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HOTEL BUZZ: Ovolo, Crystalbrook Collection, Sofitel + More!

Drowning in hotel updates? It’s not really surprising when there are roughly 700,000 hotels scattered around the globe! But have no fear, Karryon is here!

Drowning in hotel updates? It’s not really surprising when there are roughly 700,000 hotels scattered around the globe! But have no fear, Karryon is here!

We’ve been chatting to our hospo friends, scouring the web and listening to the word on the grapevine to bring you a carefully curated list of the best hotel intel you need to know this week.

Skill yourself up now and take advantage of some great updates.


1. Have a ‘Freesome’ at Ovolo


The legends over at Ovolo have introduced an awesome offer, named Freesome. Basically, it’s three for two … buy two get one free… one plus one equals three…

With Freesome, guests get – freedom. When you stay 2 nights at any Ovolo Hotel you can stay a 3rd night free at any hotel at a time that’s convenient for you.

Enjoy a Freesome stay between 1 April and 29 December 2020.

Click here for more information.


2. Paradise Resort re-launches with charity event


Qld Tourism Minister Kate Jones & Dr Jerry Schwartz cut the ribbon signalling the relaunch of Paradise Resort.

Paradise Resort Gold Coast, re-launched last weekend, with the new owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz, pledging $12 million towards a major upgrade and revitalization of the Surfers Paradise resort.

To celebrate the landmark, a charity event was held at the resort, with over 20 charities invited to use the rooms to raise funds for their individual organisations.

Charities included Baby Give Back, Paradise Kids, Brave Hearts, ACT for Kids, Mark Hughes Foundation, Destiny Rescue, Camp Quality, Clown Doctors, Heart Kids, Variety’s The Children’s Charity, YHES House, Guide Dogs, WIRES, The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, and The Ronald McDonald House.

It is estimated that the charities raised almost $180,000 as a result of the event.

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3. The new Bailey Residences


Coming to Cairns 7 March 2020, Crystalbrook Collection will be launching Bailey Residences in the heart of Cairns’ cultural precinct, a stone’s throw away from the iconic Esplanade boardwalk and lagoon.

Following the launch of Bailey, Cairns’ newest five-star hotel in November 2019, Crystalbrook Collection will be unveiling Bailey Residences for travellers wishing to create their tropical home away from home.

Bailey Residences is perfect for families and groups of friends wishing to indulge in all the benefits of a five-star hotel whilst also creating their own retreat.

Tapping into Crystalbrook Collection’s ethos of #responsibleluxury, Bailey Residences feature wooden key cards and no plastic water bottles or straws. Bailey Hotel alone saves 170,000 amenity bottles from waste each year by using large-pump bottles.

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4. Soneva Resorts introduce Soneva Stars


Soneva Stars is a new, year-round calendar of acclaimed visiting experts and one-of-a-kind activities, ensuring that Soneva’s guests will always be inspired and enthralled, no matter when they visit.

Soneva Stars will focus on five key periods during the year, including February half term, the Easter break, August holidays, October half term and the end of year Festive holidays. The new, annual programme promises an eclectic line-up of thought-provoking experts and rare experiences from across a thrilling spectrum of interests and disciplines – from best-selling authors, daring explorers, and sporting heroes to leading wellness practitioners, motivational speakers and Michelin-starred chefs.

Throughout the year, guests are guaranteed to encounter bespoke experiences with Soneva Stars’ fascinating array of talent, whether those are hosted dinners, engaging talks or enriching one-on-one sessions.

Click here for more information.


5. Sofitel’s journey into wellness


Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min

To celebrate its first anniversary, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is introducing the first luxury wellness programme in Myanmar to focus exclusively on holistic therapies, traditional treatments, nutrition, fitness coaching and educational wellness initiatives.

Guests are invited to indulge in all-encompassing packages, designed for an unforgettable stay at one of the wellness resort’s 101 guest rooms and suites, which include 36 Luxury Rooms, 25 Junior Suites, 12 Prestige Suites, 27 Opera Suites and one exclusive Imperial Suite.

“In this fast-paced world, we want to provide our guests with the opportunity to be transported to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. We have focussed on four key pillars to establish our wellness offering – Spa & Fitness, Yoga & Meditation, Culinary Journey, and Local Culture & Traditions.”

David G. Daguise, Sofitel resort’s Cluster General Manager.

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6. Janu: where life and soul align


Janu Montenegro

Introducing Janu, the sister brand of Aman – a new hotel brand that will deliver harmony through the dynamic balance of opposites.

While Aman is synonymous with its Sanskrit translation ‘peace’, Janu stands for ‘soul’; Aman is a sanctuary, whereas Janu is connectedness; Aman offers refined respite, whereas Janu offers an energetic vibe for those seeking greater purpose with inner contentment.

Janu shares its DNA with its legendary elder sister in the form of total commitment to its guests, deep roots in destination, exemplary and timeless design, and unruffled service. Alongside that pedigree heritage, however, Janu strikes out on a complementary path where genuine human interaction, playful expression, and social wellness are at the core of the experience. Janu will create environments that nurture a purposeful connection to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul.

Janu launches with three forthcoming hotels that are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022) and Tokyo (2022), as well as a robust pipeline of future hotels. Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brands serviced residence concept, enabling guests to fully embrace the Janu lifestyle.

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