Accor welcomes the world

back to the island paradise of Phuket…


Phuket never fails to awaken the senses. A blissful blue sky, clear oceans, and lush green hills set the backdrop for glittering waves crashing on the pearlescent sandy shores on which only a few people gather under coconut trees swaying with the coastal breeze. The island paradise of Phuket has been closed to international visitors for over a year, allowing nature to recuperate and thrive. A new chapter now awaits with vaccinated travellers welcomed back from 1st July 2021 from countries with a low or medium risk of COVID-19 transmission. For those wistfully dreaming of a tropical beach getaway, Phuket offers the perfect collection of experiences that can be enjoyed around the island without quarantine. Accor, the largest hotel and resort operator in Phuket, invites travellers from around the world to reawaken their love for travel and be amongst the first to discover the joys of the ‘Phuket Sandbox’.

Phuket’s beaches have never been more serene

Days spent on breath-taking beaches are an essential part of the Phuket experience. Powdery sands, glistening waters, and spectacular views can be discovered all around the island, with a diverse array of offerings on the popular west coast as well as the more secluded east coast. There are over 30 beaches in Phuket, some of them hidden away and others adjacent to beachfront resorts. With limited flights operating, visitors have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lay on unblemished shores with very few other people, for a more chilled-out atmosphere, bringing a whole new meaning to ‘social distancing’.

Where to stay: Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is nestled in a southern cove overlooking the broad palm-lined arc of Makham Bay. Its private stretch of fine white sand is great for relaxing and ideal for water sports. For an escape amongst nature, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach is perched on the headland overlooking the ocean in the northern region of Phuket. Guests will have direct access to Naithon Beach, which is secluded and visited by very few people. Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach is also loved by guests thanks to its location right next to the renowned white beaches of Kamala Bay, offering uninterrupted ocean views of the Andaman Sea.


Phuket’s Old Town district is becoming a trendy centre

As much as sun seekers enjoy the beaches, digital nomads, foodies, and culture junkies will love exploring the Old Town of Phuket, where a hip scene has been brewing for the last few years. The characteristic charm of the Old Town is influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malay, Indian and European cultures, which blend harmoniously with the architecture of various buildings. Many colourful Sino-Portuguese shop houses have been transformed into modern-day coffee houses, Michelin-recommended eateries, hip ice cream shops, chic cocktail bars, and stylish boutiques. Travellers can now immerse in the spirit, energy, and warmth of the local community found in Phuket’s Old Town district.

Where to stay: Located near to Phuket’s Old Town, Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra offers contemporary rooms and suites with city or bay views. ibis Styles Phuket City Hotel brings fun, style and creative energy with its playful design that shares the colourful Sino-Portuguese influence. Both hotels offer a comfortable base to explore Phuket.

Phuket resorts offer a diverse array of experiences

As Thailand’s largest tropical island, with more than 30 smaller islands surrounding the coastline, Phuket boasts an incredible array of accommodation choices. There is something to suit the preferences, interests, and budget of each traveller. Whether guests are looking for a larger suite suitable for an extended stay, locally inspired resorts, family-friendly facilities, or private pool villas, Accor’s 21 properties across the island are now ready to welcome guests back with warm, friendly Thai hospitality.

Where to stay: Design enthusiasts will love Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery, the beautiful boutique resort that seamlessly blends rich local culture with Sino-Portuguese influences. For ultimate luxury, the newly opened V Villas Phuket – MGallery offers unparalleled privacy with its exclusive pool villas complete with 24-hour butler service. Families seeking more space can consider Grand Mercure Phuket Patong with various activities and villas that are designed for larger groups. For longer stays, Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket offers a collection of inviting residences with living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and oversized balconies. Budget-conscious travellers can opt for the economical options of ibis Phuket Patong or ibis Phuket Kata, which both feature pools and convenient locations.

Elevated hygiene protocols are in place to welcome guests back safely

Accor has now established some of the most stringent cleaning standards & operational procedures in hospitality, to ensure guest safety as hotels reopen around the world. These standards have been developed with and vetted by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in hygiene testing, inspections & certification. The ALLSAFE label represents Accor’s commitment to upholding these elevated standards across all hotels.

Accor’s Phuket Reawakened Campaign

Rediscover the best of Phuket and reserve your trip now with peace of mind, knowing you can enjoy the flexibility to cancel your stay up to three days before arrival. Guests planning a longer escape can enjoy 20% off 7 night stays, or 30% off 14 night stays. Members of Accor Plus lifestyle loyalty program receive an additional 10% discount. Phuket is an ideal gateway to explore the rest of Thailand. Arrivals can enjoy Phuket for at least 14 days before exploring the rest of the Kingdom. Book by 30 December 2021 to enjoy your next tropical escape.

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Enjoy Waterfront Luxury from Five New Holiday Homes West Australia

  • Five new luxury holiday homes now available to book through Private Properties
  • Located in Yallingup looking out to the ocean, Dunsborough overlooking Geographe Bay, and Margaret River – a stone’s throw to the river.
  • Good availability July to September
  • Perfect for extended family stays

Beautiful Yallingup Lagoon, calm blue Geographe Bay and the pristine tree-lined stretch of the Margaret River – the South West is home to some of the best water vistas around.

Private Properties has released five new world-class holiday homes and Managing Director David Moyes said all on the water’s edge.

“You can surf, swim, snorkel and kayak to your heart’s content before heading back to the luxurious comfort each of these homes provides,” he said.

“Enjoy superb ocean sunsets or bushland views from expansive outdoor entertaining areas and relax with a bottle of Margaret River wine from one of the 100-plus local award-winning cellar doors on the doorstep.

“Winter and spring are beautiful in the Margaret River Region and I’d recommend booking these homes now while there is still availability,” he said.

Sundowner, Yallingup is a Hamptons-style home with sweeping ocean views from Yallingup hill, and is a lovely walk down to the picturesque swimming beach and surf breaks. The crisp white kitchen and dining area with deluxe coastal furnishings expands onto the balcony, where you can wine and dine overlooking the Indian Ocean. If you’re craving a moment to yourself to cosy up in the sun, the master bedroom has a private, ocean-facing balcony. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a good book. This luxurious accommodation is also within walking distance to Caves House Hotel and the stylish new Lagoon Yallingup restaurant.  Sundowner sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms. From $3,045 for a 5-night stay off peak.

Bushland Retreat, Margaret River is situated on the outskirts of Margaret River townsite, but looks out over native bushland while still being close to wineries, breweries, eateries and attractions. This tranquil holiday home is surrounded by both the river and towering eucalyptus trees, so you will smell the sweet, fresh air as soon as you step foot into the forest garden. Better yet, hop on one of the bush trails and wander down to the serene river. One of the walking tracks will even take you straight to the Margaret River Brewhouse. After a day getting back to nature, cosy up in front of the statement fireplace, and enjoy a meal in the timber floored dining room. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms. From $1,895 for 3 nights in the off peak season.

