Australia's luxe HOTELESQUE - when home & hotel combine

In the continuously expanding home sharing economy play a selection of local Australian businesses that are delivering high quality luxury accommodation, to local and international guests. Today, disrupting the mix by launching deeper into the home-rental market is emerging business, Hotelesque.

Operating since 2005 and headed up by finance and property specialists Steve Keir andMonique Eyles, Hotelesque is grounded in market leading expertise and experience. It is this expertise and foresight that led Keir and Eyles to re-brand their business from Your Home Away from Home to Hotelesque in August 2018 with the intention to further establish its brand positioning and offering in the luxury hospitality industry.

Offering a curated selection of Sydney’s most prestigious and luxury homes, Hotelesque holds a portfolio of 120 investment and lifestyle properties and is continuing to grow in the competitive landscape.

Service and experience is what distinguishes this business as a differentiated offering to its competitors, delivering superior service to property owners and a unique premium experience to guests through a deep understanding of the long-stay traveller. Each property is carefully hand selected to ensure a consistent level of premium properties, with the in-house team working closely with each home owner at the outset to ensure the property is styled impeccably to have instant appeal to prospective guests, to ensure long-term financial return on the property

The in-house team provide key interior solutions spanning furniture, appliance and kitchen fit-out packages, with suppliers such as Coco Republic, to ensure the portfolio of homes are consistent in premium styling. Typically, homes styled by the in-house design team on average attract higher occupancy levels.

“Through our turn-key solutions, we are providing another platform for property owners and investors to generate a consistent high-return revenue stream,” says CEO Steve Keir. “Internally, we are prototyping technology that enable us to record property information for more seamless property management, further enabling future bookings through steady high ratings and reviews,” Keir adds.

For guests, the locally based concierge is a service provided that elevates Hotelesque from the likes of Airbnb. For a fee, guests are able to request a grocery pick up, car transfer, bed hire, special dining experience and more. Guests are serviced whilst in house to ensure they have the perfect stay, with all amenities provided at no additional cost.

“All of our concierges are locally based, so you can always rely on seven day a week support, as well as local knowledge and expertise,” says Director Monique Eyles. “Whether it is organising replacement clothing to counter lost luggage, our team will work to satisfy every need of our guests, ” Eyles adds.

While already well established in Sydney, where the number of properties under management is set to triple to 300 by 2019-20, Hotelesque is on the cusp of expansion interstate into Victoria and Queensland and overseas to New Zealand.

Source: Hotelesque

Private Jet love with Captain’s Choice.

Now THIS was a real experience.

Ok, we didn’t quite leave the private jet base in Sydney, but we did jump on board the 50 seat jet to hear about a seriously chic travel company called Captain’s Choice.

With Dom Perignon flowing and caviar served, a throng of travel media enjoyed what was an hour experience – where we wished that one day, maybe one day, we’ll make it into the sky and onto a destination like India, Iceland, Antartica and South Africa.

Here are a few of the facts….
Since 1994 the company (CC) have created the world’s most enriching journeys. They take their clients to all corners of the globe without compromise, whether by private jet, small luxury ship or a unique rail journey.

The clients appreciate the inspired moments can only be experienced travelling with Captain’s Choice. Through innovation and fresh thinking, CC continue to push the boundaries for clients, leading the market with high staff to guest ratios, genuinely all-inclusive tours and real and lasting engagement with many of the global communities they visit.

Thinking beyond travel, CC endeavour to curate fresh wonders, delivering inspired moments that money can’t buy.

Rob Tandy is the Executive General Manager of Captain’s Choice and a director of (and part of the family behind) one of Australia’s most important travel groups, APT.

Rob joined the group in 2012 as General Manager of the Kimberley and Outback Wilderness Adventures business and took on the role as head of Captain’s Choice in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Property and Construction and is also a Director and Co-founder of a leading Melbourne charity, the Snowdome Foundation.

About Lou Tandy
Lou Tandy (nee McGeary) is Director of Captain’s Choice and works in partnership with her husband Rob Tandy to drive strategies for growth of the brand. She has over a decade’s experience in product development, strategy and marketing with Australia’s largest locally owned touring company, APT, and joined its board of directors in 2005. Lou has grown up immersed in the travel business, as she is the daughter of APT founder and owner Geoff McGeary OAM.

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QT Perth Unveils a World Less Conventional to Australia’s West Coast

Bursting into the buoyant Western Australian entertainment scene this August, QT Perth will deliver an exciting new hospitality precinct in the heart of the CBD and only a stone’s throw from the winding Swan River. Showcasing the best of QT’s signature service and design, the bold 18-storey hotel boasts 184 guest rooms, a signature bar & grill restaurant concept, rooftop bar, café and 7 conference rooms.


Perfect for modern explorers, wild flowers and the creatively charged, this is QT’s first property on Australia’s West Coast, merging industrial glamour with a contemporary, urban-cool aesthetic. All the tongue-in-cheek charm guests have come to expect from QT will be in full flight with bold-yet-welcoming guest rooms and cutting- edge bar and dining offerings.

Collaborating with some of Australia’s most talented creatives, Nic Graham has reimagined what a hotels’ public space should be like, offering thoughtfully designed areas for locals and visitors to come together. Longstanding QT guest room designer, Shelley Indyk has created wildly individual and thoughtfully designed guest rooms where you will find handmade ceramics by local craftspeople including Dale Frances.

