Jill Varley

July 17, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Luxury Anantara ballroom debuts in Sri Lanka

Opening this month in Sri Lanka is Anantara Kalutara’s luxurious 630 square metre purpose built, two-storey ballroom. With stunning views of the Indian Ocean and indoor and outdoor pre function space overlooking the Kalu River, its design is blended with hints of vibrant colour, hand painted batiks and contemporary fittings. Offering maximum flexibility, the pillar-free ballroom is an ideal venue for a reception of up to 400 guests, and banquets and gala dinners for up to 350.    


Opinion

Opened late in 2016, Anantara Kalutara Resort is the brand’s second property in Sri Lanka


Jill Varley

July 17, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Peppers Southbank turns the first sod

The construction of a $60 million hotel in Melbourne’s vibrant arts and entertainment district – Peppers Southbank, is now underway following a ground-breaking ceremony late last week. Operated by Mantra Group and set to open its doors in early 2019, it is located on the corner of Clarendon and Haig Streets, Melbourne. It will feature 162 full-service hotel rooms across 32 levels, along with a range of amenities including a restaurant and bar, meeting room and gymnasium.    


Opinion

Its location is in close proximity to the Melbourne's CBD, Crown Casino and the MCEC


Jill Varley

July 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Pacific Explorer setting sail for corporate groups

Following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Pacific Explorer, P&O Cruise’s is taking corporate group bookings for year-round cruises from Sydney. The ship’s Marquee Lounge can take 540 guests while its second theatre, Black Circus, is home to a new spiegel tent inspired show ‘Love Riot’. Corporate groups sales manager Rebecca Mutanen said “Pacific Explorer has something for every size of organisation from a short three to four-night SeaBreak to longer South Pacific Island getaways, which have really resonated with incentive groups.”      


Opinion

Pacific Explorer is P&O Cruises latest corporate group offering


Jill Varley

July 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Music to set the scene for Bali’s Ulu Cliffhouse

Redefining the beach club concept, the Ulu Cliffhouse – a 50,000ft² clifftop oasis with jaw-dropping panoramic views, is to open in Bali in August 2017. With a 25-metre infinity pool, an onsite spa, a boutique store and tantalising food and drink options, Cliffhouse will feature its very own recording studio with appeal to the world’s most exciting music artists. Its live music programme is set to establish Ulu as one of Bali’s leading music venues.    


Opinion

If music is the way of Ulu – play on!


Jill Varley

July 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AVANI set to be a towering Gold Coast success

The Gold Coast’s newest addition and the first AVANI to open its doors in Australia, is taking shape ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 219-key, $150 million tower -AVANI Broadbeach Residences, is on track for its scheduled Q1 2018 opening. Featuring a landscaped terrace and Zen garden, gymnasium, generously sized swimming pool and sun deck, meeting space, and modern ground-floor bar and restaurant, the property is within walking distance to iconic Kurrawa Surf Club.    


Opinion

The new AVANI is also in close proximity to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre


Jill Varley

July 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s Hyde Park café to come sooner than latte

In a major upgrade to Sydney’s Hyde Park, a new open-plan café is to be constructed in Hyde Park South this year. It’s part of works by Transport for NSW to improve access to Museum station with a new lift and lobby area. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said. “The new café will be set back to allow better access and lines of sight to the park and recently upgraded ANZAC war memorial.” Photo and café design – Andrew Burns Architects    


Opinion

The new café will have seating for around 90 people


Jill Varley

July 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Exclusive Koh Samui villa estate for executive retreats

Samujana, an exclusive villa estate on Thailand’s Koh Samui has a collection of 25 spacious private residences, ideal for luxury executive retreats. Professional support guarantees business goals achieved, allowing positive energy and synergy within a team. Each hillside villa has stunning sea and island views and large infinity pools, while boardrooms can take up to 40 guests. US$ 1,200 ++ per night for a 4-bedroom villa, it includes: Daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, unlimited high speed WiFi. reservations@samujana.com.    


Opinion

Executive class splendour in the Gulf of Thailand


Jill Varley

July 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Construction Takes Off on Atura Hotel at Adelaide Airport

Construction has started on the new $50 million, 165-room Atura Hotel at Adelaide Airport. Adjacent to the domestic and international terminal, the new seven-storey design-driven hotel is anticipated to launch in the December 2018 quarter. Developed under EVENT’s Atura brand, it will feature a restaurant and bar, a business centre, flexible function and meeting spaces and a port-cochere.  Adelaide Airport managing director, Mark Young said, “We believe the Atura Hotel offers a real point of difference to the airport precinct.”  


Opinion

Further evidence that South Australia is an attractive investment destination