Hemingway’s Brewery has attracted more awards for their brews, this time at the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

Hemingway’s Breweries’ walked away from the competition with Best Pilsner and a swag of gold, silver and bronze medals.

Hosted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the AIBA presentation evening saw industry leaders and experts worldwide come together to celebrate the best local and international beer.

Eight champion trophies were awarded in addition to Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer.

Hemingway’s Brewery Results at the 2019 AIBA were:

  • The Prospector Pilsner – Gold medal and Best Pilsner
  • Tunnel 10 Lager – Gold medal
  • Pitchfork Betty’s Pale Ale – Silver medal
  • The Endeavour West Coast IPA – Silver medal
  • 7th Heaven Tropical Ale – Bronze medal
  • Doug’s Courage XPA – Bronze medal

Hemingway’s Brewery CEO and co-founder Tony Fyfe said they were ‘over the moon’ at winning Best Pilsner for signature beer, The Prospector which also secured gold in its category.

“We basically took home a medal for every core beer in our range and we couldn’t be happier,” he said.

“This is a big deal for us and especially when you consider the competition that includes large multi-national companies.

“We are extremely proud of our team and the industry’s endorsement for our talented brewers.”

Source: https://www.newsport.com.au/2019/may/hemingways-add-more-medals-to-the-beer-trophy-cabinet/


Judging has been completed for the 2019/2020 Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards conducted every two years by the Marina Industries Association (MIA). MIA CEO Colin Bransgrove said there were entries from four countries reflecting particularly strong competition in the International Marina of the Year Award category; one of 10 categories in total. “All entrants are to be congratulated in taking the time to reflect on their business direction; their plans, actions and outcomes and to document this in a succinct manner for the judges consideration” he said.    

MIA first conducted these awards in 2002 and the participation and interest in the awards has grown steadily over this time. The following is the list of finalists who will each receive a finalist award certificate at the Awards Dinner.  

  • Commercial Marina under 140 Boats – Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, QLD; Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, QLD
  • Commercial Marina 140 Boats & Over – Abell Point Marina, QLD
  • Club of the Year – Southport Yacht Club, QLD; South of Perth Yacht Club, WA; Royal Motor Yacht Club, NSW
  • International Marina – Bay of Islands Marina, NZ; Sanya Serenity Marina, China; Westhaven Marina, NZ
  • Marina Restaurant – Southport Yacht Club, QLD
  • Environmental Initiative by a Marina – South of Perth Yacht Club, WA
  • Community Engagement by a Marina – Abell Point Marina, QLD
  • Innovation by a Marina – Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, QLD
  • Boat Yard under 20 Boats – Fenwicks Marina, NSW; White Bay 6 Marine Park, NSW
  • Boat Yard 20 Boats & Over – Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, QLD; The Yard, QLD

The winners of each category will be announced at the Dinner and they will receive a trophy to be presented by MIA Chairman Andrew Chapman and a senior Club Marine representative.

As one of the judges for the Awards Club Marine CEO Simon McLean commented on the excellent level of participation “Club Marine are actively involved in the marine industry and as an insurer these Awards give us a good opportunity to understand issues that play an important part in encouraging and promoting good business practices and procedures as well as supporting the goals of the MIA.”

The black tie Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards Dinner will be held on the last night of the Marinas19 International Conference and Trade Exhibition on Tuesday 28 May. A limited number of dinner tickets are still available.

Pic: MIA Awards dinner 2017

Further information: Michelle Macready info@marinas.net.au

Crystalbrook Collection, owners of the Port Douglas marina, have partnered with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) to deliver a culturally-inspired and creative fashion performance.

Since its inaugural performance in 2013, CIAF’s fashion offering has evolved into one of the program’s most highly anticipated and well attended events.
Last year, the performance culminated in three sell-out shows at Tanks Arts Centre.

CIAF artistic director Janina Harding said this year’s fashion iteration would be no exception as the event prepares to commemorate its 10-year milestone.

The show takes its cue from the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages and in 2019, in particular, observing the ceremonial tradition of body adornment.

