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    News bites – 10 October 2021

    Oakwood Debuts in Japan

    Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto opens in Fabled UNESCO World Heritage Destination

    Geishas in Kyoto, Japan. Images courtesy Oakwood Hotels

    Oakwood has announced the opening of Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto, reinforcing its commitment to double its global portfolio of managed properties by 2025. The brand’s 12th property in Japan also marks Oakwood’s debut in the former Japanese capital, which is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as thousands of temples, shrines and beautiful gardens. Being one of the few international serviced apartments brands in the fabled ancient city, Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto showcases a total of 120 thoughtfully designed rooms and studio apartments with fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities in the charming heart of the historic and cultural district.

    Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto is a two-minute walk from the Kyoto Shiyakusho-Mae Station on the Municipal Subway Tozai Line and a fifteen-minute train ride from Kyoto Station. Prominent landmarks in its vicinity include the Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sentō Imperial Palace, home to emperors of Japan for many centuries.

    Hotel Oike Kyoto, Lobby Area. Images courtesy Oakwood Hotels

    A short stroll to popular riverside walks and charming restaurants along the Kamo River, the property offers retail and epicurean indulgences after a day of historic excursions. Just minutes away by taxi, subway or even rented bicycles are the ancient cobblestone streets, geishas and tea houses of iconic Higashiyama ‘old town’, with abundant authentic local restaurants and shopping for traditional Japanese crafts and kimonos at Karasuma-Shijo and Nishiki Market.

    Modern-day Kyoto is also an information technology hub, the home base for industry leaders such as Nintendo, and the academic centre of Japan with over 40 higher education institutions, including Kyoto Institute of Technology, ranked among the world’s best for architecture and design.

    Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto, Studio Superior Room. Images courtesy Oakwood Hotels

    Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto offers a safe sanctuary for business and leisure travellers seeking residential comfort without compromising on service excellence. All 104 elegant guest rooms promise a good night’s rest with quality beds and the latest in-room technology, including an air purifier, 55′ flat screen smart TV, tablet, press readers and complimentary Wi-Fi along with world-class guest services. Sixteen studio apartments feature a well-equipped kitchen fitted with a refrigerator, microwave oven, cooking utensils, washing machine and dryer. Café O, an on-site dining establishment, will serve breakfast featuring local culinary specialties. Other facilities include a co-working space, smoking room, laundromat, housekeeping and multi-lingual guest relations for seamless assistance, such as limousine, taxi and airport bus arrangements.

    To safeguard the health and safety of guests, associates and the local community, Oakwood Clean360, will be observed so that the renowned Oakwood experience can be enjoyed with absolute peace of mind.

    New Swanky accommodation in Tasmania

    Vacluse House, Conara, Tasmania. Image courtesy Discover Tasmania

    Tasmania is a host to a range of dapper new digs. Here’s a choice of where to stay on the Apple Isle.

    Eton Beach House, Swansea

    Eton House east coast Tasmania. Image courtesy Destination Tasmania and Adam Gibson

    East coast retreat
    Secluded Eton Beach House is just a few minutes’ drive from the seaside town of Swansea, on Tasmania’s east coast, and only 50 steps from the ocean.

    With big views of Great Oyster Bay framed by low local-bluestone walls, Eton is made for slow mornings and unwinding with your favourite people.

    It sleeps six stylishly in two wings, offering plenty of space and privacy for gathering of friends and family, with an expansive living area bringing the household together.

    Take long beach walks, cook feasts, sleep long, talk late.

    Taraki Lodge, King Island

    Taraki Lodge sauna. Image courtesy Destination Tasmania

    Fit for a King
    Bass Strait views and rugged coastline don’t come any more dramatic than at Taraki Lodge, high in the dunes on King Island’s west coast.

    The lodge has four king-size bedrooms with ensuites, stylish living areas and a commercial kitchen made for entertainers.

    Outdoors, there are more living and dining areas. But the ‘wow’ factor lies in a new cedar outdoor hot tub and a wood-fired sauna with spectacular views. Stay toasty with the indoor fireplace or outdoor firepit. Or both.

    Vaucluse Estate, Campbell Town

    Vaucluse Estate. Image courtesy of Discover Tasmania

    To the manor born
    One of Tasmania’s grandest colonial-era estates has thrown open its doors as boutique accommodation.

    Vaucluse Estate, established in 1825, can sleep up to 24 people comfortably, with nine individually styled rooms in the main house and more in the three-bedroom Coach House just a short stroll down a garden path.

    Wander the grounds, surrounded by pasture and grazing sheep, retire to the library, relax in a lounge, or catch views over the South Esk River and across to mighty Ben Lomond from the homestead’s wide, wrap-around verandas.

    Salt Box Hideaway, Strahan

    Salt Box Hideaway, Strahan, Tasmania

    West side story
    Designed for romance, Salt Box Hideaway sits on the water’s edge at historic Lettes Bay, overlooking the rainforest of Mount Sorell on the west coast.

    The restored cabin teams its original rustic exterior with a modern, luxe interior, ideal for a couple. It comes self-contained with a fully stocked larder, a deck overlooking the water and a firepot to keep stargazers warm.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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