Official launch of Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International, last night kicked off a week of celebrations at the official launch of Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park with a spectacular black-carpet soiree.

Six hundred guests including Isabel Lucas, Keiynan Lonsdale, Francesca Hung, Isabel Durant, Jess Dunbar, Matt Price, Michael Falzon, Tai Hara and Fely Irvine joined in the revelry for a night of dazzling food, drinks and live performances at Sydney’s first-ever Sheraton Grand hotel.

Grab your smart phone and get ready to leave the real world behind when Sheraton Hotels & Resorts brings its Heart for the Citytour to Sydney from 16 to 21 November.

As a part of its global transformation, Sheraton is embracing its roots and celebrating seven international properties, steeped in history, that play significant roles in their local neighbourhoods.

Marriott International’s most recognised brand is reclaiming its position as the world’s gathering place, welcoming locals and guests on an unexpected journey of their city without leaving the hotel.

Sydneysiders and visitors alike are invited to Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Parkfor an immersive sensory journey inspired by the hotel’s renowned high tea service.

Following a stone pathway through a tunnel of lush greenery, flowers and lights – reminiscent of a stroll through the neighbouring Hyde Park – guests will emerge into a larger-than-life whimsical wonderland.

With a number of Insta-worthy vignettes – think a floor to ceiling green wall of tea trees and shrubs, life-sized cups and saucers you’d find in a Tim Walker studio shoot, gigantic tiered cake stands of sweet treats, or a dramatic full-sized harvest-to-honeycomb installation – guests will be ‘buzzing’ to touch, taste and smell at each step.

Sheraton Grand Sydney General Manager David Fraser said the Heart for the Cityglobal experiential tour brings to life the unique characteristics that define each destination.

Formerly known as Sheraton on the Park, the iconic Elizabeth Street hotel may have a new name but its commitment to delivering premium services and experiences to Sydney remains the same.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our exquisite Gallery High Tea experience that has become a family tradition for many over the years,” he said. “Inspired by the motto ‘where nature meets elegance’, we invite all of Sydney to join us and rediscover the hotel as we celebrate our elevation to Sheraton Grand.”

Heart for the City kicked off at the new Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel in Québec, Canada followed by Sheraton Seattle, Washington and will visit Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino, Egypt before landing at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park.

The tour will then visit Sheraton Santos Hotel Brazil, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, India and Sheraton Beijing Lize, China.

Heart for the City features immersive vignettes that are designed specifically for each hotel, highlighting fun, share-worthy iconic themes, places and ideas central to the city’s identity that then will also be complemented by community programming. The activities will allow guests to appreciate the destinations in a creative and shareable way while also entertaining locals as they rediscover the heartbeat of their town.

Source: Sheraton

Date set for Victoria's Secret First Australian store to open

Australia’s first ever Victoria’s Secret lingerie store will officially open 29th November 2018 at Chadstone, The Fashion Capital in Melbourne. The launch will take place only weeks after the filming of the world famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City..

The store will feature a full assortment of the iconic Victoria’s Secret lingerie collections, including Body by Victoria™, Very Sexy™, Dream Angels™, Bombshell™, Cotton lingerie, as well as the brand’s athletic line Victoria Sport.

Alongside the brand’s best-selling lingerie will be Victoria’s Secret signature scents, body care collections and Victoria’s Secret PINK, a collection of bras, panties, loungewear and beauty inspired by and focused on the university-aged women.

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Tutu Du Monde: Once Upon A Holiday Collection Launch

Tutu Du Monde has celebrated the launch of the Once Upon a Holiday collection at La Porte Space. The new collection is inspired by ballet and the event was a recreation of this latest campaign and collection – complete with a moon, stars, clouds, gold guided mirrors and crystal chandeliers.

VIP, celebrity and social mums were invited with their daughters to join Tutu Du Monde for the party which included a ballet class by former Australian Ballet dancer Brooke Lockett. Over 30 young girls wearing Tutu Du Monde took the lead from one of Australia’s leading dancers – who guided them through some ballet moves. The room was filled with sweet treats, cakes and all things pretty for the launch.

Guests included: Andrea Rembeck (Owner and Creative Director of Tutu Du Monde) Former Australian Ballet Dancer – Brooke Lockett; Terry Biviano and her daughter Azura; Kate Waterhouse with Sophia Katy Farage with daughter Charlotte, Sienna, Alexia; Sarah Ingham with daughter Domino; Eva Galambos with daughter Alexa and Paloma; Kirsten King with Harper.

Tutu Du Monde – Once Upon a Holiday is inspired by the spectacular and dynamic Holiday window displays of global retailers that are always so highly anticipated…but kept fiercely under wraps. As people line the streets for the window unveilings, this magical ritual enlivens the spirit of the Holidays and inspires the dressing of many trees around the world.

The campaign, captured by Eliza Logan Photography, features dreamy streetscape inspired vitrines which pay homage to the magical charms of the holidays. Grand wrought iron gates frame the scene, porcelain doll mannequins come to life, winter trees shiver in the wind accompanied by glistening flakes, snow-dusted grounds and gleaming golden street lights.

The collection is crafted upon a palette of heavenly colours – powder blush, milk, rosebud, pink sugar, crystal blue and dove grey paired with rich highlights of cherry red, evergreen emerald, amethyst and glittering gold. Signature Tutu du Monde handcrafted embellishments are presented with encrusted jewelled swans, delicate beaded angel-winged bodices and beautifully crystallised tulle bows reminiscent of wrapped presents.

Once Upon A Holiday is a festive collection that features all of the decadent holiday trimmings. Dare to explore your childlike fantasies and be in awe of the wonders and whimsies of the spirit of the Holidays.

Source: Tutu du Monde

Winning products of 2019 announced

Over 14,000 Australian consumers have voted for their favourite products of the year, with a surprising number of new categories that recognise innovations in healthy and gluten free product lines. 10 wins out of a total of 50 went to new products offering healthy and allergy free alternatives to everyday food and beverage items.

Despite rising obesity, with an estimated 28% of children and adolescents in Australia deemed overweight or obese*, the Product of the Year (POY) winners are bucking this trend, responding to rising consumer demands for health conscious and dietary specific foods. One category that has become more and more popular amongst consumers is gluten free, with two categories being created this year for general and kid friendly specific products.

Product of the Year Director, Sarah Connelly said, “I’m thrilled at the increase in innovative healthy-option products that are being made available on shelf and being entered into the Awards. It’s a trend that we’ve not seen much of before in the history of the Awards and it signals increasing consumer demand for manufacturers to innovate in these areas. These options are becoming far more mainstream and more affordable than they have ever been before.”

“A category that we have seen consistent growth in each year is ‘convenience foods’ but this year we are seeing more vegetarian easy-option foods, which simply haven’t been available before. It’s wonderful to see these dietary requirements being met by brands, showcasing their leadership in this space.”

Now in its tenth year in Australia, Product of the Year has announced its 2019 winners, with Coles scooping an incredible 11 awards, Metcash scoring 10 and ALDI an impressive 9 awards. New to the awards this year, Mars Foods were awarded three wins, as were fellow newcomers Freedom Foods, with two wins under their belt.

In its biggest year yet, the awards recognise product innovation and span across a wide range of categories including house and home; skincare, hair and beauty; home cooking and pantry; snacks and entertaining; kids; indulgence; healthy options and gluten free; and everyday staples.

Source: Product of The Year

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