The Old Clare Hotel is the only Design Hotels property in Australia that’s linked to Starwood, allowing you to use/earn points or status. It’s a unique place and definitely recommended for those looking for a different Sydney experience.
While the rooms are clean and fairly spacious, the staff are friendly and there’s nothing particularly wrong with the place, there’s also nothing to get you coming back here when Melbourne’s hotel scene is pretty competitive.
Some of the best value to be had from IHG Rewards is the quarterly PointBreaks promotion, where a number of hotels globally of the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands are made available for 5,000 points per night – that’s up to a 90% discount.
The First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi Airport is Etihad Airways’ flagship lounge and offers upscale dining, spa treatments with everything done in the Etihad way.
The first leg of my flight from Europe back to Australia was in Etihad’s Diamond First Class from Geneva to Abu Dhabi, redeemed using Velocity Points, and I really enjoyed it! Etihad’s ‘standard’ long-haul First Class product offers an excellent seat, and for my flight, great service.
Qatar Airways fly their A380 from Sydney to Doha and start Melbourne services soon. I had a chance to enjoy their First Class service from Sydney earlier this year.
The real appeal me about Wolgan Valley, and what makes it unique, is the number of activities on offer to get you outside exploring the setting of the resort in the valley and understanding the environment around you.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley prides itself on it’s dining experience for guests, and it didn’t disappoint. I think I ate about twice as much as I should have during our stay.
We had a two night stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley last year. It’s one of Australia’s most unique high-end hotel experiences, set in the NSW country and with a host of activities and amazing accommodation.
Our take on Etihad’s luxurious A380 flagship First Class Apartments. Australians have several options to access this Etihad product with frequent flyer points, and it’s worth well aiming for.
This lounge has beautiful features, tasty food and fast wifi, but it can get crowded in mornings when there are a lot of business travellers departing on international flights. Plus, a list of which Amex cards will get you access.
This shared alliance-wide lounge is spacious and light-filled, with above-average food and drink options, tarmac views and fast wifi – worth spending time in, if you have some to kill.
An exceptionally enjoyable and great value experience, Virgin Australia pulls out all the stops on routes lucky enough to carry the Airbus A330 ‘The Business’ cabin.