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TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY

2017 AWARDS

OCEANIA

Awards Guide

2017


Contents

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Editors Letter

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7

Meet the team

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8 – 17

Judging Criteria

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18 – 21

Discovering the Land of the Kangaroos!

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22 – 25

Top 10 Things in New Zealand

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26 – 27

Vanuatu – The Hidden Gem

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28-63

Introducing the Winners

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64-69

Full Winners List

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IMAGE: JUAN MANUEL-MENDEZ

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Oceania is a continent truly like nowhere else on Earth.

It holds more than 3,000 national reserves and 15 World

Heritage sites. A brilliant combination of natural wonders,

fabulous food and wine, culture, history, vibrant cities and

laidback friendly locals

Comprising of 6 regions including Australia, New

Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Polynesia, Melanesia and

Micronesia., Oceania is a vast area of island and large

land masses. Its landscapes encompass everything from

tropical beaches to dusty red deserts, with breathaking

forests and mountains in between. It attracts travellers of

all types from adventurers seeking thrills to those looking

for laid back luxury

Katherine Lozell

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

TEAM

Dennis Mayhew

CEO

Raja Kamran

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Katherine Lozell

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Marcs Bacera

ART DIRECTOR

Craig Alexander

AWARDS DIRECTOR

Zoe Watkins

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Mark Tierney

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Tasmai Dave

Jacqui Irvine

Joseph Wilton

SENIOR WRITERS

Antoine Jackson

Dave Chen

SENIOR DESIGNERS

Stanley Lucas

Brian Anson

Zach Ford

Peter Clement

Lindsay Evans

AWARDS MANAGERS

Ben Chase

ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Costin Marcel

Sarah Patel

RESEARCH MANAGERS

IMAGE: STAS

Harry Singh

CREDIT CONTROLLER

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CRITERIA

Services

Excellence in Service is an important category, as customer service can often

be responsible for having guests return year after year. We look for the hotels

and tour operators that go out of their way to please their guests, those that

provide a personal level of service and take the time to get to know each visitor

so that they might anticipate their every need. This can be something as simple

as a 24-hour concierge desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal greeting

or a tour guide who is happy to create bespoke private tours – but whatever

it is, we are always pleased when we encounter staff that have been trained in

the art of customer satisfaction.

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Style & Design

It is no question that style and design plays a big part in selecting our awards

shortlist. A guest will form an opinion about a hotel as soon as they arrive so

it is important to us that all our winners make those first impressions count.

We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of architecture – but whether

we’re judging a gothic castle or an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria

remains the same. We consider factors such as architectural features, use of

materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall feel. We love it when we

find a hotel that tells a story though its design and construction, or offers a

design that is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.

Local Knowlege

Knowledge of the local area is essential for any organization, be it a hotel or

a tour operator. The quality of services takes a great hit when the quality of

this element is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners in this category

are because they have displayed excellent knowledge about the surrounding

areas. The criteria for a hotel is slightly lenient compared to a tour operator,

as the latter is expected to have thorough knowledge of the area in order to

provide good services.

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Facilities

Award-winning guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have

one thing in common – a home-away-from-home feel. The comfort of the

facilities on offer are of vital importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish

bathrooms and a coordinated colour scheme that work together to create

a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional touches, such as complimentary

toiletries, free wi-fi or tea and coffee making facilities are always a bonus in

making us feel welcome. We’re always impressed to find hotel rooms that

embrace technology and offer amenities like tablets or smart thermostat

systems, but this does not always necessarily trump the traditional – four poster

beds, ornate fireplaces or antique furniture can add a touch of decadence to a

hotel stay.

Marketing

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot rely on word of mouth

to get their message out into the world. As social media has become a vital

part of everyday life, we like to see companies that go the extra mile to engage

with their guests, both past and future. Attractive and informative websites

and engaging and honest content and what we look for when judging a

company’s use of marketing; how well they display their services, how up-todate

their content is, how well they get their brand message across, and, most

importantly, how well their marketing can tempt us to go and see what they

have to offer for ourselves.

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Diversity

Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken into consideration

when in the travel and hospitality industry. It is essential to have staff that has

varying diversity to ensure that the organization can properly connect with

their guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of gender, nationality as

well as languages spoken among other factors. Not only do we take the diversity

of the staff into account but even that of the facilities and services offered; a

hotel or tour operator providing a better range of services is preferred over

those that do not.

Location

Location is one of the most important factors, but also one of the most subjective,

as the ‘ideal’ is very much determined by the type of visitor and the type of

hotel itself. However, there a few factors we take into consideration when

determining the winners of location-based awards. The first is convenience;

that is, hotels that are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category

are in convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports, close to beaches or

found in the heart of easy-to-navigate cities. We are always impressed when

hotels go the extra mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such

additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services. However, we’re

always excited to come across a hotel that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-thebeaten-track.

A hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of

natural surroundings, can make the difference between a good holiday and an

incredible one.

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Customer Reviews

What better way is there to know about an organization than by getting first

hand reviews? Customers are the best judges of any service out there as they

are the ones who experience them and can assess whether they were up to the

mark or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of customers gives us a fair

idea about the general pros and cons of any organization and also gives us

valuable inputs for the other criteria as well.

Industry Knowledge

It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough industry

knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits of the industry, it is difficult to

flourish and provide services which are a class apart. Before any organization

ventures into the industry, it is essential that they know how the industry is

moving and how they should make changes to their methodologies in order to

remain relevant and also be a top-performing organization.

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Discovering the

Land of the Kangaroos!

The only continent in the world that is both a country and a continent

in itself is Australia. Located down-under, this amazing country has a

lot to offer right from vast deserts to lush rainforests and mega-cities.

With a varied landscape and stunning sights right from the Great Barrier

Reef along the coasts to the Outbacks with their red earth, Australia

is definitely one of the top places in the bucket lists of travelers. Let’s

check out the best of what this country has to offer.

1. Great Barrier Reef

3. Sydney

4. Blue Mountains National Park

6. Daintree National Park

This is definitely the undisputed number 1

attraction of Australia. The biggest reef of the

planet, visible from the outer space is a World

Heritage Site spread across 2300 km with

over 600 islands and thousands of species of

underwater life like sharks, turtles, rays and

tropical fish. You can dive into the deep blue

or simply sit in a glass bottom boat or head

off to underwater viewing stations to get a

view of this beautiful natural wonder.

2. Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

The Uluru, rising to a height of 348m, is located

in the midst of the national park and this red

rock is one of the most popular attractions

here. The national park is a designated World

Heritage Area and is filled with dome shaped

rocks called Kata Tjuta. Seeing this towering

monolith rise up between the plains is what

draws thousands here.

