Gaia's greatest news ever and a 1st for Australia

Gaia Retreat & Spa, located in the breathtakingly beautiful hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia, has won the top award at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards announced last weekend at the Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali.

Gaia claimed the coveted 2018 Global Hotel of the Year honour at a glittering International gala ceremony attended by over 360 hoteliers and delegates. This event recognises and honours the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and delivery of exceptional guest services.

Established in 2005, the founders Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Warwick Evans (affectionately known as G.R.O.W.), set out to realise a shared dream, offering the highest of standards and service excellence, true to the standard of the World Luxury Hotel Awards criteria.

Accepting the award, Gregg Cave, Co-Owner and General Manager of Gaia Retreat & Spa proudly said:

“When Olivia and I first began to dream our vision of a barefoot meets Armani luxe at a home away from home, where our friends and future guests could relax in chilled-out comfort, we never in our wildest imaginations would have thought that one day it would be recognised, yet alone win, the Global Hotel of the Year Award”. 

“Everyone at Gaia is so thrilled to be honoured with this incredible global accolade. Our dedicated and committed team come to work each day with heart – a key ingredient to the success of our brand. We believe this transcends into the importance of providing an oasis of calm and tranquillity for those needing to bring balance to their lives. It is our pleasure to welcome each and every one of our guests as we strive to ensure they leave Gaia with the gift of feeling renewed, refreshed and restored.” G.R.O.W.

“I am honored and overwhelmed with gratitude that Gaia has been recognized as the Global Hotel of the Year,” says Olivia Newton-John. “I am so proud of our staff, family and amazing healers who have helped build this dream into a reality that is now recognized on a global scale – bringing people to Australia, my heart home, and letting them experience peace, healing and renewal of their spirit.”

Situated in the region often referred to as the healing capital of Australia, Gaia Retreat & Spa continues to shine as one of the country’s most authentic, most renowned and most awarded boutique lifestyle pamper retreats. On the same night that Gaia received the major award of Global Hotel of the Year, it also won the Global Luxury Boutique RetreatAward.

These outstanding world class accolades come shortly after another incredible win at the recent World Spa Awards,where Gaia Retreat & Spa was honoured for the fourth year in a row as the World’s and Oceania’s Best Day Spaheld at St Regis Resort, Maldives.

Gaia’s unique wellness & healing ethos has truly set it apart by offering guests total flexibility to personally tailor their retreat experience. Gaia’s award-winning Day Spa is “home” to some of Australia’s best healers and therapists, with leading wellness consultants, renowned yoga teachers and skilled fitness coaches available to meet the guests every need. Add to this Gaia’s highly acclaimed world class spa cuisine, renowned for its melding of delicious and nutritional flavours inspired by international cooking styles, and you have a recipe to delight and seduce not just your palate but all your senses.

Awards received by Gaia in 2018

World Travel Awards 2018:

  • Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel (Continent Winner)

World Luxury Spa Awards 2018:

  • Best Luxury Spa Retreat (Continent Winner)
  • Best Luxury Wellness Spa (Country Winner)

World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018:

  • LuxurySpa Restaurant (Global Winner)
  • Health & Wellness Cuisine(Global Winner)

Source: Gaia


Nespresso opens in George Street with a chic soirée

Nespresso has announced the opening of their new Sydney flagship Boutique on George Street. The unique retail experience allows shoppers to explore the journey that Nespresso undertakes to bring their customers high quality coffee – from farming through to production and recycling – reflecting their commitment to sustainability and a circular economy. Located at 345 George Street, the new Sydney flagship Boutique will provide an immersive, premium and innovative destination for the ultimate coffee experience. 

Loïc Réthoré, General Manager of Nespresso Australia and Oceania, explains “As the retail landscape continues to evolve, it’s important that we provide our customers with an innovative bricks-and-mortar experience. The new Nespresso Sydney flagship Boutique is all about a simplified and holistic customer journey that focuses on our sustainable coffee practices and celebrates our unique coffee story.”

