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August news and deals from Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels




PRIME POSITION: The Mantra Group has created a new position of Group Food and Beverage Manager for Peppers, BreakFree and Mantra, with the inaugural role being filled by former qualia General Manager Scott Robertson. Scott has received a warm welcome on the Gold Coast, where he has relocated for the new position. The new role will entail responsibility for all aspects of food and beverage operations within Mantra Group, including conferencing and events. Prior to his role on Hamilton Island, Scott has held senior positions with Sheraton Resorts in Fiji and Port Douglas.


MANAGEMENT TRIO: The picturesque Southern Highlands has welcomed three new managerial appointments for its two popular Peppers Retreats. Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest has welcomed Nicolette Wyers as the new General Manager, while Peppers Craigieburn in Bowral has Robyn Bautovich as its new General Manager and Mary Jane Wardrop as Conference Sales Manager.


NEW DAY DAWNS: Peppers The Sands Resort has welcomed Mark Day to the team as the new Business Development Manager. Having grown up in the Geelong region, Mark's local knowledge of the resort's location at the start of the iconic Great Ocean Road is second to none, not to mention his keen passion for sales and a drive for success. Mark has spent the last several years working for the Accor Group, after commencing his career at Mercure Geelong.

What's New:


SAVOUR THE MASTERCHEF FLAVOUR: Experience a taste of what beautiful Palm Cove has to offer through the talented eyes of MasterChef champion Adam Liaw. Indulge in superb cuisine at Peppers Beach Club & Spa's Lime & Pepper restaurant, prepared by MasterChef Series 2 winner Adam Liaw in collaboration with Lime & Pepper Executive Chef Jira Chantra. The resort will hold the Taste of MasterChef event on September 24 from 6.30pm, destined to be the holiday haven's essential culinary event of the year. For $150 per person, enjoy a sensational five-course degustation dinner bursting with fresh tropical produce with an Asian twist, accompanied with matching wines, all served around the resort's lagoon pool. Adam Liaw will personally introduce the ingredients and cooking methods to enhance the MasterChef inspired event. For bookings, RSVP by September 19 to Stacey Leigh on 07 4059 9200 or at stacey.leigh@peppers.com.au.


MASTERCHEF INSPIRED DEGUSTATION: Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Magnetic Island is inviting discerning diners to indulge in a delicious MasterChef inspired degustation event on Friday September 16. Priced at $135 per person, the seven-course food and wine degustation menu is not to be missed and includes a copy of the MasterChef Volume 2 cookbook to inspire cooking at home. The event commences at 6pm and will be held at the resort's Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar where renowned Executive Chef Rodney Smith will serve an outstanding menu featuring the freshest local produce. Call 07 4758 2407 or email events.blueonblue@peppers.com.au.


CRYSTAL CLEAR: Be captivated by crystals this month with a special offer for guests staying at the gorgeous Peppers Coorabell Retreat in the stunning Byron Hinterland. All guests at the retreat up until August 31 are granted free access to visit the nearby Crystal Castle (Wednesday to Friday) and marvel at how crystals can capture the purest of nature's beauty, or simply relax at the Lotus Cafe with stunning views. Call 02 6684 7348 or visit peppers.com.au. For information on Crystal Castle visit crystalcastle.com.au.


MASTERCHEF MAGIC: One of the Hunter Valley's most loved historical retreats, Peppers Guest House, has cooked up an amazing culinary event to satiate foodie fans to a standard of excellence befitting the hit television series. Peppers Guest House is bringing five of the region's best chefs together to each prepare their signature dish as part of an inspired five-course degustation for The 'Chefs of the Hunter MasterChef Dinner' on Friday, September 2, from 7pm in the renowned Restaurant Sanctuary. Enjoy personal introductions from each chef describing their unique dish, all matched to perfection by guest winemaker Jeff Byrne of Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. There's also a 'Wine Options Challenge' for a chance to win prizes including official MasterChef merchandise. Call 02 4993 8999 or email guesthouse@peppers.com.au.


ROMANCE BLOOMS FOR CHRISTCHURCH CHARITY: Married couples looking for a fun and unique way to give back to the Christchurch community can renew their vows at Peppers Clearwater Resort's group wedding celebration on Sunday 28 August. The resort is offering couples an irresistible opportunity to relive the happiest day of their lives for just $50 with $30 of the proceeds going to the Christchurch Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. On the day, each couple will receive a glass of champagne on arrival and after the ceremony, a rose and a photograph as a memento of the day followed by a group reception where they can enjoy wedding cake, canapés and music. Every couple that participates in the ceremony also goes into the draw for a complimentary overnight stay in a Lakefront Suite including breakfast and a bottle of bubbles. Call Annabel Black on +64 3360 1021.

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ESCAPE WINTER: Discover the magic of sunshine on a warm winter's day with a cocktail by the lagoon pool at the award-winning Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas, or perhaps by exploring the beautiful surroundings of Peppers Beach Club & Spa at Palm Cove. With both locations so easy to access from Cairns Airport, guests can indulge in a perfect blend of impeccable service, superb food, elegant accommodation and stunning locations within reach of the breathtaking World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Stay at either resort from $280* per night in a Spa Suite, plus stay for three nights and receive a fourth night's accommodation for free. Valid until 31/08/11. Minimum four night stay applies, with one free night per booking. Call 1300 737 444 or visit peppers.com.au.


