Syd Sofitel heralds a luxury hotel boom

The October debut of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has given the city its first new internationally branded five-star hotel since before the 2000 Olympics, signally the start of a boom in luxury developments in the harbour city. A succession of h

A desert reinvention for Longitude 131

Uluru's luxury desert camp Longitude 131 has added a new Dune Pavilion as part of an extensive renovation, creating a new flagship suite in the style of a contemporary outback homestead. Perched upon the red-sand landscape, it is the first accommo

Curio to Sydney

Curio by Hilton will debut in Australia with the brand inking a management deal with M&L Hospitality for the West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton. The 182-room new-build hotel will open in December at 65 Sussex Street, featuring four

AccorHotels acquires Mantra Group

AccorHotels has continued its growth trajectory and entered into a $1.2 billion deal to acquire all of the shares in Australia's Mantra Hotels Group Limited. The strategic move is part of a plan to use the two companies' geographic footprint and d

New Hotels 2018

By Caroline Gladstone Gone are the cookie-cutter hotels of yore. Today a plethora of properties with innovative and quirky designs, be they re-imagined heritage sites or fanciful themed hotels, are there for the choosing. Here's a look at a few

Can you Hackett?

Adventure tourism in New Zealand is about to get a whole lot more intense with prominent bungy operator AJ Hackett planning a new thrill ride for next year carrying the working title, "Nevis Thriller". While the purveyors of adrenaline-inducing enter