The Sebel Pinnacle Valley

The Best Places to Visit in Australia during Winter?

Australian winters deliver plenty of snow and balmy, temperate oceans still warm enough for a swim. The continent redefines the meaning of cold, bringing mild days that completely evade the 40 degree heat of December. No wonder so many travellers prefer to get out and take a trip in the milder months. Winter clears away the crowds, too, letting you enjoy a peaceful break without the queues.

Places to Go in Australia during Winter

Australia celebrates its heritage and culture during the winter, bringing vibrant festivals and dynamic music to the fore. May comes with free light shows and art installations to the tunes of local musicians. There’s a winter film festival for cinephiles and a beer can regatta in July. Australia takes its rugby and AFL seriously, so winter is also best for immersing yourself in two of the nation’s favourite sporting competitions. You’ll even be able to pack a little skiing into your schedule. Thredbo has long runs if you prefer speed, and The Bluff is challenging enough for experienced skiers. Mt Buller is one of the country’s prettiest natural areas and offers the best winter family holidays Australia has to offer.

Whale Watching and Water Sports

Whales migrate towards Australia in the winter, so you’ll begin to see them arriving in May and June. Byron Bay and Hervey Bay are the most beautiful spots for whale watching, and while you’re there, shark cage diving will let you get a close view of the local great white and tiger sharks. The New South Wales Open State Titles begin in May, and there are several other surfing contests to check out during the winter. They bring a festive ambience to the coast even if you’re not a surfing enthusiast.

Outback Tours

The Outback is a little too hot for summer, but from May to July, you can take comfortable drives through the desert. Ayers Rock has a surreal atmosphere, and Uluru park has a cultural centre where you can view art exhibits and fetch a visitor’s guide. The hike around Uluru’s base is an unchallenging 10.6 km, but birders shouldn’t miss the Mutitjulu Waterhole, which has a mystical waterfall close to the car park.

Ben Lomond National Park is one of nature enthusiasts’ favourite places to go in Australia in winter. The snow turns the peaks into a wonderland perfect for bushwalking and climbing. Of course, no trip to Australia is complete without a visit to Tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Rainfall is rare, making this a safe time to dive and snorkel.

The Kimberley region’s landscape gives four-wheel drive adventurers some exciting trails along Gibb River Road. This route is also a gastronome’s heaven, with vineyards and restaurants at Margaret River.

The Australian climate is forgiving, and many of its most important events occur in the middle of the year. With less travellers traditionally around, there are lots of discounts to be had too on popular tourist activities and the dining scene, if you shop around. Whether you’re an adventurer, a sportsperson, or a culture enthusiast, check out your own backyard and some Australian travel to keep you entertained!

For more information about the benefits of a exploring Australia as part of a timeshare membership, visit Accor Vacation Club Holidays.

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

The Links Lady Bay Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Fine designs on Links Lady Bay Accor Vacation Club Apartments

 

 The Fleurieu Peninsula’s sandy beaches and dramatic, rugged coastline has provided design inspiration for a major renovation program undertaken by Accor Vacation Club at The Links Lady Bay in South Australia.

Designed and furnished by architecture firm, Jessica Street Design, with building by McDas Construction, the extensive refurbishment touched on every component of Accor Vacation Club’s 15 upscale apartments located within the hotel. The result – exceptional quality for Accor Vacation Club Members, and a new standard in upscale accommodation for the destination.

“We’re not just talking about a simple room update here,” explained Accor Vacation Club CEO Craig Wood. “Each apartment boasts a complete chef’s kitchen, extra-large bathroom, full lounge and dining area, plus a master bedroom, so the scale of each space to be renovated had to be carefully considered in order for the project to be successfully completed on budget, and in keeping to our expectations for a superior, high-style finish.”

Influenced by direct Member feedback, the renovation of The Links Lady Bay Accor Vacation Club Apartments notably included major work within the bathrooms, in order to provide a separate the bath and shower for increased accessibility and a more luxurious feel for guests.

Other key design features included the addition of intricate Master bedroom bedheads above new Sleepmaker beds, custom-made timber and marble bedside tables and drawers, diamond buttoning on the upholstery, ornate bathroom mirrors and LED lit iridescent sheer curtains. “The curtains were embellished to create the most luxurious effect, without compromising the budget,” said Mr Wood.

To reflect its seaside location, the overall colour palette in each apartment leans towards muted blues and pearly creams, reflective of the relaxed yet dramatic coastal environment that surrounds The Links Lady Bay Accor Vacation Club Apartments.

Grand Mercure Basildene Manor Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Timeshare travel review – Grand Mercure Basildene Manor

Set amongst manicured gardens in the award winning Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, Grand Mercure Basildene Manor is a one-of-a-kind historic property.

Classified by the National Trust and Heritage Council and dating back to 1912, Basildene Manor is a firm favourite with Accor Vacation Club’s Members, offering a laid back yet elegant experience just three hours south of Perth.

