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Most Luxurious Hotels in New York

Thursday 9 June 2016
By Industry News |

We’ve written about strange and unusual hotels, now it's time to get our fancy pants on. Luxurious hotels offer their own array of extraordinary experiences. And no place does it better then the Big Apple!

New York is home to some of the most fascinating and gorgeous hotels on the planet. If you ever find yourself in the big city, and looking for a true 5 star experience, here are five of our favourites:




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It could be said that the century-old Plaza defines Luxury. The Plaza, which received a mere $400 million renovation in 2008, is among the most expensive and ritzy hotels in the city. Among the highlights: a Rolls Royce to take you around town, a 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, and your own hallway butler on 24-hour call. Now that’s living!



(Photo via http://www.themarkhotel.com/)


The Mark was originally built in 1927 and re-opened in 2009 as one of the top contemporary luxury hotels in New York. The hotel boasts stunning interior by France's premier designer. Rooms are colourful and bold and there's a restaurant and bar from one of New York's most famous chefs. Comfortable, high-tech rooms and personalized service make it a great option for anyone who can afford it.



(Photo via http://www.gramercyparkhotel.com/)


Gramercy Park Hotel isn’t only one of the most stunning hotels, it’s one of the most stunning places a human can visit. With seamless service, plush, old-world rooms, bathroom toiletries hand-picked by the editors of "Allure" magazine, and Warhol's littering the top floor. It's no wonder the Gramercy Park Hotel currently sets the bar for New York cool, especially in the velvet-heavy Rose Bar.



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This 190-room hotel on the Upper East Side is ready to pull guests away from the nearby Carlyle with room service by Cafe Boulud, a guest-only rooftop garden with butler service, and some of the most comfortable hotel beds in New York. After a $60 million renovation, the Surrey is an ultra modern haven for anyone with good taste.



(Photo via http://www.jameshotels.com/new-york)


This 114-room SoHo boutique, with a stunning rooftop bar and pool, great freebies (including free Wi-Fi and free nightly wine and cheese), forthcoming restaurant by David Burke, and a hotel art curator, embodies the hip, creative neighborhood it inhabits. Its bright, minimalist rooms are smaller than those at some of its luxury competitors, but they're full of enough thoughtful details to make up for it.

10 of the World’s Most Unusual Accommodations

Monday 23 May 2016
By Industry News |

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Selecting your accommodation doesn’t always have to be about finding the most luxurious or cheapest place. A holiday is also an experience that should encompass elements of excitement and adventure, and sometimes the choice of accommodation should reflect that.  

In this article, we pay homage to the places around the world that cater to the more adventurous and slightly crazy among us.

Some of the accommodations are innovative and incredibly creative, others are quirky and stylish, and some of them are just plain whacky. Here is a list of 10 of the most unusual accommodations our world has to offer:

1. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

The first on our list of strange accommodations are the treehotels, situated in the pine forest around Harads, Sweden. Surrounded by some beautiful lush green pine, guests can cosy up in one of the six unique ‘treerooms’, including The Cabin (pictured), the mind-blowing reflective Mirrorcube, the UFO, the Birds Nest, the Dragonfly, and the Blue Cone. All of which offer the unique experience of staying in accommodation that fuses contemporary design with the tranquillity of unspoiled nature.

(Photo sourced via http://www.treehotel.se/en/)

2. Inntel Amsterdam Zaandam, Netherlands

The Amsterdam Zaandam looks more like the Lego creation of an out of control child hyped on red cordial than prestigious hotel. Made from 70 individual houses and put together like a Tetris puzzle, the Zaandam hotel is a sight to behold. Each of the houses are brightly painted in various colours, making each individual house stand out and accentuate its puzzle-like construction. Guests have access to onsite amenities including a Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath and a pool with adjacent spa. This is modern-day comfort meeting tradition head on.

(Photo sourced via http://www.inntelhotelsamsterdamzaandam.nl/)

3. The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo, New Zealand

For all the lord of the rings geeks out there, The Hobbit Motel in Waitomo New Zealand is the ultimate place to live out all your hobbit fantasies. You can stay in these hobbit hole inspired rooms, have your hobbit tea and second breakfast, kick back, and enjoy your little slice of the shire in true hobbit form.