ISLAND RACE WEEK: Magnetic Island and the crystal blue waters of Cleveland Bay will come alive this September with the festivities of Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week, featuring a fleet of around 85 boats, as well as the exciting addition of the fast paced F18 Catamarans Australian National Titles and a colourful Street Festival on the island. With a carnival like atmosphere, live entertainment, food and wine, market stalls and kids activities, it's a great time to stay at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort located right on the picturesque Magnetic Island Marina, offering all guests a complimentary hot buffet breakfast when staying over the Sunferries race week period September 1- 6. Minimum three night stay applies. Rates start from $215* per night for a Hotel Room. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.


LUXURY LODGE: Nothing beats a cosy getaway mid-winter, so the luxurious Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is offering an ideal short break to relax and unwind. Cuddle up with a good book and relax beside the fire in your villa or lounge of the main lodge, savour the tastes of the new menu at Ruffles Restaurant including a selection of hot desserts and head to Ruffles Day Spa for the sheer indulgence of treatments such as Hot Stone Massage Therapy to thoroughly warm your soul. From $370* per night, this package includes luxury accommodation and daily gourmet breakfast. Valid Sunday to Thursday nights and minimum 2 night stay applies. Valid to 20/12/11. Call 07 5546 7411 or visit peppers.com.au.

SPA IN STYLE: Relax, unwind and rejuvenate at Peppers Broadbeach, the pinnacle of cutting-edge accommodation, on their luxurious 'All About Your Experience' package. From $295* per room per night, guests can take some time out with a therapeutic treatment at Peppers Broadbeach's world-class endota spa before returning back to their spacious suite with panoramic views or exploring cosmopolitan Broadbeach. The package includes overnight accommodation in a One Bedroom Suite, one $60 spa treatment voucher per stay at endota spa, unlimited in-room movies and internet access, their superb pillow menu plus onsite parking and daily servicing. Valid until 31 March, 2012. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.


RELAXING BOUTIQUE RESORT: Enjoy a quiet weekend escape at Peppers Balé Salt at Kingscliff with a relaxing Luxury Package from $449* per night in a stylish One Bedroom Apartment, including buffet breakfast, unlimited in-house movies and broadband internet access, complimentary coffee, tea and newspapers in the foyer, evening turn down service and the resort's highly acclaimed executive concierge service. From a welcome drink and tasting plate on arrival, through to soothing aromatherapy oil and a gift for the children at night, guests will be enveloped in a caring culture of customer service at Peppers Balé Salt, renowned as an intimate hideaway for guests to enjoy privacy, personal service and luscious holiday options. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.

WOMEN'S WEEKEND: Mothers and daughters can strengthen their bonds during a weekend retreat of yoga, nutrition and spa treatments. Just south of Gold Coast Airport, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Resort at Kingscliff is welcoming mums and daughters from October 28 to 30 for a special retreat of 2 nights' accommodation, five yoga and meditation classes, two nutritional workshops, a Zumba class and an indulgent 50-minute pampering session at The Golden Door Spa. Guests also receive daily breakfast, a yoga mat, lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, unlimited in-room movies and broadband internet access and full use of the resort's leisure facilities. The weekend will be hosted by yoga therapist and former host of Yoga TV, Kris McIntyre, with nutritionist and author Michele Chevalley Hedge planning all meals to be prepared by the talented chefs at the resort's Season restaurant. Weekend packages start from $1076 in total (for both mother and daughter). No age restrictions except under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at The Golden Door Spa. For bookings call Jolene Napper at Salt Conferences & Events on 02 6670 5027 or email jolene.napper@conferencesandeventsatsalt.com.au.


GOURMET WINTER WARMER: Here's a gourmet package from Peppers Anchorage to warm your heart and whet your appetite! From $335* per night, your package includes overnight accommodation in an Anchorage Room, sumptuous buffet breakfast daily in Merretts Restaurant and a Winter Warmers gift box on arrival containing a delicious gourmet snack to enjoy of a thermos of soup for two, crunchy bread stick, chocolate brownies for dessert and a bottle of red wine to share. Guests can also get cosy with a scarf and beanie each, along with take-home cook book for some inspiration in the kitchen. Valid for travel to 30/09/11. Call 02 4984 2555 or visit peppers.com.au/anchorage.

TASTE OF MASTERCHEF: Peppers Anchorage is holding the MasterChef Delectable Desserts Masterclass on September 17 for $100* per person, serving up the top tips on desserts with Peppers Anchorage Pastry Chef Vanessa West. Beginning at 2pm with welcome drinks on arrival, Vanessa, whose passion for fine desserts will enthuse you to expand your dessert repertoire, will work with you to create several skilful desserts with a unique flair to turn heads, yet are easy to cook at home. To sweeten the memories, take home hand chosen recipes and Vanessa's personal touch - a dessert lover's sample bag. Stay for a relaxed foodie escape on September 17 at the tasteful waterfront resort of Peppers Anchorage from $275* per night in an Anchorage Room, including full use of the fabulous on-site facilities. Call 02 4984 2555, email anchorage@peppers.com.au or visit peppers.com.au.


HOT HIGHLANDS GETAWAY: Beat the chill with a getaway to Peppers Manor House in the beautiful Southern Highlands where you can cuddle up beside the roaring open fire in the baronial Great Hall, sample the stunning wines of the region and dine on divine cuisine. Grab a glass of rich shiraz from the Nookery bar and a good book and you'll feel like you've arrived home. Coupled with award-winning cuisine at Katers Restaurant, and an onsite endota spa offering a range of indulgent treatments, facials and massages, guests can truly find the R&R they need this winter. Stay at Peppers Manor House from $215* per night in a Cottage Room including breakfast, or at nearby delightful Peppers Craigieburn from $205* per night in a charming Elms Wing Room including breakfast. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Block-out dates and minimum stays may apply.
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