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The Hotel Britomart Leaps Onto Global Hot List

The Hotel Britomart has been named one of the best new hotels in the world, landing a place on Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious 2021 Hot List.

The 25th annual edition of the Hot List picks the best of the year's global hotel openings. The Hotel Britomart is the only New Zealand property on the list, and one of only two from Australasia.

With 99 guest rooms and five luxurious Landing Suites, The Hotel Britomart opened in October 2020 at the heart of downtown waterfront Auckland's Britomart precinct.

The Hotel Britomart is New Zealand designed, developed and owned. It was designed by Auckland's Cheshire Architects and developed by Cooper and Company, the team behind the rejuvenation of the Britomart neighbourhood since 2003. The Hotel Britomart project also involved the refurbishment of three adjacent heritage buildings, and the creation of a new plant-filled, pedestrian-friendly laneway connecting Galway and Customs Streets.

In a New Zealand first, the hotel was designed and built to 5 Green Star standards established by the NZ Green Building Council. This required focus on the sustainable credentials of everything from paint finishes to taps and light fixtures. 80% of construction waste was recycled, and the hotel's annual carbon emissions are expected to the 50% lower than a building designed to the minimum standards of the New Zealand building code.

One thing that wasn't anticipated when the hotel was under construction was the Covid-19 pandemic, which delayed opening by two months.

SOVA “The Social Hotel” Readies for Summertime Debut in Downtown Dallas

Look forward to a new type of hotel, fresh to the shores of America, and opening its doors in Downtown Dallas this May. Travel is frequently synonymous with adventure and SOVA Hotels has the singular goal of providing guests with more stories than anywhere else. This boutique hotel incorporates elements from all over the world and ties them together to offer a sense of community and comfort. SOVA guests stay in micro-rooms, and in exchange for smaller spaces receive luxurious elements sourced from around the world at a noticeably lower rate. Guests check in at the lively SOVA bar and are given recommendations and daily activities by the local “Travel Guides” on staff. 

Developed by 27-year-old twin brothers, Blake Shirk and Brandon Shirk, SOVA was born out of the pair's passion for traveling with the need to also save money. Noticing a gap in the U.S. for such a hotel concept, they decided to start their own project, creating high-end, minimalist rooms amongst carefully designed, inviting group spaces. Every aspect inside SOVA tells a story, which is exactly how the Shirks envision each guest's experience to be.

“What stories do you have from your life?” Asked the Shirks. “We would wager that many of the stories you share from past years are from your travel experiences. We want to help weave those stories and ensure that you have memorable ones with new friends.” 

The SOVA team chose a location with walkable proximity to dozens of lively bars and restaurants, downtown hotspots, and the Dallas Farmers Market. Each room combines features from 50 diverse countries, offering a luxurious haven to lay down at night before taking on another day of adventure. SOVA opens to the public in late May and will be located at 2105 Commerce Street.

 For more information on SOVA Hotels, visit

The Spa by Paresa, Joins the Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards 2021

Paresa Resort, “Heaven of all Heavens,” is a truly unique hideaway-style luxury resort perched on the side of a cliff and surrounded by lush tropical forest on the “Millionaires Mile” coastal road between Patong and Kamala. Our resort offers an on-site spa “The Spa by Paresa” with a full suite of services, including remedies and rituals to soothe the mind and nourish the body.

The Spa by Paresa offers a heavenly sanctuary inspired by Thai ancient healing, utilizing natural and organic Thai ingredients to purify its guests' senses. 

The scent of jasmine, sandalwood, ylang-ylang or lemongrass will work its magic and revitalise the body and mind, guests can close their eyes and embrace the spirit and rejuvenation the talented therapists have to offer. The Spa therapists will work to nurture and heal, so guests can relax and indulge. 

The Spa features five double treatment suites with bath and steam showers, unwind afterwards on a private balcony overlooking the Andaman Sea or revitalize with a dip in the Energy Pool. 

In addition to the range of international and Thai therapies, the spa offers specialist treatments from the team of on-call therapy professionals. Additional therapies available are yoga, pilates, meditation, and tai chi. 

The Spa by Paresa was crowned World Luxury Spa Awards 2014 – 2015 and also be Shortlisted for a 2021 Haute Grandeur Global Spa Award based on overall excellence. 

The award-winning spa is overseeing by Mr. Watchapon Phupongphiphat as Spa & Wellness Manager. He has expertise in Spa & Wellness field began his career in 2002 as Spa Attendant for the iconic Banyan Tree Spa Phuket. Watchapon became a Spa Receptionist in 2006 at the world-renowned Six Senses Spa Evason Phuket and quickly got promoted to Area Spa Coordinator, assisting the Area Spa Director for Thailand.  Prior to joining Paresa, he held the position of Assistant Spa Manager at Cocoon Spa of The Indigo Pearl Phuket. 