One of the most beautiful cities in the world,

Sydney’s harbour is easily one of the most

recognizable harbours in the world and the

iconic 85 year old Harbour Bridge is a popular

spot for guided ascent to the top for views of

the city. The marvelous Sydney Opera House,

shaped like huge shells is one of the most

breathtaking buildings in the world and is a

World Heritage Site as well.

The national park is named so for the blue

haze that emanates from the eucalyptus

trees across this 6 hundred thousand

acre land filled with spectacular gorges,

waterfalls and long hiking trails. You can

see the towering Three Sisters or ride on the

Katoomba Scenic Railway and enjoy the

thrilling ride of the steepest railway in the

world.

5. Melbourne

The second largest city in the country is

known for its many theaters, restaurants and

galleries and the European vibes that it gives

off thanks to the Yarra River. This green city

is filled with parks and gardens, the most

popular of which are the Royal Botanic

Gardens. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is a

famous destination for international cricket

matches. You can head off to see the

beautiful Dandenong Ranges or go off to the

Mornington Peninsula for a peaceful retreat.

This World Heritage Site is a part of the

Wet Tropics and is one of the most ancient

ecosystems of our planet. The two main parts

of this park are the Mossman Gorge, where

you can see crystal clear water gush through

the rocks and the Cape Tribulation, which is

the part of the park where the forest meets

the white sand beaches and the coral reef.

You can find some unique species like the

Cassowary, Ulysses Butterfly and Bennett’s

Tree Kangaroo here.

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Discovering the

Land of the Kangaroos!

The only continent in the world that is both a country and a continent

in itself is Australia. Located down-under, this amazing country has a

lot to offer right from vast deserts to lush rainforests and mega-cities.

With a varied landscape and stunning sights right from the Great Barrier

Reef along the coasts to the Outbacks with their red earth, Australia

is definitely one of the top places in the bucket lists of travelers. Let’s

check out the best of what this country has to offer.

7. Fraser Island

The largest sand island in the world, Fraser

Island is one of the finest places to visit with its

Seventy Five Mile Beach, where you can see

rusted hulls of shipwrecks. You can visit the

coloured sandstone cliffs of The Cathedrals

or head over inland and explore the crystal

clear freshwater creeks and lakes. You can

find sharks, dolphins and whales around the

island as well.

8. Kakadu National Park

This World Heritage Park is one of the

best wilderness areas of the planet and

is the largest national park in the country.

It encompasses monsoon rainforests,

mangroves, rivers, gorges and a plethora of

species of birds and animals. You can explore

this park by air, road or on foot via the vast

network of hiking trails through the park.

9. Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean road stretches over 300 km

along the southeast coast of the country and

is one of the most scenic drives here. You can

stop over at Torquay for some surfing or head

over to the Campbell National Park, which

has rock formations sculpted by wind and

waves known as the Twelve Apostles, London

Bridge, Arch and Loch Ard Gorge.

10. Broome and Kimberley Region

What was once a thriving market for pearls is

now a booming tourist destination. Broome

is filled with long white sand beaches and

seas with turquoise waters, most popular one

being the Cable Beach. The best attraction

here is the Staircase to the Moon, which is

a phenomenon that happens sometimes

between March and October when the

moonlight gives you an illusion of staircases

leading to the moon! You can also head

over to the Kimberley region to explore the

Horizontal Waterfall, Gibb River Road and the

stunning Mitchell Falls.

With some of the finest attractions to

drive you here, Australia does manage to

impress all. This peaceful country has an

abundance of natural attractions and this

drives thousands of tourists here. The varied

geography of this country is sure to leave you

spellbound.

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Top 10 Things

in New Zealand

New Zealand is a heaven for all nature lovers. With an abundance

of natural beauty with varied terrain right from snowcapped peaks

to hissing springs, travelers can marvel at the stunning sights that the

country has to offer. It is also a hotspot for thrill-seekers and is known

for its adrenaline-fueled sports like skydiving and heli-skiing. Being a

relatively small country, it is easy to self-drive and explore the country

all by ourselves. While there are hundreds of attractions for tourists, here

are the best of the lot.

1. Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound

4. Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park

6. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Fiordland National Park protects some of

the most stunning sceneries in the country

and is a designated world heritage site.

Many glaciers carved this landscape, which

resulted in famous fjords like Milford Track.

Here, you can explore offshore islands, walk

through rainforests and scale mountains. Sea

kayaking is one of the best ways to see this

region, while a helicopter ride can give a

beautiful aerial view.

2. Bay of Islands

Located near Auckland, this beautiful bay is

filled with more than 144 islands, making it a

heaven for sailing and yachting. It is common

to find penguins, dolphins and whales in the

waters here and it is a popular fishing spot

as well. Sea kayaking into secluded coves

and rock formations like Hole in the Rock and

Cape Brett is a treat.

3. Queenstown

The adventure capital of the world is right

here on the south island between the shores

of the Lake Wakatipu and snowy peaks of

Remarkables. Known for bungee jumping, jet

boating, paragliding, rock climbing, mountain

biking and other adrenaline filled sports, this

is one place you must visit when heading to

New Zealand.

Located on the North Island, Lake Taupo

is the largest lake in New Zealand and

the Tongariro National Park is known for its

volcanic features and is a designated World

Heritage Site. This is one of the oldest national

parks in the world and is filled with turquoise

lakes, volcanoes and hot springs.

5. Rotorua

This dramatic landscape is a part of the

Pacific Ring of Fire and is one of the most

active geothermal regions in the world. It

is dotted with hissing geysers, boiling mud

pools, volcanic craters and thermal springs;

the very forces which gave birth to this land.

You can explore these wonders of nature or

bathe in the hot springs while learning about

the history of the region. From here, you can

head over to Mt. Ruapehu for skiing or Wai-O-

Tapu to see colorful hot springs.

The complete extreme of the hot springs

are the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, which

are among the most accessible ones on

the planet. Located in the Westland Tai

Poutini National Park, these rivers of ice flow

from Southern Alps to sea level and can be

explored on foot! You can explore ice caves

and pinnacles at the foot of the glaciers in

guided tours or have an aerial view from

helicopters.

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Top 10 Things

in New Zealand

New Zealand is a heaven for all nature lovers. With an abundance

of natural beauty with varied terrain right from snowcapped peaks

to hissing springs, travelers can marvel at the stunning sights that the

country has to offer. It is also a hotspot for thrill-seekers and is known

for its adrenaline-fueled sports like skydiving and heli-skiing. Being a

relatively small country, it is easy to self-drive and explore the country

all by ourselves. While there are hundreds of attractions for tourists, here

are the best of the lot.

