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    News bites – 1 May 2022

    A new eco winter mountain retreat at Blackheath

    Chalets Blackheath Interiors. Image courtesy of TravMedia Australia

    Chalets at Blackheath have just opened in time to catch the autumn colours or spend Christmas in July in the sometimes snowy mountain town.

    Chalets at Blackheath is a boutique retreat on 17 acres of bushland next to the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

    “Here, guests can embark on a journey through the enchanting elements of nature”, says Therese Moussa, the esteemed creative developer from Sydney dining venue The Grounds of Alexandria, who is styling the outdoor sensory experiences at this unique new addition to the Blue Mountains hospitality scene.

    Chalets Blackheath Deck. Image courtesy of TravMedia Australia

    Phase one of the resort is now open – offering accommodation in the form of four freestanding studio chalets, discreetly spread out through the expansive grounds to maximise privacy. Light, airy, and beautifully proportioned, each chalet features a king-sized bed, wood-burning fireplace, and an oversized bathroom made of limestone, showcasing twin rain showers and a deep soaking tub. Lavish little touches include plush Frette linens, fully stocked Subzero wine fridges, and Riedel glassware for every occasion.

    Chalets Blackheath Property. Image courtesy of TravMedia Australia

    On arrival, guests can expect glasses of Moët & Chandon Champagne in the resort library or by the native edible garden, hosted by resort ambassadors who are at their exclusive service for the entire stay.

    This pioneering project began in 2020 with the acquisition of the renowned Jemby Rinjah eco-lodge – built by Peter Quirk, one of the longest-serving mayors in the Blue Mountains, and accommodation winner of numerous tourism industry and environmental awards.

    With a vision to establish a paradise centred around sustainable luxury, the resort is a showcase of biophilic design, which is based on the concept of blending nature into manmade spaces to positively influence the occupant’s wellbeing whilst considering our environmental impact.

    The conservation theme continues in the chalets: interiors combine the use of sustainable materials – clay, hemp, and stone – that serves to connect guests to the natural setting. The main feature wall was constructed using ancient techniques and earth, which has a very low carbon footprint and maintains ideal temperatures due to its high thermal mass, reducing the need for heating and cooling.

    A calming colour palette and organic textures draw inspiration from the local geology, which includes soaring sandstone formations, majestic eucalyptus trees, and ancient caves forming place-based links between the accommodation and the distinctive characteristics of the landscape.

    Chalets Blackheath Evans Lookout. Image courtesy of TravMedia Australia

    Future plans involve rebuilding just another six chalets, keeping the resort at an intimate and sustainable level. Other planned developments include a spa and a Moussa-designed outdoor lounge area, which will feature an abundance of plants and urns, an enclosed glasshouse for a magnesium pool, and an “explorer’s shed”.

    Given its recent history with natural disasters, Chalets at Blackheath is conscious of doing its part to safeguard its surrounds. The resort has capacity to store up to 80,000 litres of harvested rainwater, funnelling this through a heavy-duty natural filtration system that not only supplies guests with clean, fresh water for showers and baths, but also fuels firefighting pumps and hoses for the local Rural Fire Service (RFS) in case of an emergency. The resort is also committed to increasing the water storage capacity beyond 200,000 litres to better protect the local region, as well as adopting the latest state-of-the art solar energy solutions.

    Impressive waste minimisation initiatives include having zero disposable bathroom amenities, recycling, onsite composting, and drinking water filtered onsite. Chalets at Blackheath is also a Tesla destination charging partner in NSW, offering the ultimate convenience for electric car drivers to fill up on their trip.

    Myconian Collection’s tenth property is Panoptis Escape

    Panoptis Escape Pool. Courtesy of the Myconian Collection

    The forthcoming European summer season is the first opportunity for Australians to experience Myconian Collection’s tenth property, Panoptis Escape, which opened briefly in 2021 and is ready to be discovered by Australian travellers.

    Panoptis Escape – Small Luxury Hotels of the World
    From its commanding hilltop location perched above glorious Elia Beach, Panoptis Escape is an intimate sanctuary which feels worlds away from the island’s busier tourist spots.

    A minimalist contemporary design puts the focus firmly on the magnificent 360° sunrise-to-sunset views over Elia Beach, the Cyclades archipelago, and the bright blue Aegean Sea, while accommodation is flexibly configured to suit both couples and discerning groups seeking an unrivalled retreat which achieves the perfect balance between togetherness and privacy.

    Guests can surrender to pure relaxation in a collection of 18 accommodation options ranging from couples’ retreats to multi-room villas, each of which features opulent spa-like bathrooms, state-of-the-art in-room technology, unique artwork and a spacious private terrace and pool or jacuzzi.

    Panoptis Escape The Myconian Collection. Courtesy of the Myconian Collection

    Delivering the legendary service for which the Myconian Collection is known, the attentive concierge team is always on hand to reserve tables at the island’s most sought-after restaurants, unpack guests’ shopping, curate authentic local encounters, charter private yachts or coordinate a bucket-list milestone experience.

    Panoptis Escape View. Courtesy of the Myconian Collection

    For an incredibly decadent group getaway, the ultra-luxe Panoptis Escape Villa accommodates up to 42 adults and 27 children across 21 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom and spa facilities, discrete living areas and 11 private pools – making it the ultimate choice for a once-in-a-lifetime island escape for extended families, friends, weddings, or grand events.

    This breathtaking villa also includes lounge areas, an open-air bar, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor BBQ area, luxury spa and wellness studio, private parking, and a dedicated helipad for up to three helicopters.

    Guests staying at any of the Myconian Collection’s 11 boutique properties enjoy reciprocal rights at all of the portfolio’s properties, located in Elia Beach, Ornos, Platis Gialos and Mykonos Town, including bars and restaurants, pools, spas and wedding and event services.

    Panoptis Escape. Courtesy of the Myconian Collection

    About the Myconian Collection:
    The Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts is a local family-owned group of 11 outstanding luxury hotels on the legendary island of Mykonos that offers savvy guests a variety of the most fascinating locations, avant-garde spa centres, gourmet restaurants, first-class conference facilities, and magnificent wedding venues.

    Truly reflecting this world-class destination that quite simply has it all, the Myconian Collection offers its guests a luxury experience in each and every one of its exclusive properties, including three Relais & Châteaux, two Leading Hotels of the World, two Design Hotels, two Preferred Hotels & Resorts and one Small Luxury Hotel of the World located in Elia Beach, Ornos, Platis Gialos and the world-renowned Mykonos Town.


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