HotelsCombined is proud to be a thoroughly international company that’s owned and operated here in Australia. To celebrate all the success we’ve been able to achieve in Oz over the years, we’re giving away 10 famed Australian hotel stays in the lead-up to Australia Day this year. Our fabulous online community will have the chance of snagging getaways at the following illustrious properties (entries can be made at win.hotelscombined.com):
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney: One of Australia’s premier luxury hotels, the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has long been renowned for its amazing harbour views and top-notch service. Having hosted celebrities, politicians and royalty alike over the years, it’s no wonder that this five-star property was the only Sydney hotel to recently make the Sydney-edition Monopoly board!
Prize package: Two nights in a grand harbour view room with executive club access (includes breakfast and hors d’oeuvres).
Peppers Guest House, Hunter Valley:
Thanks to its lush, manicured lawns and cosy, country house feel, this idyllic retreat has long been a favourite amongst visitors to New South Wale’s world-famous wine region. Having first opened its doors in 1984, it also has the distinction of being the very first Peppers property!
Prize package: Two nights in a vintage deluxe room complete with daily breakfast.
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast: The world’s first fashion-branded hotel (envisioned by the late Gianni Versace), Palazzo Versace is the epitome of opulence thanks to its stunning Italian design and coveted waterfront destination. Numerous music superstars from the Rolling Stones to U2 have enjoyed its state-of-the-art gym, high-end spa and elegant suites and condominiums. Having amassed a slew of accolades and awards, the hotel was most recently named to the 2013 Conde Nast Traveller (UK) Gold List.
Prize package: Two nights in a superior suite complete with buffet breakfast for two.
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island: One of Australia’s leaders in sustainability, the Kingfisher Bay Resort set many ecotourism benchmarks when it first opened back in 1992. Set amongst the natural beauty of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the resort has acquired numerous awards for its eco initiatives and even snagged a spot in the Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning the Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award in 2006.
Prize package: Three nights in a hotel resort room complete with return ferry transfers, return airport transfers from Fraser Coast/Hervey Bay airport, and a full-day off-road Beauty Spots Tour of Fraser Island for two.
Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island: Having opened in 1990, the Reef View Hotel was one of the first accommodation properties to launch on Hamilton Island (the first was the Whitsunday Holiday Apartments). Located across from the picturesque Catseye Beach, the hotel has long served as a beloved Coral Sea getaway for Australian families and overseas guests.
Prize package: Three nights in a Coral Sea View room complete with daily breakfast for two.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa: This newly renovated property is a tropical paradise thanks to its sprawling lagoon pool, waterfalls and proximity to Port Douglas’ stunning Four Mile Beach. It’s now a top escape for Port Douglas visitors seeking luxury accommodation and is even said to be the preferred getaway for the Richmond AFL team during breaks.
Prize package: Three nights in a one-bedroom apartment complete with daily breakfast and two hour-long Vie Spa massages.
Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley: This historic homestead has long graced Victoria’s wine region – it was first built back in 1854! Today, the picturesque Victorian mansion is a five-star hotel with an award-winning restaurant, lush gardens and plenty of antique furniture and fine paintings to enjoy.
Prize package: Two nights in a river suite, a three course a la carte dinner in Eleonore’s Fine Dining Restaurant, breakfast each morning in the Sweetwater Café, complimentary petite fours upon arrival, an early noon check-in and a late checkout of noon.
The Cullen Hotel, Melbourne: Australia’s art scene is one-of-a-kind and there are few organizations that celebrate its unique flavour quite like Melbourne’s Art Series Hotels. The Cullen, inspired by the work of contemporary artist Adam Cullen, is one of our favourites thanks to its cutting-edge design, sleek living spaces and delicious on-site dumpling bar.
Prize package: Two nights in a studio suite, complimentary half day bike hire, art tour with the Art Series curator and a 1 p.m. late checkout.
Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld: Established back in 1885 and located along a working sheep farm, the historic Royal Mail Hotel is situated at the entrance to Grampians National Park and boasts breathtaking views of Mount Sturgeon. It’s also a frequent award winner – its onsite restaurant won three chef’s hats from the Age Good Food Guide and three stars from the Australian Gourmet Traveller last year alone.
Prize package: Three nights in a Mount Sturgeon cottage complete with continental breakfast, a kitchen garden tour for two and a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival.
Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart: The Henry Jones, which was a former jam factory at the run of the 19th Century, has the distinction of being Australia’s first-ever dedicated art hotel. The heritage building, located along Hobart’s historical waterfront, houses over 400 original and contemporary works of art from Tasmania’s leading artists.
Prize package: Two nights in a deluxe spa harbour room, daily breakfast, a bottle of sparkling Tasmanian wine upon arrival and dinner in Henry’s Restaurant to the value of $200 AUD.
HotelsCombined’s Iconic Aussie Giveaway launches at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 10 EST and runs through to Thursday, January 24. The campaign can be followed via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HotelsCombinedAustralia) and entries can be made at win.hotelscombined.com. Tune in to find out which iconic Aussie hotel is currently up for grabs!