Pampered Pets Staycation & first ever Dog wedding at Langham, Sydney

The Langham, Sydney has partnered with Australian based charity, Pound Paws to launch a new curated Pampered Pets Staycation package.

In addition to a luxurious stay, this package will be supporting other cats and dogs around the country. For every staycation booked, $20 will go towards Pound Paws who provides a modern approach to the re-homing of pets in Australian pounds and rescue centres. They operate via an online search engine, which allows users to search for a pet in pounds and rescue centres across the country.

Shane Jolly, general manager of The Langham, Sydney says, “Since the pandemic hit Australia, animal charities have seen a 45 per cent increase in the adoptions of dogs and 20 per cent increase in cat adoptions. Now that guests are looking to spend their weekends away from their homes, it is only natural that they want to bring the whole family and that includes their pet on their staycations and we want to make sure that our guests have that option at The Langham.”

“We have specially designed this new Pampered Pets Staycation and work with Pound Paws to do our part to rescue more dogs and cats and have them go to good homes,” adds Jolly.

Guests and their pets will be welcomed by The Langham Service Stylist upon arrival.

Everything will be set up and prepared for the furry friends: a luxurious pet bed, two Langham bowls (one for water, one for supper,) a surprise pet gift bag full of goodies and a complimentary in-room Pet Afternoon Tea.

From $698 per night, this pawesome package includes:

• One night’s accommodation in a Deluxe City King room
• A complimentary Pet Afternoon Tea upon arrival
• Breakfast in bed for you and your pet
• Surprise pet gift bag
• Complimentary three-hour pet sitting.
• Complimentary valet parking

Owners will also receive a dedicated ‘Pet Room Service Menu’ featuring dishes made daily from fresh produce, free from onion, garlic and acids. ‘Lassie’s Favourite’ is a popular choice, as is ‘Rawesome’, an Angus beef tartare dish. Pet owners can also purchase pet gifts from The Langham’s specially curated Pet Gift Guide, which includes a plush Langham pink pet carrier, collars, leashes, pet bowls and more.

A pet-sitter and turn down service for doggy beds is also available. The concierge is also knowledgeable on pet friendly dining options within the vicinity of the hotel, offering a full program of activities for the whole “family.”

A series of add-on events and requests are also available to book with the specialised Pampered Pets Stylist, from celebrations, in-room photoshoots to a paw-dicures and facials for pets.

The Langham, Sydney has dedicated pet friendly guestrooms so that this extra special service does not impinge on the comfort of other guests.

The Langham, Sydney is the center of all celebrations and caters to the needs of all pet (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds) parties, from birthdays, baby showers to christenings.

To celebrate these new offerings, on Thursday August 27th, The Langham, Sydney hosted its first ever Dog Wedding between The Langham, Sydney’s Ambassador Dog, Muppy Puppy and his long-time girlfriend Boomer. It was filmed by The PuppyTime Show, where Muppy Puppy is the star of the show.

The Langham, Sydney is excited to be giving away one special Pampered Pets Staycation for two people and their pet. To enter, go to The Langham, Sydney’s Facebook or Instagram page. Australia has one of the highest ownership of pets in the world and The Langham, Sydney is proud to support all guests with pets to experience and indulge in a beautiful, luxurious staycation.

For more information on Pampered Pets Celebrations, call +61 (2) 9256 2222 or email

Source: The Langham

Thredbo: Environment Week at the aussie ski resort from august 17

Environment Week is next week! Taking care of our environment is of the utmost importance and as Australia’s Best Snow Resort, we’re on the front line of environmental impacts. So it’s no surprise our duty of care to the great outdoors is the baseline of our principles and passions, and that green (and white) is our favourite colour.

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Thredbo Resort, so here are some insider peeks at how we aim to help keep the world turning.

Next year we’ll be eligible to obtain Gold EarthCheck Certification! So who’s EarthCheck? They’re a world leader in scientific benchmarking and an advisory group for travel and tourism. Since 2012 we’ve been working with them to measure Thredbo’s environmental performance.