As a leader within the coffee category, the new boutique concept highlights Nespresso’s commitment to sustainability using many integrated elements. To demonstrate this commitment, the boutique contains tabletops made from recycled coffee grounds, wood that has 100% been sourced from Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) trees, technology to conserve energy and water and a capsule recycling collection point. The Boutique even features lush greenery spaces embedded with coffee plants and foliage to mimic the coffee plantations that are part of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

Mitch Monaghan, Nespresso Coffee Ambassador, says of the new concept boutique “The new architecture allows us to showcase Nespresso’s ambition to become the highest quality and the most sustainable coffee brand in the world. It’s a choice we have made to allow our customers to get a closer understanding of the brand and experience the bean-to-cup journey themselves.”

The new Nespresso boutique concept and open format was designed by award winning architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio; which was founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The Sydney flagship Boutique also takes inspiration from the iconic The Rocks area of Sydney; using local stone supplied from Gosford quarries, bronze in the handrails and elements of the flooring.

The Sydney George Street Boutique has been designed to invite customers to explore new coffee tasting rituals and experiences, including:

A Sensorial Welcome: Upon entering each Boutique, Coffee Specialists introduce guests to the vast range of coffees. At this station, guests can get hands-on with the coffee grounds inside a capsule, discovering the aromas and then finishing with a taste of the final product.

Discovery in The Lab: As guests continue their journey through the Boutique, perusing the machines and accompanying accessories, a Coffee Specialist will assist them in exploring the coffee range further. They can taste two coffees side-by-side in order to better understand their personal taste preferences.

Source: Nespresso


Moët & Chandon launches Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial Rosé in the harbour

What if you could pour the aromas of a rosy summer day at sunset into a glass? Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé is the closest thing to capturing the flavors of a golden pink sunset in a champagne bottle.

Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé is the world’s first rosé champagne especially made to be enjoyed exclusively over ice. Ice Impérial Rosé is, like Ice Impérial, a modern demonstration of the savoir-faire and contemporaneity of Moët & Chandon, expressed in a new champagne tasting experience that brings together pleasure and freshness.

The vibrant and fruity bouquet of Ice Impérial Rosé is an ode to a burgeoning summer romance, or a toast to friends getting together to raise a glass to the setting sun. Gleaming in its vivid pink color brightened by golden highlights that enhance its vibrant and fruity bouquet, in a single sip of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé, fragrant with scents of fragrant red berries and nuances of juicy summer fruits, fig, nectarine and an appetizing note of grenadine.

Its assemblage consists of a majority of Pinot Noir (45 to 55 percent, of which 10 percent red wine) that gives it an angular and vinous aspect. The Pinot Meunier makes up 35 to 45 percent (of which 10 percent red wine) for a round and fleshy aspect, adding richness and middle notes of harmony and suppleness.Finally, the Chardonnay limited to 5 to 10 percent adds a polished acidity for a refreshing finish.

The “perfect serve” of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé, according to Moët & Chandon Cellar Master Benoît Gouez, begins with a chilled glass into which champagne is poured first and to which three ice cubes are added.

On impact, the cubes release an explosion of intense, fruity aromas and vibrant flavors, thanks to Moët’s singular “on ice” savoir-faire. The Maison has created a unique blend of champagne grapes that is enhanced when served on the rocks.

Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé is the champagne of choice for those who are looking for a chic new way to drink champagne, more casually perhaps, but always with panache. With summer just around the corner, Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé will be released online at David Jones (exclusive retail partner) from September 2018 at $90 RRP. It will also be available in selective bars and restaurants at $150 RRP.

Source: Moet & Chandon


delicious. Travel launch event at Icebergs

Leading food title delicious. is getting even bigger by including a fully fledged travel section in the magazine and online.

So, into true delicious. style, the team, spearheaded by Kerrie McCallum and Fiona Nilsson celebrated with a very chic and incredibly happy party at the iconic Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Everyone was having such a good time when finish time came – 9 PM – no one wanted to leave. Must’ve been something to do with the Perrier Jouët and Icebergs canapés. By the way, am very pleased to be part of the delicious. travel writing team – see you around the world somewhere and check out http://www.delicious.com.au

The who’s who of food and travel came together to celebrate the new look delicious.com.au and the official launch of delicious. Travel – an expanded travel offering which helps readers discover the world’s most delicious destinations.

delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum spoke briefly to guests about the new look site and was joined by newly appointed delicious. travel editor-at-large George Calombaris, delicious. contributors and some of the country’s most influential foodies for a VIP drinks reception.

