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    News bites – 2 October 2020

    New luxury hotel openings in Kyoto


    Prince Hotels and Resorts Kyoto. Image courtesy of Prince Hotels and TravMedia

    Kyoto is expanding its hospitality with international brands, arty chic hotels and traditional ryokans readying itself for the onslaught of Australian tourists once we are allowed to travel to one of Japan’s most traditional cities.

    Kyoto City Tourism Association has shared the new openings.

    Fauchon Hotel Kyoto *Scheduled opening: March 2021*:
    Renowned French gastronomy brand Faucon, best known for its macarons and pastries, is about to bring Parisian glam to Kyoto with the opening of its second property in the world. The five-star FAUCHON Hotel Kyoto, located centrally in the Shimogyo-ku district, will be home to 70 guest rooms and suites as well as a FAUCHON bakery, The Grand Café FAUCHON and a spectacular view over Kyoto and the surrounding mountains. Learn more

    MUNI KYOTO *Opened August 2020*:
    The Muni Kyoto is a five star boutique hotel with just 21 rooms set in Arashiyama on the side of the Togetsukyo Bridge. It offers a lavish outlook onto stunning gardens to the incorporation of natural materials into the architecture. It offers contemporary dining at the Muni Alain Ducasse and Muni La Terrasse which have fabulous views over the Katsura river. Also complete with a spa where one can indulge in local treatments.

    Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto *Scheduled opening: 3 November 2020*:
    Situated in the heart of Kyoto – adjacent to Nijo-jo Castle on the site of the Kyoto home of the Kitake, this was the home of the Mitsui Family for the past 250 years. The tranquillity and storied history of the location is reflected in each of the guest rooms.

    A modern reimagining of the traditional Japanese tearoom, the 161 guest rooms feature carefully chosen natural materials elevated using artisanal skills. The bathtubs are fashioned out of stone and their generous size makes them ideal for stretching out and relaxing. Some of the suite rooms feature access to a natural onsen for bathing and relaxation, sourced from an on-site spring.

    The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike (rebranded from “The Grand Prince Kyoto”) *Scheduled opening: 9 October 2020*
    The iconic “The Grand Prince Kyoto” is about to reopen under the name of “The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike”. The hotel is tucked in a quiet location that has been known for over a thousand years as a resort for aristocrats in the northern part of Kyoto where you can enjoy the gentle mountain landscape of the 36 mountains of the Higashiyama Mountain Range.

    Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St. *Opened June 2020*
    From traditional Japanese townhouse (“machiya”) to luxury ryokan, this property was renovated from an entire L-shaped alleyway of machiya built over 110 years ago, and combines the fine “omotenashi” hospitality of a ryokan, traditional machiya buildings and inspiring contemporary interiors.

    Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s best ryokans, offering travellers an insight into the city’s deep-routed traditions. And whilst you may not be able to make your dream of visiting a ryokan in person as yet, find out what to expect with this virtual ryokan visit.

    New Hotels and Reef expeditions are opening in Far North Queensland 2020


    Great Barrier Reef. Image courtesy of Coral Expeditions and TravMedia

    Australia’s state borders are finally beginning to reopen. So what’s new? Let’s take a look at Queensland.

    Reef expeditions and hotels are among the newly launched Cairns & Great Barrier Reef products ready to entice Australians north for a tropical summer.

    Hotel perfect for social butterflies
    Flynn, the social butterfly of the Crystalbrook Collection’s portfolio of hotels, will welcome its first guests on November 10. The Cairns Esplanade hotel will tempt travellers wanting great views of the Coral Sea from their balcony, glass-bottom hotel pools, a 24-hour gym or the ultimate tropical escape in the top three floor suites of the Esplanade tower with large balconies to laze the day away. Flynn’s Boardwalk Social offers market-style gourmet food and live music.

    Reef expeditions launched
    With no more than 72 passengers, Coral Expeditions has launched a series of new seven-night sailings on board the Coral Discoverer from Cairns. The nature-based expeditions will take small groups to explore the pristine outer reefs and lesser-known islands of the Great Barrier Reef under the guidance of an expert team including a Master Reef Guide.

    Soak up the rooftop view
    Enjoy the best views of the Cairns Lagoon from Oak & Vine, the rooftop bar of the newly opened Oaks Cairns Hotel in the heart of the city’s Esplanade. The cocktail bar serves Nikkei cuisine, a unique blend of Peruvian ingredients crafted with Japanese techniques and showcasing local produce in dishes like snapper ceviche and baby pork spiced ribs.

    Kids can learn to dive
    Children aged eight and over can learn to dive with Seal Team, a five-week PADI scuba diving course run by Divers Den. The Seal Team organises an Aquamission once a week at the renovated training centre in Cairns city. The program follows on from the popular Scuba Kids program launched in June.

    Modern look at ancient rainforest
    Interactive signage including 3D effects and spinning totems bring to life the story of the world’s oldest rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre. The Centre’s Canopy Tower has undergone a makeover to add to the experience of walking through all levels of the rainforest on the Aerial Walkway and Canopy Tower.

    Local language signs in Douglas Shire
    Bilingual signs featuring Kuku Yalanji language are being installed in the Douglas Shire to highlight the region’s rich Indigenous culture. Visitors will learn the local name for iconic places like Cape Tribulation, which is known as Kulki, through the Indigenous Language Signage Program, a partnership between Douglas Shire Council and Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation in Australia’s only Eco Certified Destination. Read more here.

    Relax in a rainforest treehouse
    Daintree Ecolodge has ‘elevated’ their rainforest tree houses to a new level of luxury with a makeover of the bayans. The Lagoon Bayans have a private screened balcony looking out on to the rainforest and the Rainforest Bayans have a private outdoor bathtub where the sights and sounds of the world’s oldest rainforest can be enjoyed.

    Information provided by Tourism North Queensland

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