We’ve just received Silver EarthCheck Certification for the fourth consecutive year, so in 2021 we’re going for gold!

Each year we provide benchmarking data to EarthCheck including information about our energy and water usage, our waste generation and sustainability policies. EarthCheck then hold an on-site audit where we provide evidence to verify our claims. The onsite audit provides valuable feedback on ways we can improve our operations over the next year.

Back in 2014, we started a forestry carbon offset program enabling guests to purchase a tree when buying lift products. During last winter season over 1,000 trees were purchased by guests to offset their drive to the snow. We love our guests.

This year, we have extended the $4 Buy A Tree initiative to retail and rental products as well as lift pass products (online or over-the-counter sales) and, during this year’s Environment Week, Thredbo will be matching, dollar-for-dollar all donations made 17 – 23 August.

For over a decade, we’ve partnered with Greenfleet to offset resort vehicle emissions (including all fuel used to run our snow groomers and the resort shuttle buses). In total we’ve offset nearly 10,910 tonnes of carbon emissions by planting over 40,000 native trees.

Hot off the press, this Environment Week we are excited to announce a partnership with Keep It Cool, a local non-for-profit company. Based in the Snowy Mountains, they love the outdoors, and nature from powder days in winter to tacky trails in summer. They say it best, “Our planet is an amazing and beautiful place and the aim is to keep it that way. Forever”.

So you’ll find them (and us) supporting environmental initiatives that cross our path, educating to inspire change, building a community of like-minded people to help create momentum, and planting trees to drawdown carbon from the atmosphere and create new habitats for wildlife. Take a look at

We’re all about renewable energy – now. Together with Red Energy and Snowy Hydro, Thredbo continues to lead the industry as Australia’s first snow resort to have all major resort operations powered by 100% renewable and clean energy. We’re stoked to have harnessed the opportunity to lead our industry and our community toward a more sustainable future, today.

We’re a bit excited about our new baby – Thredbo now has a Closed Loop organics recycling machine doubling capacity in food waste recycling, so more restaurants, lodges and apartments in Thredbo can take part. Food waste recycling not only reduces landfill BUT also creates compost product putting nutrients back into the soil. #doublewin.

We’ve also had a bullseye on removing single use plastics. Phase one will see the end of front of house single-use plastics including replacing plastic straws with paper and introducing certified compostable and sustainable sugar cane pulp food packaging, which can be composted in our organics machine. Phase two will see plastic free alternatives for back of house products and the introduction of sustainable alternatives throughout Thredbo Resort.

You may have heard us ringing cowbells about launching Australia’s only alpine Gondola this year, and we’re not just proud that we did it, but how we did it. Not only is it a great addition to the resort, but the Merritts Gondola offers world leading drive technology, installed by Doppelmayr.

As Shaun Turner, General Manager of Doppelmayr Australia said, “Thredbo’s new gondola is driven by a massive slow turning motor which is super quiet and more efficient than a conventional gondola. We would like to commend Thredbo for demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and the environment with the uptake of this innovative technology.”

Also, during the past summer, as part of the new Merritts Gondola and Ricochet mountain bike trail developments a detailed rehabilitation plan was put in place to help stabilise the soil and provide habitats for native animals. Merritts Gondola rehabilitation work has seen Thredbo employees plant over 1,700 native trees, shrubs and poa grass with a further 5,500 to be planted post winter

Source: Thredbo

VIP Sydney: Introducing our Getaway Collection. Where will it take you?

It’s time to experience a luxe-local getaway like no other. With bounds of beauty stretching from each corner of Australia, take a little time out, or a much deserved break, and explore our beautiful backyard that is; Australia.