7. Abel Tasman National Park and Coast

Track

The marvelous Abel Tasman Coast Track

in the Abel Tasman National Park is one of

the most scenic walks in New Zealand. This

51 kilometer hike is a sunny one and along

the way, you can indulge in snorkeling,

and bird and dolphin watching activities

or simply kayak your way around. This is a

photographers’ heaven with coastal cliffs

and cool forests with intriguing formations like

the Split Apple Rock. You can camp in rustic

huts, plush lodges or on the campgrounds.

8. Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook is the highest peak in New

Zealand and is located at the heart of the

Southern Alps. More than 40 percent of this

park is filled with glaciers and the country’s

longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier is also

present within the boundaries of this park,

making it a popular mountaineering spot.

With more than 40 species of birds, this is a

paradise for bird lovers. Mount Cook Village

is a tiny village that serves as the base for

exploration and from here you can head

out for some scenic flights, skiing, hiking or

stargazing.

9. Napier, Hawke’s Bay

The sunny region of Napier in Hawke’s Bay is

famous for its gourmet food and architecture.

Built in the Spanish Mission style and Art Deco

design, the city is worth exploring on foot.

Watching the sea while walking along the

beautiful Marine Parade seafront promenade

is a treat. Napier is also a foodie heaven

and restaurants here specialize in using fresh

ingredients from the farmers’ market. Cape

Kidnappers is a great attraction near the city

for bird lovers.

10. Auckland

This beautiful city with two harbours is the

largest city in New Zealand and also one of

the most populous ones. The 328 meter Sky

Tower gives some spectacular views of the

city skyline and the land surrounding it. With

blonde and black sand beaches as well as

rainforest hiking trails along with picturesque

coves and islands at stone’s throw distance,

this is the perfect city to explore the country.

New Zealand is one of the most picturesque

destinations for tourists in the world and a visit

to these islands is sure to make you want to

return here again. There simply isn’t enough

time to cover these beautiful drops in the

ocean.

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Vanuatu

The Hidden Gem

Located near Australia, Vanuatu is an island nation with a history

going back by hundreds of years. This tiny set of islands is one

of the most untouched islands in the world and still remains

unaffected to a large extent by human interference. Here are

some of the most amazing attractions of Vanuatu.

1. Tanna Island

Rising high above the ground at 361m, Mount

Yasur is an active volcano here. It has been

erupting for continuously for over 3 years

but is still a popular spot for visiting. The Blue

Cave is a magical aqua experience with blue

color of the water reflecting on the cave. The

Giant Banyan Tree here is one of the largest

in the world and it is an experience in itself to

see this natural wonder that is unharmed by

humans.

2. Espiritu Santo Island

This is a popular island known for the

Champagne beach located here and is

famous for its crystal clear waters and white

sands which are one of the best in the region.

It’s a major tourist attraction and attracts

many tourists from Australia. The island also

hosts the beautiful Millenium Cave, which has

a stream flowing through it and requires some

amount of hiking as well.

3. Aore Island

This is one of the most visited islands in

Vanuatu and is a popular destination for

weddings and honeymoons alike. It also

attracts divers from around the world, who

come to explore the exotic reefs around and

famous shipwrecks like SS President Coolidge.

You can also find the only cave and

plantation experience of Vanuatu by walking

on an easy trail; a bat cave is also there.

4. Lelepa Island

One of the larger islands in the country,

Lelepa has a population of only 500 and is

famous for the Fels Cave, which contains

drawings on rocks dating back by 3000 years.

5. Nguna Island

This Island is a popular tourist spot with tours

for diving, turtle tagging, treehouse climbing

and hiking on the extinct volcano Mount

Taputoara. With a population of just over a

thousand people, this is the perfect getaway

location for tourists.

6. Port Vila

The Capital of the nation is a small town with

colorful markets and also has the National

Museum of Vanuatu. It is a famous spot for

diving for coral reefs and shipwrecks like Star

of Russia. The beautiful Mele Bay is a great

sight from the city too. Located near the city

is the Evergreen Cascades Waterfall with its

crystal clear waters, where you can take a

dip as well! Also located nearby is the Blue

Lagoon Swimming Hole, where you can swing

from ropes into the pool!

7. Mystery Island

Mystery Island is an almost untouched island

and has long beaches and opportunities to

snorkel here are plenty and this is what it’s

known for. The tiny island has a small village

and it’s possible to easily miss it thanks to the

size.

Vanuatu may be a tiny speck in the ocean

but it is one of the best places to head to for

discovering yourself and to be one with the

nature. Being one of the very few places left

around the world where human occupation

hasn’t affected the environment, Vanuatu is

definitely a gem for all of us.

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INTRODUCING

THE WINNERS

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Australia

The Langham, Sydney

HOTEL

Australia

Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley

HOTEL

HOTEL OF THE YEAR

BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

The Langham in Sydney is the definition of luxury. Located near the harbor, each room here is a haven of plush

furnishings and paneled walls, and offers beautiful sights of the Western Harbour and the Sydney Skyline. With

98 rooms at offer right from deluxe rooms to 2 bedroom apartments, guests can select their best suited options,

some even featuring a private terrace! Unique dining experiences are offered here, whether you indulge in

elegant afternoon teas or have some gastronomical tastings in Bistro Remy or Palm Court among their 4 restaurants.

Elegantly designed events can be held here, right from fashion parades to gala dinners. Guests can also

spend a rejuvenating day in the tranquil environment of The Day Spa by Chuan. The more active guests can take

a dip in the swimming pool or even perhaps play a game of tennis!

This ultra-luxury conservation resort in the Greater Blue Mountains is the perfect getaway from the busy city

life. Guests can enjoy magnificent seclusion and marvel at the beauty of Wolgan Valley from the free-standing

villas, which come with a private pool and veranda as well as a garden right in the middle of wilderness. The Wolgan

Dining Room is where you can head off to for some fine cuisine or locally prepared wine by the fireplace.

You can have food served in your villa for a private dinner in the backdrop of the beautiful mountains as well.

The Spa gives pampered serenity and having a massage here with the view of the mountains is bound to relax

you. Fitness centre, tennis courts and a 25-metre swimming pool are available as well for the health-conscious

guests.

The Langham, Sydney

89-113 Kent St,Millers Point, Sydney

NSW 2000, Australia

Tel +61 2 9256 2222

langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/

Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley

2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley NSW 2790, Australia

Tel +61 2 6350 1800

oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-wolgan-valley-australia

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Australia

Longitude 131°

HOTEL

Australia

Eastwood Apartments, Brisbane

HOTEL

COUNTRY HOTEL OF THE YEAR

SELF CATERING APARTMENTS OF THE YEAR

Experience the great Australian deserts like never before with Longitude 131°; this luxury basecamp at Uluru-Kata

Tjuta gives you an opportunity to delve into the foundations of the Anangu culture and explore the ancient

land along with stories from traditional custodians. Nestled atop red dunes of the desert, the sixteen tented

pavilions have roof to floor glass windows to give you perfect views of the area and the custom furnishings

provide you a relaxing stay. The Dune House, with its panoramic views is the hub where guests dine with dishes

infused with traditional herbs or have sunset drinks as the sun slips below horizon. The resort also comes with

a spa for rejuvenation and relaxation treatments with the use of native beauty products. Luxury in the middle of

nowhere is what is at offer here and exclusive tours around the area give you the exotic desert-feel.

