Australian MGallery

Accor network has another Australian hotel in its upscale MGallery Collection.image

Brisbane’s Inchcolm Hotel & Suites is the 10th MGallery member across Australia and New Zealand.

Centrally located close distance to Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley, the new Inchcolm Hotel & Suites is secluded but still closely connected to Brisbane’s commercial and cultural pulse.

Accor says that, after an AU$8 million refurbishment, the official AAA 5-star rated hotel can now be described as ‘truly boutique’, revealing a new level of comfort and impeccable styling for discerning travellers.image

“The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites features 50 elegant room options, including one and two-bedroom suites. It also presents Brisbane’s first loft-style hotel suites, lending a contemporary yet elegant edge to the vintage luxe hotel.

“Two new-look ‘wine and dine’ options are available with the addition of Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and the sophisticated Socialites Bar, both designed to recreate the ambiance and glamour reminiscent of the Charleston era and Brisbane’s original 1920s socialite scene.image

“The result is an eclectic blend of new and old elements, with Heritage-listed treasures to be found at every turn, including a fantastic old cage lift which sits at the heart of the hotel, an original feature of the building now restored for future generations to enjoy.

The hotel boasts a rich history, dating to the 1880s when immigrant, Dr John Thomson, chose the site to build his personal residence. The accomplished doctor, scientist, astronomer, psychologist and pioneering photographer (who in addition was also a founder of St. John’s Ambulance and QLD University), named his home Inchcolm after Scotland’s Inchcolm Island.

The hotel’s General Manager, Daniel Meek says the Inchcolm has proudly retaiijed historical architecture and a charming 20s and 30s socialite vibe.image

“This era was the heyday of interior design. The current refurbishment has carefully protected the building’s neo-Georgian style yet combined it with modern touches. The end result is welcoming, quirky and surprising.”

“By wearing the MGallery badge, the new Inchcolm Hotel & Suites is now part of an esteemed worldwide collection of unique hotels that proudly invites travellers to enjoy stays full of discovery, history, design and character,” said Mr Meek.

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Vines Resort and WA in tourism coup

A resort in Western Australia has scored a hole-in-one by tapping into a lucrative Asian golfing market.

Mission-Hills-Golf-ClubNovotel Vines Resort and Golf Club, in the Swan Valley wine growing area, has a reciprocal agreement with Asia’s ‘cradle of golf’ – the Mission Hills club in China.

The agreement means that members of the Vines Resort Golf Club can play free of charge at seven Mission Hills courses designed by some of golf’s legends.

A first for Australia

In a coup for Western Australia and the Swan Valley, Chinese members are also able to visit the Novotel Vines Resort and play its two magnificent 18 hole golf courses.

In this way, the resort hopes to play a leading role in bringing additional Asian golfers to the picturesque Swan Valley, which is only about 35 minutes drive from Perth and is also well known internationally for its outstanding vineyards and wine production.

Vines blazes the way

The Vines is the only Australian golf club to have an exclusive reciprocal agreement with Mission Hills, which is recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest golf course in the world, covering 20 square kilometres.



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Luxury Spa at WA’s Vines Resort

Being pampered and indulged has taken on new meaning at a leading resort in the Swan Valley wine growing  region of Western Australia.

IMG_0967Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club – which is located only 35 minutes from the heart of Perth – has unveiled a day spa in keeping with its high standards of luxury and service.

The resort says the Keishi Spa allows its guests to relax and be pampered while experiencing massages, facials, waxing, tinting, spray tanning and even a milk bath – all delivered by award-winning therapists.

Spa services for women and men

Keishi Spa offers massages ranging from hot stone therapy, revitalising and traditional Swedish massage to a special service for mums-to-be and a five-hour indulgence treatment that includes a light lunch.IMG_0969

“With spa treatments for women and men, partners can luxuriate together during their restful getaway,” the resort says.

“Perhaps a ‘Girl’s Day Out’ at the Spa, while the boys enjoy massage after golf, then winery tours, gourmet dining and poolside relaxation is in order?

“Keishi Day Spa also stocks a great range of skincare and perfumes from German skin care brand Babor and Linnari and Fragonrd.

The resort says additional treatments “for the ladies” include:

• Collagen Boost: soften, plump & hydrate.IMG_0963

• Algae Firming: Revitalise, awaken & firm.

• Detoxifying Clay: calm, refresh & clarify

For the men, there’s special treatments to deep cleanse and hydrate tired and lifeless skin.

Don’t miss Swan Valley

Swan Valley is one of the most popular tourist draw cards on Australia’s west coast.

The area is Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region and is a particular magnet for visitors because of its proximity to Perth.

Novotel Vines Resort

Set in an idyllic spot among the grapes and native bushland, the Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club boasts 103 rooms and 54 condominiums.

And, if you want a more strenuous visit than simply unwinding at the day spa, guests can try out the  25m outdoor swimming pool, take to the four full-sized tennis courts, two indoor squash courts or fully equipped gymnasium.

Of course, the Vines is also a Mecca for golfers, with two 18-hole courses – Ellenbrook and The Lakes.

I’ve been curious about the Novotel Vines Resort since close friends spent time there on a wedding anniversary trip in Western Australia. They loved the resort — a response that has also been regularly reported by readers of this column.

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