Renovated Holiday Havens

 

Want an update on the newest property updates at Accor Vacation Club? Read on!

 

GETTING BUSY AT THE SEBEL BUSSELTON

The Sebel Busselton in Western Australia recently revealed a modern new look, with Accor Vacation Club recently completing a five phase refurbishment program of its Member accommodation.

All studio, two and three bedroom apartments were given a fabulous facelift over winter. Fresh features cross these spaces include fresh paint, new televisions and USB charge points, bathroom accessories and soft furnishings such as new lamps. Fresh curtains and throws have been inspired by the destination, with a modern coastal palette used alongside textured fabrics and weaves for added comfort.

The Studio accommodation now welcome guests in style with new feature entrance tiles and vanity cabinetry, while two and three bedroom apartments have had modern security screen doors installed.  Gorgeous vibrant local artwork has been added to rooms to provide an energetic pop of colour (think Busselton blue skies and ocean) to help set the scene for holiday fun.

Depending on whether you’re travelling as a couple, or with friends or family, The Sebel Busselton has a variety of modern and spacious apartment options to choose from. Studio spa rooms are ideal for two, while spacious two or three-bedroom self-contained apartments are ideal for larger or multi-generation family trips.

 

GRAND DESIGNS FOR THE VINTAGE HUNTER VALLEY

Our refurbishment team have been busy at work beautifying Accor Vacation Club’s apartments at Grand Mercure The Vintage in the Hunter Valley. The stunning results have certainly captured our attention, not least of all the new electric fireplaces, which were given a workout over the winter season. Some other key changes included upgraded wall-mounted televisions and cabinetry, plus fabulous new artwork selected and displayed throughout the apartments.  In response to Member feedback, apartments now boast larger bathroom vanities and mirrors, alongside many other modern accessories and furnishings added to each apartment to complete the contemporary look. In living and bedroom spaces, expect to enjoy new lamps and lighting, scatter cushions, bed throws and brand new sofa beds for added convenience and comfort this summer.

 

PRETTY AS A PICTURE IN PUKA PARK

What’s new in New Zealand? We’re glad you asked! Accor Vacation Club’s flagship North Island property, the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, has completed a soft room refurbishment, introducing some new soft furnishings and accessories for Members to experience on their next visit.

Highlights of the update include new lamps and bed throws, plus painting where required to truly ‘freshen’ up the feel of the space for guests.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquillity. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.

Managed by Accor Vacation Club, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded luxury lodge, set amidst 25 acres of New Zealand native bush, on Mt Pauanui in the Coromandel Peninsula. Only two hours drive from Auckland, the resort offers luxurious chalet accommodation, ideal for any season. Guests can spend the evening star-gazing on the private deck of the grand chalet in the treetops. There is also an award winning restaurant on site, Miha, for those who want to enjoy great dining in an unsurpassable location.

 

 

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

Senior women enjoying and laughing

Places to visit on a New Zealand holiday

Planning a first trip to New Zealand is never an easy task, unless you have all the time in the world, and the money to enjoy it. There is just so much to take in! For the rest of us on limited time and budget, where do we start; the North Island, or South Island? If you’re a member of Accor Vacation Club, and planning a vacation to New Zealand, things get a whole lot easier. With a selection of quality, thoughtfully selected accommodation options to choose from on both islands, its best to rely on popular culture to make the choice for you as opposed to hotels – and in that case the Hobbits of the North have it sorted!

Hobbiton Village

In the centre of North Island’s farming country, Hobbiton Village sits on the edge of Matamata, and was used to make the Hobbit films and Lord of the Rings movie. When booking your Hobbit tour, look at booking the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves tour as well. It is close by, and the kids will be fascinated by their little glow-in-the-dark friends.

Auckland

You may well have landed at Auckland Airport, but the city is worth more than just a cursory glance as you head toward your destination. Opportunities abound for unique photographs of dormant volcanoes, bubbling mud pools, cascading waterfalls, and surfers riding the rolling breakers on the local beaches. As the children tire, head into the centre, and round the day off at Auckland’s famous Sky City and its many attractions.