Apricus, Yallingup – this light, bright open-plan holiday home is awash with timber details and modern white furnishings. Apricus’ coastal décor will ensure you immediately switch to holiday mode on entering the front door. The master bedroom also has a deep bath, ideal for chilly winter evenings. Perched above Yallingup’s coastline, you will be treated to some glorious sunsets from the balcony. As you watch the sun descend towards the Indian Ocean, pour yourself a glass of local wine as you take in the colours of the vibrant bush and the turquoise ocean. Apricus is a short walk to Yallingup Beach, as well as an adventure playground, Lagoon Yallingup café and historic Caves House Hotel for a pub lunch by the fire or live music. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms. From $2,995 for 3 nights off peak.

Barefeet Retreat, Yallingup – Soak up ocean vistas from almost every room of the house – including the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom, and the spacious balcony. This luxury holiday home spans over three levels, and there is a sheltered BBQ deck accessible from the top floor. Despite its luxe styling, Barefeet Retreat still has a relaxed vibe, so you can truly, as the name suggests, get barefoot and make the most of being so close to one of the region’s most picturesque beaches. Leisurely wander down the hill to the family-friendly Yallingup Lagoon, and make the most of the bustling Caves House Hotel. There are also iconic surf breaks nearby, so bring your boards. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms and you can bring your pooch on holiday too. From $2,395 off peak for 3 nights.

Forest Beach House, Dunsborough – This striking holiday house is shrouded by the Meelup Regional Park and Geographe Bay, so you’ll be treated to views of both native bushland and the sparkling turquoise bay. Only a stone’s-throw from the water’s edge, you’ll find it hard to resist the rockpools and coves of Dunsborough’s coastline. There’s easy access to walking and biking trails, so you can explore the area and beach hop at ease. The modern industrial style home was nominated for this year’s WA Architecture Awards and features polished concrete floors, charred timber and plush leather couches. Forest Beach House has 4 bedrooms plus 3 bathrooms and can sleep up to 8 people so it’s ideal to get couples or families together to enjoy beautiful Dunsborough. From $2,995 for 3 nights off peak.

Private Properties’ local bookings experts can provide advice and information on these properties, their locations, local attractions, and other high-quality homes available. Along with their cleaning and maintenance teams they work tirelessly behind the scenes to create a seamless end-to end-experience for discerning holidaymakers.

To find out more about these luxury holiday homes, and many more, visit, call 08 9750 5444 or email

Crystal Expedition Amazing Cruises

Crystal Expedition Cruises Announces 2023-2024 Deployment for

Luxury Expedition Yacht Crystal Endeavor

Highlights include polar expeditions, remote island explorations, immersive voyages to Japan,

Russia’s Northeast Passage, cruising into the heart of Seville, and more

Crystal Expedition Cruises today announced the full roster of 2023 voyages as well as two early January 2024 itineraries for its luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor. The first ever “Made in Germany” Polar Class Six (PC6), all-suite, all-verandah ship will feature 27 world- spanning itineraries, taking guests on adventurous journeys to new and remote corners of the globe in bespoke luxury and comfort on the line’s state-of-the-art vessel.

Thoughtfully crafted itineraries range from 10 to 28 nights and will offer intrepid travelers a diverse range of adventures including expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic; South America and offshore islands; Cape Verde and the Canary Islands; the Mediterranean and Western Europe; the British and Scottish Isles; Iceland and the Faroe Islands; Norway, the North Cape and Svalbard; the Russian Arctic and the Northeast Passage; Japan and the Inland Sea; the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia’sRaja Ampat archipelago; and Australia including New Year’s Eve in Sydney.

“Our remote expeditions offer guests access to lands few people have ever laid eyes on, let alone set foot upon, and several you would be hard-pressed to find on a map,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal. “A number of places we visit are uninhabited by people but are incredibly alive with wildlife, and our immersive expeditions allow guests an up-close and intimate level of discovery, along with unparalleled comfort and luxury in the world’s remote locations. Balancing our remote expeditions are voyages that explore beloved destinations in a new way because of the size of the ship and the access it allows, as well as new destinations that offer intriguing cultural sights and natural beauty. With three types of voyages – Remote Expeditions, Destination Explorations and Cultural Discovery – there is a unique itinerary for every type of adventurer.”

Itinerary highlights include a variety of unique polar expeditions including rare explorations of the remote Ross Sea in Antarctica and an epic 19-night expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica showcasing all the region’s major highlights in one spectacular journey. A transit of the Northeast Passage reveals untouched lands teeming with wildlife, while expeditions to Russia’s Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya offer a chance to see polar bears, walrus, whales, seals and Arctic foxes.

Immersive cultural journeys of Japan in the autumn season explore historical sites, famous gardens and landscapes dressed in a symphony of red, yellow and orange foliage. Crystal Endeavor cruises the River Thames close to Tower Bridge in London, docks in the city center in Edinburgh and cruises into the heart of Seville, Rouen and Bordeaux. In Indonesia, the Raja Ampat archipelago offers some of the world’s ultimate snorkeling experiences in a wonderland of rare corals and colorful fish.

Reservations for Crystal Endeavor’s 2023-2024 voyages open June 24, 2021, offering travelers all-inclusive 2-for-1 cruise fares from $7,499 per guest and up to $2,000 Book Now Savings per guest, ensuring the best fares available for those who plan ahead and book early.

Curated Explorations, Expert-Led Discovery

Crystal Endeavor’s deeply immersive 2023-2024 itineraries feature different levels of activity and areas of focus depending on destination. Voyages designated as Remote Expedition feature Zodiac landings, wildlife observation, invigorating hikes and other bold pursuits; Destination Explorations focus on a region’s natural wonders; and voyages of Cultural Discovery explore the traditions, history and people of the lands visited. Each voyage is led by an expert Expedition Team with specific destination expertise – from marine biologists and ornithologists to archaeologists and historians – to provide insights and enrichment during the journey. In addition to hosted Zodiac landings and kayaking adventures, optional helicopter flightseeing and submersible excursions (offered in select locations) take discovery to a new level. Complimentary expedition gear ensures guest comfort while exploring the elements from polar regions to tropical destinations.

Crystal Endeavor’s Full-Year 2023 & Early 2024 Deployment:

Five consecutive remote expeditions explore Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia beginning in January through March 2023, featuring magnificent icebergs and glaciers to thriving colonies of chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins as well as whales and basking seals. The Falkland Islands and South Georgia offer amazing wildlife experiences including abundant seabirds, regal King penguins and an impressive fur seal colony. Beyond the Antarctic Circle more isolated and pristine experiences abound, allowing for landings and expedition stops and more opportunities for helicopter flightseeing.

Two remote Ross Sea expeditions in Antarctica in early January 2024, explore snow and ice-covered landscapes and marine rich waters along a route rarely traveled and called “The Last Ocean” as it is so pristine, remote and untouched by humans. The expedition team will attempt visits to the well- preserved huts and outposts of historic explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott, expedition time capsules preserved by the cold and ice.

