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PEPPERS TRAVEL BRIEFS JULY

HUNTER VALLEY, NSW

NAME OF THE GAME: Peppers Guest House is having a double celebration with news that it's former restaurant Chez Pok, has been awarded "Best Restaurant in a Hotel" for the Hunter Region, at the Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. The award is nominated by the public and judged under a mystery shopper program, and now Chez Pok will go on to the state awards. This is great news for the restaurant's legacy at the retreat, which has now changed the name to Sanctuary Restaurant, marking a new age of exquisite dining and service for guests and locals alike, complete with a fresh refurbishment and direction.

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, NSW

PROUD AS PUNCH: At the beginning of July the Craigieburn Resort in beautiful Bowral was officially fully branded as a Peppers retreat to now be known as 'Peppers Craigieburn'. During 2009, Craigieburn's centenary year, the retreat underwent a major million dollar refurbishment including all guest rooms and function spaces. Rien Donkin is the General Manager at Peppers Craigieburn and is looking forward to running and marketing the property as a Peppers retreat.

HEPBURN SPRINGS, VIC

TASTEFUL ADDITION: Queensland's loss is a most welcome gain for Peppers Springs Retreat & Mineral Spa at Hepburn Springs, with award-winning chef, John Paul Fiechtner, taking over the kitchen at the retreat's on-site restaurant DECO. The former Dubai private country club and Spicer's Peak Lodge chef will be emphasising seasonal and local/organic produce, letting the ingredients do the talking. John Paul plans to move DECO into a new and contemporary direction with tasting style menus.

ROTORUA, NZ

LATEST IN LUXURY: Peppers on the Point in Rotorua has entered the hall of fame of luxury accommodation with its recent membership into the prestigious Luxury Lodge Group of New Zealand. This stunning lodge is only one of 19 accommodation venues in this highly regarded group of the finest 5 Star and Exclusive Luxury Lodges in New Zealand. Peppers on the Point General Manager David Smail says it is an honour to receive such a prestigious accolade. "The calibre of the properties in the Luxury Lodge Group is incredibly high and to be recognised is testament to the high standards that Peppers on the Point strives for." Peppers on the Point offers guests a beautiful, intimate retreat location with world-class cuisine to compliment exceptional hospitality, all the while surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua with spectacular views to the historic Mokoia Island.

MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC

HIGH FLYERS: Peppers Moonah Links REsort has formed a new relationship with the Melbourne-based Helicopter Company, which is now promoting scenic tours of the Peninsula and surrounding areas, flying out of Moonah Links,  the southern most helicopter landing point on the Mornington Peninsula. The tours will incorporate flights over Point Nepean National Park and historical sites, over the Heads of Port Phillip Bay and across to Queenscliff and beyond. Whether it be a fantastic  incentive or reward for conference delegates, or a unique experience to share with someone special, call 03 5988 2000 or visit www.peppers.com.au
 
HOT DEALS

TORQUAY, VIC

WEDDING PLANS: A Wedding Open Day at Peppers The Sands Resort, is expected to reveal just how beautiful that special day can become, when using the gorgeous grounds and facilities of the property, at 2 Sands Boulevard, Torquay - the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Brides-to-be, future grooms, wedding planners and family and friends are all welcome on Saturday July 25, from 12-4pm, to discover just what this prime location can offer, perched atop the north headland of Torquay surrounded by an 18-hole championship golf course. For enquiries please contact Wedding Coordinator, Samala, on 03 5264 3338 or email: samala.donald@peppers.com.au . Why not stay awhile and explore the region, with a Peppers Mini Break package from $171* per room per night, valid for a minimum of two nights. Or consider the Stay and Play package, which includes overnight accommodation with full hot breakfast and Green Fees for 18 holes and a motorised cart, from $347* per room per night. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au

GOLD COAST HINTERLAND, QLD

JAZZ IN JULY: Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa in the gorgeous  Gold Coast Hinterland is holding a Jazz in July weekend retreat from Friday, July 30, to Sunday, August 1.  Enjoy vibrant melodies from Jazz group 'Mood Swings' as well as big band, music theatre, rock, pop, country and cabaret vibes, and a five-course degustation dinner on the Saturday, full breakfast each morning, evening turndown service and a $25 Day Spa Voucher per person. The package also includes two nights luxury accommodation from $1510 in the Treehouse Pool Villas, each with a log fireplace and private spa bath, from $1210 in a Garden Villa or Chums Spa Villa, or from $2580 for four guests staying in a two bedroom Executive Suite. Call 07 5546 7411 or email ruffleslodge@peppers.com.au