 

Oh Margaret, what’s not to love!

A two minute hop, step and jump away from Basildene is the township of Margaret River, a seriously stunning destination famous for its decadent food and produce, and serious wine industry.

It’s equally famous of course for its spectacular surfing beaches and natural attractions, while offering a variety of walking and cycling tracks that hug the river line. For those who love the great outdoors, these tracks offer a brilliant opportunity to explore ancient forests and vistas of vineyards along the way.

Wine-lovers will vouch for the regions award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon vintages, crafted by some 200 vineyards that call the area home.

 

Pristine Prevelley

A short 10 minutes from the hotel is sublime Prevelley Beach, well regarded by locals and surfers for its exceptional surf, pristine environment and dramatic limestone caves.

Despite becoming a more trendy destination in recent times, Prevelley’s charm remains in the fact that it has lost none of its authenticity and is still regarded as a ‘sleepy village’ by most. It is still undeveloped and even for non-surfers, it’s hard not to be impressed by its rolling surf breaks, stunning sand dunes and Indian Ocean views.

 

Isn’t it romantic…

Whether you are celebrating love, rekindling a spark, or looking for an excuse to just reconnect with that special someone, Basildene Manor is a perfect setting to conjure up cupid. Serving up a great dose of old world charm aside contemporary comforts and luxurious surrounds, it’s little wonder that Grand Mercure Basildene Manor was voted an impressive #12 out of 24 top hotels recognised in the ‘Top Hotels for Romance – Australia’ category. With so many great wineries and beaches close by for sunset strolls, who would be surprised!

Of course, the hotel is a destination appeals to lovers of life and great travels generally, with Basildene also ranking #1 out of 10 properties located in Margaret River, Western Australia, in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice™ awards* for Hotels.

In 2018, travellers’ awarded a further ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for consistently earning great guest reviews, making for an impressive hat trick of accolades earned in 2018. All worthy reasons to add this hotel to your accommodation bucket list on your next visit to Western Australia.

 

Styling up in the great outdoors

Proving that the outdoor environment is just as worthy or attention as the inside experience or a hotel destination, Accor Vacation Club undertook an significant outdoor enhancement program at the property to better showcase its sprawling gardens and ensure that its outdoor living spaces remain top of mind for Members.

Timber decking has been replaced with sturdy stainless steel, while new lighting – including ambient fairy light installations throughout the estate’s ancient trees – now feature, to extend the appeal of Basildene’s outdoor spaces from dusk to enchanted evenings spent outdoors. Further coach lighting has been installed down the Manor’s famous drive and entrance, for an added sense of arrival.

Need extra storage when you stay? No problem! The hotel recently added more luggage space for the convenience of guests awaiting check in and departure.

 

Address: 187 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, WA 6285

Phone: (08) 9757 3140

 

* Travelers’ Choice awards are presented annually to the top 1% of businesses across selected categories, with the hallmarks of winners being remarkable service, quality and value. A Travelers’ Choice award is regarded as TripAdvisor’s highest recognition, and is highly sought after in the hospitality and travel industry.

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.

Hotel St Moritz, MGallery by Sofitel - heli picnic Memorable Moment.

How to make a moment into a memory, Queenstown style

Queenstown is one of those magical destinations where making holiday memories comes easy. Blame it on the breathtaking scenery, crisp mountain air and wonderful wineries weaving their magic at every turn!

Of course to ensure that a fleeting moment in time with a loved one become a fully-fledged ‘forever’ memory, it definitely helps to enlist the skills of an in-the-know local to craft a truly one-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Hotel St Moritz, an MGallery by Sofitel property included in Accor Vacation Club’s New Zealand accommodation portfolio, is one such place offering that service for visitors to Queenstown.

In addition to its impeccable service, five-star facilities and captivating designs, the hotel offers guests the chance to indulge in its Queenstown Memorable Moment, curated by the staff themselves.

Flight of fancy – a heli picnic on an extraordinary alpine plateau…

Hotel St Moritz ‘Memorable Moment’ package is indeed spectacular, featuring a flight by private charter helicopter to “The Ledge” on Cecil Peak for a magical half hour of tranquility.  There, overlooking The Southern Alps you will enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by the hotel’s own Lombardi Restaurant.  It’s definitely a worthy addition to your bucket list, creating an incredible sensory moment, where the imposing scale of nature is awe-inspiring.

The Memorable Moment experience from Hotel St Moritz  is available on request and can be taken at your leisure during your stay. To find out more, call the hotel on +64 3 442 4990 and speak to the concierge, or visit www.stmoritz.co.nz

What is a Memorable Moment?

MGallery by Sofitel is comprised of a collection of captivating boutique hotels that exude luxury, charisma and a profoundly local character. Each hotel has developed its very own Memorable Moment for guests, taking various forms, however always remaining deeply rooted in the local landscape, culture and hotel character. Your moment could be something as intimate as a dinner, or as grandiose as a helicopter ride to survey a local landmark.