“Buwal-barra “Messenger” Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. is the title of this year’s performance curated a talented collective comprising Bernard Singleton, Simone Arnol and Hans Ahwang.

“From the outset, the spotlight has been focused on CIAF’s fashion showcase that is completely exceptional in the way it incorporates the rich cultural threads of music and storytelling that run deep and bind Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,” Ms Harding said.

“It is these powerful performative elements of two distinct cultures that provide an atmospheric framework to present designer collections created and curated into one dynamic show.”

CIAF’s general manager Vanessa Gillen said this year’s fashion partnership with Crystalbrook Collection will assist in positioning and profiling the event to a new audience.

“We are thrilled to welcome Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort on board as our fashion and accommodation partner providing the wings,” she said. “We need to fly in this our anniversary year and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship in the future.”

Source: https://www.newsport.com.au/2019/april/crystalbrook-supports-cairns-indigenous-arts-festival/

A familiar set of sails has returned to the waters of the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina with Chinese Junk ‘Shaolin’ returning home to Port Douglas. 

The vintage timber ship has been docked in Cairns for the last 12 months but has today returned home under new stewardship. Kate Agrums, sister to Flynn Bickford and now joint owner of the ship, said she is thrilled to have the Shaolin operating from Port Douglas again.

“Today is the start of our new partnership,” Ms Agrums said. “The Shaolin is one of the original Low Isles snorkelling boats and funnily enough, she was where I had my first job; when I was 16 worked on her in the school holidays.”

Ms Agrums has owned and run the historic Lady Douglas, sister-ship to Shaolin, for the last five years with her husband Lucas. Shaolin, along with Lady Douglas, has been ferrying locals and visitors over the pristine waters of the Far North for over 30 years.

Ms Agrums said it’s great to bring the Shaolin home and hinted at exciting new projects for the ship in the future. “I’m really excited, she is going to work really well alongside Lady Douglas, and I think people will put them in the same historical category because both have a lot of history and charm and have both been around a long time.”

Mr Bickford said he is looking forward to working with his sister in their home town. “It’s great to welcome Kate to the crew and we can’t wait to see all our old favourite guests back again; it’s great to be back.”

Source: https://www.newsport.com.au/2019/april/chinese-junk-shaolin-returns-home-to-port-douglas/

With investment plans to the tune of $1 billion, premium hospitality brand, Crystalbrook Collection, is rapidly expanding its portfolio of assets under management, with an initial focus on Australia.

Crystalbrook Collection is owned by Dubai-headquartered conglomerate, the Ghassan Aboud Group, which is also engaged in automotive, real estate, retail, media, logistics and pastoral businesses. Established in early 2016, Crystalbrook Collection expands the Ghassan Aboud Group’s interest in the hotel industry, property and tourism sectors. Now, Australia’s buoyant economy and strong tourism sector make it an excellent destination to begin operations for the hospitality arm of the business.

Commenting on the rationale behind starting with Australia, Ghassan Aboud – promoter and Chairman of the group – said “Australia has a very strong economy and other strong markets around it, such as Japan, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s also a stable market for the hospitality sector. Initially we studied Europe but, in the end, we opted for Australia.”

Crystalbrook Collection’s hospitality portfolio includes an impressive collection of assets: Crystalbrook Hotel Riley in Cairns (opened November 2018); Little Albion in Sydney (operational); Crystalbrook Lodge; Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina; and MV Bahama, a luxury 90-foot motor vessel berthed in Port Douglas, Queensland. Two more properties in Cairns – Bailey and Flynn – are scheduled to open in 2019.

Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina is Queensland’s northernmost marina and one of Australia’s premier nautical destinations. Located in Port Douglas, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the renowned and pristine northern reef, the wonders of the Coral Sea, the Daintree Rainforest, local Indigenous history and culture, and lush tropical Far North Queensland. Crystalbrook has revealed the designs of its trophy asset at Port Douglas, which include a multi-use hotel, marina, F&B and entertainment complex. The marina is already operational, alongside associated retail components.