In collaboration with Southern Crossings, VIP Sydney has announced their latest luxe-experiences: A collection of interstate packages, designed for those needing a little rest & relaxation, or simply the taste of a new adventure…

The Way to Wellness. Begin your vacay at the exquisite Tamarind Retreat private villa on the Sunshine Coast. Dine in style, and unwind with private yoga classes in the serene rainforest setting and simply sit back relax for 3 nights. Next, you’ll swap the country for the coast, with a 3 night stay in an oceanfront villa at Elysian Retreat in the Whitsundays…

A Feast for the Senses. Start with 2 nights at Hobart’s super-luxe MACq01 hotel, a scenic river cruise and a decadent seafood feast for two before moving on to Freycinet Lodge for a 2-night stay. From your outdoor bath-tub on the deck, soak up the scenery, enjoy a sampling of local crafted spirits and wines, and explore the region via hike, bike, kayak or cruise.

Wine and Dine. A fabulous four day foodie’s folly starting in the Yarra Valley, staying at Yering Gorge Cottages adjoining the Eastern Golf Club. Enjoy a private tour and tasting with lunch at one of or favourites; De Bertoli. Continue the self-drive journey towards your own Lake House in Daylesford where you can enjoy long country walks, healing spa treatments and hatted dining.

Red Centre Revealed. Over seven nights, experience the spiritual heart of Australia, beginning with a half-day guided introduction of Alice Springs and a full day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges, before being transferred to Kings Canyon for a privately guided walk and authentic Aboriginal cultural experience. Take the scenic route to Ayers Rock, where you will stay at Sails with sunrise/sunset tours of majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Waterways, Whales and Wine. Unwind at Bannisters Port Stephens for 2 nights as you take off on a 3-hour cruise of the tranquil waterways. After leisurely experiencing the region, head inland to recharge at Spicers Vineyards in the heart of the Hunter wine country. Enjoy local produce and Australia’s finest wine, with a guided behind-the-scenes experience and tasting at one of the many boutique wineries.

Source: The VIP Sydney

Road trip to time Stayz Holiday Houses in Australia with the #roadtrippledge

As none of us will be heading away internationally for quite a while yet, the best thing to be doing is discovering or rediscovering delectable Australia.

I was very fortunate to be invited to be part of the #RoadTripPledge – and experiencing the absolute gorgeousness that is the south coast of New South Wales, on Gerroa beach.

The #RoadTripPledge is an Australian regeneration promise, created by the online holiday house rental website, Stayz, in support of regional towns and families impacted by the Summer bushfires and then Covid-19 travel bans.

Leading the pledge are Aussie faces Like Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Cameron Daddo and Alison Brahe, Jamie Durie, Adam Liaw, Benji and Zoe Marshall, Tom Williams and Dr Katrina Warren and their families.

The house we stayed at – on Stafford Street – was on the northern end of Gerroa beach with a rolling grass lawn that went directly down to the rocks and just a minute walk to the sounds and sand of the beach. It was truly spectacular.

I also love the 7 Point Checklist Family Road Trip Guide by leading and always amiable psychologist, Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg.

The Kingsley
Byron Bay, NSW
A stunning, newly renovated house with a sumptuous luxury feel. This versatile home was created with beautiful shared spaces in mind, including the huge deck with built-in daybeds overlooking the pool.
The Shed
Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Set among permaculture gardens on a 160-acre working farm, this space is a converted machinery shed that has been creatively transformed. Now an unforgettable eco-haven, the three-bedroom house features gorgeous layers of reclaimed and recycled materials.

Noosa, QLD
This luxurious family home is nestled between the ocean and Noosa National Park. The house is set over two levels with the kitchen, lounge and dining all opening out to a swimming pool and tennis court.
The Artists’ Treehouse
Port Douglas, QLD
Situated in the heart of Port Douglas, this four-bedroom townhouse offers spacious and laid-back vibes. The place is decorated with eclectic and stylish furnishings complemented by collections from renowned artists.