  • Expedition Antarctica (Remote Expedition)
    11-night, January 7 – 18, 2023, Round-trip Ushuaia, Argentina 11-night, February 6 – 17, 2023, Round-trip Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Wildlife Expedition (Remote Expedition) 19-night, January 18 – February 6, 2023, Round-trip Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Beyond the Antarctic Circle (Remote Expedition)
    14-night, February 17 – March 3, 2023, Round-trip Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Falkland Islands & South Georgia Wildlife Expedition (Remote Expedition) 15-night, March 3 – 18, 2023, Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expedition (Remote Expedition)
    22-nights, January 6 – 28, 2024, Hobart, Australia to Dunedin, New Zealand
    22-nights, January 28 – February 18, 2024, Dunedin, New Zealand to Hobart, TasmaniaTwo South America voyages showcase world-renowned cities, beautifully preserved history, and the natural beauty of Brazil’s Green Coast, where remote beaches and abundant bays provide the perfect chance to explore with the ship’s ocean kayaks. A trans-Atlantic voyage begins with calls along the Brazilian coast and the chance to discover the marine and ecological splendors of UNESCO-listed Fernando de Noronha archipelago and explorations in the island country of Cape Verde.
  • Exploration in Brazil & Argentina (Destination Exploration)
    10-night, March 18 – 28, 2023, Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Atlantic Explorer: Brazil, Cape Verde & The Canaries (Destination Exploration) 15-night, March 28 – April 12, 2023, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Canary Islands, SpainTwo Mediterranean voyages of cultural discovery blend explorations of picturesque isles and iconic cities. Guests can choose to experience the mystique of Marrakesh and the Moorish history of the Alhambra en route to the Balearic Isles and the Côte d’Azur, or explore the charms of Provence, the treasures of Barcelona, and the chance to cruise into the very heart of Seville for a rare overnight.
  • Andalusia, Morocco & The Mediterranean (Cultural Discovery) 11-night, April 12 – 23, 2023, Canary Islands, Spain to Nice, France
  • Cote D’Azur, Catalonia & Andalusia Discovery (Cultural Discovery) 12-night, April 23 – May 5, 2023, Nice, France to Seville, Spain

Three voyages in Western Europe & the British Isles offer new perspectives on classic itineraries.
A 10-night river exploration navigates the Guadalquivir River and Andalusian countryside to dock in the heart of Seville and transits the Garonne River for an overnight in Bordeaux. A journey to Bordeaux, Normandy and The Hague offers an overnight in Bordeaux and a cruise up the Seine for a two-night stay in Rouen, rich with medieval history and gothic architecture. A springtime voyage of the British Isles explores the Scottish Highlands and windswept Shetlands and offers the chance to dock near Tower Bridge and overnight in Edinburgh a short walk from the Royal Yacht Britannia, now a museum.

  • River Discovery: Guadalquivir, Tagus & Garonne (Cultural Discovery) 10-night, May 5 – 15, 2023, Seville, Spain to Bordeaux, France
  • Journey to Bordeaux, Normandy & the Hague (Cultural Discovery)
    11-night, May 15 – 26, 2023, Bordeaux, France to Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Exploration: Springtime in the British Isles (Destination Exploration)
    14-nights, May 26 – June 9, 2023, Portsmouth, United Kingdom to Edinburgh, ScotlandThree voyages in the Faroe Islands, Iceland & Svalbard take guests to explore Viking history and geological wonders. A destination exploration of Iceland reveals geothermal marvels, thundering waterfalls and volcanic landscapes. The rocky coastlines of the Faroe Islands feature waters patrolled by Orcas and long-finned pilot whales, while a remote expedition in Svalbard offers extraordinary birdlife and the chance to spy polar bears, walruses and seals.
  • Scottish Isle, Faroes & Icelandic Wildlife Expedition (Destination Exploration) 12-nights, June 9 – 21, 2023, Edinburgh, Scotland to Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Expedition Iceland (Destination Exploration)
    10-nights, June 21 – July 1, 2023, Round-trip Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Arctic Adventure: Iceland, Svalbard & The North Cape (Remote Expedition) 15-nights, July 1 – 16, 2023, Reykjavik, Iceland to Tromsø, NorwayThree voyages in Russia feature Remote Expeditions including an epic 28-day transit of Russia’s Northeast Passage offering the chance to see polar bears, walruses, seals, Arctic foxes and seabird colonies, and to explore Russian history and culture on Solovetsky Island, a UNESCO gem on the White Sea. A 17-night Russian Arctic Expedition & The North Cape voyage visits the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago off the coast of Siberia and provides a taste of the Northeast Passage for guests whose schedules call for a shorter itinerary. A 17-night expedition from Anadyr to Tokyo spotlights brown bears and herds of reindeer on the Kamchatka Peninsula and Steller sea lions in The Kuril Islands.
  • Russian Arctic Expedition & The North Cape (Remote Expedition) 17-nights, July 16 – August 2, 2023, Round-trip Tromsø, Norway
  • Northeast Passage (Remote Expedition)
    28-nights, August 2 – 30, 2023, Tromsø, Norway to Anadyr, Russia

• Expedition: Kamchatka, The Kurils & Hokkaido (Remote Expedition) 17-nights, August 30 – September 16, 2023, Anadyr, Russia to Tokyo, Japan

Four voyages explore Japan showcasing sweeping adventures in a timeless empire steeped in tradition, lore and natural beauty, from the mountain ranges of Kanazawa to the UNESCO-listed castle ruins in Hagi. Voyages explore Japan in autumn, draped in a fiery splendor of garnets and golds, and feature breathtaking Japanese gardens, Samurai shrines and Buddhist temples as well as snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches and cultural treasures.

  • Russian Far East & Japan (Remote Expedition)
    17-nights, September 16 – October 3, 2023, Round-trip Tokyo, Japan
  • Japan’s Cultural & Coastal Discovery (Cultural Discovery) 17-nights, October 3 – 20, 2023, Round-trip Tokyo, Japan
  • Autumn in Japan: Gardens & Empires (Cultural Discovery) 16-nights, October 20 – November 5, 2023, Round-trip Tokyo, Japan
  • Island Explorations of Japan (Destination Exploration)
    16-nights, November 5 – 21, 2023, Tokyo, Japan to Taipei, TaiwanThree voyages exploring Indonesia & Australia featuring winter escapes to exotic isles and balmy shores. Explorations in Indonesia include Komodo Island and the spectacular coral reefs of the Raja Ampat archipelago, as well as calls in the Philippines and Borneo. A Holiday Expedition in Australia includes an overnight in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Christmas Day enjoyed on an overnight in the idyllic Whitsunday Islands, and the chance to ring in the New Year with a double overnight in Sydney.
  • Philippines, Borneo & Indonesian Quest (Remote Expedition)
    16-night, November 21 – December 7, 2023, Taipei, Taiwan to Bali, Indonesia
  • Expedition to Bali, the Raja Ampat & Queensland (Remote Expedition) 16-nights, December 7 – December 23, 2023, Bali, Indonesia to Cairns, Australia
  • Holiday Expedition: Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania (Destination Exploration) 14-night, December 23, 2023 – January 6, 2024, Cairns, Australia to Hobart, AustraliaPrecision German Engineering for Remote and Polar Expeditions

    Crystal Endeavor’s 2023-2024 season includes 10 itineraries exploring the polar regions with expeditions to the vast icy realms of Antarctica and the Arctic. Built at MV WERFTEN in Stralsund, Germany, part of a family of shipyards known for their passenger ship, icebreaker and private yacht building expertise, Crystal Endeavor is purpose-built for superior performance in polar conditions. Designed and built to the highest standards of renowned German engineering with power, efficiency and the environments of the world in mind, the 20,200-GRT ship’s propulsion system includes two

Azipod D units and a diesel electric power plant crafted specifically for ice-going vessels to help them operate at optimum efficiency while providing 13,020 kW of installed power, delivering well-balanced power and propulsion installation, giving both speed and comfort.

