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Travel news & briefs Peppers September


WARM WELCOME: There's a new General Manager on his way to join the Tropical North Queensland Peppers team ... Russell Birrell. A well experienced and respected senior General Manager on the Sunshine Coast for some time, Russell will join Peppers Beach Club & Spa in Palm Cove as General Manager from September 27.


SEEING RED: Simply Red's Farewell Tour is coming to the Southern Highlands on October 4, where singer Mick Hucknall and band are saying their farewell with a fabulous concert as part of the series of concerts. 'A day on the green'. Peppers Manor House, which this month will undergo an improvement with a new endota spa on offer to guests, is the ideal and convenient concert accommodation. Call Peppers Manor House on 02 4860 3111 or visit www.peppers.com.au/manor-house


FRIENDLY FACE: Robyn Bautovich has been appointed to the role of new General Manager at the idyllic Peppers Palm Bay. Most recently, Robyn has been working in Vietnam for Life Resorts, which specialise in wellness retreats and boutique hotels, making her ideally suited  for the role at Peppers Palm Bay with its tropical and intimate service offering. Robyn's experience in accommodation management stretches 15 years with management roles on island resorts in the Whitsundays and CBD hotels in Brisbane, through to international hotels and resorts in Thailand and Vietnam.


LIFE'S A PICNIC: The popular Peppers Salt Resort & Spa at Kingscliff has a new range of indulgent activities on offer to guests; including a picnic hamper to take away to share at your own pace - whether it be during a stroll through Salt Village, exploring the cycle tracks and walkways along the beaches, rivers and creeks, watching the waves roll in or sitting in the lush green parklands that surround the village. Picnic hampers include bike hire, a picnic rug and a packed lunch offering fresh salad rolls, home-made muffins, snacks and juice. Call 02 6674 777 or visit www.peppers.com.au/salt

NEW & IMPROVED: Roughies Restaurant & Bar at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa is undergoing exciting renovations this month for improvements for guests, including expanding the capacity from the former 110 guests to up to 500 guests for breakfast during peak periods, over several sittings. Works hope to be completed by the early part of the NSW Spring School Holidays, which begin on September 27.

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RETREAT REFRESHED: Peppers has expanded with the launch of Peppers Coorabell Retreat in NSW's Byron Hinterland. The tranquil rainforest retreat where guests can spot wildlife such as koalas and platypus, has been managed by Mantra Group since December 2004. Formerly known as Casuarina Lodge, it officially became Peppers Coorabell Retreat this month after the completion of a substantial refurbishment program, which Mantra Group chief executive officer Bob East said has transformed the property. Located just an hour south of Gold Coast Airport and two hours south of Brisbane's Domestic and International Airports, Peppers Coorabell Retreat offers 18 tastefully decorated Rainforest and Hinterland View Suites. Not to mention offering guests a taste of local produce such as ginger, cranberry and honey nectar, locally brewed beers, Chai syrup and home-made jams from fruit on-site. To mark the name change, the retreat has a special rate of $200 per night including breakfast, valid for travel until December 12. Call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au

LET'S GET SPIRITUAL: Peppers is playing host to a self-awareness event in November with the Sovereign Journey, a Spiritual Retreat covering such topics as self-healing, increasing your soul's energy and gaining a better understanding of your genetics and connections in your family tree. Enjoy the retreat's program and workshops from November 12 to 14 while staying at Peppers Coorabell Retreat (formerly known as Casuarina Lodge) in the peaceful Byron Hinterland, with a package for earlybird bookings before October 22 that includes all accommodation, food and activities from $565* Twin Share from Friday to Sunday, and from $765* for Single accommodation from Friday through to Sunday. To book call 02 6684 7348 or email coorabellretreat@peppers.com.au


WHALES AHOY! Take the kids whale watching these school holidays at Hervey Bay, where whales and their calves frolic each year in the calm and safe waters for all to see. Peppers Pier Resort at Hervey Bay has devised a great value package that combines school holidays with whale watching. The Whale Watching Family package from $331* per night includes a 2 bedroom Suite, a Half Day Whale Watching Tour for 2 adults & 2 children (aged 4 to 14 years) with Quick Cat II with Hervey Bay Whale Watch, which has won multiple tourism awards. Or there's a Room Only package of 1 bedroom from $177* per night. Call 07 4194 9700 or visit www.peppers.com.au/pier-resort . For whale-watching cruises visit www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au


BEND AND STRETCH: There's nothing better than combining some self improvement with beautiful surroundings, so the Rest and Restore Yoga Retreat at Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa is welcoming guests for the event from October 18 to 20 with a great rate. From $1116* per person twin share, stay in a Garden or Chums Spa Villa and enjoy the program with qualified yoga instructor Tracy Whitton. Learn practical techniques including restorative yoga poses, meditation and pranayama breathing awareness techniques, plus there's  free time to visit Ruffles Day Spa for an indulgent treatment. Price includes two nights luxury accommodation, fruit platter on arrival, freshly prepared nutritious meals, 3-day yoga program, evening turn down service and $100 Ruffles Day Spa Voucher. Save 10 per cent if booking by September 15. Call 07 5546 7411 or visit peppers.com.au/ruffles-lodge