Guests were treated to a special menu created by IDRB head chef and delicious. contributor Monty Koludrovic including: oysters with champagne and finger lime, goats curd and beetroot tart, jellied sea urchin, saké tomato and lemon thyme, cavatelli with crab, smoked butter and chives, cheesy IceBergers and chocolate and hazelnut macarons.

VIP guests included:

Kerrie McCallum, Fiona Nilsson, George Calombaris, Matt Preston, Matt Moran, Colin Fassnidge, Anthony Puharich, Darren Robertson, Magdalena Roze, Silvia Colloca, Guillaume Brahimi, Manu Feildel, Justine Schofield, Ross and Sonny Lusted.

Source: delicious.


Daydream Island Resort to reopen April 2019

Australia’s most loved island resort, Daydream Island will welcome guests from 10th April 2019, unveiling the new look, premium resort secluded in the heart of the Whitsundays.

The resort will launch new signature dining concepts, relaxed bars and waterfront suites, as well as bringing back the iconic Living Reef with an underwater observatory.

Daydream Island Resort General Manager, Dawson Tang said, “We wanted the new Daydream Island Resort to reflect the beauty of its surroundings through the architecture, design and dining direction. We have embraced the favourite memories of our guests by reinstating the Living Reef, the Outdoor Cinema and an ode to the mermaids.”

The resort will have 277 contemporary suites and rooms for guests to relax in after a day in the sun, with garden, pool and ocean view rooms providing the perfect retreat.

Three signature restaurants and three new bars will each be defined by their own distinct design and flavour. Led by Bradley Martin, Executive Chef and Adrian Tyler, Food and Beverage Manager, seasonal local produce will showcase the best of the region at each restaurant.

Infinity will be the resort’s premium dining offering with an Asian fusion menu, open for lunch and dinner with expansive views over the Whitsundays. It also has a private Teppanyaki Suite offering diners an unforgettable dining experience.

Graze Interactive Dining will welcome the outdoors in with draping greenery and floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the Living Reef. It will be an interactive marketplace with live cooking stations and diverse dining options.

Inkstone Kitchen and Bar will focuse on modern Australian cuisine with local produce and Australian native flavours at the heart of the menu. The island will offer a revitalised pool landscape that will wind through the tropical gardens across the resort allowing guests to swim and enjoy unparalled views across the Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef.

The swimming hub will be complemented by poolside Barefoot Bar, inclusive of a new dining concept serving gourmet burgers, sliders, pork ribs and chicken wings with fresh smoothies, milkshakes, wine, beer and tropical cocktails.

The Living Reef, will be making its return to the island in an even bigger and better way, further cementing its eco-friendly and educational focus. The free form coral lagoon will wrap 200m around the central building and hold over 1.5 million litres of water. Guests will be able to join the team of marine biologists who live on the island and feed baby stingrays who live amongst over 100 species of marine fish, coral and invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs. A new underwater observatory will also allow guests to view 4 metres below the water’s surface to watch the marine life in action.

Kids will have the chance to become eco-warriors at Kids Club as they explore and learn about the Living Reef while playing and feeding the animals who call it home, amongst a range of other activities around the island.

The resort will have a host of activities for guests to experience such as snorkeling adventures, helicopter tours exploring the island & surrounding Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as well as sailboat and jetski hire. The resort will also feature an expansive pool, coral beaches, outdoor cinema, gym facilities and unlimited access to non-motorised water activities.

An exclusive adult’s only area will cater to those in search of a sanctuary and a little slice of peace and quiet. Daydream Island Resort will become a sought after destination for major events and weddings, with capacity for the island to be completely booked for private events.

Special events from cocktail parties to gala dinners can be catered for across a large range of indoor and outdoor event locations. Guests visiting the island for conferences will have access to the latest technology audio visual equipment across three dedicated conference rooms.

Daydream Island is currently taking bookings from 10th April, 2019 onwards, to book please contact the reservations team at reservations@daydreamisland.com or visit daydreamisland.com.