Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A star returns… To Caxton Street Catering

Just in time for the festive season, a true star-chef has returned to Caxton Street Catering. Seven years after leaving the nest and working at some of the best restaurants in Australia, Simon Pettigrew has returned as General Manager Catering. 

Owner Tom Burke said his return and appointment reflected Caxton Street Catering’s growth and diversity over the past seven years. “Welcoming Simon again to the Caxton Street Catering family opens a world of possibilities for our clients, we are very excited.”

Caxton Street Catering is recognised as one of Australia’s leading food designers and creators, taking the notion of catering far beyond the box. Brisbane-headquartered the business has partnered with some of the world’s biggest names – Cirque Soleil, while Bulgari, Gucci, The Paris Opera Ballet and hundreds more customers from round the country call them a partner.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Merlo Showcases World’s Rarest Bean for December

Considered the Rolls Royce of coffee, Kopi Luwak is the rarest and most fabled coffee in the world, and during December, Merlo Coffee will showcase this most extravagant cup of Joe as part of the popular Bean of the Month initiative.

According to the coffee guru’s at Merlo, Kopi Luwak – more commonly known as cat poo coffee made from the droppings of the Asian feline breed, Palm Civet – is a fine blend even it its origins, well, stink. Merlo has saved the most expensive - and excremental – single origin coffee for last!

A tin of the prestigious Kopi Luwak from Sumatra, is priced from $65.00 for 125g and is roasted in small amounts to preserve its freshness with larger amounts being made to order, making it a truly thoughtful gift for absolute coffee connoisseurs or for those that have everything.

Coffee experimenters and enthusiasts can also purchase a takeaway coffee (Regular $10; Large $15), or sit down instore at any Barmerlo or at the Southport and Springfield Torrefaziones (Espresso $7; Standard $10; Double Strength & Mug $15) to get the full experience.

Poured as a short black, Kopi Luwak has a bouquet of caramel and cinnamon. On the palate the arabica bean has a clean, smooth flavour and tastes of cacao, caramel and a hint of berries and lingers for a long time. As a flat white, the coffee aroma has almost disappeared, but the resulting taste is clean and smooth on the palate.

Chief Espresso Officer, Dean Merlo said being able to showcase Kopi Luwak as the December Bean of the Month was an absolute coup for South East Queensland.

“This is the holy grail of coffees. Everyone at Merlo is so excited at having the beans here, roasting them ourselves and indulging. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this bean,” he said.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Skydive into your Wedding Ceremony

Want something extreme for your wedding day that’ll act as the cherry on the cake? Freemanx Weddings can organise for you to skydive straight into your own ceremony. This is really quite a spectacular prospect and will make your wedding day one that you and everyone else will never forget!

After a short training session of approximately 15 minutes covering the equipment, freefall techniques, how to exit the aircraft and what to expect on your skydive, you will accompany your Instructor in the aircraft and ascend to height. While climbing you’ll enjoy the amazing views below.

You will be securely harnessed to your instructor and ready for the thrill of a lifetime. As you take your first breath of air in freefall you will be absolutely amazed, it’s not like falling its more like flying and the view is incredible. You whiz past huge white clouds on your rush back to earth and as you hit terminal velocity you are travelling at an amazing 200kms per hour. You will feel exhilaration like nothing you have ever felt before and you will wish it could go on forever!

You can choose to jump from a helicopter (QLD only) or a plane. Skydiving into your ceremony is available 7 days a week and Freemanx Weddings only need about 2 weeks notice. Your aircraft can take 3 people, you may choose to just jump as bride or groom - or maybe drag a bride’s maid or grooms man up with you.

Freemanx Weddings have tailored the tandem skydiving experience for weddings by accommodating the wearing of a wedding gown while jumping, and arranging for you to land as close as 20 metres to your wedding aisle!

Visit Freemanx Weddings for more information on this spectacular and extreme wedding ceremony idea!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Paradise Bay Eco Escape

Congratulations to Paradise Bay Eco Escape, who have won a multitude of awards at the Whitsunday Tourism awards this year, winning ‘Best Hosted Accommodation', the 'Steve Irwin Award for Eco Tourism' and the ‘Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism'.