The yacht’s agile maneuverability, safety and technical capabilities can be compared to a finely tuned German sports car like a Porsche, offering guests a smooth and powerful ride designed for bold exploration in remote regions. State-of-the-art FarSounder 1000 technology allows the captain and bridge officers to detect sea life and underwater objects far in advance and navigate appropriately, with 3-D imaging of the terrain up to 1,000 meters ahead and 50 meters deep.

Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious design offers discerning travelers elegantly casual, expansive private and public spaces with 100 gross tons per person and 10,000 cubic feet per guest for a passenger space ratio of more than 100. The ship accommodates just 200 guests with a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio delivering the personal and genuine service for which Crystal is known. Accommodations are luxuriously appointed retreats for guests after days full of exploration, with every suite offering private butler service.

Throughout the ship, Crystal hallmarks will accent guests’ onboard experience: Michelin- inspired dining options including Umi Uma, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship, Italian fine dining at Prego, 24-hour room service and an optional Vintage Room experience; spacious social spaces; the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-story solarium – housing the Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi and providing panoramic views from sea to sky; and the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa with a state-of-the-art Fitness Center as well as a wraparound Promenade Deck, rare in the industry but an iconic Crystal design element.

Expedition-specific amenities and spaces will enhance the guests’ experience, with enrichment areas, designated mud rooms, and an Expedition Lounge. The ship’s marina will feature the “toys” found aboard a private yacht for further explorations including a fleet of zodiacs, kayaks, and snorkel gear, and well as optional helicopter flightseeing from the ship’s own helipad and a six-guest submersible allowing for deep-water explorations in select areas of the world, itinerary and conditions permitting.


水晶邮轮公布旗下顶级奢华探险级游艇「水晶奋进号」2023 – 2024年航程



2021617日,迈阿密 – 水晶邮轮今日公布旗下第一艘极地破冰级游艇「水晶奋进号」2023年全年及2024年1月初旬的27个航程。这艘全套房、全露台设计的顶级奢华探险级游艇依照极地破冰级别PC6标准,以精湛的德国造船工艺打造建造,采用顶尖无锚动态定位科技,将带领奢华旅游鉴赏家一同踏上一段独一无二的冒险旅程,深入探索地球上每一个遥远的角落,收获超凡奢游新体验。


透过精心设计的10晚至28晚丰富航程,「水晶奋进号」将带领热爱冒险的奢华旅游鉴赏家到访全球多个独特景点,航程遍布南北极;南美洲和离岛;佛得角和加那利群岛;地中海和西欧;英国和苏格兰群岛;冰岛和法罗群岛;挪威北角和斯瓦尔巴群岛;俄罗斯北极地区和东北航道;日本和内海;菲律宾、马来西亚和印度尼西亚的拉贾安帕群岛; 以及澳大利亚,包括在悉尼倒数迎接新年。


水晶邮轮总裁Jack Anderson 先生表示:「『水晶奋进号』的奇境探险之旅将带领宾客深度探索及发掘地球上不为人知或未曾有人踏足、甚至在地图上都难以寻觅的角落;其中一些地方完全与世隔绝,却蕴藏着令人难以置信的丰富物种。水晶沉浸式的探险旅程将带领宾客深入崎岖之境,近距离观赏最令人神往的绝世风景,与野生动植物保护区或海底世界的原始生命亲密接触,让宾客即使置身世界最偏远的角落,依然尽享奢适,倍受尊宠。宾客亦可选择参加丰富多元的目的地探索之旅,以全新视角深度探索人文或自然奇观。『水晶奋进号』优越的船体设计,能够深入狭窄水道或偏远的角落进行深度探索。不论您是哪一类旅游鉴赏家,『水晶奋进号』的奇境探险之旅、目的地探索之旅或文化发现之旅,均能满足您对奢华旅行的独特期许。 」

「水晶奋进号」2023- 2024年航程,邀请宾客一同踏上独一无二的史诗级探险旅途,包括深入人迹罕至的罗斯海之旅,以及涵盖福克兰群岛、南乔治亚及南极洲的19晚探险之旅。在探险专家的带领下,沿着传说中的东北航道航行,探索俄罗斯的法兰士约瑟夫地群岛和新地岛,偶遇北极熊、海象、鲸鱼、海豹和北极狐等珍稀野生动物。




「水晶奋进号」2023 – 2024年航程,根据每个航程不同的目的地和亮点,规划丰富多元的活动,带给宾客沉浸式的极致体验。奇境探险之旅——带领宾客前往地球上最为遥远的极地地区和传统旅行难以企及的目的地,在专业探险专家的带领下,通过小型接驳探险快艇等方式深入绝境,近距离观赏罕见野生动植物和令人惊异的绝世风景。目的地探索之旅——致力带领宾客深度探索鲜为人知的小众目的地或举世闻名的世界级都市,包括偏远的岛屿、拥有丰富生物及自然奇观的沿海地带、以及风情万种的迷人市镇。文化发现之旅——带领宾客前往历史悠久的传统大陆或洋溢异域风情的异国岛屿,漫步现代化大都市或是历史名城,在欣赏与众不同的自然风景之余,陶醉于各具特色的文化风情和充满韵律的异国情调,真正发掘文化、艺术与自然的独特魅力。「水晶奋进号」每次航程均由具有丰富当地探险经验的领队,以及海洋生物学家、鸟类学家、考古学家、历史学家、接驳探险快艇驾驶员、直升机飞行员和潜水艇驾驶员组成的专家团队全程陪伴,每一位专家不仅将在船上分享他们的专业知识、也将带队进行岸上观光行程。「水晶奋进号」亦提供免费的探险装备,从寒冷的极地到赤道上的热带秘境,致力为宾客打造完美结合极地探索和奢华旅游的全新舒适体验。






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西欧和不列颠群岛的三个航程,将为宾客开启全新视角,重新解读西欧和不列颠群岛的经典航程。历时10晚的河川发现之旅将沿着瓜达尔基维尔河和河畔的安达卢西亚村庄航行,再驶进西班牙的内河港口城市——塞维利亚停留,穿过加龙河,在波尔多过夜。波尔多、诺曼底和海牙发现之旅会在波尔多过夜,再沿着塞纳河航行,在拥有丰富的中世纪历史和华丽的哥特式建筑的鲁昂停留两晚。不列颠群岛春季探索之旅则将带领宾客近距离欣赏苏格兰高地和设得兰群岛的魅力。「水晶奋进号」将停靠在伦敦塔桥附近,而后在爱丁堡过夜。宾客可登岸游览停泊在港口附近,现已成为博物馆的皇家游艇「不列颠尼亚号 」。