(Photo sourced via http://www.woodlynpark.co.nz/)

4. The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast, Tasman, New Zealand

There once was a woman who lived in a shoe

And if you head to Tasman, New Zealand

You can live in one too!

This giant boot guesthouse, created by Steve and his partner Judy in 2001, is the perfect getaway for anyone looking for something truly different. The curved walls and ceilings means everything has been custom made. 

(Photo sourced via http://jesterhouse.co.nz/accomodation-stay-in-the-boot/)


5. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada

Have you ever felt like staying in a swinging orb amidst a myriad of Canadian flora and woodland creatures? Vancouver Island has got you covered. Set among the trees of the west-coast rainforest on Vancouver Island are handcrafted, orb-like spheres made from cedar, Sitka Spruce and fibreglass. The three globes are tethered to the trees with ropes, and sway gently in the breeze.

(Photo sourced via http://freespiritspheres.com/

6. Capsule value Kanda, Japan

Capsule hotels are a popular concept in Japan. Stacked on top of each other and side by side to maximize on space, the capsules are exactly as they sound, tiny spaces perfect for one person and a few items. The entrance to each capsule opens to enter and can be closed up to create private quarters. Communal washroom and baggage storage is also available. Capsulevalue Kanda also offers TVs, alarms, and free WiFi along with a business lounge.

(Photo sourced via http://freespiritspheres.com/

7. Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Spain

In Elciego, Spain, stands one of Canadian architect Frank Gehry’s most unusual endeavours - Hotel Marqués De Riscal. This avant-garde hotel overlooks the surrounding vineyard, appearing as a whimsical creation from afar. With wavy shiny sheets of metal cascading in all directions, the Marqués De Riscal takes the cake when it comes to unconventional looking hotels.

(Photo sourced via http://www.hotel-marquesderiscal.com/en)

8. Costa Verde, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

The Costa Verde team have transported and refurbished a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 airframe to create a fantastic, two-bedroom suite. The structure is set out on a concrete plinth that juts 50 feet into the jungle canopy. That’s right, you can stay in a Boeing 727 balancing precariously atop a jungle canopy - people are crazy! 

(Photo sourced via https://www.costaverde.com/)

9. Beckham Creek Cave Haven, Parthenon, Arkansas, USA

The Beckham Creek Cave Haven provides one of the most unique accommodation experience a person can have. Set in 530 acres of Arkansas rock, this cave hotel took four years to complete. It features central heating, whirlpool tubs and even serves as a wedding venue!

(Photo sourced via http://beckhamcavelodge.dreamhosters.com/)

10. The Library Hotel, New York, USA

For all you book lovers out there, this is the place for you. Each of the 10 floors  of The Library Hotel in New York honour one of the 10 categories in the Dewey Decimal System (for example Literature, Technology, The Arts), and each of the 60 rooms come with a thematic collection of books depending on the floor. On top of that, there’s also a writer’s den, poetry garden and terrace and reading room.

 (Photo sourced via http://www.libraryhotel.com/)


Brisbane welcomes daily flights to Shanghai 

Saturday 7 May 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Starting this December, Queensland will welcome year-round daily flights from Shanghai with China Easter Airlines.

Julienne Aloe, the CEO of Brisbane Airport applauded the airlines for its commitment to Queensland which will provide a convenient, direct connection to China’s largest city and one of the world’s financial hubs.

“Connecting China’s busiest international hub with Queensland’s biggest international airport is a significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre.”

“These new services are a huge victory for the whole of Queensland and every sector of our economy, from business and commerce to tourism, trade, education and beyond,” she said.

The Chinese visitor market, which is the second largest for Brisbane Airport, has experienced 23 per cent growth in the last 12 months. The new flights provide over 3000 weekly seats to and from BNE with services operated with Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft, including lie-flat business class seating.

The flight will arrive into BNE at 09:45 daily, departing at 11:45 the same day. Flight time to Shanghai is approximately 10 hours.

From Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, corporate and leisure travellers can access a broad network of destinations across China, Europe, North America and Asia.

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