Paris Villa
Daylesford, VIC
Breathtaking five-star luxury shipping container villa cantilevered over a ravine. Experience an oasis of luxury with sheer-glass floors, an infinity daybed, a Tasmanian wood bath and gorgeous fireplace.
Sea Ranch
Wye River, VIC
This sleek four-bedroom home offers breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline. Experience the ultimate in luxury with floor-to-ceiling, ocean-facing glass windows, a state-of-the-art kitchen and gas log fire.

Aerie Retreat 
Bruny Island, TAS 
A private wilderness retreat awaits you on the waterfront amongst the treetops. This bespoke designer apartment boasts an expansive deck, fire pit, sauna and timber hot tub.
Quarry Hill Lookout
Huon Valley, TAS
This large pet-friendly home overlooks the pristine waters of Port Esperance Bay and is located a short stroll from the beach, restaurants and town. The large glass windows take advantage of the picture-perfect views from wherever you may be.

Blakiston Creamery
Blakiston, SA
Built in 1896, this five-star getaway epitomises rustic charm with a modern edge. Situated within two acres of picturesque country garden, the historic creamery offers the perfect hills retreat for up to eight people.
Bed in a Shed
Clare Valley, SA
Offering the perfect escape to the country, this cosy space has been designed using interesting recycled materials in a modern context. Soak in the gorgeous vineyard views across the stunning property from your bed.

Toodyay Art Shack
Lower Chittering, WA
The Shack brings together years of experience in art and design to reveal an eccentric retreat. It’s a contemporary building with a tent-inspired roof and doors that slide away creating rooms that can become part of the landscape.
The Carriage
Mundaring, WA
The Carriage is a beautifully decorated train that has been lovingly restored with the highest attention to detail. Its new layout comprises of an open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area featuring a restored 19th-century fireplace.

Bunnik Tours releases first Australian itinerary

With 25 years of international small group touring expertise behind them, Bunnik Tours has released  their first Australian itinerary offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a personalised tour to Bunnik’s backyard, South Australia and Tasmania starting in September.

“Since the company was founded, we have specialised in offering tours to incredible overseas destinations so while our wings are clipped, we decided to use this expertise to take our guests to some wonderful Australian locations instead” said CEO, Dennis Bunnik.  “It was really important for us, in creating these domestic itineraries, that we offered something that was still uniquely Bunnik so I have decided to lead them. What could be more personalised than having an actual Bunnik on a Bunnik tour showcasing the highlights of our wonderful home state.”

The 11-day tour of South Australia will kick off with welcome drinks at Bunnik House in Adelaide taking guests behind the scenes to visit the historic ballroom and the hidden basement.  From there, the tour will take in some of the state’s best known destinations with special highlights including:

  • A trip to Kangaroo Island to learn about the purest strain of Liguiran bees in the world and a tasting at the state’s first boutique gin distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits;
  • A visit to the spectacular Flinders Ranges including the opportunity to sip on sundowners at a viewpoint looking out towards the ancient landscape of Wilpena Pound;
  • Touring the renowned wine-making regions of Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and the Barossa. For those who like their sightseeing served with a side of excellent shiraz, an exclusive visit to the Penfolds Magill Estate will offer a tour of the old winery and a tasting of the iconic Penfolds Grange.

All tour groups include no more than 20 travellers with all sightseeing, accommodation and many meals included. Pricing starts at $4,395.00.

The Tassie tour will be hosted by Bunnik founder and joint CEO Marion Bunnik who started the company 25 years ago.

 The 14-day tour will start and end in Hobart and the itinerary offers guests a round trip tour of the Island with Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Launceston, Freycinet National Park, Cradle Mountain, Stanley and Strahan as highlights.  One particular highlight to note that might be of interest to your readers is that the October departure includesa special visit to the Table Cape Tulip Farm in Wynyard, one of the largest tulip farms in the Southern Hemisphere to see the flowers in bloom.

 All tour group sizes are no more than 20 travellers with all sightseeing, accommodation and many meals included in the price of $5,295.00. Three departures are schedule for 2020 commencing in October.

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Source: Bunnik Tours