In any case, the experience is likely to be one of the most defining of your stay. For more visit https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/brands/hotels-mgallery.shtml

Feeling inspired?

If you now feel inspired to explore an Accor Vacation Club Membership and plan your next holiday to Queenstown, contact a representative of the Accor Vacation Club Member Services team on 1300 761414.

The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach, Accor Vacation Club

The top 5 destinations Accor Vacation Club Members love

It’s here – our top 5 destinations! To help Members get the most out of their leisure time with family and friends, Accor Vacation Club has carefully curated a fantastic choice of holiday destinations and superb accommodation options.

Accor Vacation Club is a premier loyalty offering for AccorHotels, allowing members privileged access to stay in top quality accommodation across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Members receive an allocation of Première Points every year which can be redeemed for holidays or short breaks. Whether for a family get together, a romantic weekend or the holiday of a lifetime, the choice is up to you.

Here’s our round-up of the top 5 destinations for Accor Vacation Club Members.But be sure to book quickly, these spots are in hot demand!

 

  1. The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach

Manly Beach, Accor Vacation Club top 5 destination

You’ll get a warm welcome at The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach. With a spectacular waterfront setting at the south end of Manly on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach is your gateway to golden sand, surfing and snorkeling. The hotel offers a variety of well-appointed accommodation to suit all requirements, from to one and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, perfect for families or groups of friends. Accor Vacation Club members can choose from a range of options including Ocean View, Superior, or Standard: the rooms are all air-conditioned, with private bathrooms, LCD TVs and spacious, furnished balconies where you can sip a glass of wine while enjoying the views. Members and guests can enjoy casual, beachside dining at the Manly Wine restaurant in the hotel, or sample the cuisine at an array of seafood restaurants, cafes, bars and bistros nearby.

 

  1. The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane

The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane Apartments, Accor Vacation Club top 5 destination

The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane offers the perfect base from which to experience the sophisticated, urban vibe of Melbourne at its best. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion and foodie district, this high end, boutique hotel offers accommodation in 56 luxuriously appointed self- contained apartments, all with spacious bedrooms and living areas and with their own kitchenettes. Set in a quiet location with guest parking available, The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane is within a short stroll of theatres, museums and the main sporting venues and offers easy access to the city’s transport network. WiFi, a fitness centre and babysitting service are available and there are an abundance of excellent eateries nearby.

 

  1. Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Accor Vacation Club's Grand Mercure Puka Park, top 5 destination

Escape to the breathtaking natural surroundings of the Puka Park resort, one of the most popular holiday destinations included in your Accor Vacation Club membership. Nestled on the slopes of Mt. Pauanui on New Zealand’s Coromandel coast, with enchanting views of the lush green landscape and close to Pauanui beach, this hotel offers Members the chance to relax in luxurious seclusion with attentive service and fine dining, Pacific Rim style. 38 comfortable and stylish apartments balance the laid-back ambiance of a mountain lodge with modern facilities, and the hotel is a memorable setting for weddings and conferences. Members and guests can enjoy surfing and other watersports, golf, tennis or explore the natural beauty of the region with fishing, cycling or hiking tours.

 

  1. Grand Mercure Basildene Manor

Grand Mercure Basildene Manor, Accor Vacation Club top 5 destination

The old world charm and modern comforts of Basildene Manor make it a captivating place for Accor Vacation Club members to enjoy a relaxing break. Set in a quiet location in the beautiful Margaret River wine region and surrounded by exquisite gardens, this old manor house is near to several wineries, cafes, restaurants and recreational facilities. With 19 refurbished rooms and suites, Members can choose the accommodation that suits their needs; the hotel also features a restaurant that serves a delicious buffet breakfast, a fireside reading room, a sunroom and conservatory, a lakeside pergola and a tennis court. With beaches, caves and wineries all within easy reach, Basildene Manor is the ideal base for exploring the natural splendours of the region.

 

  1. The Sebel Pinnacle Valley

Peaks Restaurant at The Sebel Pinnacle Valley, top 5 destination

Surrounded by the mountains, wineries and rivers of the Victorian High Country and just 30 minutes from the Mt Buller ski slopes, The Sebel Pinnacle Valley is an exciting year-round destination that Accor Vacation Club members love. The hotel boasts elegant conference facilities and is an enchanting venue for a romantic wedding. With stylishly decorated, contemporary self-contained apartments, and a bar, lounge with log fire, restaurant with al fresco dining during the warmer months and a pool, this resort is the perfect place for a peaceful holiday in stunning surroundings. Guests can choose from an array of outdoor activities, including snow skiing, bushwalking, horseriding, golf and winery tours – our helpful, knowledgeable staff will be delighted to recommend the best activities for all tastes.

 

Visit Accor Vacation Club online for more.

 

Story first appeared on as a feature on www.accorhotels.com blog – australia/magazine/one-hour-one-day-one-week

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.