SPRING SENSATIONS: Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa has announced a selection of September-only special day spa treatments to help with detoxification and brightening up for Spring. These include some sensational experiences, such as the 75-minute 'Purifying Marine Body Wrap' for $125 (normally $175), the 2.5-hour 'Body Bliss' treatment for $225 (normally $295), and new treatments for men including the 125-minute 'Mankind' Foot Bath, Back scrub, Deep Release Back Massage and Express Facial for $199, and the 90-minute 'Ahead of the rest'  performance facial for $139. Couples can share the Indulgent Getaway package from $420 per couple per night for a Garden Villa with 180 degree views, fruit platter on arrival, gourmet breakfast and turndown service including chocolates and port. Two night minimum stay is required on Saturday nights. Call 07 5546 7411 or visit peppers.com.au/ruffles-lodge


TULIP TIME: It's tulip time in the Southern Highlands with the 14-day Tulip Time Festival from September 21 to October 4 this year. Visit the amazing floral displays and stay in style with the Tulip Time package at the charming Peppers Manor House,. From $246* per couple per night including accommodation and breakfast for two. Call 02 4860 3111 or visit www.peppers.com.au/manor-house

HIGH TEA: Not only can you marvel at the magnificent blooms and display gardens across the Southern Highlands thanks to the Tulip Time Festival from September 21 to October 4, but the ambient Peppers Craigieburn retreat is offering a High Tea amongst the Tulips package where guests can experience accommodation in an Elms Wing Room from $259* per couple per night, and also share breakfast for two and a High Tea for two, served in the country gardens if you desire. Call 02 4862 8000 or visit www.peppers.com.au/craigieburn . Valid for travel to October 30,  2010.


FREE NIGHT: Now is the ideal time to stretch out and relax at Magnetic Island, without stretching the budget too far, on a great deal from Peppers Blue on Blue Resort where four nights come for the price of three. Until December 24, 2010, guests booking four nights in a hotel room from $203* per room per night will only pay for three nights, Located on the waters edge overlooking a private marina, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort offers the perfect combination of luxury suites and apartments, gourmet food, impeccable service and an idyllic island location with national parks, tropical beaches and bays. Call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au.


SEASONAL SPECIAL: Escape to Peppers Calstock this September for an indulgent getaway including 2 nights accommodation in a garden queen room, full breakfast each morning and a 3-course set dinner on one evening for two people. From $365* per couple per night. Call 1300 987 600 or visit  www.peppers.com.au/calstock/packages


FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS: Escape to the Hunter Valley with our Spring Sanctuary packages delivering boutique accommodation, world class dining, and a visit to the stunning Hunter Valley Gardens spanning over 60 acres with 10 feature gardens. The package includes accommodation in a Vintage or Classic Room, breakfast each morning, dinner for two, and complimentary entry to Hunter Valley Gardens for two people. Priced from $449* midweek including overnight accommodation, and from $792* for 2 nights at weekends. Add another night from $225* per couple, including breakfast. Call 02 4993 8999 or email guesthouse@peppers.com.au


FAMILY FUN: Spring into the school holidays at Peppers Anchorage where families can find the perfect Spring break away with Peppers Anchorage. The school holiday offer on sale during September lets kids aged between 3 and 12 eat free* (conditions apply) during the holidays from September 24 to October 8, and includes accommodation from $185* per night in an Anchorage Room, for travel up until December 23. Also coming up at Peppers Anchorage is the Wine Makers Degustation Dinner in Merrett's Restaurant on September 18, for $130*, and the Mussels & Murray's Boardwalk Dinner, on the boardwalk of the resort marina, on October 22, for $60*. To book accommodation or events call 02 4984 2555, go to www.peppers.com.au/anchorage .


GETWAY BONUS: Peppers retreats and resorts throughout magnificent New Zealand are all offering Springtime/Summer packages where guests receive a bonus of one free night's accommodation. Stay four nights, but only pay for three, for travel from October 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011*. With each property boasting spectacular settings from the mountains to the waterfront, choose from Peppers Clearwater Resort in Christchurch from NZ$252* per night in a Lakeside Room, Peppers Beacon in Queenstown from NZ$253* per night in a Hotel Room, Peppers on the Point at Lake Rotorua from NZ$1182* per night in a Lodge Suite with daily breakfast for two, or Peppers Martinborough Hotel in Martinborough from NZ$327* per night in a Garden Room. Or stay for three nights and only pay for two, at Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo, from NZ$323* per night in a One Bedroom Villa. Call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.co.nz

* Conditions, minimum stays and block-out periods apply. Subject to change and availability