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  • 峇里岛、拉贾安帕群岛和昆士兰探险之旅(奇境探险之旅)2023年12月7日至12月23日:印度尼西亚峇里岛往澳大利亚凯恩斯的16晚行程
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「水晶奋进号」2023 – 2024年航季包含10个南北极极地探险航程。「水晶奋进号」由德国MV造船集团施特拉尔松德船厂建造,德国MV造船集团由德国最大的三家造船厂合并而成。三大船厂均以精湛的造船工艺著称,自创建以来,设计、建造并装嵌了无数远洋及河川新船包括载客邮轮、破冰船及私人游艇。「水晶奋进号」整艘船的设计讲究节能、高效环保及强劲动力。排水量约20,200吨的「水晶奋进号」依照极地破冰级别PC6标准打造,适合在南北极极地航行,为业内最宽敞、速度最快及性能最强的极地破冰级游艇。「水晶奋进号」采用柴电推进动力系统,由功率13,020千瓦的柴油机发电,以驱动两台Azipod D吊舱式推进器,有助探险游艇在极地条件下航行,同时保持速度及舒适度。

就操控灵活度、安全及技术这三点而言,「水晶奋进号」的超卓性能绝对可以媲美快速、顺畅、马力强劲的德国顶级保时捷跑车 。「水晶奋进号」采用全球最先进的FarSounder 1000水下声纳技术,同时具有高分辨率的水下地形地貌探测功能(实时三维成像),可以探测前方1千米及下方50米以内的水域,让船长及船长室人员可以及早发现水下潜在的危险或海洋生物,确保航行安全。

「水晶奋进号」为宾客提供相等于每人100吨及10,000立方英尺的个人及社交空间,宾客空间比率超过1:100,为业内最宽敞的奢华探险船舶。 「水晶奋进号」的设计依循200人载客量,以1比1的员工乘客比例,为宾客带来水晶品牌特色的私人专属奢华与尊宠。「水晶奋进号」拥有业内最宽敞的套房,每间套房均提供私人管家服务,为宾客在结束一天疲劳的探险行程后提供最宽敞舒适的海上居停。

从宾客登上「水晶奋进号」的那一刻起,即可感受到水晶邮轮独树一格的魅力。宾客可在设有开放式座位的多间餐厅享受获奖无数的米其林星级餐饮体验,包括由日籍名厨松久信幸主理,提供日本及秘鲁风味料理的水晶独家海上餐厅——海马日式料理餐厅(Umi Uma & Sushi Bar);在环境优雅的Prego享用融合地中海风味的纯正北意料理;「水晶奋进号」亦提供24小时套房内餐饮服务。美酒鉴赏家可在Vintage Room举办私人定制餐酒搭配晚宴。「水晶奋进号」备有宽敞的社交空间,是唯一一艘拥有娱乐场的探险游艇。双层挑高与全玻璃封闭设计的Solarium,设有Seahorse泳池或Jacuzzi按摩池,在这里可以欣赏摄人心魄的海天一色全景。船上设有全球探险游艇中最大的海上水疗中心,附设专属的健身中心,配备先进器材及有三间按摩室、独立的男女桑拿房和蒸汽浴室。「水晶奋进号」另一设计亮点为业内极为少见的环形漫步甲板Promenade Deck。

为优化宾客探险体验,船上设有增益场所、探险专用更衣室及专为探索专家团队举行信息分享、内容讲座等而设的活动空间Expedition Lounge,以及先进的可伸缩观景平台The Marina,提供橡皮充气船、皮划艇、浮潜等刺激欢快的活动,邀您零距离亲近蔚蓝的海洋。「水晶奋进号」更备有六人座潜水艇,在精选的航程,天气条件允许之下,将带领宾客前往精选观景区域,潜入最深达 980 呎的海底,探索静谧的海洋深处。


水晶郵輪公佈旗下頂級奢華探險級遊艇「水晶奮進號」2023 – 2024年航程



2021617日,邁阿密 – 水晶郵輪今日公佈旗下第一艘極地破冰級遊艇「水晶奮進號」2023年全年及2024年1月初旬的27個航程。這艘全套房、全露台設計的頂級奢華探險級遊艇依照極地破冰級別PC6標準,以精湛的德國造船工藝打造建造,採用頂尖無錨動態定位科技,將帶領奢華旅遊鑒賞家一同踏上一段獨一無二的冒險旅程,深入探索地球上每一個遙遠的角落,收穫超凡奢遊新體驗。


水晶郵輪總裁Jack Anderson 先生表示:「『水晶奮進號』的奇境探險之旅將帶領賓客深度探索及發掘地球上不爲人知或未曾有人踏足、甚至在地圖上都難以尋覓的角落;其中一些地方完全與世隔絕,卻蘊藏著令人難以置信的豐富物種。水晶沉浸式的探險旅程將帶領賓客深入崎嶇之境,近距離觀賞最令人神往的絕世風景,與野生動植物保護區或海底世界的原始生命親密接觸,讓賓客即使置身世界最偏遠的角落,依然盡享奢適,倍受尊寵。賓客亦可選擇參加豐富多元的目的地探索之旅,以全新視角深度探索人文或自然奇觀。『水晶奮進號』優越的船體設計,能夠深入狹窄水道或偏遠的角落進行深度探索。不論您是哪一類旅遊鑑賞家,『水晶奮進號』的奇境探險之旅、目的地探索之旅文化發現之旅,均能滿足您對奢華旅行的獨特期許。」

「水晶奮進號」2023- 2024年航程,邀請賓客一同踏上獨一無二的史詩級探險旅途,包括深入人跡罕至的羅斯海之旅,以及涵蓋福克蘭群島、南喬治亞及南極洲的19晚探險之旅。在探險專家的帶領下,沿著傳說中的東北航道航行,探索俄羅斯的法蘭士約瑟夫地群島和新地島,偶遇北極熊、海象、鯨魚、海豹和北極狐等珍稀野生動物。




「水晶奮進號」2023 – 2024年航程,根據每個航程不同的目的地和亮點,規劃豐富多元的活動,帶給賓客沉浸式的極致體驗。奇境探險之旅——帶領賓客前往地球上最為遙遠的極地地區和傳統旅行難以企及的目的地,在專業探險專家的帶領下,通過小型接駁探險快艇等方式深入絕境,近距離觀賞罕見野生動植物和令人驚異的絕世風景。目的地探索之旅——致力帶領賓客深度探索鮮為人知的小眾目的地或舉世聞名的世界級都市,包括偏遠的島嶼、擁有豐富生物及自然奇觀的沿海地帶、以及風情萬種的迷人市鎮。文化發現之旅——帶領賓客前往歷史悠久的傳統大陸或洋溢異域風情的異國島嶼,漫步現代化大都市或是歷史名城,在欣賞與眾不同的自然風景之餘,陶醉於各具特色的文化風情和充滿韻律的異國情調,真正發掘文化、藝術與自然的獨特魅力。「水晶奮進號」每次航程均由具有豐富當地探險經驗的領隊,以及海洋生物學家、鳥類學家、考古學家、歷史學家、接駁探險快艇駕駛員、直升機飛行員和潛水艇駕駛員組成的專家團隊全程陪伴,每一位專家不僅將在船上分享他們的專業知識、也將帶隊進行岸上觀光行程。「水晶奮進號」亦提供免費的探險裝備,從寒冷的極地到赤道上的熱帶祕境,致力為賓客打造完美結合極地探索和奢華旅遊的全新舒適體驗。




