32 Mitchell St, Darwin NT 0800
(08) 8982 0000 or darwin.hilton.com
The 10th-floor swimming pool is open, which concludes the 18-month refurbishment of the Northern Territory’s only five-star CBD hotel, Hilton Darwin. The Berger Hotel Group, owner of the Hilton Darwin, invested more than $10 million upgrading all 236 guest rooms, lobby hallways and entertainment areas and introducing a new Fitness Centre.
Hilton offers Darwin’s only Executive Lounge – serving continental breakfast, evening drinks and canapés. It also boasts five meeting rooms on a dedicated events floor and sophisticated seafood restaurant, Mitchell’s Bar & Grill.
“Hilton Darwin’s refurbishment has set new standards for the city’s upscale hotel market,” says Martin Kendall, area general manager, Northern Territory, Hilton Worldwide. “The renovations have introduced a new standard of luxury to Darwin, and coupled with the hotel’s stunning harbour views and ideal CBD location, have further cemented Hilton Darwin’s position as the city’s premier hotel for business and leisure.”
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
Denarau Island, Fiji
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa will expand and update its product offerings for grown-ups this winter with the launch of the Waitui Beach Club – a modern, multimillion new-build leisure concept designed exclusively for adults only.
The Waitui Beach Club (Waitui meaning ‘Salt Water’ in Fijian) commenced construction in February and will officially launch to the public on July 24, with its own pool, champagne bar, restaurant and poolside cabanas. Representing an investment of FJ$3.2 million, the new pool development (within the existing resort), will also introduce a new accommodation category made up of 74 designated Beach Club rooms.
Waitui Beach Club will have a focus on health, with complimentary yoga and tai chi in the morning and a healthy breakfast (when a bed and breakfast package is booked). Other features will include a private, dedicated check-in area, personalised pool butler service, a selection of balanced menus by nutritionist Lucinda Zammit, a 25m lap pool, state of the art gymnasium, plus enhanced room amenities and complimentary sundowner cocktails.
The Rice Den
30-32 Chandos St
St Leonards 2065
(02) 9411 2001 or thericeden.com.au
The Rice Den team has evolved the restaurant from its previous incarnation in Chatswood to create a relaxed yet refined atmosphere around a menu of contemporary, composed dishes.
The interior, from Morris Selvatico, is inspired by old Canton fused with modern elements, seen in a mix of aged timbers and industrial furniture. Decoration and greenery soften the polished concrete floor, and open shelves display Asian pottery and bamboo steamers. The feature wall next to the kitchen has Chinoiserie wallpaper over the concrete-look panels that envelop the rest of the interior, giving a warm contemporary rawness with an essence of old Canton.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
1 Sublime Point Rd, Leura NSW 2780
(02) 4785 0000 or fairmontresort.com.au
The MGallery Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has unveiled a new conference space, The Club Room. It boasts a classic fireplace, natural lighting, three chesterfield sofas, a 2.4 metre drop-down data projector screen and a private adjoining kitchenette.
Catering for event styles including theatre, boardroom and cabaret, The Club Room can accommodate small to medium-sized meetings from 36 to 100 delegates.
Oh, you’re gonna love this. It was inevitable really. Meet Makr Shakr, the world’s first robotic bartending system – designed by architect, engineer and inventor, Carlo Ratti. Just as inevitably, it made its debut as the Bionic Bar onboard on Royal Caribbean’s new ‘smart’ cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas.
1300 727 637 or bseatedglobal.com.au
Selecting the right furniture can be a minefield. If you have no budget or no imagination then things are perhaps a little ‘easier’ — either spec the $50 aluminium nightmare you can afford or order the same replica chair everyone else has.
Five star suburban luxury with a twist.
Story: Christopher Holder
Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay
33 Cross Street, Double Bay, NSW 2028
To understand the new Intercontinental Double Bay is to understand the village of Double Bay itself.
Double Bay inhabits a special place in fabric of Sydney. Opulent, classy and authentic, it’s an uncommonly pleasant place to eat, drink, shop and socialise. It may only be 15 minutes to the city or 5 minutes to Kings Cross but in many ways you could be in Noosa — such is the feeling of away-from-it-all comfort.
Urban Purveyor Group takes its beer hall concept to Melbourne. Skol!
Story: Christopher Holder
45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC
1300 686 424 or munichbrauhaus.com
Urban Purveyor Group is the big dog of Aussie beer barns. After a hotly contested beginning, where beer cafés hit the Australian scene with a vengeance, the Urban Purveyor Group’s blend of fun and serious Euro beer has arguably won the day.
Superstar chef Jamie Oliver’s growing Jamie’s Italian empire has a new outlet in Brisbane’s city centre.
Story: Lucie Robson
Jamie’s Italian Brisbane:
237 Edward St, Brisbane QLD
Like its siblings in Adelaide and Perth, the long-awaited Brisbane restaurant is housed in a historic location: the heritage-listed Rowes Arcade building. Opened in November last year, Brisbane is the biggest of the family of five (which also includes Canberra and Sydney), with a proper two-level layout and capacity of 240.
Modesto Marini brings a new level of sophistication to KL… and a decent cocktail.
Story: James Dampney
The Marini’s Group: www.marinisgroup.com
Since relocating from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur late last year, I’ve taken the time to explore many of the varied hospitality offerings available. Good food is everywhere; from the famous Jalan Alor, packed with its outdoor vendors open until the small hours, to the polished western-style cafes in the shopping centres littered across the sprawling city. But one element that’s proven much harder to locate is a decent cocktail. Far too often, care and attention to detail is replaced by the desire to mass produce, with quality suffering significantly as a result.