Jackalope Wins 2019 AILA Award for Tourism - designed by TCL

Jackalope has won the award for landscaping in Tourism, as designed by TCL, at the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian Chapter Awards.

Set on a private vineyard amid the Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope is the award winning design hotel, featuring 45 designer dens and world class F&B offerings, formed in collaboration with Australia’s preeminent creatives – including TCL, Carr Design Group, and Fabio Ongarato Design.

A personal project of 30-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, the hotel guides guests on a sensory journey of art, design and dining experiences, delivering a decadent interplay between the ideal and the surreal.

Conceived in partnership with some of Australia’s preeminent creatives—including architectural firm Carr Design Group and multi-disciplinary studio, Fabio Ongarato Design—Li has produced an icon of contemporary design.

Jackalope’s 45 rooms comprise 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds and bathrooms boast rain showers, double vanities, bath products made exclusively for the hotel by Hunter Lab, rain showers, and the option of deep-soak, black Japanese tubs.

“Whether a luxury traveller prefers a scenic destination, food, art, evocative design, or to connect with their surrounds, Jackalope sits at the forefront of emerging and established hotel trends,” says Jackalope’s Group General Manager Tracy Atherton, formerly of Aman Resorts and Hotel Hotel.

Perry Lethlean, Director of TCL says, ‘Jackalope hotel is unique in both destination and design, exuding place-driven architecture and landscaping that explores anticipation, nourishment, indulgence and sustenance.

The landscape architecture of Jackalope forms a critical part in the ensemble of experiences – it amplifies the beauty of the site and creates a reverie of indulgence’.

The AILA awards recognise design that support human well being in a variety of sectors from health to tourism and academia, representing places where people and nature coexist.

Source: Jackalope

Qantas rewards frequent flyers in program overhaul

Representing a $25 million investment, the changes will improve how members are recognised and rewarded as well as how they earn and redeem points.

The major initiatives, to be rolled out to members over the next 12 months, include:

  • Adding more than 1 million extra reward seats available annually on Qantas and new partner airlines.
  • Slashing carrier charges – the additional costs associated with flights booked with Points – by up to 50 per cent on international bookings saving members on average $200 per return journey.
  • Changing the points required for reward seats on domestic and international flights including an up to 10 per cent reduction in the number of points required for international economy Classic Reward seats.
  • Increasing the points required for upgrades and Classic Reward seats in premium cabins to better reflect the value of this premium experience.
  • Creating a new tiered Points Club program to better reward members who earn most of their points through on-the-ground transactions.
  • Introducing Lifetime Platinum status, the ultimate recognition for the airline’s most loyal flyers.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the changes are about strengthening Qantas Frequent Flyer to keep delivering for its almost 13 million members.

“The Qantas Frequent Flyer program has always been about rewarding customers for their loyalty. These changes are about making it easier for members to access those rewards and help to keep them highly engaged, which in turn is good news for our business as a whole.

“We know the majority of our members want to use their points to take a dream trip overseas, so we are adding more reward seats including First, Business and Premium Economy, to places like London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore as well as slashing carrier charges.

“While the points required for business class seats on international and domestic flights will increase slightly, it is the first increase in 15 years and the product has improved a lot in that time.”


Since its inception in 1987, the frequent flyer program has grown from 50,000 members who could only earn points on travel to almost 13 million members who can earn points with more than 300 partners. The majority of the points earned across the program are used on travel. Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour.

“Our members are all unique in how they choose to earn and use their Qantas Points. The combination of the new Points Club, the introduction of our most elite tier in Lifetime Platinum, and the increase in seats across our network means the revamped program should offer something for everyone.”

A full breakdown of the program changes, including interactive tables showing the before-and-after pricing and new reward seat options on partner airlines is available at frequentflyer.qantas.com.

Source: Qantas

Travel: Welcome to Reef House, Palm Cove

The Reef House & Spa is a romantic escape in Tropical North Queensland, located in the laid-back beach front village of Palm Cove. A personal experience, Reef House has character in abundance, offering a fresh sense of luxury contrasted with historic charm.

Half-way between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest; Reef House is only a 25 minutes’ drive from Cairns and 45 minutes from Port Douglas; an ideal getaway for couples and a great base for your tropical far north adventure.

Rich in history, Reef House was one of the first Palm Cove properties built in 1958, before being acquired by Brigadier, The Hon. David Thomson in 1972. Originating from an Officers Mess system in the Army, Thompson adopted the same principle of trust with the Brigadier Honesty Bar; an unattended beverage and snack bar. Signature to Reef House is personalised customer service and a homely experience rare to find in modern hospitality.

Hidden behind palm trees, Reef House is a colonial, beach-front retreat consisting of 67 intimate guest rooms, nine apartments and villas, two large swimming pools (one adults only, one heated to 30 degrees), a rejuvenating day spa and a modern fine dining restaurant.

Surrounded by luscious greenery, each room is nestled in its own private oasis, Reef House instantly makes you relax and unwind; from the romantic love swing, to the relaxing spa baths and sweeping ocean views.