Italian-inspired Santini Grill will become Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti’s first Perth venue, working alongside homegrown Executive Chef Nic Wood. Together, the pair will bring a Mediterranean flare to the city using the very best in local produce. Santini Bar will act as the hotel’s social hub; a place to settle in and enjoy artisan drops from the finest local wineries or distilleries.

Perched high in the sky, the Rooftop at QT will offer the highest rooftop party venue in Perth with spectacular views across the Swan River, Perth Hills and Optus Stadium, whilst the QT Café on entry level will be the local destination for perfectly brewed coffee and all day pick-me-ups.

Offering a multitude of unique event spaces, QT Perth will become the perfect CBD destination to host innovative meetings and events, complete with bespoke culinary packages, and the ability to accommodate up to 315 people.

Located right on the doorstep of the Murray Street Mall with less than a minute walk to Perth’s shopping hub, QT Perth will become the modern explorer’s gateway to the Perth CBD. Celebrating individuality, QT Perth will encourage guests to feel liberated in a world less conventional.

QT Perth is now taking reservations from 1st August 2018, to find out more information head to:

Source: QT Perth

Finland now has a zero cabin! Meet Nolla – the cabin that was never there.

This summer, living with minimal emissions will be put to the test. Neste is building a prototype of a cabin that has a minimal environmental impact in terms of both carbon dioxide emissions and concrete impact on nature.

The Nolla (= zero) cabin, designed by Finnish designer Robin Falck, is located just outside Helsinki city center, on the Vallisaari island. The cabin has been built from sustainable materials and is designed for a simple lifestyle with minimal to no emissions, taking into account the surrounding nature in every respect.

Located on the idyllic island of Vallisaari in the Helsinki archipelago, the Nolla cabin encourages people to consider how modern solutions and innovations could enable sustainable cabin living. Vallisaari has been in a natural state for decades and is thus the perfect location for an urban cabin experience, located at a 20-minute boat ride away from the Helsinki market square. The ecological and mobile Nolla cabin will be in Vallisaari until the end of September, demonstrating a lifestyle that generates minimal to no emissions.

Placing the compact and mobile cabin on its private lot does not require a construction permit and it has been designed to use building materials as effectively as possible. The cabin is the size of a small bedroom and can be assembled and transported without heavy machinery, leaving its environment nearly untouched. The Nolla cabin has been designed by Finnish designer Robin Falck, whose earlier design, Nido cabin, has been globally acknowledged.

The Nolla cabin introduces solutions, which enable minimizing cabin life emissions remarkably. The energy supply of the cabin is entirely renewable; electricity is generated by solar panels, whilst the Wallas stove, reserved for cooking and heating, runs entirely on Neste MY Renewable Diesel, made 100% from waste and residue. The Aava Lines raft operating between Helsinki city centre and Vallisaari will also run on Neste MY Renewable diesel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.

“With the Nolla cabin, we want to offer visitors the possibility to experience modern cabin life in the realm of nature, with minimal emissions. An ecological lifestyle does not only require giving up unsustainable commodities, but also discovering modern, sustainable solutions that can be used instead. This has been an essential part of the design process”, says Falck.

“Finns are known for spending time at their beloved summer houses. We wanted to explore sustainable solutions that could enable cabin life with minimal emissions. Shared and circular economy, as well as new technologies and innovations have made it possible to enjoy our cabins without harming or burdening the environment. Some of the solutions that have been used at the Nolla cabin are perfectly adaptable at any cabin”, says Sirpa Tuomi, Marketing Director at Neste.

Source: Neste

Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Awards 2018

Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine announced the winners of its Gold List 2018 at a gala dinner late last week at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Sponsored by Tod’s by ytd. the magazine’s 14th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards showcase the finest luxury travel brands in Australia and around the world, as chosen by its readers and subscribers – with total votes of more than 20,000.

Luxury Travel Magazine publisher and owner Gary Allen welcomed ytd. Managing Director Yvonne Yeoh, more than 60 leading travel industry executives, and travel, fashion and style influencers to the awards.

“Our Gold List 2018 winners represent the finest luxury travels brands on the planet,” says Allen. “Our highly discerning, savvy and well-travelled readers have selected an extraordinary portfolio of luxury hotels, resorts, villas, health and wellness retreats, major airlines, cruise lines, travel specialists, and much more.”

“We’re also delighted to partner with Tod’s, the iconic Italian fashion and accessories brand and an essential element of any chic and sophisticated global traveller’s style collection.”

Actor David Berry (Outlander and A Place Called Home); entrepreneur and model Brigitte Warne; GQ Travel Insider Tyler Reisz and his fiancé, lifestyle influencer Jody Phan; men’s fashion influencer Warren Pasi, along with leading travel bloggers, Annie Nguyen, Mandy Arisa and Lauren Vickers celebrated with luxury travel executives and owners of 30 Gold List 2018 award-winning brands from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

Now in its 18th year, Luxury Travel Media is the publisher of Luxury Travel Magazine, its associated website, and an exciting new digital platform Luxury Exclusives, offering exclusive packages to highly discerning and high-income travellers.

All Gold List 2018 winners and finalists are named in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Winter 2018 Issue, on sale now in leading newsagents and by subscription via email at

Source: Luxury Travel Magazine