Krug and Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley partner to launch the Krug Picnic

This July, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia’s ultra-luxury, conservation-based resort will launch an indulgent culinary experience for guests – the Krug Picnic. In partnership with the house of Krug, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has created an unparalleled wilderness escape, pairing the finest produce with exquisite Krug champagne, served in the spectacular surroundings of the Greater Blue Mountains.

Available exclusively to those staying at the resort, guests will be whisked away by four-wheel drive to a secluded location where they can enjoy a complete food and champagne immersion within nature, whilst watching kangaroos and wildlife pass by. This experience takes guests ‘off road’ into the 7,000 acre resort with a Krug Picnic waiting on arrival in a private, picturesque location.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley’s Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela has worked with Krug Maison to develop a bespoke gourmet picnic that can be enjoyed simply, en plein air. Guests will be spoilt for choice with a selection of local produce and seasonal menu items, regularly updated, and hand- selected to perfectly complement the iconic Krug Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition.

This season the bounty includes a Victor Churchill charcuterie board, Maroochydore king prawns served with lemon, fresh lobster spring rolls and a Lyonnaise salad with confit duck leg, crispy lardons and frisée lettuce. An artisanal cheese board with house made lavosh, panforte and a deconstructed lemon meringue tart will complete the gourmet picnic experience.

Margareth Henriquez, President & CEO of the House of Krug is pleased that Krug has partnered with Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley to bring a memorable experience to guests. “Krug is the result of a visionary who pushed the boundaries to create the very best Champagne his House could offer, every year, independently of climate.

Arriving at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in a secluded valley at the center of pristine wilderness, was an experience beyond limits,” she commented following a visit to the resort. “Tasting Krug Grande Cuvée, the 166th Édition of this multi-coloured Champagne, surrounded by the magic colours of untouched nature was, without a doubt, giving time to the unforgettable.”

Krug’s Grande Cuvée is the ultimate expression of the vision of Krug and is re-created each year. The current release, the 166ème Édition, is a result of exceptional finesse and slow maturation with a blend of over 140 wines from 10 different years having spent 7 years in the cellars of Krug. The result is a champagne of expression and elegance that transcends the notion of vintage.

The Krug Picnic launches as part of the Winter Culinary Festival at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley which sees the resort hosting a series of unique culinary experiences in partnership with some of Australia’s leading chefs, award-winning winemakers this winter.

Curated by Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela, each gourmet experience will reflect the resort’s culinary philosophy, celebrating the very best of seasonal, regional and, where possible, organic produce, sourced from local boutique farms, private growers and vintners.

The Krug Picnic is perfect for special occasions, for the ultimate romantic weekend getaway or for Krug-lovers who wish to indulge in a truly unforgettable moment and is available to resort guests for $895 per couple.

Two-night accommodation packages for two at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley start at AUD $2,090 per evening in a Heritage Villa with private pool, including gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, local wines and beers with meals, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and two nature- based activities.

For more information on the Krug picnic and Winter Culinary Festival, please visit oneandonlyresorts.com or for reservations please contact Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Source: Emirates One & Only 


Travel + Leisure names Huka Lodge Number 1

Huka Lodge has excelled on the world stage, receiving global recognition as the Number 1 Resort Hotel in Australia & New Zealand in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards. Among the globe’s most impressive and inspiring properties, Huka Lodge has also been acknowledged as Number 25 in the Top 100 Hotels Overall category.

As one of the most highly-regarded and competitive awards on the travel calendar, the World’s Best Awards honour the top travel destinations and companies around the globe as rated by its readers. Huka Lodge celebrates this prestigious recognition from Travel + Leisure for the fifth time.

Kerry Molloy, General Manager, says: “This is a tremendous honour for our team. Our guests, our people and of course our rich heritage define the Huka Lodge story. To be recognised among the region’s most compelling properties is a wonderful testament to all involved. Travel + Leisure is one of the most respected authorities in the industry and we remain as dedicated as ever to delivering once-in-a-lifetime memories for our guests.”

Since it was founded in 1924, Huka Lodge has been consistently rated as a favourite destination for discerning travellers from every corner of the globe, making its way onto bucket lists and awards lists alike. To date, Huka Lodge has welcomed over half a million guests into its 25 guest suites including private cottages and recently announced its all-new series of unique experiences, including exclusive dining collaborations and never-before-launched ski packages.