Enjoying spectacular views of the beach sits the Reef House Restaurant; offering tropical fine dining with a constantly evolving menu of the freshest produce. Executive Chef, Ben Canham has created a modern Australian menu with Asian and European influences, where guests come back time and time again for the locally caught Reef fish and Orecchiette pasta with smoked duck chorizo.

A new curated wine list from recently appointed Sommelier, Bernard Bungaleea will feature wines from recognised wineries and epic vintages. Complimentary for guests, is the Reef House Mixology Academy, where Sommelier Bernard will run cocktail classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

From check in, Reef House & Spa provides personal touches that make guests feel at home, including complimentary amenities; from an arrival drink, pool-side sorbet and aqua-aerobic classes, to fishing rod and bike loan. Each day, guests are invited to the Brigadier Bar for complimentary punch and canapés, to encourage lively conversation between guests, hosted by the General Manager, Wayne Harris.

For those looking to rejuvenate, the Reef House Day Spa has five treatment rooms, two Vichy showers and a couple’s treatment room with spa bath. On the menu is holistic massages, refreshing facials, body exfoliation, seaweed wraps and anti-ageing treatments. The only Day Spa in Queensland to offer Phytomer treatments (marine bio-technology), the Reef House Spa is the ideal way to pamper and relax.

The only fully owned and operated property in Palm Cove, Reef House & Spa is the ‘summer’ property of Malcolm Bean and David Horbelt, owners of Adelaide’s Mount Lofty House.

Source: Reef House

Origin: Away is the newest travel marketplace

The unique travel brand Away has celebrated its official launch into Australia. Away has partnered with a group of leading Australian entrepreneurs, inviting Sydneysiders to experience how travel can transform any idea, big or small.

‘Origin: Away’ offers a curated marketplace in the heart of Sydney, with panel discussions and fireside chats with Dion Lee, Hermione Underwood, Ryan Lobo and more.

“It’s a space that will celebrate the transformative power of travel and some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs alongside Sydney locals.”
– Jen Rubio, co-founder of Away.

Origin: Away features six shoppable stalls that have been designed to echo the successful brands each entrepreneur has built around the world. For the first time, Sydneysiders are invited to shop Away’s full travel range, designed to work together seamlessly with notable features that solve real travel problems.

Source: Away

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth launch a new range of Parisian experiences this Winter

Following the completion of a stylish multi-million-dollar makeover, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth invites all Francophiles to indulge this Winter, with the launch of a new range of Magnifique Parisian experiences; perfectly timed to enjoy as the weather continues to cool.

From exquisite French cuisine, arts and culture, to shopping experiences, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, highlight the best of their French-inspired activities to enjoy this Winter.


Dine like a Parisian in the European style surrounds of Garden Court Restaurant and allow French Native Executive Chef, Boris Cuzon, and his team to present their newly launched French-inspired Winter delights as part of the dinner a-la-carte selection. Indulge in Cuzon’s signature entrée dishes such as Beef Tartare, Spanner Crab or start your culinary journey with the Artisan Charcuterie Board.

Guests are spoilt for choice with mains such as the poached Rock Cod (celeriac, lemon,saltbush) or Dry Aged Hawkesbury Duck (apricot mostarda, fennel, braised leg) are Chef’srecommendations this season. Guest with a sweet tooth won’t pass the Raspberry Mille-feuille (rose cream, fresh raspberry, raspberry sorbet, puff pastry) or the Hazelnut Soufflé (blueberry compote, ricotta sorbet).

Alternatively, guests are invited to indulge in a French Winter Buffet in Garden Court Restaurant, for a limited time only until 15 August 2019. Priced at $45* per adult and $25* per child, warm up with a range of hearty gourmet soups, Raclette cheese, tasty artisan cheeses, condiments and homemade French baguettes and desserts are on offer to truly spoil guests this Winter.

French culinary enthusiast aiming to warm up before or after their Sydney adventure, Soiree at the Wentworth offers two choices of Traditional French Style Cheese Fondues, priced from $25* per person.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth launches Parisian Chic, the essence of true French indulgence.
Parisian Chic has been curated to perfection to enjoy some of life’s simply pleasures this Winter. Guests are invited to treat themselves and/or their friends and family to a luxurious experience in the heart of Sydney’s shopping district, from $496 per night* featuring the below inclusions for a perfect weekend away:

  • Overnight accommodation in a Superior Room or upgrade to a Club Room or Suite to enjoy access to Club Sofitel
  • Two French Martinis on arrival
  • French afternoon Tea for two, Café Gourmand
  • French Manicure for two
  • $150 Westfield Shopping Voucher
  • Late check out at 12pm

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth collaborates with the nearby Art Gallery of NSW to bring arts enthusiasts The Essential Duchamp Exhibition, running until 11 August. Renowned for breaking down the boundaries between works of art and everyday objects and as a pioneer of the Dada movement, Marcel Duchamp is one of the 20th Century’s most original and influential artists.
Uncover Sydney’s vibrant arts and culture scene with an overnight stay at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth priced at $333* per night, featuring the below inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation in a Superior Room
  • Café Gourmand for two in Soirée Bar
  • Two cocktails on arrival
  • In-room French breakfast
  • Late checkout at 12pm
  • Two tickets to The Essential Duchamp at The Art Gallery of New South Wales

Source: Sofitel Sydney