Neil Perry & Aspen Snowmass Cook Up The Ultimate Ski Trip

Combining the best of both worlds – gourmet fare and skiing, Aspen Snowmass and resort Ambassador, Neil Perry have created the luxury ski trip of a lifetime to the tune of $40,000. Until September 30, Rockpool Group diners will be in for the chance to be transported via Qantas Business Class to the slopes of Aspen Snowmass in Colorado.

Dine at Eleven Bridge (Sydney), Rockpool Bar & Grill (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth), Spice Temple (Sydney, Melbourne), or Rosetta (Melbourne) and fill out the competition form presented in the bill fold. The winner will receive two Qantas Business Class tickets to LA, connecting flights to Aspen, seven nights at the ski-in ski-out Viceroy Snowmass and two six-day lift passes at all four Aspen Snowmass mountains (Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk).

Hungry for more? To ensure you enjoy all that ski terrain on offer, add six days of premium equipment rental for two people (including free overnight storage and mountain transfer service) and three days of group lessons. Certainly enough to whet a snow lovers’ appetite during a meal.

Neil Perry has long standing ties with Aspen Snowmass. Now a resort Ambassador and judge of the slope-side annual Australia Day Food Competition, the Perrys vacation in Aspen annually, and even chose Aspen Snowmass as their honeymoon destination. Regular skiers, they are as familiar with the town as any permanent resident, and Neil is keen to share the love of the resort with his guests. 

“I’m so excited about being able to offer our diners a fantastic trip to one of the world’s best ski resorts”, he said.
“Aspen is one of my most favourite places in the world, and I’m sure that the winners will feel the same as I do after their amazing trip”. 
Aspen Snowmass is thrilled to be included in the activities of the Rockpool Group. 

“With Australia being our top international market, Aspen Snowmass is extremely lucky to have Neil Perry as our Ambassador”, said Casey Leach, Sales Manager of Aspen Snowmass. “Not only is Neil a huge fan of Aspen, but we are a gigantic fan of his fabulous restaurants and talent in the kitchen! It is great fun to have Neil be a part of the Australian-Aspen tradition and help us kick off Aspen Snowmass’ Australia Day celebrations each January!”


The winner will be drawn on October 14, 2016.

QT Melbourne hotel Soon to be unveiled

Perfectly groomed and immaculately accessorised, the highly anticipated QT Melbourne is about to arrive in Australia’s most creatively charged city. 

An artisan playground in which lovers of the high life come to satisfy their thirst for all things eccentric and innovative, QT Melbourne is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD near the exclusive Collins Street precinct, and inspired by the 1920’s rag traders from which the local ‘Paris end’ of Melbourne draws much of its flair and flavour.

The hotel will bring a chic new designer landmark to the city’s cultural heartland with distinctly creative edge and eclectic experiences through its 188 rooms and unrivalled drinking and dining establishments, transforming the 133 Russell Street address when it opens its doors.

The stunning building designed by acclaimed architect Angelo Candalepas with a striking façade comprising varying features harmonises Melbourne’s heritage, playing homage to its contemporary streetscape location. The design philosophy is industrial inspired, carried through in handcrafted steel, stone and timber, creating contrasting textures teamed with eclectic interiors of the guest-rooms and hotel’s public spaces.

QT Melbourne joins an acclaimed family of Australian designer hotels, building on a global reputation for bold interiors and luxury but quirky hospitality. Spotlighting a range of unique design and art collaborators, QT is anything but ordinary and everything extraordinary. September 5th will see the unveiling of Melbourne’s latest muse.

New GM for glam Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast: hello Claire Huang!

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Huang as their new General Manager, as well as highlight the hotel’s five-star management team.

Having worked in various luxury hotel management roles including General Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing and Resident Manager for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Asia Pacific over the past 19 years, Claire’s impressive experience and passion for the industry have led her to this new and exciting position.

“Palazzo Versace is iconic, it is the world’s first fashion branded hotel; and is the home to one of the most legendary brands in the world – Versace. Drawing from my experience in luxury hotels, I look forward to enhancing the guest experience and team culture here at Palazzo Versace.” Said Claire.

Joining the team as the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing is Georgina Terepai. Georgina’s extensive experience in marketing strategy and delivering outstanding profit ratio is a welcomed addition to the team. Georgina is joined by Jasmine Webb Marketing and Communications Manager, who has been with the hotel for two years, both concentrating on driving innovation and launching a series of bespoke special experiences in the coming weeks together with the team. “Palazzo Versace is famous for owning the special occasion, we are very exciting to roll out a series of luxury experiences that take celebrating a special occasion to the next level. The experiences include The Empire, Proposals, Baby Moons, Anniversaries, Birthdays and a Luxury Shopping Spree.” Said Georgina.  

Driving a cutting edge culinary team at the haute hotel is Executive Chef Grant Murray, with 20 years of experience in kitchens of large luxury hotels and stand-alone restaurants in South Africa, London, the Middle East and Australia, Grant embraces innovation and has successfully revamped menus across Palazzo Versace’s award-winning restaurant venues with a focus on enhancing the hotel’s famous Seafood Buffet, Vanitas restaurant and the hotel’s Signature High Tea this Spring. 

The service team includes Food and Beverage Manager John Forest and Front Office Manager Alicia Denning. John and Alicia have established themselves as key advocates for driving a new excellence in service culture at Palazzo Versace, which includes enhancing the hotel’s famous High Tea experience located in the beautiful hotel with shimmering views of the antique chandelier which once shone its light in the grand state library of Milan – a gift from the late Gianni Versace.

The hotel has also announced the appointment of Human Resources Manager, Ashley Patch, Ashleigh will play an integral role in developing the hotel’s meticulous service culture with elegance and flair.

Palazzo Versace will celebrate their Sweet 16th Birthday on September 15 with a special dinner featuring Dom Pérignon and Live Opera in Vanitas.  


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 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.