We’re baaaack with all things travel related…and boy oh boy 2017 is already kicking ass with exciting options for travel addicts. It’s always good to keep up with the times, especially when it comes to accommodation and being ‘in the know’ about the hottest hotels that haven’t even opened their doors yet. In Australia alone there are a number of top-notch hotel openings on our radar and plenty more to come no doubt!
So, in the interest of keeping you up-to-date here’s our compilation of ‘new kids on the block’ for 2017 from vineyard escapes to yet-to-be-unvieled five star luxury.
Written by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor
Crown Towers, Perth – Opened November 2016
Perth is well and truly shaking the notion that it misses out on the world’s best…especially now that the epic Crown Towers has opened in Perth after three years in the making. It’s the sunny city’s largest hotel with views that make the most of the stunning Swan River. Everything about Crown Towers oozes opulence with an incredible resort pool, privately gated Mansions with two storey living space, stylish TWR bar, and Epicurean restaurant…one of the best buffet style restaurants we’ve ever laid eyes on, largely due to the fact that it has the world’s largest freestanding chocolate fountain (you’ll find us mouth open, laying under the fountain).
Room rate: approx $650 per night (midweek specials currently available from $338)
Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula – Opening April
When most people think of winery accommodation it’s usually B&Bs or farm stays. While we’re the first to admit we looooove baby farm animals, Jackalope Hotel is a refreshing and luxurious change from a traditional winery getaway – the 30m infinity pool alone sets it apart from the competition. Picture elegant, dark wood finishes, Japanese tubs, floor to ceiling windows and private terraces. It’s what you can expect at Jackalope Hotel, which is the brainchild of 28-year-old entrepreneur Louis Li (pretty impressive for a 28 year old!). You can sample the wines from the onsite vineyard (Willow Creek) or taste the local wares at the hotel’s two restaurants. Food + winery + hotel + style…just wow.
Room rate: from $650 per night
Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas – Re-furbish completed late 2016
Ohhhhh take us to the tropics! We’re huge fans of tropical north Queensland so we were excited to find out that the iconic Sheraton Mirage’s 40 million dollar renovation has just been finished. It’s known as Port Douglas’s only five-star beachfront resort and the upgrades extend to new lagoon edge rooms and lagoon edge suites – with direct access to the saltwater lagoon swimming pools. Not to be missed is the delicious seafood buffet (Feast Restaurant), a crack at the 18-hole golf course and a good few hours floating in the saltwater lagoon.
Room rate: from approx $250 per night
Skye Hotel Suites, Parramatta – Opening mid year
It can be hard yakka looking for somewhere to stay if you’re holidaying with a group and even more so when its PLUS kids (cue: no deal signal when it comes to hotel rooms). Enter: Skye Hotel Suites. The vertical village setup aims to merge the warmth and personalised service of a boutique hotel with the familiarity of an apartment. That’s a big thumbs up for us! Three Crown Group buildings (V, Arc and Infinity) will be home to Skye Suites by 2019, with V in Parramatta the first to open in mid 2017. It will boast 72 one and two bedroom suites as well as a resort style pool and fab gym available for guests. Of course, it’s not a run of the mill type apartment setting…you’ve also got Parramatta’s highest bar on level 26!
Room rate: from $275 per night
MACq 01 Hotel, Hobart – Opening June
With current hotel design leaning towards international elements and flair, it’s a breath of fresh air for MACq 01 to stick to its roots and embody the local stories and culture. The history rich setting at MacQuarie Wharf paves the way for storytelling to play a huge role at the soon to open hotel, which has even been designed around specific Tasmanian character traits (guests find out which trait their room embodies upon check-in). Relaxed luxury is the theme throughout the 114 rooms and suites, the Story Bar and Old Wharf Restaurant. The hotel’s attention to detail and respect for the local culture is set to be memorable – a Master Storyteller and team of full-time storytellers will take guests on a tour of the hotel and waterfront to point out design elements and historical artefacts. We think it’s pretty fab that you can walk away from a hotel having learnt something about Aussie history!
Room rate: from $400 per night
Aerial image: Stu Gibson