Highly popular Handpicked Holidays by IHG® Hotels & Resorts is back with new value-packed offers

With a brand new release of Handpicked Holidays by IHG®Hotels and Resorts , travellers in the mood for a short break can dust off their passports. Take advantage of Australia and New Zealand's very first international travel bubble with incredible savings at newly included properties such as Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, the ultra-chic Hotel X Fortitude Valley Brisbane and lakeside beauty, Crowne Plaza Queenstown.

Following on from the success of Handpicked Holiday's 2020 launch, IHG has put together a number of new and enticing all-inclusive value add packages, created exclusively for IHG Rewards loyalty members who can book with confidence, knowing that they can change dates up to 24-hours prior to travel, directly with the hotel.

From the Gold Coast to Hobart and Wellington to Queenstown, members can experience more of Australia and New Zealand's most loved destinations across six new participating hotels, with each package representing significant savings, available to IHG loyalty members on the Handpicked Holidays platform.

IHG Rewards Members can immerse themselves the in the heart of the Adelaide market precinct across a 3 night stay at one of the city's newest boutique properties, Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets where history collides with modern creative design. Guests will reap the benefits of the exceptional inclusions, from a complimentary upgrade to a King Premium Room, daily gourmet breakfast in Market & Meander restaurant, $100 restaurant and bar credit to sample the finest local produce at the Merrymaker Rooftop bar and restaurant, welcome drinks and a late check out.

Guests at Crowne Plaza Hobart can soak up the panoramic views of Mount Wellington or the harbour from their room and enjoy Tasmania's finest local wines and produce and at Crowne Plaza Queenstown, not only will they enjoy a beautiful Lake View Room upgrade, but free entry and cocktail vouchers at the popular Minus 5 Ice Bar.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Waikiki's White Sands Hotel Completes Property-Wide Reimagination With Debut of Hey Day, a Poolside Restaurant and Bamboo Bar Concept

The all new White Sands Hotel, has announced the completion of a property-wide redesign encompassing new guestrooms, amenities, and a brand-new bar concept, Hey Day, to open June 1, followed by Hey Day restaurant later this summer. A hidden gem that unabashedly celebrates the bamboo bar culture of the 1960's and 70's, White Sands Hotel provides a sunny oasis amongst Honolulu's urban setting. Managed by Springboard Hospitality, a leading hospitality management company with more than 35 independent and branded properties throughout the U.S., White Sands Hotel once again claims its place as one of Waikiki's best kept secrets, a tropical illusion that invites all to drop in and tune out.

From the moment guests enter through its bamboo lined entry, White Sands Hotel feels like stepping back in time to an era of playful hospitality, when Hawaii's Polynesian culture influences were felt around the world. The hotel's 94 guestrooms and suites, starting at $179/night, are centered around a courtyard pool with a cascading waterfall, grotto-style hot tub and lush greenery. The reimagination embodies vintage Hawaii vibes and offers guests an irreverent take on what it was like to work and play in Hawaii in during the Jet Age. Designed for today's thoroughly modern traveler, White Sands Hotel is now the most energy efficient hotel in Waikiki, generating almost all its energy from solar power. 

From the team behind the beloved Chinatown hotspot, Fête, the heart of the hotel is Hey Day, an open-air restaurant and bar led by Chef Robynne Maii that will serve farm-to-table, new continental cuisine with a Hawaiian twist, an homage to Maii's local heritage. The restaurant will work with farmers and purveyors in Oahu to serve authentically local cuisine. The centerpiece of Hey Day is a large, circular poolside bar with hanging chairs, that welcomes guests to swing, sip and swap stories as they enjoy stiff drinks crafted by several of Waikiki's most popular mixologists.  

Terranea Resort Invites Guests to Rediscover and Renew with Summer Celebrations

Terranea Resort invites guests to immerse themselves in its annual Summer Celebrations with a variety of sun-soaked activities designed for wellness seekers, families, couples, adventure travelers, and more. Perched along the coastal bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes and spanning 102 acres, the luxury resort captures the spirit of the Southern California summer with its sweeping ocean-view lawns, winding hiking and biking trails, new guided fishing adventures, beach cove kayaking, and panoramic seascape views. In addition to the robust activity offerings, guests may also enjoy four sparkling pools, The Links nine-hole, par-3 golf course, an award-winning spa and fitness center, multiple dining destinations featuring local and seasonal ingredients, and more.

For more information about Terranea and to make reservations, please visit or call (866) 261-5873.

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