Paradise Bay Eco Escape, located on the secluded southern tip of Long Island, is a blend of eco and luxury - offering a romantic and environmentally friendly honeymoon getaway. 

Paradise Bay Eco Escape is truly a secluded and tranquil getaway, with a maximum of 20 guests at a time, no children, no day visitors, no mobile phone coverage and no internet!

The resort offers private sailing and expedition boats for you to explore the Whitsundays, gourmet meals with carefully selected matching wines and a fabulous location with 1215 hectares of pristine National Park wilderness!

Friday, November 12, 2010

x&y Bar Pays Tribute to Powderfinger

Brisbane’s x&y bar – the little bar in Ann Street which has recently taken out Best Music Offering and Nightclub of the Year at the Australian Bartender Magazine’s Australian Bar Awards – is honouring the final farewell concerts of iconic rock band Powderfinger THIS WEEKEND with four “fingertails” (cocktails) and no apologies!

The award-winning, but anti-establishment bar has announced the four “fingertails” to be Odyssey # 5, Belter, My/Your Happiness and Like A Dog and a percentage of all ‘fingertails’ sold will be donated to Youngcare.

x&y bar co-owner Pete Eldon said the four drinks would feature Queensland inspired mixers that parallel Powderfinger – raw, gritty, honest and classic. In addition, anyone showing a Powderfinger concert ticket will get express entry at x&y bar – “we are giving Powderfinger fans the chance to give us the finger at the door, and the finger to the queue too!” he said.

“Powderfinger is the poster child for Queensland’s music scene, they grew up and got their musical inspiration from this city and this state, and they make no apologies for who they are, the music they play and where they play it. We respect that and this weekend it’s our chance – as a venue which nurtures new and emerging musical talent – to pay tribute to one of the great rocks bands of our generation. Of course there’s an open welcome to all the ‘Finger boys to come in and make themselves at home at any time,” he said.

“The Fortitude Valley Walk of Fame, which features the boys among other musical greats, made us really think about how we can honour this end of an era………. It makes us excited about what we can do when Regurgitator calls it a day!!!”.

The four “Fingertails” will be available at x&y bar this Friday and Saturday nights, with Powderfinger tickets holders getting express entry….. and a little something special when they order a Fingertail!!!

After recently being crowned Australia’s Best Music Offering at the prestigious Australian Bartender Magazine’s Australian Bar Awards, Brisbane’s independently owned bar x&y in Ann Street, Fortitude Valley has also grabbed another national nod – taking out a Highly Commended for Nightclub of the Year at last night’s ALIA Awards, a close second to the famous Hugo’s of Sydney. Home to emerging music, two boutique bars, a family of superb bar staff and an old school attitude of all welcome, x&y bar has just turned one.

Visit x&y bar

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Weddings at Daydream Island Resort and Spa

Your most exotic of wedding daydreams can become a reality at Daydream Island Resort and Spa. This multi award-winning Resort, located in the heart of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, offers a world of possibility for Whitsundays destination wedding. 

With Daydream there are just three main decisions that you will need to make,  then it’s as easy as letting the experienced Wedding Coordinators help you the rest of the way.
First you will need to pick a package - you can choose from either an Essentials or an Indulgence Package.

Then comes the hard part of choosing a Ceremony location. This could be either at the amazing Endeavour Chapel or at one of Daydream Island's pristine beaches - all the options are simply breathtaking!

Then it’s time to start thinking about celebrating! Daydream has a range of different reception venues you can choose from, which you can find in "Your Daydream Reception". All you need to do is pick your preferred venue.

After you have made your choices for package, ceremony location and reception venue, your coordinator will help you with the meal and drink options, flowers, décor, music and much more

For your Honeymoon, Daydream offers affordable luxury with 296 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, with stunning ocean or rainforest views.