Eastwood Apartments are your home away from home. With some stunning views of the city right from your

balcony, rooftop terrace and the sun deck, which also has a jet pool spa, an al fresco cinema screen, BBQ facility

and garden seating, you can be assured that your stay here is no less than a hotel stay but with a homely feel. All

apartments come with fully equipped kitchen, private laundry and bathroom as well as luxurious bedding along

with caretaker service. Secure parking, free Wi-Fi facility and 24 hour check-in services ensure that you are

at peace at all times and the centralized location gives you access to all shops and restaurants as well as public

transport, which allow you to experience Brisbane as a local; none of which would be possible in a hotel.

Longitude 131°

Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872,

Australia

Tel +61 08 8957 7131

longitude131.com.au

Eastwood Apartments,

Brisbane

159 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba

QLD 4102, Australia

Tel +61 7 3180 0299

eastwoodbrisbane.com.au

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Australia

Ovolo Wooloomooloo, Sydney

HOTEL

Australia

Shangri La Hotel, Sydney

HOTEL

STYLISH HOTEL OF THE YEAR

HOTEL AND SPA OF THE YEAR AWARD

Located near the picturesque Sydney Harbour is Ovolo Wooloomooloo, serving as a bridge between heritage

and modern luxury. Indulge in the very best of luxury that Sydney has to offer right here, with exotic interiors

that are sure to leave your mouth wide open. The stylishly designed Lo Lounge is the place for socializing or

relaxing while enjoying some refreshments throughout the day (and night!) With a facility to sip and munch

away in the comfort of your bed, you can be assured of a relaxing experience here. With a quirky exterior finish,

this hotel is definitely bound to catch eyes of all the passers-by. A hotel with such swanky interiors is the perfect

place to host your corporate meetings and private events. The versatile staff of the hotel is always ready to cater

to every requirement to make your stay and event a fruitful affair.

Shangri-La Hotel overlooks the stunning Opera House and this is what you get to see every morning when you

wake up in the rooms here along with the marvelous Harbour Bridge and Sydney skyline. With a staggering 565

luxurious and spacious guestrooms and suites; which are appointed with contemporary furnishings and triple

glazed soundproof windows along with plush duvets and bed linens, you are assured of a comfortable stay here.

You can rejuvenate at the CHI, The Spa with treatments inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies in

luxurious private spa suites. Their expert masseuses are sure to give you very relaxing massages. Tantalizing

cuisines are at your disposal at Café Mix and Altitude Restaurant with harbour views. Sip the finest collections

of wine and cocktails at Blu Bar on 36 and relax at Lobby Lounge while munching on some snacks. The Health

Club also boasts of a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.

Ovolo Wooloomooloo, Sydney

6 Cowper Wharf Roadway,

Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia

Tel +61 2 9331 9000

ovolohotels.com.au

Shangri La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Tel +61 2 9250 6000

shangri-la.com/sydney/shangrila/

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Fiji

Royal Davui Island Resort, Lami

HOTEL

Fiji

Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

HOTEL

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

HOTEL AND SPA OF THE YEAR

Nestled away on a tiny island of Fiji is Royal Davui Island Resort- an adults-only sanctuary offering a different

level of luxury, elegance and privacy. Sixteen private villas on the island with their own private plunge pool, spa

bath, lounge room, sun deck and wet bar along with their excellent services ensure that you get a comfortable

stay here. Be spoilt for choice for dining options either in the privacy of your room, at the Banyan Bar and Restaurant

or at the beaches with your loved one. An array of activities ranging from catamarans and sea kayaks to

diving or deep-sea fishing are available for your indulgence. The Davui Spa offers a full range of treatments and

the experienced masseuses here give you relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. With special attention given to

those looking for a romantic hideaway, this is the perfect place for honeymooners and weddings.

Located on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, InterContinental Fiji Gold Resort and Spa is located right on the

Natadola Beach, which is voted as one of the best beaches in the world. The hotel boasts some of the largest

accommodations in Fiji with 266 luxurious rooms and suites within the tranquil environment equipped with

daybeds and Cleopatra baths for an amazing stay. An 18-hole Championship Golf Course is available at your

disposal and apart from this, snorkeling, diving and local tours can be arranged. Combining Asian, Eastern and

Western treatments to give you the best possible, Spa InterContinental presents the perfect getaway for Spa

breaks in cabanas. Hydrotherapy sessions and private spa treatments in the luxury of Orchid Room with your

close ones are available as well. An exciting array of dining experiences await your arrival at the signature Fiji

restaurant Navo and other world-class dining options here.

Royal Davui Island

Resort, Lami

Royal Davui Island

Resort, Fiji

Tel +61 2 9365 2648

royaldavuifiji.com

Intercontinental Fiji Golf

Resort and Spa

Maro Road Natadola Bay,

Natadola, Fiji

Tel +679 673 3300

fiji.intercontinental

34 35


HOTEL

New Zealand

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

New Zealand

The George, Christchurch

BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

HOTEL

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a place to relax in the midst of the picturesque landscape of Hawke’s Bay. Each

suite comes with a private balcony with a magnificent view of the farm, golf course and the Pacific Ocean and

is equipped with plush interiors and modern facilities. The Owner’s Cottage is the perfect place for a family or

group of friends to reside, with 4 deluxe bedrooms and a stone fireplace in the living room along with an outdoor

Jacuzzi on the stone terrace among other comforts. With a garden in close proximity to the lodge, fresh

vegetables picked from there are used to cook mouthwatering delicacies on a daily basis and guests can also have

wonderful picnics around. A wide range of wines, beer and spirits are available as well. A heated infinity pool,

golf course, spa treatments with forest and ocean views and fully-equipped gym are there for your indulgence.

Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking Hagley Park and Avon River, this hotel is the only one in the

city to have one-to-one staff to guest ratio, which guarantees their impeccable personalized services. With 53

rooms designed with a stylish eye for detail, complete with luxury amenities, you are guaranteed a luxurious

stay here. All round the clock room services and complimentary access to mountain bikes, guest computers,

gymnasiums, private garden and library ensure that you can make the most out of your stay. Bistro inspired food

is available at 50 Bistro with modern flavors and excellent wines. The stylish interiors complement the outdoor

view perfectly and make this an ideal spot to start your day. The Pescatore offers an exquisite dining experience

and even has a separate private room for an exceptional dining experience.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers,

Hawke’s Bay

446 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga 4172,

New Zealand

Tel +64 6-875 1900

capekidnappers.com

The George, Christchurch

50 Park Terrace, Christchurch

Central, Christchurch 8013,

New Zealand

Tel +64 3-379 4560

thegeorge.com

36 37


New Zealand

The Rees Hotel Luxury Apartments

and Residences

HOTEL

Vanuatu

Ratua Private Island

UNIQUE LUXURY HOTEL

HOTEL

SEA VIEW APARTMENTS OF THE YEAR

The Rees Hotel is a five star hotel situated right at the shores of Lake Wakatipu and boasts of a private beach

and wharf. With 60 hotel rooms, 90 apartments and 5 exclusive lakeside residences equipped with plush interiors

and modern amenities, you are sure to enjoy the spoils of comfort here. Each residence and hotel room

comes with a private balcony to enjoy the splendid views around. The True South Dining Room is the epitome

of sophisticated dining and takes you on a culinary journey through its local delicacies. The hotel has a private

wine cellar with the most comprehensive wine collections of Europe and New Zealand and you can enjoy these

at the Bordeau Lounge Bar. Spa treatments are available in the privacy of your own rooms for rejuvenation at

the hands of skilled masseuses. Skiing and yacht hire services are also available.

Ratua Private Island is surrounded by tropical gardens and sandy beaches and offers luxury in the middle of

nowhere. Private villas across the island come in all sizes and have beautifully appointed external day beds and

lounge chairs with views of the stunning bay and lush tropical gardens. Special safari tents are put up at the edge

of the jungle overlooking a white sand beach to give you a luxury camping experience. Personalized dinners are

arranged from locally produced organic ingredients depending on your mood; ranging from casual barbecues

to French-style tablecloth picnics on nearby islands. The lush paradise of Ratua is up for exploration on foot,

mountain bike or horseback. The Sunny Spa is an overwater spa that offers a whole range of treatments from

experienced therapists with view of the serene, infinite sea. Guests can also go for paddle boarding, fishing,

snorkeling, turtle watching and swimming with horses or simply relax at the Yacht club and socialize!

The Rees Hotel Luxury Apartments and Residences

377 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Tel +64 3-450 1100

therees.co.nz

Ratua Private Island

Boite postale 396, Luganville,

Vanuatu

Tel +678 30020

ratua.com

38 39


Vanuatu

The Havannah

HOTEL

Vanuatu

Ramada Resort Port Vila

HOTEL

STYLISH HOTEL OF THE YEAR

HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Catering exclusively to adults, The Havannah is a cozy hotel located away from the hustle and bustle of the

city. This family owned business overlooks Efate’s premier white sand beach and has eighteen villas, each of

which has a unique view. Each villa comes with luxurious amenities and has its own dining pavilion as well.

With a unique split level infinity edge pool and a watersports hut from where you can head off for snorkeling or

kayaking, you are assured of an amazing experience here. Guests can indulge in some of the finest delicacies

cooked from vegetables, seafood and Vanuatu beef. The Arôm’Essence Day Spa set in a tropical garden offers

full range of rejuvenating body massages using Dermalogica and dead sea salt products. Day tours to different

islands of Vanuatu can be arranged according to your preferences and daily shuttle buses to the city facilitate

easy connectivity.

This newly built full service beachfront resort is nestled on the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon and offers 80 self-contained

apartments with lagoon views. Self-contained suites starting from studio flats to two bedroom apartments

are available with all modern amenities and posh interiors. Guests can dine at the Akiriki Restaurant overlooking

the lagoon and dive into a vast array of Oceanian blend of flavors or sip a glass of drinks while relaxing at

lounge bar or while watching their favorite games in the sports bar; a swim-up pool bar is also available. Guests

can also take a dive into the swimming pool or get fit in the fully-equipped gymnasium. Kayaking, snorkeling

and stand-up paddle boarding in the lagoon can also be arranged for your indulgence. Corporates can conduct

meetings in the meeting room while the ballroom is open for private events such as weddings.

The Havannah

Samoa Point, Port

Havannah, Vanuatu

Tel +678 35600

thehavannah.com

Ramada Resort Port Vila

Paray, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Tel +678 28000

ramadaresort.com.vu/en-gb

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Papua New Guinea

Airways Hotel

HOTEL

Papua New Guinea

Grand Papua Hotel

HOTEL

HOTEL AND RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Airways Hotel is nestled in its own botanical gardens and offers world-class accommodation in well-appointed

rooms at a competitive price. With warm timber tones and crisp linen, you are sure to feel at home here. You

will love to dine at the Vue Restaurant and Lounge Bar with its spectacular views of the airport and the mist-clad

peaks of the Owen Stanley ranges. The Bacchus restaurant offers fine dining options while the Havanaba bar

allows you to kick-start your evening in style. The Deli KC is the place to find some of the finest baked breads

and pastas, while the Seven C’s is the where you can go to meet over coffee and enjoy the breeze of the punkah

fans. Guests can unwind in Bliss-The Spa while the health club gives you a chance to sweat it out in the tennis

and squash courts or take a dip in the infinity lap pool.

Grand Papua has the distinction of being the first deluxe hotel opening in Port Moresby. This impressive hotel

comprises 161 rooms and suites with modern interiors and gives amazing views of the ocean and the beaches.

Taking service to the next level, free airport shuttle transfers are made available for all the guests. For the ladies,

exclusive ladies floors are added for more safety. The Grand Café serves fresh meals while the Grand Brasserie

features modern flavors paired with wines. You can sit in the Poolside Terrace and munch on some delicacies

by the pool and Jacuzzi. The Grand Spa is an innovative and luxurious wellness center for unwinding, while the

gym and swimming pool are places to head to for some exercises. The Grand Hair Salon is the perfect place for

getting your hair done and giving you the look you wish to have. The hotel also features executive board rooms

and banquet venues for functions and corporate meetings.

Grand Papua Hotel

Mary St, Port Moresby,

Papua New Guinea

Tel +675 304 0000

grandpapuahotel.com.pg

Airways Hotel

Jacksons Parade,

7 Mile, Boroko, Port

Moresby 111, Papua

New Guinea

Tel +675 324 5200

airways.com.pg

42 43


Samoa

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort

HOTEL

Solomon Islands

Coral Sea Resort

HOTEL

HOTEL AND RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sheraton Samoa Beach resort gives unparalleled beachfront accommodation with luxurious amenities. Located

on the western coast of Upolu, this resort offers everything you need for relaxing right from tennis to local entertainment.

