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Halcyon House, a former surfer motel turned luxury hotel, has
opened its doors at Cabarita Beach in Northern New South Wales.
The 21-room boutique hotel is located 15 minutes south of
the Gold Coast Airport and 30 minutes north from Byron Bay.
Halcyon House’s owners, Brisbane-based sisters Siobhan
and Elisha Bickle and their husbands Adam Flaskas and Dave
Wadley, fell in love with the site and bought it in 2011.
This is the first hotel development for the two couples
who spearheaded the highly successful up market and award
winning ‘Bunk’ backpackers hostel and the Victoria Park
function centre in inner-city Brisbane.
“ We believe Halcyon House will hit the right note – luxurious
with a low key Australian feel, whimsical rather than formal and
a relaxing retreat in a location, otherwise known to those in the
know, as a ‘little pocket of paradise’,’’ said Siobhan Bickle.
At the heart of its embrace is a hotel with rich fabric-
upholstered walls, handpicked antique treasures and original
art collected from around the world, combined with an
Each of Halcyon House’s suites has its own individual
aesthetic lovingly crafted by Anna Spiro, the hotel’s interior
designer. Spiro, along with the owners of the hotel, have
‘curated’ a collection of antiques, furniture and art they hope
will grow and stay within the walls of Halcyon House for years
Many of the vintage pieces as well as furnishings,
designers and artists, such as John Derian sofas, Madeline
Weinrib rugs and drawings by Wayne Pate, were sourced on
a trip to America.
Paper Daisy, Halcyon House’s poolside restaurant, was
named after the distinctive wildflower on Norrie’s Headland.
Ben Devlin, who was awarded the Brisbane Good Food
Guide young chef of the year in 2014, is the Head Chef.
Previously Ben worked at the three-hatted Esquire in
Brisbane and for world acclaimed chef-owner René Redzepi
at Noma in Copenhagen.
Halcyon also has a hairdressing salon, full day spa and pool.
Hip: Halcyon House
American Airlines is returning to Sydney for the first time in over 30 years as part of an
extended expansion of the carrier’s alliance with Qantas.
The announcement will see the US carrier fly direct from Los Angeles to Sydney for the first
time (the carrier has not flown to Sydney since the 1980s) and Qantas return to San Francisco.
As part of the changes, the four-year-old Qantas and American Airlines joint venture
will shift to a route revenue share agreement.
Qantas will return to the Sydney-San Francisco route – currently the most popular
onward destination for corporate customers that it doesn’t already serve directly on its
network – from 20 December 2015.
Services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six per week in January 2016 using
its newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the same style interiors found on the airline’s A380s.
Qantas’ flights to San Francisco are made possible by American Airlines starting a direct
daily Sydney to Los Angeles service from 19 December 2015.
This will replace four Qantas’ B747 Sydney to Los Angeles services per week and one
Qantas B747 Melbourne to Los Angeles service per week.
American Airlines’ Trans-Pacific flights will be operated by its new B777-300ER featuring
lie-flat seats in First and Business. Qantas will retain its daily A380 Sydney to Los Angeles
and Melbourne to Los Angeles services, as well as its B747 Brisbane-Los Angeles flights,
and the airlines will codeshare on each other’s services.
Qantas said the enhanced relationship also provides opportunities for future growth into
trans-Pacific markets not currently served by either airline, such as New Zealand.
Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, said the expanded relationship was
good news for travellers, the local tourism industry and the corporate market.
“American Airlines is one of our most important alliance partners, and this deal
strengthens the long-standing ties between us to provide a platform for future growth
across the Pacific,” he said.
“At its heart, this is about delivering an enhanced network and better service for
customers of both airlines well into the future.
“Together with American, we can offer direct flights and unrivalled frequencies from
Australia to Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth, seasonal services to
Vancouver and one stop services to JFK via LAX. We also offer coordinated schedules
that allow seamless travel within the United States and Australia.
“San Francisco is now the most popular onward destination for Qantas’ customers
travelling to the U.S. and we’re thrilled to be going back. We know there is a strong demand
for direct flights, particularly from our corporate clients who will save about four hours each
way by not having to connect through LAX.
“ We expect to see the strong growth in U.S. visitors coming to Australia continue,
because of the strengthening U.S. economy but also because of the investment AA will
make in promoting their new route. The world’s largest airline will be talking a lot more
about Australia in their home market, and that’s great news for tourism,” Joyce said.
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said Qantas has been a fantastic
partner through oneworld and the joint business relationship.
“Strengthening those ties has provided us with a solid foundation to introduce
American-operated flights into the Australian region,” he said.
“Our customers have asked us to expand to important business markets across the
Pacific, and flying our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to Sydney will provide
another world-class travel experience from our key gateway at LAX.”
American Airlines is returning to Australia
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