Providing unobstructed views from every direction, New Zealand’s PurePods are free-standing glass accommodations designed for up-close and uninterrupted encounters with nature. Set in an open clearing on private farm land, the four PurePods provide a singular boutique hotel experience, a one-room home that offers comfort, luxury and dramatic vistas without neighbours.
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, part of Marriott International, has opened to guests, bringing stylish design and modern comfort at an affordable price to Australia’s most cultural and creative city.
W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International, has announced it expects to open W Melbourne in 2020. Developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne and Cbus Property, W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city’s trendy shopping and entertainment district, at 447 Collins Street.
InterContinental Hotels Group and St Marys Rugby League Club have signed a franchise agreement for a 123-room, new build Holiday Inn hotel in St Marys, Greater Sydney. Holiday Inn Sydney St Marys, scheduled to open in late 2017 will represent a new definition of the Holiday Inn brand in Australia.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Spotlight Group to debut its Aloft brand in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital. Slated to open in early 2019, the new build 176-room hotel will form the centrepiece of a state-of-the-art mixed-use development located at 402 Chapel Street in South Yarra, known as “402 Chapel,” designed by international architect Tim Kobe.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts has signed a franchise agreement with Sa Bora Bora Nui for the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. The 115-key resort, formerly known as Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, will undergo a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and open as Conrad Bora Bora Nui in March 2017.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the latest project in its expanding portfolio in the island country of Fiji. This small archipelago in the South Pacific is comprised of 332 islands and nearly one million inhabitants spread throughout the major islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Approximately one third of the islands are uninhabited, ranging in size from 3,800 square miles to tiny islands or spits of sand a few hundred acres in circumference.
Minor Hotel Group has announced the planned expansion of its presence in Australia with the launch of two new properties in Perth, Avani Hotel and Avani Residences. The announcement marks the Avani brand’s entry into the Australian market with an investment of more than AUD $110 million. With an existing portfolio of 51 Oaks Hotels & Resorts, the majority in Australia, Minor Hotel Group is strongly committed to further development and expansion throughout the nation.