Further down south there was another opening this week: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, the second hotel to open under the upscale IHG brand in Australia. The 70-room property is set on 70 acres of rolling countryside, and embodies the voco brand’s bold characteristics, with bright yellow accents and onsite beehives smattered throughout the building.

voco Kirkton Park also boasts two world-class dining experiences with a paddock-to-plate ethos: the Locavore Dining and Epoche Lounge and Bar, which provides lunch and dinner, and The Conservatory, which offers a high tea experience overlooking the rose garden. Also on offer are seven conference and training rooms.