Home' Hotel Management : HM AUGUST 2017 Contents Spicers Retreats has made its long-awaited debut
in Sydney, with doors to the Group’s first ever
neighbourhood property, Spicers Potts Point,
opening on Victoria Street.
Set in a trio of terrace houses dating back to
1873, the multi-million dollar development boasts
20 luxury hotel rooms that provide relaxed inner city
accommodation for travellers, whilst offering access
to some of Sydney’s best cafes, bars and restaurants.
Owner of Spicers Retreats, Jude Turner, said
she was thrilled to launch the property.
“Spicers Potts Point has been a delicate
restoration-project for my team and I,” she said.
“Marrying the preservation of historical features of
the property, with modern finishes and amenities
throughout has been of utmost importance for this
project and I believe the execution of this speaks
Guests at the retreat can expect to be taken
on a journey by the history of the building
and surrounding Potts Point area, while taking
comfort in the three-storey extension that allows
for expansive rooms, a new reception bar and a
garden courtyard for enjoying breakfast.
“Potts Point is an iconic part of Sydney, and the
property has been designed to add to the existing
buzz of the area, encouraging guests to curate
their own Sydney experience,” she said.
The launch of Spicers Potts Point Retreat adds
to the group’s existing New South Wales portfolio
of properties, including Spicers Sangoma Retreat,
located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and
Spicers Vineyards Estate, located in the Hunter Valley.
“ We have long-dreamed of having an urban
offering in Sydney to round-out our existing New
South Wales retreats, and I’m pleased to officially
open this to the public,” Turner said.
A Queen Room at Spicers Potts Point will start
at $429 per night, inclusive of breakfast.
Spicers opens Potts Point hotel in Sydney
AUCKLAND’S BED TAX
APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL
A bed tax in Auckland is set to go ahead following a vote in council in June
that saw Mayor Phil Goff ’s controversial proposal approved by the majority
The tax – which is expected to add NZD$1 and NZD$3 a night for
motels and between NZD$3 and NZD$6 for hotels according to the New
Zealand Herald – has been slammed by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)
and Hospitality New Zealand (HNZ) who say it will have a major effect on
the tourism industry.
TIA and HNZ say most of the councillors recognised the unfairness of
the proposal, but a majority still decided to vote for the measure.
TIA Chief Executive, Chris Roberts, says the targeted rate proposal
“was based on bad information and a poor understanding of how the visitor
economy works [and] there are also unanswered questions over whether it
meets relevant legislation”.
“There is an alternative approach to the targeted rate,” he said. “The
commercial accommodation sector has repeatedly offered to work with
the Council to find a fair and sustainable way to make an appropriate
contribution to the city’s visitor and event promotion activities. That offer
Mulpha, One and Only end
branding at Hayman
Hayman Island owners Mulpha Australia and operators One and Only
have ended their agreement to brand and manage the luxury property in
The resort is currently closed for renovations until mid-2018 as a
result of damage sustained from Cyclone Debbie in late March 2017, the
second time the property has suffered significant damage from a severe
storm over the past decade.
In a joint statement received by HM, the companies said: “Following
the damage incurred to One and Only Hayman Island by Cyclone
Debbie and subsequent closure of the Resort until mid-2018, the mutual
decision has been made that One and Only will no longer be managing
Hayman Island as of 5th June. Mulpha Australia will be rebranding the
Resort upon re-opening.
“ While it is disappointing to have to close the resort after record
trading that had been achieved, Mulpha are planning to undertake
significant capital works to once again position Hayman as one of the
most prestigious luxury resort properties in the Australian market.
“A formal process will be undertaken in the coming months to select a
qualified luxury operator to assume the future management of the Island.”
Auckland is set to have a bed tax
imposed by the city council
Hayman is no longer in the
One and Only portfolio
Now open: Spicers Potts Point
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