Have a break in the Gulf of Thailand

There’s an eye-opening resort on one of Thailand’s most popular islands, Sumui.

Novotel Samui Resort is situated close to Samui shopping and nightlife areas – and only 10 minutes from the island’s international airport.


Featuring 183 spacious beachfront and garden rooms, the Accor resort is the first Novotel on Samui Island, a premier destination in the Gulf of Thailand.

AccorHotels says the rooms have balconies, LCD Television and complimentary Wifi.

There are three restaurants; two pools; a spa; meeting room; and fitness centre.

Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia. said the  Novotel Samui Resort reinforced the company’s commitment to development in Southern Thailand.


Mr Basset said the firm was proud to offers travellers an international four-star brand known for its spacious rooms, consistently high service standards, commitment to guest well-being and modern meeting rooms.

For additional information and reservations visit www.accorhotels.com email H9931@accor.com or call +(66) (0) 77 428 888.


Famous Singapore hotel part of international deal

The legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore, has been acquired by Accor, as part of a deal worth A$4billion.

The acquisition – of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands – will also give Accor  other high profile luxury hotels such as the Savoy in London, the Plaza in New York City and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel.


In all, the mega-merger will add an additional 115 hotels – of which 40 are under development – and more than 56,000 rooms to the Accor network.

Accor says the integration of Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel will enable it to “optimize its luxury and upscale brands in order to adapt its offering to the expectations of an increasingly demanding clientele”.

Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore, established in 1887.

The hotel was named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.

It’s said that during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in the Second World War, the hotel’s famous silverware was buried in the courtyard.

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Mercure hotel at Australia’s Newcastle Airport

Newcastle airport, on Australia’s east coast, has boosted accommodation.

A 95-room Mercure hotel was the first  in the expanding airport precinct, which is a key gateway to Newcastle City and the Hunter region.

AccorHotels says the Mercure Newcastle Airport provides contemporary sound-proofed guest rooms with high speed wireless broadband; blackout blinds; iPod docking stations; Foxtel satellite television; and ‘smart’ TV’s.

The  hotel is the 11th AccorHotel facility in the area – including five in Newcastle itself.

Reservations can be made by either visiting www.accorhotels.com or telephoning 4033 8900 and mentioning ‘Opening Special’.

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Accor Australian hotels in hall of fame

Five of Accor’s Australian hotels are included in Trip Advisor’s ‘Hall of Fame’, for performing outstandingly five years in a row.


The hotels are:

• Quay West Suites Melbourne
• The Sebel Maroochydore
• Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
• Pullman Cairns International
• The Sebel Mandurah

Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of Accor Hotels Australia, said the group highly valued honest feedback provided by customers through TripAdvisor.

“It’s particularly impressive to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as this award relies on having consistently positive online reviews for five years in a row – a difficult achievement by any measure”.


TripAdvisor allows travellers to create and read reviews from hotels, restaurants attractions world-wide. The online site has 340 million unique visitors each month and is home to more than 225 million reviews – making it a wealth of information for travellers.

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Accor continues to boost Mercure brand in Australasia

Accor’s network of Mercure hotels is continuing to grow in Australasia.

The latest Mercure hotels has increased the network to 49 across Australia and New Zealand.

The Ballarat Lodge & Convention Centre, in the Australian state of Victoria, has been rebranded Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre.image003

This 71-room hotel is located opposite Ballarat’s popular Sovereign Hill attraction and boasts two restaurants, 24 meeting and conference rooms, a Day Spa and swimming pool.

Hotel Launceston in Tasmania is set to be rebranded to Mercure Launceston, complementing Accor’s other Tasmanian property, The Sebel Launceston. Located within the city’s business area, Mercure Launceston features 70 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar and a newly refurbished conference room.

The 74-room Best Western Goulburn, in New South Wales, has joined the Accor network under the name of the Mercure Goulburn. The hotel is located in the regional city of Goulburn, about 200 kilometres by road south west of Sydney.

In New Zealand, the Abel Tasman Hotel in Wellington is becoming the Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman. This 73-room hotel is located in the heart of Wellington’s business and entertainment district, and is within walking distance of Lampton Harbour. Facilities include a restaurant, bar bistro and four main function rooms which can cater for up to 120 people.

Chief Operating Officer of Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath, said that, by bringing internationally branded hotels into these areas, the company looked forward to “fostering and growing tourism in the regions”.

The four Mercure hotels will join Accor’s expanding franchise portfolio of over 70 hotels.

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Sebel network continues Australian growth

The Sebel hotel and apartment network continues to grow in Australia.

Accor has expanded the Sebel brand in the Australian states of Queensland and Victoria.

In Queensland, the Sebel South Brisbane is situated at 50 Water Street in the state’s capital.

Near the commercial and entertainment hub of Brisbane’s South Bank, the 63-room hotel provides apartment-style accommodation, as well as conference and meeting faciliites – including a boardroom with seating for up to 14.

There’s also a pool, fitness centre and a sky-deck.

Yarrawonga development

In regional Victoria, a $A35M resort-style development is set to be built at the town of Yarrawonga.

Sebel Yarrawonga – a 120-room hhotel and serviced-apartment facility – will overlook Lake Mulwala and is expected to be open in early 2018.image017

Accor says guests will have access to “an impressive complex expected to include a bar and bistro, restaurant, 300-seat conference facility, pool, gymnasium and other health club amenities.

“The waterfront hotel will form the centrepiece of a broader resort and marina complex planned by development company, Lotus Living.”

The Sebel network currently offers 23 properties across Australia and New Zealand, accommodating the Accor group’s apartment portfolio while also maintaining traditional hotels.

For more on the network, visit http://www.thesebel.com

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Accommodation boost in Western Australia’s Swan Valley

Here’s some good news for travellers planning to visit the Swan Valley, one of Western Australia’s most prominent wine growing areas.


Apartments at the Sebel Swan Valley The Vines have really captured the imagination of travellers in the wake of a  $A2.5M  facelift.

The 32 apartments are part of the Accor Vacation Club and overlook the championship Vines Golf Course.They are popular with families, couples and groups seeking apartment-style facilities for an extended stay.

These apartments are ideally located alongside Novotel Swan Valley Vines Resort (shown below) with its pool and spa, 36 hole Golf Course, Keishi Day Spa, gym, restaurants and bars, set in bush that is home to kangaroos and native flora and fauna.


Close by are the world-class wineries such as Houghtons and Sandalford, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, local cheese and foods producers and restaurants, boutique breweries and other tourist attractions.

Accor says the redesign of the apartments drew inspiration from the natural surrounds of the acclaimed Swan Valley, with “wall coverings and tiles in a rich palette” accompanied by finishing touches that give a feel of warmth in the cooler wine country.

“The addition of gas fireplaces in the two-bedroom apartments ensures an ambience of luxurious warmth, complemented by timber flooring, sandstone tiling and a stacked teak timber feature wall”.

The redesigned apartments also incorporate environmental initiatives such as LED lighting and water-saving facilities.

Accor says the a feature wall covered in an image of a wine cave is designed to make guests feel they are sleeping right beside the oak barrels in a peaceful wine cellar.


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