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Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef receive worthy recognition this week in Tripadvisor and Wotif awards

Ningaloo World Heritage Area received significant international recognition, with both Tripadvisor and Wotif announcing destination awards.

Tripadvisor announced the winners of their annual Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards, with particular attention given to Australia when it comes to naming the world's best beaches. Turquoise Bay in Australia's Coral Coast was rated the sixth best beach in the world, and second best in the South Pacific. Located 45 minutes' drive from Exmouth in the Cape Range National Park, and edging the iconic Ningaloo Reef, the bay is widely regarded as one of the most pristine in the country. It's a popular spot for snorkelling, particularly due to it being the location for the world's largest fringing reef, densely populated by tropical fish, manta rays, humpbacks and turtles.

Exmouth has come in at eighth place in Wotif.com's 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards, and is the only Western Australian town to make the list. These annual awards recognise some of Australia's best destinations, based on their "accommodation quality, affordability and traveller satisfaction". This year, the awards also acknowledged destinations that have met the changing needs of travellers over the past 12 months by "offering increased flexibility, good-value deals and appealing activities and attractions". Exmouth was recognised for its diving experiences on the Ningaloo Reef and breathtaking canyons and wildflowers in Cape Range National Park.

Qantas fly between Perth Airport and Exmouth's Learmonth Airport, or travellers can road trip along the Coral Coast Highway between Perth and Exmouth to discover all of the wonders that the Coral Coast region has to offer.

Nihi Sumba - Horse's Paradise Amongst the Waves

Just less than an hour from Bali, NIHI Sumba, awarded the No. 1 Hotel in the World voted by Travel + Leisure in 2016 and 2017 and consistently among the top hotels worldwide, is renowned for the natural beauty of its remote location, providing a stunning environment and world-class facilities for equestrian activities, including horse whispering and horse surfing at the resort's own stables. 

Each morning horses are released from Sandalwood stables to gallop freely along the 2.5km beach and swim in the sea. It is a truly awesome sight and in 2021 NIHI is renewing the invitation to its guests to be part of the herd and develop a deeper connection with the horses and with themselves. The people of Sumba believe their soul is connected to the horse and the horse is “The Soul of Sumba.”

Horses are highly intelligent and majestic creatures and play an important role in Sumbanese culture and human therapy work worldwide.  They have been used for therapeutic purposes since the time of the ancient Greeks when Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the "Father of Medicine," wrote about the therapeutic potential of horseback riding and where better to experience this than the wild beach of Nihiwatu.

 Horses require peace and a sense of calm when handling and under the guidance of horse whisper Carol Sharpe Nihi guests are invited to soften their steps and be absorbed by the innate wisdom and soothing nature of the horse. Whether you are a passionate horseperson or simply a lover of nature and wildlife, this new invitation will open your eyes to the beauty of Sumba's most famous wild residents.

Groundwork and Riding Experience:

Horses look for strong leadership within their herd and Nihi invite you to be part of this special relationship by learning how to guide your horse with purely your voice and energy. Fully immerse yourself in the interactive activities to reveal a greater understanding of interpersonal dynamics through the eyes of a horse - resulting in an incredible sense of empowerment and self-confidence.


Accor and Galaxy Entertainment Group Announce the Development of the Legendary Raffles at Galaxy Macau

Accor is pleased to announce the signing of a collaboration for its ultra-luxury brand Raffles with Galaxy Entertainment Group (“GEG”), one of the world's leading integrated resorts, hospitality and entertainment groups, on the development of an all-suite Raffles at Galaxy Macau. The exclusive Raffles at Galaxy Macau, opening in the second half of 2021, will be a stunning addition to the Galaxy Macau™, a world-class luxury integrated resort.

Raffles at Galaxy Macau, featuring approximately 450 suites, is the latest chapter in the storied history of the legendary Raffles brand and will soon introduce a new level of sophistication and refinement to Macau. Since 1887, the brand has been synonymous with the very best of luxury travel and experiences while defining the essence of thoughtful, personal and discreet service. Each Raffles hotel across the globe tells its own unique story while staying true to the brand's rich history in the most relevant and modern ways.

Located on the resort's east promenade, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is a stunning architectural landmark featuring a glass airbridge connecting the two towers on every floor. The design of each suite draws inspiration from a modern palazzo, with a selection of suites even featuring their own private pools and gardens, and also a small number of unique loft suites featuring double-storey windows. The famed Raffles butlers, renowned for their thoughtful and discreet service, will personally deliver a level of enlightened hospitality that is both gracious and intuitive for each and every guest.

In a world-first, Raffles at Galaxy Macau will turn its guestrooms into a multi-usage canvas - with Samsung The Frame Hospitality in every room, switching from globally curated art to in-room entertainment features with just one click. This concept will delight guests with customized experiences and a personalized ambience.

The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood Opens the First Chapter of its Story on Cultural Heritage and Architectural Identity


Oakwood® has announced the opening of two properties under its newly launched brand, The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood. After the recent signing of the management agreement for three iconic properties in Singapore owned by 8M Real Estate, namely Wanderlust, KēSa House and Ann Siang House, Oakwood debuted the new collection from 1 March 2021. All three heritage landmarks will retain their unique identity and architectural charm while delivering exceptional guest experiences in line with Oakwood's expertise in hospitality management and service initiatives, supported by its global distribution. 

The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood embodies the myths and legends of every destination it operates in. Each landmark is a beacon of local discoveries and immersive community engagements. In response to evolving needs of discerning travellers, the newly created brand celebrates the uniqueness of each property, allowing for an inimitable collection of style – from intimate charm and contemporary icons to historic grandeur. Independent travellers, who seek to enrich life through new explorations, will delight in Oakwood's style of sophisticated residential comfort while dotting each journey with unique stories to tell.

Strategically located in Singapore's key cultural conservation precincts, Wanderlust and KēSa House pulsate with the rhythm of Little India and Chinatown. Each property's transition to The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood is marked by the launch of new experiences that reflect Singapore's unique multi-racial, multi-cultural identity.

For more information, please visit The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood.

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