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西歐和不列顛群島的三個航程,將為賓客開啓全新視角,重新解讀西歐和不列顛群島的經典航程。歷時10晚的河川發現之旅將沿著瓜達爾基維爾河和河畔的安達盧西亞村莊航行,再駛進西班牙的内河港口城市——塞維利亞停留,穿過加龍河,在波爾多過夜。波爾多、諾曼底和海牙發現之旅會在波爾多過夜,再沿著塞納河航行,在擁有豐富的中世紀歷史和華麗的哥特式建築的魯昂停留兩晚。不列顛群島春季探索之旅則將帶領賓客近距離欣賞蘇格蘭高地和設得蘭群島的魅力。「水晶奮進號」將停靠在倫敦塔橋附近,而後在愛丁堡過夜。賓客可登岸遊覽停泊在港口附近,現已成為博物館的皇家遊艇 「不列顛尼亞號 」。

  • 河川發現之旅:瓜達爾基維爾河、塔霍河和加龍河(文化發現之旅)2023年5月5日至15日:西班牙塞維利亞往法國波爾多的10晚行程
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  • 俄羅斯遠東和日本探險之旅(奇境探險之旅)2023年9月16日至10月3日:往返日本東京17晚行程
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  • 日本島嶼探索之旅(目的地探索之旅)



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「水晶奮進號」2023 – 2024年航季包含10個南北極極地探險航程。「水晶奮進號」由德國MV造船集團施特拉爾松德船廠建造,德國MV造船集團由德國最大的三家造船廠合併而成。三大船廠均以精湛的造船工藝著稱,自創建以來,設計、建造並裝嵌了無數遠洋及河川新船包括載客郵輪、破冰船及私人遊艇。「水晶奮進號」整艘船的設計講究節能、高效環保及強勁動力。排水量約20,200噸的「水晶奮進號」依照極地破冰級別PC6標準打造,適合在南北極極地航行,為業內最寬敞、速度最快及性能最強的極地破冰級遊艇。「水晶奮進號」採用柴電推進動力系統,由功率13,020千瓦的柴油機發電,以驅動兩台Azipod D吊艙式推進器,有助探險遊艇在極地條件下航行,同時保持速度及舒適度。

就操控靈活度、安全及技術這三點而言,「水晶奮進號」的超卓性能絕對可以媲美快速、順暢、馬力強勁的德國頂級保時捷跑車 。「水晶奮進號」採用全球最先進的FarSounder 1000水下聲納技術,同時具有高解析度的水下地形地貌探測功能(即時三維成像),可以探測前方1千米及下方50米以內的水域,讓船長及船長室人員可以及早發現水下潛在的危險或海洋生物,確保航行安全。


從賓客登上「水晶奮進號」的那一刻起,即可感受到水晶郵輪獨樹一格的魅力。賓客可在設有開放式座位的多間餐廳享受獲獎無數的米其林星級餐飲體驗,包括由日籍名廚松久信幸主理,提供日本及秘魯風味料理的水晶獨家海上餐廳——海馬日式料理餐廳(Umi Uma & Sushi Bar);在環境優雅的Prego享用融合地中海風味的純正北意料理;「水晶奮進號」亦提供24小時套房內餐飲服務。美酒鑒賞家可在Vintage Room舉辦私人定制餐酒搭配晚宴。「水晶奮進號」備有寬敞的社交空間,是唯一一艘擁有娛樂場的探險遊艇。雙層挑高與全玻璃封閉設計的Solarium,設有Seahorse泳池或Jacuzzi按摩池,在這裡可以欣賞攝人心魄的海天一色全景。船上設有全球探險遊艇中最大的海上水療中心,附設專屬的健身中心,配備先進器材及有三間按摩室、獨立的男女桑拿房和蒸汽浴室。「水晶奮進號」另一設計亮點為業內極為少見的環形漫步甲板Promenade Deck。

為優化賓客探險體驗,船上設有增益場所、探險專用更衣室及專為探索專家團隊舉行資訊分享、內容講座等而設的活動空間Expedition Lounge,以及先進的可伸縮觀景平台The Marina,提供橡皮充氣船、皮划艇、浮潛等刺激歡快的活動,邀您零距離親近蔚藍的海洋。「水晶奮進號」更備有六人座潛水艇,在精選的航程,天氣條件允許之下,將帶領賓客前往精選觀景區域,潛入最深達 980 呎的海底,探索靜謐的海洋深處。

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visit


TEM partners with Singapore Airlines Group to launch carbon offset

TEM partners with Singapore Airlines Group to launch carbon offset programme using world-class BlueHalo® climate tech

Asia Pacific’s largest carbon offset provider, Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM), has partnered with the Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) to tackle flight emissions.

SIA today launched their voluntary carbon offset programme enabling passengers to fly carbon neutral via dedicated microsites powered by TEM’s BlueHaloⓇ technology that accurately calculates and offsets the emissions associated with a customer’s journey.

SIA is offering the carbon offset option across its two key passenger airline businesses: Singapore Airlines and Scoot. SIA and Scoot will also match the offsets that these customers purchase for the first six months from the launch of the programme. The carbon offset programme will be made available to SIA Cargo in late July. Corporate customers will be able to participate in the programme from the fourth quarter of 2021.

All customer contributions will directly support independently accredited emissions-reducing projects that preserve vital rainforests in Indonesia, strengthen renewable energy generation in India and fund smoke-free kitchens for villagers in Nepal.

SIA customers will be able to use their KrisFlyer miles and HighFlyer points to offset their carbon emissions from the fourth quarter of 2021.

CEO of TEM Peter Castellas said SIA is joining a powerful collective of organisations taking action on climate change.

“The SIA Group has made strong commitments to address climate change and we are proud to support them in their sustainability journey. Empowering customers to offset their share of emissions meets increasing consumer demand for more sustainable travel options. We are thrilled to partner with this world-class airline to activate BlueHaloⓇ allowing passengers to fly carbon neutral while delivering life-changing benefits to rural communities across Asia.”

BlueHaloⓇ is a plug in API-driven software providing travel businesses a seamless end-to-end offsetting solution for their customers. Through BlueHaloⓇ, business and consumers can support some of the world’s most high-impact offset projects.

The SIA Group joins a growing group of corporate travel leaders taking action on climate change including Qantas, Webjet and AMEX Global Business Travel who have all implemented BlueHaloⓇ to deliver their carbon offset offerings.