DELORAINE, TAS

WINTER GETAWAY: Escape this winter to Peppers Calstock for an indulgent winter getaway at this historic Georgian mansion, including two nights accommodation in a Garden Queen Room, full breakfast each morning and a three-course set dinner on one evening for two people. It's the ultimate in romance from $365* per couple per night. Valid throughout August. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au/Calstock

FRASER COAST, QLD

WHALE WATCHING: July 17 marks the launch of the amazing Hervey Bay Whale Watch Season, where it's possible to view these magnificent creatures frolicking in the shallow waters as they pass by between July and September. While in Hervey Bay, stay in style at Peppers Pier Resort, which is offering one bedroom from $177* per night, with many balconies providing a unique vantage point of the Great sandy Straight and Fraser Island. For more information visit  http://www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au. For bookings call 07 4194 9700 or visit  www.peppers.com.au/pier-resort.

LAKE TEKAPO, NZ

WHITE CHRISTMAS: Peppers Bluewater Resort is celebrating mid-winter Christmas, with the bonus of a picturesque snowy backdrop thanks to the resort's amazing location surrounded by the spectacular Southern Alps. For $35 per person, all guests can enjoy a tempting Christmas menu, ranging from Soup de Jour to a traditional Roast Platter served to the table and choices of chocolate fondant or Christmas pudding, served with brandy custard. If calling from New Zealand, please phone 0800 680 570 or visit www.peppers.co.nz

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, NSW

SAY CHEESE: Escape to Peppers Craigieburn and indulge in a Cabernet and Camembert package, which includes overnight accommodation in an Elms Wing Room, full buffet breakfast, scrumptious cheese platter and two glasses of wine on arrival, all from $199* per night. Call 02 4862 8000 or email craigieburn.reception@peppers.com.au

PORT STEPHENS, NSW

WHALES AHOY: It's that time of year again when whales start to play in the bay on their way from Antarctica, so make the most of the whale watching season and stay at Peppers Anchorage from $219* per room per night, in an Anchorage Room with full breakfast. Add a whale watching cruise from $60 per adult or $30 per child, which includes tea and coffee on board, and motion sickness tablets. Valid for sale and travel to September 30. For full terms and conditions visit peppers.com.au or call 02 4984 2555.

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ

PUTTIN' ON THE GLITZ: Fashion and beauty are forever in style, so the luxurious Peppers Clearwater Resort is combining the two for a night of glitz and glamour on July 24. Guests who stay at the resort that evening with a Cleopatra Indulgence Package will have a divine time enjoying everything from personal pampering to international fashion extravagance. The packages start from $195* per night and include free entry to a fashion show by New Zealand's leading fashion designer Ashley Fogel, canapes and drinks, an arrival platter, premium accommodation in a stylish modern apartment and a complimentary upgrade (subject to availability), a milk bath to relax and unwind, followed by a hot breakfast for two the next morning. Stay between July 24 and August 31, and also go into a draw to win a $1000 Ashley Fogel wardrobe courtesy of Ballantynes department store. Set in one of the South Island's most picturesque locations, against the crystal blue waters of Lake Kaikainui, Peppers Clearwater Resort makes for the perfect fashion escape. Call 0800 575 373 or visit http://www.peppers.co.nz/clearwater/packages/.

ROTORUA, NZ

RECOVER & REJUVENATE: Peppers on the Point has created a new package for post sporting event relaxation, keeping in mind that Rotorua hosts many sporting events throughout the year including the Fletcher Marathon and World Mountain Biking Championships, not to mention nearby Taupo hosting many events such as the New Zealand Iron Man. Whether running or walking the marathon, mountain biking to extreme or just the need for a break from business to recharge the batteries, the Recovery Package for two includes two nights in a luxury Lakeside Suite, full breakfast each morning, gourmet dinner on one evening, and two 90-minute massages. From $1835NZ per couple  until September 31, 2010, or $2400NZ per couple from  October 1 to March 31, 2011.
Call +64 7 348 4868 or email onthepoint@peppers.co.nz  
* Conditions, minimum stays and blockout periods apply. Subject to change and availability