With 133 luxurious rooms and suites equipped with the finest amenities with ocean view, you are

assured a cozy stay here. The signature restaurant of the resort, Apolima Fale plays host to finest international

cuisines and hosts the Fia Fia Cultural Show as well. You can sit in the South Pacific Restaurant by the water

and enjoy pleasant tunes by local musicians and end your night on a high with your loved ones in this serene

atmosphere. The hotel also has a spa and a fully equipped fitness center along with a tennis court and facilities

for watersports and diving. It also offers weddings and conference facilities.

Positioned on the ocean front near the Airlie Beach Village, Coral Sea Resort provides quality accommodation

with full range of facilities and inclusions. The gorgeous interiors of the rooms reflect the outer environment

and the plush amenities ensure epitome of comfort. Guests can lay back in The Clipper Restaurant and Lounge

and enjoy al fresco dining all day while sitting by the poolside and taking in the views of the ocean. A romantic

candlelight dinner can be arranged at the oceanfront Gazebo as well. A swimming pool is there for guests to

laze around and a wading pool for children as well. Thrill-seekers can indulge in on-site watersports and those

looking to go into the ocean can do so from the private jetty. Tours to various islands and charter boat and helicopter

rides are made available by the hotel. The hotel is also well-equipped to host destination weddings and

corporate meetings.

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort

Entrance Road, Mulifanua, Samoa

Tel +685 45611

sheratonsamoaresort.com

Coral Sea Resort

25 Ocean View Ave, Airlie Beach

QLD 4802, Australia

Tel +61 7 4964 1300

coralsearesort.com

44 45


Tonga

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

HOTEL

Australia

Blue Diamond Tours

TOUR

HOTEL OF THE YEAR

TOUR COMPANY

Located on the waterfront of Tonga, Tanoa International Dateline Hotel offers superior accommodation in the

capital with sensational facilities. With 122 well-appointed rooms designed to perfection, guests are guaranteed

a peaceful stay here with the plush furnishings and modern amenities. The Fresh Bar and Grill has an amazing

selection of fresh grills while the Taulanga’u Bar is the perfect spot to sip a freshly made cocktail while watching

magnificent sunsets. A large swimming pool is where guests can head off to for some laps to kick start the day or

work-out in the fully-equipped gymnasium to remain fit. Airport connectivity is made easier for the guests by providing

airport shuttle services. The hotel is prepared to cater to meetings and private events in spectacular indoor

and outdoor venues with experienced staff ready to plan and execute the events to perfection.

Blue Diamond Tours takes you on a ride through the Blue Mountains and provides a magical experience with

the fresh aromas of the region. This all-inclusive trip consists of walk in the rainforest, lunch, Featherdale Wildlife

Park and a water taxi back. The trip allows you to discover a place distant from the hectic city life. You can

roam around the lush green rainforest of the Jamison Valley and take in the beautiful views of the mountains.

These ‘boutique’ tours are crafted to give a more intimate touch and prime luxury with a Mercedes-Benz to take

you around with a group of only 14 people. Friendly guides make sure that you feel at home and have an answer

to every single question of yours. Guests can get breathtaking views from the skyway, railway and cableway and

have a perfect lunch with a 5 option menu. They also provide private tours and hotel pick ups

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Vuna Rd, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Tel +676 23-411

tanoadateline.com

Blue Diamond Tours

Blue Diamond Tours, Concord NSW

2137, Australia

Tel +61 414 917 317

bluediamondtours.net

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Australia

BridgeClimb

TOUR

Australia

Wavelength Reef Charters

TOUR

UNIQUE TOUR COMPANY

CHARTER COMPANY

This unique tour company takes you on the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Every day, prior training is given

with the outdoor gear based on the day’s climate and introduction to the safety and health essentials are taken

care of. Guests can ascend step by step behind the climb leader and take in the marvelous views that Sydney has

to offer along with entertaining stories of the bridge right from its opening. The summit of the bridge at 134m

above sea level allows you an uninterrupted panorama view of the city. A special excursion product is available

for Year 7-8 Science students as well with topics related to studies and the bridge being discussed; probably

something no other tour operator offers! A special psychologist is there to help those who have Acrophobia to

fight their fears. With over 3 million climbers over the years, you can surely trust them with your climb.

Pioneers in reef eco-tourism across Port Douglas, Wavelength Reef Charters have been in the business for

more than 30 years now and provide small personalized snorkeling tours to the Great Barrier Reef with no

more than 48 passengers to give a better experience. Guests get to visit exclusive Wavelength owned reef sites,

be it in shallow lagoon or outer reef. Highly qualified marine biologists work as the crew and provide in-depth

interpretation of the Great Barrier Reef marine life and habitats. With three sites across the day for you to explore,

you can see the underwater world to your heart’s content. A deli-style lunch with beef, falafel and rolls is

provided on the rear deck, where passengers can even socialize. A private charter can be booked all for yourself

with specialized catering options and destinations set according to your preference. Schools are allowed to

charter the vessel for trips as well.

BridgeClimb

3 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW

2000, Australia

Tel +61 2 8274 7777

bridgeclimb.com

Wavelength Reef Charters

1-5 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia

Tel +61 7 4099 5031

wavelength.com.au

48 49


Fiji

Talanoa Treks

TOUR

Fiji

Diveaway Fiji

TOUR

TOUR COMPANY

DIVING COMPANY

Located on the waterfront of Tonga, Tanoa International Dateline Hotel offers superior accommodation in the

capital with sensational facilities. With 122 well-appointed rooms designed to perfection, guests are guaranteed

a peaceful stay here with the plush furnishings and modern amenities. The Fresh Bar and Grill has an amazing

selection of fresh grills while the Taulanga’u Bar is the perfect spot to sip a freshly made cocktail while watching

magnificent sunsets. A large swimming pool is where guests can head off to for some laps to kick start the day or

work-out in the fully-equipped gymnasium to remain fit. Airport connectivity is made easier for the guests by providing

airport shuttle services. The hotel is prepared to cater to meetings and private events in spectacular indoor

and outdoor venues with experienced staff ready to plan and execute the events to perfection.