Visit www.daydreamisland.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hayman to Introduce Luxurious New Beach Villas

The Bride's Diary is very excited! One of our favourite Whitsundays' resorts, Hayman, is set to introduce new levels of international resort excellence with the unveiling of an exclusive collection of magnificent Beach Villas at the premier Great Barrier Reef private island destination.

The perfect combination of luxury and serenity for your honeymoon, the eight absolute beachfront Villas, on the shores of Hayman, will open in December 2010. The Villas will offer breathtaking uninterrupted views of the sparkling Coral Sea and beyond with unsurpassed interior appointments.

Hayman owning company, Mulpha Australia has engaged internationally renowned architect, Kerry Hill, to design each Villa, which will provide 120 square metres of sheer luxury, including a stunning private pool.

This significant project for Hayman is part of a major upgrade program throughout the resort which includes the scheduled completion and delivery in 2010 of the first Kerry Hill-designed Hayman Private Residence, which is being anticipated to redefine lifestyle home ownership.

Mulpha Head of Hotel Investment and Hayman Managing Director, Lloyd Donaldson, who is overseeing the current projects, said the eagerly awaited opening of the new Beach Villas was evidence of a commitment to ensure Hayman maintained its position as one of the most celebrated private island resorts in a competitive world market.

"This is a milestone period as Hayman celebrates 60 years as a leading tourism destination welcoming guests to enjoy a unique and memorable resort and reef experience." Mr Donaldson said.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa

Get ready for an outstanding holiday. Eco-certified Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa, Coconut Beach offers a truly unique and eco-friendly accommodation experience set amongst the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy the peace with no telephones and televisions for a true escape from the world. You'll find no better place to escape, relax and refresh in the natural surrounds.

Located just 90 minutes drive from Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation is one of nature's true paradises, and you will be holidaying in one of the world's most remarkable environments. Both the Daintree and The Great Barrier Reef are World Heritage listed sites. The ancient forests of the Daintree are home to 85 of the world's 120 rarest species of plants, and thrive with native fauna - a living museum that has barely changed over thousands of years. The Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral formation, comprised of nearly 3000 separate reefs, made up of 400 different kinds of coral. Its waters teem with spectacular marine life. Scuba diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking, 4WD trips, horse rides, rainforest walks and crocodile cruises are just some of the adventures we offer.

What's more, with all these opportunities at your doorstep, at Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa you'll be holidaying at one with nature. Our guests unwind in the most exquisite of natural surroundings without sacrificing anything in the way of comfort. You will find your accommodation dotted through the rainforest amidst wild surrounds, offering private rainforest views with easy access to the white-sands of Coconut Beach itself. The complex reef systems, just metres from the beach, extend to Mackay and Undine Reefs, only 25 minutes offshore.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Peninsula Airlie Beach

Peninsula Airlie Beach is unique: five-star self-contained apartments and penthouses, occupying a rare and highly-prized, absolute waterfront position.

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the breathtaking tropical location allows you to explore the picturesque beauty of the Whitsunday region in a seemingly endless variety of ways.

Spacious and stylish, the generously proportioned apartments are private and secluded, elegantly appointed, five-star rated, luxuriously furnished and fully self-contained.


Friday, November 5, 2010

A Luxurious Tropical Escape at Toscana Village Resort

Toscana Village Resort is luxurious accommodation in Airlie Beach, ideally situated right in the heart of the tourist strip. 27 Villas all with luxury villa apartment have unsurpassed views north over the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday passage to Hayman Island and beyond.

The elegantly appointed two and three bedroom apartments accommodate up to eight persons. For the most deserved tropical holiday escape and all your comfort considered, the air-conditioned villas offer two bathrooms, separate lounge/dining, fully equipped spacious kitchen, laundry and lockup garage.

The three bedroom villas have two queen size bedrooms plus a twin room and a queen size sofa bed, while the others have a queen size bedroom, a twin room and a sofa bed.

In addition there are two, two bedroom villas with hot tubs on their private rooftop terraces and a two bedroom penthouse with spa bath.