The World’s Best Awards appear in the August 2018 issue of Travel + Leisure, on sale 27 July 2018 and online at this link: https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.

Source: Travel & Leisure


Sydney Hotel Launches with World First Airbnb Partnership

The Little Albion Guest House, which officially opened its doors today, has joined forces with Airbnb to be the first hotel available for booking as a single listing on the global travel platform. The luxurious new 35-room guest house is located in the hip Sydney suburb of Surry Hills and from today will be available to be booked in its entirety priced from $15,000 and as individual rooms (airbnb.com.au/littlealbion).

Delightfully intimate, devastatingly gorgeous, genuinely original and refreshingly unpretentious, Little Albion is the embodiment of the local guest house experience reimagined for the modern luxury traveller. Designed and developed by pioneers of the boutique hotel category 8HOTELS and Builder / Designer Connie Alessi. The concept came about after researching hotels through the ages.

From the very first kind, the ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn dating back to the eighth century AD) to the modern big box hotels of the 80’s, followed by the explosion of boutique offerings and finally through to the innovation of the game-changing Airbnb platform. From here, they saw a clear evolution of the consumer journey and landed squarely on what both corporate and leisure guests genuinely want from their ‘home away from home’ – the luxury and comfort of a hotel teamed with the ease and familiarity of an Airbnb.

Paul Fischmann, Founder and CEO of 8Hotels says, “With Little Albion we sought to redefine the modern hotel by catering to the needs of today’s luxury travellers, who want the authenticity of a local experience, alongside world class boutique hotel service and amenities and the ease of booking it through Airbnb. Little Albion Guest House was developed with the same attention to detail that a home owner has in creating their dream home, resulting in a truly one of a kind property, just like the homes you find on Airbnb. We’re big supporters of the Airbnb platform and are excited to be partnering with them.”

Earlier this year, Airbnb announced the introduction of new searchable property types on the platform, including B&Bs and boutique hotels, aimed at bringing the benefits of local and authentic travel to everyone. This partnership forms part of Airbnb’s roadmap and is aimed bringing the transformative benefits of local, personal and authentic travel to every type of traveller.

Sam McDonagh, Country Manager for Airbnb in Australia and New Zealand says, “We want Airbnb to be for everyone, including hospitality providers that offer unique spaces and personalised hospitality. The Little Albion Guest House is a great example of a local boutique hotel that is opening its doors to travellers from around Australia and the world, offering guests more than just a bed for the night. Boutique hotels and B&Bs have long used Airbnb, and we are dedicated to continuing to work with hospitality providers across Australia that excel at offering the best guest experiences and live our mission of belonging.”

In line with Airbnb’s vision of belonging anywhere and giving guests the opportunity to live like a local, Little Albion Guest House will have a dedicated team of hosts led by boutique hotel guru and Surry Hills resident, Wendy Morris, who will be on hand around the clock to offer individualised service. Boasting an enviable art collection, impeccable interiors and bespoke finishing, many designed and crafted by the hoteliers themselves, Little Albion is a design lover’s dream.

The guest house will also feature an honour bar stocked with top shelf beverages and gourmet nibbles where guests are encouraged to help themselves as they would at home. Head to the rooftop and discover a stunning garden oasis with alfresco seating, outdoor shower and northerly aspect with views over Surry Hills and the city of Sydney.

For bookings or to find out more visit airbnb.com.au/littlealbion

Source: The Little Albion Guest House


The world's first taxi that you pay by singing introduced in Finland

Fortum Singalong Shuttle is a taxi service that only accepts singing as payment. The emission-free rides are operated on electric cars. Singalong Shuttle will be introduced in Finland in early July at Ruisrock festival.

What if you could pay your ride by singing? Fortum Singalong Shuttle combines rideshares with Carpool Karaoke – and is purely run on electric cars. It is the world’s first taxi that you pay by singing. Singalong Shuttle will operate at Ruisrock festival in Finland 6-8th of July.

Singalong Shuttle is provided by clean-energy company Fortum, who wants to engage its customers and the society to join the change for a cleaner world. The company offers a wide range of clean energy solutions and encourages its customers to live a more sustainable life. Fortum is also actively developing sophisticated EV charging solutions. Fortum Charge & Drive EV charging network is the largest one in the Nordics with over 2000 chargers across the area.

