PIL­LOW TALK

De­li­cious news from the culi­nary world Hot ho­tel open­ings across the coun­try

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CITY SLICKER

As Perth en­joys an as­ton­ish­ing con­struc­tion boom, its lat­est open­ing brings a slick, sleek ho­tel to The Springs River­vale, an ur­ban re­newal project along the east­ern bank of the Swan River. Aloft Perth, part of Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s hip Aloft brand, fea­tures 224 rooms with free wi-fi, rain show­ers, and lo­cally sourced live mu­sic, art and cof­fee – but of course. aloft­perth.com

A track wind­ing back

As far away as you can get from one city (Syd­ney) with­out start­ing to head into an­other city (Mel­bourne), the half­way point of Gunda­gai is an ideal place to hide from both. Kimo Es­tate is set on 7000 hectares of work­ing farm, and although its cen­tury-old work­ers’ cot­tages make for a charm­ing stay, it is the luxe, ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed, so­lar-pow­ered eco-huts, with sweep­ing 360-de­gree views of the Mur­rumbidgee flats that scream (or is it whis­per?) ‘get away from it all’. ki­moes­tate.com

A WHOLE NEW RAE OF SUN­SHINE

Even the best of us need a de­clut­ter some­times, and that in­cludes award-win­ning By­ron Bay, ul­tra-lux­ury prop­erty Rae’s on Wategos. Syd­ney in­te­rior de­signer Tam­sin John­son whisked away the old velvet and suede deca­dence and has in­stalled, in­stead, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as sand­stone, bam­boo, linen and rat­tan, dip-dyed con­crete bed­side tables, breezy white shut­ters and be­spoke fur­nish­ings. Next on the agenda is a re­furb of the on-site restau­rant. raes.com.au

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