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    News bites – 7 September 2020

    Floriade: Reimagined Set To Celebrate Spring On Screens Across Australia

    While Floriade in Canberra is not proceeding in its traditional format, next month a reimagined festival will see its spring spirit bloom on screens across Australia with virtual, on-demand experiences on offer.

    As one million bulbs and annuals planted across the capital’s city and suburbs create a tulip trail for the Canberra community, Floriade has not forgotten its interstate fans. From 12 September to 11 October 2020 fans across the nation can connect with the festival through on-demand, virtual experiences to keep gardens green and minds inspired. Fan favourites will include the marketplace, Let’s Talk series, mindful colouring-in sheets, children’s entertainment, and online horticulture workshops.

    Floriade Marketplace

    Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights and spring-inspired eats at this virtual marketplace. Showcasing more than 80 of your favourite Floriade traders and foodies as well as new makers, fans will enjoy the taste and style of Canberra’s spring celebration delivered straight to their door.

    Tune in to Floriade Life

    Each week be inspired by a range of on-demand videos, including the Let’s Talk series with ABC Canberra broadcaster Dan Bourchier where conversations cover everything from gardening to food sustainability. The first episode will feature a local panel including Adam Shipp, a Wiradjuri man from Yurbay, and Tracey Bool, a Canberra horticulturalist. Learn about the amazing bush and wild food you can find in your local area and the health properties of native plants.


    Floriade Canberra 2018. Image courtesy of Visit Canberra/Travmedia

    Mindful moments with colouring-in sheets

    A suite of bespoke Floriade: Reimagined colouring-in sheets designed by local artists will provide fun for the young and mindful moments for the young at heart. Try your hand at designs by Graffik Paint, who are the creatives behind many murals in Canberra, Yarrudhamarra Creations, run by proud Wiradjuri woman Kristie Peters, or whimsical and adventurous creations by Paul Summerfields.

    Floriade Sprouts with The Beanies

    Exploring the world through the eyes of your little Floriade fan, The Beanies will delve into the world of bees, art, gnomes and planting. This four-part video series released weekly is a musical adventure for those with big imaginations and features lots of engaging activities to do at home in time with The Beanies.

    Be inspired by workshops galore

    A wide range of Floriade Life workshops to keep your gardens green and minds inspired are on offer, including permaculture workshops, nature journaling tips, worm farms and composting tricks, pilates classes and more. Why not join Narelle Phillips, a local Floristry teacher, to learn how to create a unique and long-lasting arrangement for the home using seasonal wildflowers complemented by dried materials? Discover what tools and materials to use, how to select a suitable container, how to secure and stabilise the arrangement, as well as some cheeky tricks of the trade in this wildflower workshop.

    Explore the full program and plan your virtual 2020 spring celebration at floriadeaustralia.com

    Floriade looks forward to celebrating with everyone again in 2021 (11 September to 10 October 2021), public health restrictions permitting.

    Introducing Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Royal Residence

    At the southernmost reach of the Maldives, in the remote and pristine atoll of Gaafu Alifu, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has been welcoming travellers in search of true tranquillity and complete escapism since its opening in 2019. As the world comes out of lockdown, this Indian Ocean idyll will be ready to reveal a retreat that provides the ultimate hideaway for those who want to relax in unparalleled style: the Raffles Royal Residence.

    Occupying an unblemished stretch of the resort’s blissful Beach Island, the vast six-bedroom villa stretches comfortably over 1,700 square metres and accommodates up to 15 guests. The Royal Residence’s heart is the three consecutive reception rooms that border its 40-metre pool and look towards the property’s private beach. Whether savouring a fully catered barbecue, enjoying a boisterous pool party or simply admiring unimpeded views of another staggering sunset, everything the property offers can be enjoyed in absolute exclusivity.

    With interiors conceived by Singapore-based design firm BLINK, the Royal Residence melds Raffles’ respect for tradition and timeless elegance with the Maldives’ unique maritime beauty and relaxed, restorative approach to luxury.


    Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Royal Residence. Image courtesy Travmedia/Accor

    Raffles’ distinct colonial style is seen in the property’s striped monsoon blinds and louvered doors. The spectacular seascapes to be found immediately beyond the resort are affectionately referenced in the coral patterns that are embedded on upholstery; contemporary furniture inspired by sea life; and ecologically friendly decorations that replicate the can’t-be-bettered shapes organically produced by nature, from turtle shells to sea urchins to starfish.

    Guests inspired by those flourishes will have ample tailored opportunities to explore the many wonders of the world surrounding them. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Marine Butlers can lead guided explorations of the resort’s two spectacular house reefs, while the Royal Residence Butler will be available at any time of day or night to facilitate private boat trips, hearty feet-in-the-sand meals under the shimmer of flickering tiki lights at barbecue restaurant The Firepit, or indulgent treatments at the resort’s overwater spa.

    Of course, with so much space entirely and solely at their disposal, guests might simply while away days without leaving the Royal Residence at all. Spa treatments can also be arranged on site; Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s team of Children’s Butlers can be enlisted to entertain younger visitors; and a multitude of special events, from surprise birthday parties to decadent anniversary dinners, can be happily facilitated. Up to 24 guests can gather for a show-stopping meal to remember in the villa’s kitchen and dining room. Overlooking the lagoon and with its private bar stocked with rare spirits and the finest cigars, the expansive roof terrace works just as well as an intimate eyrie for evening sundowners as it does for morning yoga sessions sound-tracked by gently lapping waves.

    Shaded by palm trees and flanked by silken sands, it makes an outstanding retreat for groups who, for just a while, want to leave the real world behind entirely.

    About Raffles

    Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and some of the most prestigious hotel addresses worldwide. In 1887, Raffles Singapore set the standard for luxury hospitality, introducing the world to private butlers, the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Today, Raffles continues this tradition in leading cities and lavish resort locales, enchanting travellers with meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive. Connoisseurs of life choose Raffles, not merely for its aura of culture, beauty and gentility, but for the extraordinary way they feel when in residence with Raffles. Each Raffles, be it Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta or the Seychelles, serves as a venerated oasis where travellers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family. Raffles is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 5000 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

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