Private balconies offer ample room for entertaining while taking in the exquisite view. Toscana village provides for your convenience direct dial ISD and STD phone facilities, phone network, mini-bar and satellite TV. A secretarial service is available through the office.

Toscana Village Resort is ideally situated with shops, other restaurants, nightclubs and beach all within a leisurely five minute stroll. The resort has four swimming pools, including turbo and kiddies pool with waterfall features and barbecue area.

Visit www.toscanaresort.com 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pinnacles Resort & Spa

Multi Award Winning Pinnacles Resort & Spa is the ultimate in 5 star luxury fully self-contained accommodation with magnificent Coral Sea views.

Each two & three bedroom apartment has its own Jacuzzi built into a large terrace while each one bedroom has its own inside spa tub. Indulge yourself at Pinnacles Resort & Spa, ideally set in tropical landscaped gardens, offering easy access to the cosmopolitan town of Airlie Beach with its wide variety of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The Whitsunday Islands, which are one of Australia’s foremost ideal holiday destinations, are right on the doorstep.

Enjoy the splendour of the Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise or Sail the pristine waters of the Whitsunday Islands, take a snorkel or dive trip aboard one of the vessels that departs Airlie Beach, or just relax and spend the day by the pool overlooking the township of Airlie Beach and out into the Coral Sea or pamper yourself at the on-site Day Spa.

Pinnacles Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia. Located approximately 1125km north of Brisbane (12 hour drive) and 725km south of Cairns (8 hour drive). With daily Virgin Blue and Jet star flights into the Whitsunday Coast Airport (approx 35km) and into Hamilton Island (30min ferry trip), a holiday to The Whitsunday Islands is easier than ever before.

The stylish Queensland Tropical fully self-contained luxury apartments are unique and tastefully decorated; 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments all have a spa, King Size bed. Whatever your holiday requirements, Pinnacles Resort and Spa will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one. The emphasis is on relaxation and pampering in a tranquil environment.

• Day Spa on-site
• 20 metre heated Wet Edge ozone pool
• 1, 2, 3 bedroom apartments all have a spa, king size bed and large terraces.
• Sauna and Gymnasium
• Air conditioning
• Ceiling Fans
• Undercover Parking
• Tour desk
• Pay TV
• Easy access to cosmopolitan Airlie Beach
• Packages Available: Honeymoon, Romantic, Day Spa, Couples, Families, Groups, Corporate & Seasonal rates.

Visit www.pinnaclesresort.com 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Belle Flowers

Belle Flowers have perfected the process of planning, preparing and producing floral arrangements for your wedding day, so that it runs smoothly and you get exactly what you want. Belle Flowers recommend that you head in to their studio to discuss your ideas over tea or coffee. Make an appointment with one of their senior bridal consultants on 1300 927 917. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bridal Shower High Tea at Palazzo Versace

Indulge the latest trend in wedding showers by hosting a very chic ‘high tea’ at the ultimate High Tea venue - the Palazzo Versace.

At the heart of the hotel is Le Jardin, the hotel's lobby bar - a classic venue with glitering crystal, vaulted ceilings, hand crafted mosaics, all presented with the azure Australian sky and the deep blue broadwater as a backdrop. Utterly perfect for hosting a glamorous high tea wedding shower!

There are several High Tea packages to indulge in at Palazzo Versace...

• $34.00 per person - Scones with jam and cream, selected cakes and finger sandwiches together with your choice of tea or coffee

• $43.00 per person - Scones with jam and cream, selected cakes and finger sandwiches together with a glass of NV Domaine Chandon sparkling wine and your choice of tea or coffee

• $60.00 per person - Scones with jam and cream, selected cakes and finger sandwiches together with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Champagne and your choice of tea or coffee

High tea service runs daily in Le Jardin Lobby Bar from 11am until 5pm. Reservations are not required unless there are over eight guests.

Group bookings of more than eight guests are required and a table will be reserved in Il Barocco Restaurant from 1pm until 4pm.

To make a reservation, please contact Tamara Sidwell on 07 5509 8000 or email adm1@palazzoverace.com

Visit www.palazzoversace.com.au