Looking for diving in the crystal waters of Fiji? Look no further, cause Diveaway Fiji is the only PADI 5 Star

Diving Resort on the Coral Coast in Fiji! With two main diving regions- Midra Passage and Tagaqe; you can

dive into the deep blue and see corals, stingrays and turtles. With diving sites ranging from a few meters from

the coast to the edge of the reef; every difficulty level is available in the tours. From e-learning to advanced

and rescue diver courses, this is where you can learn everything about diving that there is to know. Even pool

lessons are offered to help you get a grasp over diving in an enclosed environment. Moreover, you also get free

transfers to many great resorts close by when you book with them. With a small and friendly local staff, which is

well-experienced in the diving field, you can be assured of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Talanoa Treks

22 Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva, Fiji

Tel +679 947 2732

talanoa-treks-fiji.com

Diveaway Fiji

Coral Coast, Queens Rd, Sigatoka,

Korolevu, Fiji

Tel +679 931 6883

diveawayfiji.com

50 51


New Zealand

Zealandier Tours

TOUR

New Zealand

Oolala Cruises

TOUR

TOUR COMPANY

CHARTER COMPANY

Zealandier Tours offers fully escorted small group tours of New Zealand, but this is not all, also offered are international

tour packages to Israel, Australia, Venice and Italy. Be it the north island or the southern one, from

the unspoilt 90 mile beach in the north to the Milford Sound in the south, everything is covered in the packages.

You can indulge in the world of Hobbits at Hobbiton or head off to some glowworm caves. You also get a chance

to customize your tours according to your requirements so as to get the most out of them. Special Cruise Ship

visitor tours are arranged so that you can see the beauty of New Zealand before or after your cruise. Apart from

tours, even vehicle rentals right from passenger vehicles to mini-vans are available for those looking to explore

the locations on their own.

Oolala Cruises make you go oo-la-la when traveling with them! This 6 year old company has ages old foundations

and has served more than 60k tourists. You get a chance to discover the Savala Island of Fiji with exclusive

day cruises, snorkeling tours, kayaking and paddle boarding. Diving enthusiasts can indulge in scuba diving

activities as well. You get a peek into the underwater world from glass bottom boats and can watch baby sharks

as well! All food and drinks are covered for the day so that you can enjoy your trip thoroughly. On this island,

you can even rejuvenate with some relaxing massages. Those wishing to have a private day cruise for the day

can do so with personalization as well. Destination weddings, proposal and honeymoon cruises are available to

make your special day. Even corporates can hire the day cruise for company staff outing.

Zealandier Tours

12 Lasiandra Pl, Mount Maunganui,

Mt Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Tel +64 7-575 6425

zealandiertours.com

Oolala Cruises

Port Denarau Marina, Denarau

Island 00000, Fiji

Tel +679 675 1100

oolalacruises.com

52 53


New Zealand

The Helicopter Line West Coast

TOUR

Vanuatu

Eco tours

TOUR

ADVENTURE COMPANY

TOUR COMPANY

This leading helicopter operating company of New Zealand is more than 30 years old and with a fleet of AS350

Squirrels; you are guaranteed some thrilling views of the country from up above. Many of the inaccessible regions

of the country can be visited when traveling with their trained staff, which is specialized in the alpine

terrain. Be it the great Mount Cook or the untamed glaciers of the west coast, there is no spot that cannot be

accessed by these adventurous trips. The exhilarating experience of hiking on the Tasman and Franz Josef

glaciers is also available. Helicopter picnics, wine tours and conferences can be arranged on special requests.

For those looking to explore the wilderness through hunting, fishing, snowshoeing or skiing, Helicopter Line

is the place to go. Charters of the helicopters with personalized itineraries or hill-top destination weddings can

be arranged as well.

If you’re looking to discover Vanuatu off the beaten tracks, Eco Tours is where you should head to. With four

main tours of walking, cycling, kayaking and trekking of half day duration and same prices, you can head out

to explore the REAL Vanuatu. The group sizes are kept limited for providing a more personalized service and

everyone’s interest is taken into account. The tours are specially made to suit all abilities and with a staff that

is actively involved with people of Vanuatu since 22 years, you are guaranteed the very best of service. Apart

from this, bike rentals are also provided with free pick-up/delivery to all hotels in Port Vila. You can also go for

special Tennis and Cultural tours. School tours for kids for a long term stay can also be arranged to give a taste

of the life of Vanuatu school kids, while achieving your educational goals. Completely personalized a-la carte

tours can be arranged too.

The Helicopter Line West Coast

Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef, Westland

National Park 7856 New Zealand

Tel +64 3-752 0767

helicopter.co.nz

Eco tours

Nambatri, Port Vila, Efate 60, Vanuatu

Tel +678 540 3506

govanuatu.com/eco-tours

54 55


Vanuatu

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

TOUR

Vanuatu

Adventure Quad Tours

TOUR

UNIQUE TOUR COMPANY

ADVENTURE COMPANY

Soar through the canopy of the Vanuatu jungle or over the grand canyons while marveling the views of the Mele

Bay. This great fun activity is suitable for all ages and rain or shine, ziplining goes on. With over six ziplines of

more than 1km over the jungle, experience the buzz of the forest or wobble across the suspension bridge and fly

across a canyon and over a waterfall! Trek for more than a kilometer to reach the site in Big Zip Trek Tour and

experience a huge rush when crossing 300 meter gravity canyon. Have adrenaline gushing through your veins

when you start the tour with a 15 minute helicopter ride up the jungle before you reach the ziplining site. For

those who are interested in the forest, relaxing jungle walks are available for exploring the beauty of Vanuatu

for free! Free pickup facility is also available for participants.

Explore the lush islands of Vanuatu in the most unique manner possible- Quad bikes! Ride along un-spoilt

coastline, secluded beaches and through traditional villages. Their award winning guides are professional and

friendly and make you want to return back to the tours. Guests can ride through the muddy regions to reach

the Grand Cascade and head off to the Turtle Bay to swim with 100 year old turtles. You can relax on the white

sandy beaches and munch on some mouth-watering Vanuatu beef brunch or can also head off for an exclusive

Port Vila tour off the tracks and then venture into the blue sea on Zegos! They also have special tours for those

guests who have arrived in cruise ships and are short on time. They walk the extra mile by offering free pick up

and drop off services to all hotels across Port Vila.

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

The Summit Gardens | Devils Point Road,

Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

Tel +678 555 0423

vanuatujunglezipline.com

Adventure Quad Tours

Teoma Road Tassiriki, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

Tel +678 774 2442

adventurequadtours.com

56 57


Papua New Guinea

Kabaira Dive

TOUR

Samoa

Samoa Scenic

TOUR

DIVING COMPANY

TOUR COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Kabaira Dive is where you get a variety of exclusive and personalized ventures both out of water and underwater.

Tailor-made packages are available for individuals and groups for relaxing or adventure, and history or culture.

Tours for scuba diving, snorkeling, dolphin watching, harbor cruising, cruise ships and fishing charters

are available on a daily basis and hotel transfers can be arranged as well. The PADI trained diving crew provides

the most professional service and gives the guests an opportunity to have unique, personal tours. You can visit

historical ship and plane wrecks underwater or explore the reef and sea mounts. From white sandy beaches on

remote uninhabited islands to the shipwrecks speaking of history of WWII, all exploration spots are covered.

