Westin is bringing its Heavenly Spa concept to Australia for the first time when its $20 million hotel opens in Brisbane on November 8. The spa is part of a two-floor wellness centre with fitness studio and pool next door where stretch and balance classes will be on offer. For those less fitness-inclined, it will also have Brisbane’s only swim-up bar. Guests can also go for a run with the hotel’s “run concierge”. The 299-room hotel – part of the Mary Lane development – is opening with a lead-in rate of $249 plus a $40 voucher for the hotel’s four bars and restaurants, spa or on a room upgrade.
SWIM THE OVERPASS
A pool on a pedestrian bridge between two buildings is a design feature of a hotel announced for Adelaide in 2020. Guests at the Vibe will be able to swim between the hotel and an apartment building which is also part of the Flinders St precincts in the eastern quarter of the city.
The hotel is to be set in an 18-storey glassfronted tower with rooftop restaurant and bar. The announcement follows the opening of the Vibe Hotel North Sydney in April, with hotels in Queen St, Melbourne; Argyle St in Hobart; and Darling Harbour, Sydney, all under construction.
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LONGEST SEA BRIDGE
To another bridge, but this one on a much, much bigger scale. The world’s longest bridge and tunnel sea-crossing, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, is now open. At 55km, the bridge spans the sea from an artificial island near Hong Kong International Airport to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. It’s 20 times longer than San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel towers. Hong Kong tourism officials say the bridge will make it easier to access attractions such as St Paul’s in Macau; the Statue of Fisher Girl in Zhuhai; the Kaiping Diaolou and the Seven Star Crags in Zhaoqing. Travellers will use a bus to cross the bridge.
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SAVE KIWI MONTH
September 22 is World Rhino Day, October 22 International Sloth Day, and August 12 World Elephant Day. But across the Tasman, New Zealand has a whole month for its national bird. November is Save Kiwi Month, dedicated to turning around a decline in the tiny birds’ population, and to get the ball rolling an eightmonth-old western brown kiwi chick has been released at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, near Hamilton on the North Island. The sanctuary, New Zealand’s largest predator-proof-fenced sanctuary, already has 100 kiwis and will get 500 more over the next five years. It’s open to visitors. SANCTUARYMOUNTAIN.CO.NZ