ETIHAD AIRWAYS LAUNCHES GLOBAL SALE WITH UP TO 50 PER CENT OFF 45 POPULAR DESTINATIONS

Etihad Airways has kicked off its annual global sales campaign with great value Business and Economy Class fares to popular destinations worldwide.

Until 4 September 2016, the airline is offering 50 per cent off airfares to 45 cities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas for travel until June 2017.

Many destinations served by airlines in the Etihad Airways Partners group – airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI – are included in the sale. With a combined network of over 400 destinations across six continents, the partners airlines offer travellers even greater choice.

Members of the airline’s loyalty program, Etihad Guest, will earn miles on all sale fares.

Daniel Barranger, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Etihad Airways, said: “We have continued to expand our global network this year and add further aircraft to the fleet, ensuring we have a high quality product throughout our aircraft and available to the millions of guests who choose to fly with us each year. By including our partner airlines in our new offer, we are providing access to a larger list of destinations and a combined fleet of over 700 aircraft, ensuring we can meet every guest’s personal requirements.”

For the comfort and enjoyment of its guests, Etihad Airways continues to invest in innovative products and services inflight and on the ground. These include the Flying Nanny, to assist parents with young children; the Economy Smart Seat with its unique fixed wing headrest; and Food and Beverage Managers in Business Class to offer expert food and wine matching advice. On the ground, the airline has opened new Premium Lounges in Melbourne, New York and Los Angeles and a flagship First Class Lounge and Spa opened its doors in Abu Dhabi in May.

Sale fares are available from etihad.com or a participating travel agent. Terms and conditions apply.


Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort Completes $43 Million Renovation

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HOT), has announced the completion of an extensive AUD $43M renovation of one of Australia’s most iconic beachside resorts, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.  Comprising of all guest rooms, suites and public areas, the all-encompassing refresh also features the Sheraton brand’s debut of  SPG KeylessTM in Asia Pacific, the industry’s first truly mobile and keyless entry system that allows Starwood Preferred Guest members to use their smartphone as a key to their rooms through the SPG® app. 

“The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort renovation truly underscores the Sheraton brand’s new elevated and customised approach to design as part of Sheraton 2020, a 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton back in the global spotlight,” said Vincent Ong, Senior Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “From the Tropical North Queensland inspired colour palette, to the local-inspired dining choices, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the destination from the second they step foot on property.”

Port Douglas is the gateway to Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest – two World Heritage Listed icons – and enjoys a year round average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Located right on Four Mile Beach with direct beach access, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas features a modern, crisp and stylish design, with all 294 of its reimagined guest rooms in the embodying coastal living and the relaxed paradise of Port Douglas. The fresh colour scheme of the rooms and suites incorporates a selection of natural tones to match the driftwood timber tiled floors, stone-topped mini bars and natural wooden furnishings, with splashes of coastal turquoise green to add subtle pops of colour.

Beyond the guest rooms, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas also features a reinvigorated lobby experience, with a revamped porte cochére and main entrance, featuring natural tones and pockets of tropical gardens. Travellers looking to waste no time to start their vacation will appreciate the new express VIP check-in and check-out hub, which provides a seamless arrival and departure process for guests, in addition to SPG Keyless.

The resort’s new design and facilities redefine poolside relaxation with the introduction of 26 cabanas in prime locations surrounding the two hectares of lagoon pools. The spacious and private daybeds offer VIP service, with bar staff delivering refreshing beverages and food, ranging from classic cocktails to bar snacks directly to the cabana. The resort is easily accessible via an hour’s scenic drive from Cairns International Airport.


Serena Williams: 'I'm not done yet' - exclusive Q&A with tennis champ & Berlei ambassador

Australia’s number one sports bra brand, Berlei, release their new SS16 Sport Collection, showcasing the ultimate blend of style, function and support. Created to encourage high performance and to truly support women, Berlei is the only sports bra brand to be tested, used and approved by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the training ground for Australia’s Olympians.

Berlei reveals a bold and beautiful new look with a luxe fashion feel for their SS16 Sport campaign, featuring brand ambassador and International tennis star, Serena Williams. Since discovering Berlei in Australia ten years ago, Serena has worn the High Performance sports bra to protect her breasts throughout every tournament, becoming officially aligned with the brand three years ago. Serena says, “I love to perform at my optimum and I try to align myself with brands that believe in the same thing I believe in – being your best and working your hardest, and that’s what Berlei is able to do. Being involved with the design team has been really exciting, seeing what they come up with and being a part of such a wonderful brand that has helped me through my entire career”.

