored packages can include your choice of wedding blessing, bride’s hair and make-up, flowers and decorations, wedding cake, music, wedding programmes and welcome drinks for guests on arrival. Last but not least, one of the highlights of any memorable wedding is a wonderful dining experience. Alila Villas Uluwatu’s culinary team are only too happy to personalise a menu according to your taste, whether sit-down, authentic Indonesian or contemporary Western, or cocktails and canapés.

Indulge too in the relaxing pleasures of the resort such as couple’s spa treatments, evenings relaxing before glorious sunset views, and Alila Villas Uluwatu has all the makings of an unforgettably romantic experience, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Visit Alila Villas Uluwatu for more information.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Transfer in style and for FREE at Tadrai Island Resort, Fiji



Couples can save up over FJ$1000 and arrive or depart the luxurious Tadrai Island Resort, Fiji in true Hollywood style with Tadrai offering a free one way Island Hopper helicopter transfer, for couples staying three or more nights at this five star, all inclusive resort.


Tadrai Island Resort, Fiji is situated on the northern side of the exclusive and picturesque Mana Island in the Mamanuca Island Group of Fiji and getting there has never been so easy with helicopter transfers departing from Nadi Airport or Denarau helipad and arriving direct at Tadrai's own helipad.

Tadrai Island Resort is the ultimate luxury destination created exclusively for couples. The resort consists of five elegantly designed ultra deluxe villas, located on a serene and secluded cove with exclusive access to Selena Beach. 

All villas are 100sqm in size and feature their own outdoor plunge pool, private deck with day bed, personal butler service, king beds, indoor/outdoor showers, complimentary high speed wireless internet and iPad, iPod/iPhone docking stations, air conditioning and ceiling fans, flat screen LCD TV's, cable/satellite TV, DVD Library, in-house movies, personal wine coolers, larger stone bathtubs, in room safe, IDD telephone, and espresso/coffee machines and tea making facilities. 

Tadrai Island Resort activities and excursions are tailored to individual guest's interests and include sea kayaking, hobie catamaran sailing, handline fishing, reef snorkeling, surfing, diving tours, game fishing and inter-islands excursions. 

For those looking for the ultimate pampering experience, they can indulge the senses at the Wai Siliva Alfresco Spa. 

Prices for a three night stay at Tadrai Island Resort is FJ$8,100 per couple and includes free one way helicopter transfers, French Champagne in room on arrival, all meals and beverages including alcoholic & non alcoholic, daily sunset canapés, personal butler, private villa pool, fully stocked Mini Bar, laundry service, Pure Fiji amenities, all resort activities, twice daily maid service / romantic turndown, Wifi, movies and use of an IPad. 

This amazing deal is valid for sale until 16 July 2013 and for travel from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014.

Couples staying five or more nights at Tadrai receive free return helicopter transfers valued at over FJ$1700. 

For further information visit Tadrai Island Resort.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Shaolin Monks and Fijian Waters with Captain Cook Cruises



Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has partnered with Shaolin Temple Europe, so passengers can nourish their body and soul whilst cruising the beautiful islands of Fiji on all 3, 4 and 7 night cruises departing between 19 October to 30 November, 2013.

The classes will be integrated into the regular cruise itinerary which includes village and school visits, handicraft markets, swimming, snorkelling, diving and sevusevu ceremonies, Meke and Lovo feasts. A monk will be on board the MV Reef Endeavour teaching passengers an introduction to Kung Fu, Meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. 

Two sessions per cruise are included in the price of the cruise and any additional lessons are priced from A$30.00 per hour for group classes (beginners/advanced) and from A$65.00 per hour for personal training (beginners/advanced). 

Captain Cook Cruises operate weekly three, four and seven night Yasawa Island cruises with fares starting from A$995.00 per person twin share for the three-night cruise, from A$1335.00 per person twin share for the four-night cruise, and from A$2095.00 per person twin share for the seven-night cruise. 

Departing 5 November, 2013 is the seven night Discovery Cultural cruise. With only five departures in 2013 this cruise, which circumnavigates Vana Levu, Fiji¹s second largest island, is one not be missed. Living up to its name, passengers are given the ultimate chance to discover and experience four distinctive Fijian cultures, Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians and visit untouched villages and schools. 

Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares for the Discovery Cultural cruise start from just AUD$ $1676.00 per person twin share. 

All cruises prices include accommodation, all meals, 2 Shaolin Monk session, daily stopovers and water activities, guided village, school and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions, Marine Biologist and cultural talks, child minding during meal times (5 -10 years), on board entertainment and use of the ship's facilities including swimming pool, spas, pool bar, sun deck, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and library.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Trump SoHo New York Hotel & Residences



The first Trump branded hotel property in downtown Manhattan, Trump SoHo New York introduces a new perspective on luxury hospitality to SoHo as the neighborhood's only AAA Five Diamond rated hotel. This luxury 46-story, 391-room hotel is located at 246 Spring Street and neighbors numerous restaurants, boutiques and galleries. In addition to unrivaled views of the city's spectacular skyline, cutting-edge interior design, and spacious suites, Trump SoHo offers The Spa at Trump, with New York's only luxury hammam, an outdoor pool deck, and the five-star personalized services of the Trump Attaché.

Guests may enjoy the hotel's signature restaurant, Koi SoHo, featuring an imaginative menu of contemporary Japanese cuisine, and the seasonal poolside Bar d'Eau featuring light fare and cocktails. Each of the 391 guest rooms and suites is also available to own. Available floorplans range from 422 to 2,332 square feet and prices start at $900,000.

A quick glance at some of the spectacular
Trump SoHo amenities available to hotel guests and owners include:
  • Koi SoHo, signature restaurant.
  • Seasonal poolside Bar d'Eau.
  • 24-hour in-room dining.
  • 6,000 square-foot outdoor deck and swimming pool.
  • 11,000 square-foot The Spa at Trump.
  • State-of-the-art fitness center.
  • 24-hour concierge.
  • Business center.
  • Wireless high-speed internet.
  • Personalized business cards and stationery.
  • Meeting rooms and function space.
  • Trump Kids program.
  • Babysitting services.
  • Trump Pets program.
  • Valet parking.
  • Overnight laundry and dry cleaning.
  • International attaché staff with language capabilities including: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tibetan, Thai, Turkish, Uzbek.
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