Wellington

Before heading to the South Island, take a few hours out. If time allows take a whole day, and explore the sights and culture of New Zealand’s capital city. Visit the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Walk or ride to the top of Mount Victoria for the most fantastic views. Jump on the Wellington Cable Car, or go back in time at Zealandia. All before you board the ferry for your three hour trip across the Cook Strait to Picton, at the top of South Island.

Marlborough Sound

Close to Picton, Marlborough Sound covers over 90 miles of New Zealand coastline. You could spend all the second half of your vacation, walking and cycling the coastline, visiting the nature reserves, and cruising the sunken valleys of this stunning part of New Zealand. If time is of the essence, book a three hour boat trip, to get a real feel of what this area has to offer.

Christchurch

For a laid-back, family day out, Christchurch ticks all the boxes. Enjoy a boat trip, or try your hand at punting on the River Avon. Stroll in the sunshine around the beautiful botanic gardens, or, if the kids are being a little restless, take them over to the International Antarctic Centre, to find out what it’s like to get caught up in an arctic storm.

From Puka Park to Wellington, Queenstown and Wanaka (and beyond!), as an Accor Vacation Club member, the fabulous facilities at each Club property, or Accor Hotels Select accommodation partner, will prove difficult to leave. Nonetheless, to find out why New Zealanders are in the top ten of the world’s happiest people, you need to get out and about, and find out what really makes your average Kiwi tick.

 

 

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.

Grand Mercure The Vintage Hunter Valley Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Styling up at Puka Park and the Hunter Valley

In need of some winter holiday inspo? Accor Vacation Club has updated its apartments in two key locations, setting the scene for holiday fun during the cooler months.

 

Fire and wine make for hot nights in the Hunter this winter!

The Grand Mercure The Vintage, Accor Vacation Club Apartments has unveiled an elegant new refurbishment, with cosmetic updates and new features bound to impress.

Updated include a new wall-mounted TV, new artwork, a larger bathroom vanity and mirror, and a new sofa bed in the living room.

Fresh cabinetry joins modern accessories such as fresh scatter cushions, bed throws, curtains and bedside lamps while in the bathroom, guests can enjoy a new vanity and mirror.

Those visiting this season will of course notice the fabulous new electric fireplaces that have been installed – perfect thing to warm up to a perfect holiday in the Hunter Valley during the cooler months!

If the wine country beckons this winter, then this property is hard to go past, located against the backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges, and in short distance to great cellar door experiences and renowned wineries  that define destination Hunter Valley.

Accor Vacation Club’s stylish one and two bedroom fully furnished apartments offer first class luxury, a easy two hour drive from Sydney. The Grand Mercure The Vintage blends into the idyllic surrounds of the scenic countryside and is perfect for a relaxing getaway.

To take a look at the before and after photos of the room recent renovation, check out our recent Facebook post here

 

What’s ‘new’ in New Zealand?

Accor Vacation Club’s flagship North Island property, the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, has also completed a soft room refurbishment, introducing some new soft furnishings and accessories for Members to experience on their next visit.

Highlights of the update include new lamps and bed throws, plus painting where required to truly ‘freshen’ up the feel of the space for guests.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquillity. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.

Managed by Accor Vacation Club, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded luxury lodge, set amidst 25 acres of New Zealand native bush, on Mt Pauanui in the Coromandel Peninsula. Only two hours drive from Auckland, the resort offers luxurious chalet accommodation, ideal for any season. Guests can spend the evening star-gazing on the private deck of the grand chalet in the treetops. There is also an award winning restaurant on site, Miha, for those who want to enjoy great dining in an unsurpassable location.

To check out our very first amateur images of Puka Park’s room update, just in, head to Accor Vacation Club’s page, or click on this link.

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 

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.

 

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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.