*Fashion: you love it but what do you really like to wear when you’re out of tennis gear?

I love shoes! And I always dress confidently, it’s important to be yourself and own your style so you can exude confidence and feel great.

*How important is it to have a seriously good fitting bra?

It’s so important to have a bra that fits you well and gives you full support, especially when playing sports! I think most women who play sports don’t realize how much of a difference it can make in the long run. My favourite Berlei High Performance bra has supported me through every grand slam over the last decade.

*Do you think so many women just ‘forget’ to find something that fits them well and is functional as well as fashionable (and sexy!)

I think people find it hard to find something that ticks all the boxes and that’s why I love Berlei bras so much – their bras are stylish but also really functional. Sometimes I just take a picture of myself in my bra and put it on Instagram, I’m obsessed!

Underwear is the first thing you put on in the morning; it starts your day and is so important for making you feel confident, strong and even sexy when you are wearing something that fits well.

*You have brought SO much fun and brightness to the tennis court – On and off – was that a conscious decision?

I try to live my life having fun. I love what I do, so I guess in that sense it is conscious.   You need to have passion to perform at your best and compete in the sport, otherwise it’s just hard work.

*What is your normal day when you are in full training?

My typical day consists of two to three hours on the court with some extra time for conditioning in the gym. I also make sure to do some yoga and Pilates a few times a week to make sure I am stretching and improving my flexibility.

*What about when you are not in full training?

I love to take time out for myself and just be at home. I also LOVE to dance!

*Your strength is just amazing:  what is the one exercise you would suggest most women do

Apart from tennis, dance is another passion of mine. It’s so much fun and amazing for a full body workout.

*Sportswear, and activewear has become such a fashion statement and every day thing to wear: do you think you were a big part of making that trend happen?

My fashion choices have been reported widely in the media, but I wouldn’t say it’s me personally! I think people are taking more of an interest in sports and it’s showing more in our everyday lives. Now with brands like Berlei coming out with really stylish sportswear, it’s not surprising people are wearing them as fashion items.

*You seem so close with your family – does that ever get difficult or it is just natural?

It’s very natural, my family is so important to me and a great support in my life. I always have family close by, they are a constant inspiration and strength for me.

*Do you have one or two absolute career highlights?

I like to always think my greatest achievements are yet to come. I think it’s important to keep looking to the future, and after every win I always focus on the next game ahead.

*Who are your mentors or people you would still like to meet?

I feel so lucky that I have been privileged to meet so many incredible and inspiring people, but my mum and my sister Venus are my true mentors in life.

*Does the word ‘retirement’ – ever figure in your life?!

The last year has been an amazing year for me and I’m not done yet!  I’m having so much fun doing what I do, and playing tennis, I’m still enjoying myself.


12 New 'Ruby' styles just in from Leona Edmiston and time for Spring

The Leona Edmiston Ruby is a diffusion collection, taking key elements of the Frock design and fabrics to create affordable dresses that do not compromise on design and quality. See them here.


UNIQLO x INES DE LA FRESSANGE fashion collaboration

UNIQLO has announced the launch of the 2016 Fall/Winter INES DE LA FRESSANGE Collection, the latest collaboration line with Inès de la Fressange, the fashion icon whose name is synonymous with Parisian chic. Available in Australia from September, the new collection will be available at selected UNIQLO stores and UNIQLO.com/au

This season’s collection, the sixth line created in collaboration with UNIQLO, is symbolised by three elements:

  1. Classic elegance, for an elegant, sophisticated style
  2. Chic sophistication, for a high fashion style that allows uniqueness to shine through chic simplicity
  3. 70’s Rock, for a 70’s style that mixes different cultures and tastes

The core colours for this season are shades of grey such as charcoal and dark grey, a first for the collaboration line. These colours are accented with vivid blues and reds, dark olive green, and rich cognac. Along with the Inès signature navy, these hues give an air of freshness, and present an expressive Parisian chic charm.

This is a collection that illustrates Inès’ pursuit of authentic high quality clothing that all women can wear comfortably, while making them look beautiful, expertly integrated with UNIQLO’s LifeWear concept by Design Director Naoki Takizawa. The 70 items in the collection allow women to shine in comfort and to enjoy styles with refined elegance, in a free-flowing vintage mode.