Ms Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines, said:  “Through the SIA Group’s voluntary carbon offset programme, our customers now have an opportunity to offset their emissions through accredited projects that provide clear benefits to people and the planet. Matching their offsets is our way of encouraging our customers to fly carbon neutral. The programme supports the Group’s commitment to buttress our sustainability efforts, and reinforces our leadership position in the airline industry as we recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Customers can offset their emissions via the following websites:

Kauai, What’s Blooming on the Garden Island

Kaua’i welcomes back travelers! Now is the perfect opportunity to shake those quarantine blues and recharge on the beautiful Garden Island. With an expanded selection of outdoor activities, luxury accommodations, and safety and health guidelines in place, Kaua’i is a great destination to rejuvenate after a long absence of travel.

“Kaua’i has worked hard to keep the island safe and is excited to welcome back mindful travelers with safety and health guidelines in place, including mask mandates, practicing social distancing and limiting group sizes,” said Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau.

Kaua’i rejoined Hawai’i’s Safe Travels Pre-Travel Testing Program allowing transpacific travelers to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine by taking a test within 72 hours from their last leg into the State of Hawai’i from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner. Upload the test results to their Safe Travel profile, get screened at the airport and enjoy the island while masking and social distancing. Please note: You must have your test results before boarding your transpacific flight. Pending test results will not be accepted and results in a 10-day quarantine.

You can also enjoy Kaua’i if you are already in the state by taking a test from an Inter-County Trusted Testing and Travel Partner within 72 hours of your inter-island departure flight and upload your results to your existing Safe Travel profile.

For more information, visit:

Why the Seaside Town of Gamagori Onsen Is One of Japan’s Best Kept Secrets

Hidden along Aichi Prefecture’s southern coastline, Gamagori Onsen is the holiday destination you didn’t know you needed. With easy access on the shinkansen route between Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, here are three reasons why making a stop-over at Gamagori Onsen should be on your next travel itinerary.

1. Relax at the Japanese seaside
The quaint resort town Gamagori Onsen overlooks the Mikawa Bay with a beach loved by the locals – a great place to cool down if visiting in the summertime and enjoy seasonal activities such as clam digging in the sand. Connected to the mainland beach by a 387-metre bridge is the symbol of Gamagori, Takeshima Island which is a designated Natural National Monument. There are five small shrines on the island hidden amongst the greenery, the most well-known being Yaotomi Shrine that said to enshrine the god of marriage.

2. Fall in love with onsen
Gamagori is known for its natural hot springs overlooking the Mikawa Bay and Takeshima Island, including Hotel Takeshima and the historic Gamagori Classic Hotel which opened in 1934. The waters of these natural hot springs have a local reputation for various beneficial effects such as healing muscle pain and aiding fatigue recovery. If you are staying at one of the ryokan or hotels of Gamagori, you will also have the option to enjoy locally sourced caught seafood at dinner time.

3. See Flowers and Fireflies
After dinner, change into your ryokan’s yukata and wander around Katahara Onsen, nestled on the top of a mountain with a backdrop of thick forest and overlooking the ocean only a 10-minute ride by taxi from Gamagori Onsen. Katahara’s Hodagaike Pond is known as the ‘Home Place of the Hydrangeas’ because of its somewhat 50,000 bushes that surround like ponds waters. Thanks to the pristine water and lush nature around Katahara Onsen, there is a spot nearby the pond where visitors can see the fireflies that come out in June – a rare chance for travellers to catch a glimpse of the short-lived but spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Known to locals as the ‘heart’ of Japan, Aichi Prefecture boasts a colourful past as a crucial point for traffic between east and west Japan. It is highly diverse and is a melting pot where were rustic Japanese charm meets innovation and technology.

How to travel to get to Aichi

By bullet train: One hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo, 50 minutes from Osaka and just 35 minutes from Kyoto to get to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture’s capital and Japan’s fourth largest city.
By air: Aichi Prefecture’s international airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport offers ease of access from other airports in Japan, as well as for those flying from Australia via South East Asia.

U.S. Travel Praises Administration Steps to Reopen Int’l Travel

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the forthcoming announcement that the Biden administration will form “working groups” to determine the path to reopening international travel with Canada, the European Union, Mexico and the United Kingdom:

“This announcement marks an important step forward in our national recovery from the pandemic.

“U.S. Travel and its membership believe a public-private task force can quickly develop a blueprint to reopen international inbound travel and jumpstart a sustained jobs and economic recovery. With decreased infection rates in the U.S. combined with the administration’s goal of having a critical mass of Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th, there is a true near-term opportunity to safely begin to welcome back international visitors.

“International travel can be safely restarted by applying a risk-based and science-driven approach, and our hope is that the working groups are able to put a reopening framework in place very quickly.

“The travel industry commends the Biden administration for taking this critical and necessary step on the international front, and we look forward to working with the federal government in every way possible to advance this process.”

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2020, travel generated $1.5 trillion in economic output and supported 11 million jobs, a drastic decline from pre-pandemic figures. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit for information and recovery-related data.

Rediscover Sydney this winter with a solstice staycation at IHG Hotels & Resorts

There is no time for hibernating this winter. Rediscover the Harbour City with IHG Hotels & Resorts, as Sydney Solstice transforms the city and puts on a show like no other.

From urban laneways, to CBD landmarks and glittering harbourside locations, discover an eclectic line up of events showcasing Sydney’s world-class hospitality, entertainment, arts and culture across two action-packed weeks.

Visitors and locals alike, can make their Sydney Solstice experience even more memorable with a stay at IHG’s collection of Sydney hotels and as an IHG Rewards member, they can enjoy up to 35% off* when choosing the ‘Advance Saver’ rate.

Gaze & Graze at
InterContinental Sydney 

For a taste of Sydney, embark on a culinary journey across the city at InterContinental’s exclusive Panorama Rooftop Lounge Bar. In collaboration with Sydney’s finest providores, the hotel’s expert team has transformed the traditional degustation menu into an interactive dining map.

Perched 31 stories above Sydney Harbour, guests will work their way across the stunning city skyline whilst indulging in beautifully curated dishes. Each dish heros the flavours of the harbour and city  –  from Sydney Royal Botanic Garden Honey, to Manly Spirits Coastal Citrus gin cured ocean trout.

This immersive dining experience is running daily throughout Sydney Solstice, 8-20 June from 4:30pm.  Enjoy the experience even more with overnight accommodation and parking. Book InterContinental Sydney’s ‘Sydney Solstice Stay, Park, Experience’ package. 

Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour

This new hotel offers a prime location for guests to experience Darling Harbour’s winter festival, and fireworks displays, as well as all of the action in Chinatown and Sydney’s small bar district.

Just a three minute walk to Darling Harbour, five minutes to Pitt Street Mall and under 10 minutes to Barangaroo, it is undoubtedly one of the most connected hotels in the city.


Holiday Inn Potts Points

Stay and explore in one of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhoods. Potts Point is a magical mix of elegant art deco architecture, late Victorian terraces and heritage mansions. There are small laneways and hidden staircases that surprise as they unveil panoramic views of Sydney’s harbour and skyline.