“With Singalong Shuttle we want to show people in a joyful way how comfortable and easy it is to drive an electric car,” says Fortum’s Brand Manager Jussi Mälkiä. “The silent electric cars make it possible to enjoy singing without background noise and emissions,” he continues.

Source: Fortum


Snow-tripping news: international IKON PASS partners with Thredbo

Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes, announces Thredbo as its newest partner, now offering access to nearly 26,000 hectares (more than 64,000 acres) at 27 premier mountain destinations across the globe. The Ikon Pass is available for purchase at www.ikonpass.com and through selected travel partners.

In addition to access to 26 destinations in North America, all Ikon Pass holders can enjoy skiing and riding throughout Thredbo’s 2018 winter season. Ikon Pass holders will have seven-day access to Thredbo on the Ikon Pass with no black-out dates, and five-day access on the Ikon Base Pass, with selected black-out dates.

Thredbo, Australia’s premier snow destination, offers an incredible snow experience with its impressive mountain accessing 480 hectares of varied terrain and its 672 vertical meters providing the country’s longest snow runs, combined with its picturesque alpine village at the base of the mountain which creates a vibrant après atmosphere.

“As we continue to curate partners for the Ikon Pass, we look for destinations that share our passion for the mountains and are dedicated to creating enduring memories for their guests. Thredbo fits right in and we are thrilled to welcome the leading destination in the Southern Hemisphere to the Ikon Pass community,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company.

“Australia is full of passionate skiers and riders who can now take advantage of an endless winter with the Ikon Pass as they hit the slopes of Thredbo throughout their winter, before experiencing more iconic destinations in the Northern Hemisphere.”

Thredbo joins a group of North American industry leaders that make up the Ikon Pass – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort. Each demonstrates integrity, character and independence that is reflected in their mountains and guests.

“Thredbo is thrilled to join the Ikon Pass as its Australian partner and we feel privileged to be the first Southern Hemisphere destination offered to pass holders,” said Jordan Rodgers, General Manager, Thredbo. “The Ikon Pass is a sensational option for skiers and snowboarders who love to travel to incredible mountain experiences and we look forward to providing Ikon Pass holders access to Australia’s premier snow destination.”

IKON PASS PRODUCTS

To provide the best experience possible, two pass products are available for purchase, the Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base Pass, with varying levels of access and benefits.

IKON PASS: Offering unlimited access to 12 destinations plus 7-days and 7-days combined at 14 destinations with no black-out dates, for $999 USD Adult (approximately $1,345 AUD).

ACCESS:
Unlimited: Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, Stratton, Snowshoe Mountain, Tremblant, and Blue Mountain

7-Days: Thredbo, Deer Valley Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Killington Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort

7-Days Combined:
Aspen Snowmass: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk
AltaSnowbird
SkiBig3: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay
Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain

More Benefits
10 Friends & Family lift tickets offering 25% off of the window rate at any Ikon Pass destination (excluding CMH), with no blackout dates
Free one-year $50-value membership to Protect Our Winters that includes POW die cut stickers, 20% off POW store merchandise, a monthly POW newsletter, and a subscription to the biweekly email newsletter, “The Line”
Additional destination benefits and discounts are available at ikonpass.com

IKON BASE PASS: Offering unlimited access to 10 destinations plus 5-days and 5-days combined at 16 destinations with blackout periods at North American and Australian destinations, for $699 USD Adult (approximately $940 AUD).

ACCESS:
Unlimited: Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (holiday restrictions), Mammoth Mountain (holiday restrictions), Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, Tremblant, Blue Mountain, Snowshoe Mountain

5-Days: Thredbo, Steamboat, Deer Valley Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Stratton, Killington Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort
5-Days Combined Aspen Snowmass: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk
AltaSnowbird SkiBig3: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay
Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain

BLACKOUT DATES: Dec. 26 – 31, 2018; Jan. 19 – 20, 2019; and Feb. 16 – 17, 2019
Thredbo Black-Out Dates: July 7-22, 2018

More Benefits
8 Friends & Family lift tickets, good for 25% off the window rate at any Ikon Pass destination (excluding CMH), with select blackout dates
Free one-year membership to Protect Our Winters ($50-value) that includes POW die-cut stickers, 20% off POW store merchandise, a monthly POW newsletter, and a subscription to the biweekly email newsletter, “The Line” additional destination benefits and discounts are available at ikonpass.com

Source: Ikon Pass