The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth an ambassador of modern French style
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, is ready to unveil her most stylish yet understated makeover, as she steps into 2019 with a major technology overhaul to rival some of Sydney’s newest hotels. The six-month revitalisation project commenced in October 2018 and has just been completed, with all 436 guestrooms and suites receiving the most attention with a stylish makeover. With a chic soft grey palate and muted tones throughout, the sophisticated guestrooms feature new upholstered bedheads, artworks, carpets and high backed fabric armchairs with matching ottomans. Mood lighting and soft flowing floor to ceiling curtains create an ambiance, working harmoniously to form the perfect zone for sleep, relaxation or working away from the office.
A major technology overhaul brings one of Sydney’s most iconic hotels up to speed with the launch of IPTV including Chromecast on all guestroom TV’s together with an upgrade to the fastest WiFi to rival any of Sydney’s newest CBD hotels. General Manager Philip Logan Sofitel Sydney Wentworth says, “Every Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, and this grand old dame is no exception. As one of Sydney’s most history laden hotels, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth resonates in the hearts of so many, giving her a stylish makeover is only fitting, to keep her status as an ambassador of modern French style.”
W Hotels Announces Second Lux Playground On The Island Of Bali: W Bali – Ubud
W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the signing of W Bali – Ubud, the brand’s newest W Escape. Developed in partnership with Indonesia’s Ruang Teknik Group, W Bali – Ubud is set to bring W’s bold design, signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming to the cultural heart of Bali. Perched on a hilltop, oriented toward the morning sun rising in the east, and southwards over stunning, unobstructed views of the Tanggayuda Valley, W Bali – Ubud will reinvent the dreamy Ubud experience with eclectic, surprising art and design set amongst a versatile vibe that is at once laid back and social. No matter what guests crave – from sunrise meditation on a mountaintop to late night dancing under the jungle stars, every holiday spent at W Bali – Ubud will be filled with unforgettable magic. This expansion into Ubud marks the second W Hotel in Indonesia, following the opening of W Bali – Seminyak in 2010.
Indigenous designs revealed on Brisbane’s newest Riverwalk
Turrbul and Jagera indigenous groups have worked with Destination Brisbane Consortium to develop interpretive designs of animal totems that are important to the local Indigenous community, such as the echidna and snake, for the first public space to open this year as part of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. Since mid-2018, contractors have been upgrading a 500-metre section of waterfront, spanning from the Goodwill Bridge to the area behind 1 William St, to create a new segregated bikeway, recreational park and a pedestrian riverwalk – named the ‘Mangrove Walk’. Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said it has been an honour to work with the local Indigenous community to enable Queen’s Wharf to showcase Indigenous designs and storytelling as part of the 450-metre Mangrove Walk. “The Turrbal and Jagera people have been generous enough to share some of their heritage and culture with us for the enjoyment of the additional 1.39 million visitors expected to walk through Queen’s Wharf each year,” Mr Crooks said.