Stay overnight in a picturesque Harbour View Room from just $230 with a $100 food and beverage credit at the hotel’s in-house dining venue, Sirocco Restaurant and a 1pm check out. Book here.


InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay offers a stunning bayside retreat moments from the CBD, yet privately tucked away in the Eastern Suburbs.

Guests looking for retail therapy can hit the unique boutiques of Double Bay, before enjoying an elegant High Tea in the afternoon, or an expertly-mixed G&T at Stillery Bar & Dining in the evening. The hotel is only five kilometres from the city by ferry or car, so you won’t be far from the many events taking place right across the city.


Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
Following a multi-million-dollar overhaul, Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach is perfect for a beach staycation, located opposite the iconic Coogee Beach and moments from the region’s best coastal walks. Guests can base themselves in the newly-designed rooms with panoramic ocean views or indulge in the hotel’s culinary destination, Estate. The hotel is offering a range of winter add on packages including the Signature Winter experience for two that includes a cheese and wine experience on your balcony, sunrise experience and morning yoga, daily breakfast, lunch at Shutters Restaurant and a late 2pm checkout. More information here


Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Emerging from a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport is ready to impress guests with its new-look guest rooms featuring stylish interiors and modern creature comforts. This hotel is a 5-minute drive from Sydney Airport and 400 metres from Mascot train station allowing a 10-minute journey by train to the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay making it a convenient location for families, couples or solo travellers looking to explore the city.

For more information on IHG Hotels & Resorts Sydney Solstice packages go to Sydney Solstice Festival Hotel Offers (


* IHG Rewards members have access to 35% off and non-members 25% off when choosing our ‘Advance Saver’ rate.  Terms and Conditions apply.

Meliá Chiang Mai

Meliá Hotels International to Open a Remarkable Urban Hotel in Chiang Mai

AWC announces the launch of city hotel in partnership with the leading Spanish hotel group

Meliá Chiang Mai, a 260-key urban hotel that towers over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar in the heart of Chiang Mai city in Thailand’s mountainous north, is slated to open its doors for business in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Owned by Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group Asset World Corporation (AWC) and launched by Meliá Hotels International, the five-star hotel is part of the Meliá brand’s roll-out plan in key destinations across Thailand. Meliá Koh Samui debuted in January 2020 with a nautical theme underscored by boat suites made from refurbished merchant vessels. INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first property of its brand in Thailand, housing 176 guestrooms and located close to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, is due to open in 2022.

Meliá Chiang Mai will be situated six kilometres from the Chiang Mai International Airport on the vibrant Charoen Prathet Road, located near a broad spectrum of tourist attractions, markets, and Buddhist temples.

With a design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s charming history and culture with a contemporary flair, the hotel will comprise a striking 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building.

Two restaurants, two bars, two lounges including an executive lounge on the 21st floor with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai, Meliá’s signature YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully equipped fitness center, swimming pool, ballroom and four other meeting spaces will be among the hotel’s host of facilities for business and leisure travelers alike.

Of the property’s room portfolio, 38 rooms and six suites will belong to ‘The Level’, an upgraded level of service and benefits that affords exclusive access to The Level executive lounge, an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon delicacies that is also suited for casual business meetings.  The epitome of elegance, ‘The Level Presidential Suite’ will command 113 sqm of the tower’s top floor with unrivalled city vistas.

Meliá Chiang Mai’s jewel in the crown will be a 360-degree rooftop bar – the highest in the city – on the 22nd floor. Featuring two bars connected by a glass bridge, the bar will offer spectacular views of the River Ping to the city’s east and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.

Drawing on Meliá’s Spanish origins, the hotel will pay homage to Spain’s famed gastronomy and quickly place itself on the city’s culinary map with two exquisite dining options. Perched on the 21st floor, the hotel’s signature restaurant will specialize in contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences, with chefs preparing each dish à la minute from an open kitchen. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will offer authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting.

An idyllic venue for events and weddings, the property’s extensive conference facilities include a 358-sqm ballroom and three function rooms on the tower’s second floor above the lobby and a 175-sqm multi-purpose function room on the podium building’s top floor.

The ballroom’s 173-sqm pre-function area is connected to an outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar, aptly named Poolside. The Power Lounge, one of the three function rooms that also afford access to the pool deck, will feature a pool table and coffee area suited to down time between meetings. Adjacent to a secret garden, the seventh-floor multi-function room opens to a 223-sqm outdoor terrace that also lends itself to events.


SMP Survey answers the question of what exactly does ‘pent up travel demand’ look like for Australian travellers?

Domestic travel looks set for a major comeback post-pandemic with 60% of respondents to a recent SMP Survey of more than 1000 Australians declaring an intention to travel for a holiday within their own state in the next twelve months.

When generalised to the wider population, this equates to approximately 9.3 million Australians aged 18 years and over intending to take a holiday intrastate.

Cross border travel is also set for a win with just under half of those surveyed (47%) saying they intend to travel interstate in the year ahead meaning some 7.3 million Australians are currently thinking about planning where to travel domestically.

There are also promising signs for a return to international travel.

Respondents to the survey indicated, if allowed to travel overseas for a holiday, 24% said they would choose air travel to their destination with 10% electing for an ocean cruise in the next twelve months.

This would equate to 3.7 million Australians wanting to travel overseas by air on a holiday and 1.5 million Australians returning to the water, putting pent up demand ahead of the number of Australians who cruised in the record setting year of 2018 (1.34 million ref: CLIA Australasia source market report).

“While this is based on intention, we can say with confidence that subject to state borders remaining open and our international one opening up in greater capacity then travel is on the cards for close to ten million Australians” said Neil Stollznow, Director of SMP Surveys.

“This would see billions of dollars transacted right throughout the economy and bring much needed reprieve to struggling sectors decimated by the impact COVID-19 has had,” Stollznow added.

In a win for public spaces, 32% of respondents said they intended to visit a museum or an art gallery while 25% said they would attend a concert or music festival.

Curiously, 22% of respondents remained uncommitted to travel intent suggesting that 3.5 million Australians require further convincing.

“With around three and a half million Australians still unconvinced of travel over the next twelve months, that’s a huge potential segment of the market worth pursuing and would be a considerable win for industry to persuade them to become actual customers,” Stollznow said.

“Understanding this segment of fence sitters to identify what is holding them up and which brands or types of holidays would see them commit would be something that further research can discover and be an invaluable resource to marketers seeking to capture more demand to rebound strongly,” Stollznow added.

The study also captured respondent characteristics and demographics with males (60%) more likely to travel overseas by air than females (40%) as well as taking a cruise (62% male versus 38% female).

People between 18 and 39 years of age were most inclined to return to concerts, music festivals and cultural events such as Vivid, Adelaide Fringe Festival or the Darwin Festival.

Respondents reporting an income of more than $200,000 annually were the highest group intending to travel overseas by air travel with the research capturing other key financial and demographic data.

When viewed by state and territory, NSW respondents were most likely to opt for an ocean cruise and a cultural event and those living in the ACT were highest with intent to travel interstate for a holiday.