Thrill-seekers can head to an erupting volcano or head on to some watersports too. Day trips are also offered to

passengers from visiting cruise ships.

Samoa Scenic aims to provide an enriching experience to tourists in the Samoan way. With more than 45 years

of experience as a tour operator, they are among the best in the country and their expert multilingual guides and

modern air conditioned coaches ensure that you have a memorable time. Both full and half-day tours are offered

across Upolu and Saval’l; be it a peaceful lunch by the beach or a long tour across villages and coasts. Apart

from these, specialized tours tailored to requirements or interests can be arranged according to your budget

and specifications. Few tours are also offered for those visitors who have come by cruises and these cover major

attractions of the region. Guests can also head out to American Samoa for a day or more with them. With proven

safety records, guests can even book exclusive transfer services to airport, wharf, casino and hotels with them.

Kabaira Dive

Kokopo-Rabaul Road Vunagam

Estate, Rabaul, New Britain Island

611 Papua New Guinea

Tel +675 7955 8258

facebook.com/diveandtoursrabaul/

Samoa Scenic

Apia, Upolu 669, Samoa

Tel +685 26981 /

+685 7526 982

samoascenic.com

58 59


Solomon Islands

Dive Munda

TOUR

Tonga

Tongan Expeditions

TOUR

TOUR COMPANY

TOUR COMPANY

Diving in and around Munda is a very special thing with some of the best diving sites in the world. Spectacular

walls which drop off to over 600 meters and grey, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks are what you get to see

here. Dive Munda is an SSI authorized partner and gives you high caliber of training to give you the perfect

diving experience. Right from Try Diving to Diving Instructor course, every single level of teaching is available

here. They can also arrange freediving for you with their partners and also offer SSI Basic Freediving Program.

Special trips are also open to the Secret Solomons or Honiara for durations longer than 4 days aboard their

liveaboard and hotels! Guests can also take Solomon Airlines Dive Packages, which include staying, diving and

flying. With more than 25 years of experience, you can be assured of a terrific diving experience when touring

with them.

Tongan Expeditions gives you one of the most unique opportunities ever – to swim with whales! This once in

a lifetime experience can be indulged in from July to October and you can actually swim close to a Humpback

Whale and see these majestic creatures up-close! Guests can indulge in some beautiful dives into the blue with

the only PADI 5 Star Resort of the Kingdom, Tongan Expeditions. Some spectacular diving sites like Pelagic

Pinnacle and Split Rock are waiting to be explored. From e-Learning to rescue diver courses, all difficulty levels

of coaching are available here. In the pristine waters of the Kingdom of Tonga, there is no other place that you

can get experiences like the ones that Tongan Expeditions offer; from tiny fishes to the largest animals on the

earth, you can see everything here and experience undersea life like never before.

Dive Munda

Agnes Gateway Hotel, Munda,

Solomon Islands 0000

Tel +677 62156

mundadive.com

Tongan Expeditions

Puataukanave International Hotel,

Neiafu, Vava’u Tonga

Tel +676 70-292

tonganexpeditions.com

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FULL

WINNERS

LIST

62 63


Fiji

Vanuatu

HOTEL &

ACCOMMODATION

WINNERS

Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva

Hotel

Royal Davui Island Resort,Lami

Award for Excellence in Service

Nanuku, Pacific Harbour

Boutique Hotel

Ramada Resort Port Vila

Hotel & Resturant

Iririki Island Resort & Spa

Hotel & Spa

The Havannah

Stylish Hotel

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort & Spa

Hotel & Restaurant

Ratua Private Island

Unique Luxury Hotel

Australia

The Langham, Sydney

Hotel

Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

Award for Excellence in Service

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Boutique Hotel

Plantinum Apartments, Melbourne

Apartments

Lizard Island Resort

Unique Luxury Hotel

Crown Metropol, Melbourne

Hotel & Restaurant

Shangri La Hotel, Sydney

Hotel & Spa

Longitude 131

Country Hotel

Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

Modern Hotel

Primus Hotel, Sydney

Business Hotel

Pullman Sydney Airport

Airport Hotel

Luxury Waterfront Home, Gold Coast

Guest House

Ovolo Wooloomooloo, Sydney

Stylish Hotel

Crown Towers, Melbourne

City Hotel

The Richardson Hotel & Spa, Perth

Family Hotel

Swissotel, Sydney

Classic Hotel

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Elegant Hotel

Vue Apartments, Trinity Beach

Sea View Apartments

Eastwood Apartments, Brisbane

Self Catering Apartments

Quay West Suites, Melbourne

Stylish Apartments

Intercontinenetal Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Hotel & Spa

New Zealand

InterContinental, Wellington

Hotel

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers,

Hawke’s Bay

Award for Excellence in Service

The George, Christchurch

Boutique Hotel

Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Hotel & Restaurant

SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

Hotel & Spa

The Rees Hotel & Luxyry Apartments,

Queenstown

Sea View Apartments

Papua New Guinea

Grand Papua Hotel

Hotel

Crowne Plaza Port Moresby

Award for Excellence in Service

Airways Hotel

Hotel & Restaurant

Samoa

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort

Hotel & Restaurant

Taumeasina Island Resort

Hotel & Spa

Solomon Islands

Coral Sea Resort

Hotel

Tonga

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Hotel

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TOUR & ACTIVITY

WINNERS

The Helicopter Line West Coast

Adventure Company

Vanuatu

Samoa

Samoa Scenic

Tour Company

Australia

Blue Diamond Tours

Tour Company

The Adventure Company Australia

Award for Excellence in Service

Fiji

Talanoa Treks

Tour Company

Sigatoka River Safari

Award for Excellence in Service

Eco tours

Tour Company

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Unique Tour Company

Caverns & Caves

Adventure Cmpany

South Pacific Cruises

Charter Company

Papua New Guinea

Solomon Islands

Dive Munda

Tour Company

Tonga

Tongan Expeditions

Tour Company

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Cultural Tour Company

Diveaway Fiji

Diving Company

Reeftours Milne Bay

Tour Company

BridgeClimb

Unique Tour Company

Rosie Holidays Fiji

Charter Company

Kabaira Dive

Diving Compny

Bunyip Tours

Adventure Company

Gourmet Getaway Tours

Culinary Tour Company

Ocean Rafting

Watersports Company

The Private Tour Guide

Tailor Made Tour Company

Down Under Cruise & Dive

Diving Company

New Zealand

Zealandier Tours

Tour Company

Off-Road Cave Safari

Award for Excellence in Service

Paihia Dive

Diving Company

Oolala Cruises

Charter Company

Wavelength Reef Charters

Charter Company

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OCEANIA

awards guide 2017

www.thawards.com

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