As part of the expansion plans, the company recently acquired the City Administration Centre in Newcastle.  Crystalbrook plans to convert the building into a 5-star hotel named “Kingsley”. Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said “The structure as you look at it now is not going to vastly. It’s a beautiful structure, and we love it. As far as we’re concerned, we can only improve upon it.”

Having made a significant impact in the landscape of Australia’s hospitality industry, Crystalbrook is in growth mode, with ambitions to expand even further globally in the coming years.

Source: Forbes Middle East

200 more tourism jobs for Cairns

Crystalbrook Collection has commenced its latest recruitment campaign with a further 200 tourism jobs up for grabs in preparation of the launch of its second five-star Cairns hotel, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, opening in September 2019.

Speaking on the launch of the Campaign, Laura Stehr, Group Director, HR and Operations said: “The Campaign will first seek to fill senior management roles however we encourage anybody passionate to work for Crystalbrook Collection to send in their CVs even if they don’t see their perfect role as we have new positions available each week. This will lead up to group recruitment days, which will be held in July 2019.

“We’re looking for Collaborators (staff) who are passionate to work for a young and fast-moving hotel group and who can relate to Bailey’s unique creative personality.” Candidates can view current job openings at crystalbrookcollection.com/current-roles or submit their CV at crystalbrookcollection.com/become-a-collaborator.

General Manager appointed for Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel

Crystalbrook Collection is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Taranto as General Manager of Bailey. Carl joined Crystalbrook Collection in early 2018 as a key member of the pre-opening leadership team for the Group’s first hotel, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.

An accomplished hotelier with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Carl has held various leadership roles across luxury hotel groups including Marriott, Sofitel, Peppers and Versace Palazzo. In his capacity as General Manager, Carl will lead the hotel, ensuring delivery of the individual brand personality and managing the performance of the property and its three restaurants. Speaking on his appointment, Carl said: “This is a great opportunity to open such a unique and inspiring property. I look forward to leading the team and seeing Bailey’s thoughtful, arty personality come to life.”

Crystalbrook Collection Cairns Area Manager, Joel Gordon said: “This is a very positive and exciting time for Crystalbrook Collection’s Cairns team. Carl has proven himself very quickly in his leadership role at Riley and I’m proud to have him lead our Bailey team.”

Meet Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, Cairns

Opening in September 2019, Bailey is described by the Group as a thoughtful and artistic character, a sibling to Riley (the mindful one) in Cairns and Little Albion (petite, gorgeous and detailed) in Sydney.

Bailey at a glance:

– Positioned in Cairns CBD one block from the Esplanade, a short stroll from the Great Barrier Reef Departure Terminal

– 217 five-star rooms and suites

– Three restaurants and bars; CC’s Bar and Grill, a signature steakhouse drawing inspiration from Crystalbrook Station and serving an extensive range of Crystalbrook Signature Beef; Colada, poolside Mexican meets killer Coladas with a twist; Milk Bar, full of nostalgia, fun and personality, the perfect escape for a scoop of handmade ice cream, a toasted jaffle or a loaded milkshake.

Find out more crystalbrookcollection.com/bailey

Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has today unveiled the first much-awaited image of their proposed development at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas.

The release of the image coincided with the owner of Crystalbrook Collection, Ghassan Aboud, travelling to the idyllic coastal town to hold meetings with Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu today.

The image provides a preview of a luxury 100-room five-star hotel and a 30-room ultra-lux hotel. Also included in the development is a destination Eléme Day Spa, a signature panoramic bar and café, 15 apartments and five waterfront villas.

The location of the development is to the right of the existing marina, enabling marina and retail operations to continue throughout construction.

While visiting Port Douglas, Mr Aboud said that he was very happy with how plans for the development were progressing: “Our CEO Mark Davie and his team have been working on these plans for some time now. I had a very positive meeting with the Council today and we are confident we will be able to deliver a great outcome for the community, the Council, visitors and for Crystalbrook Collection.”

Following today’s meeting, Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said: “It was fantastic to have such a productive and positive meeting with Ghassan Aboud and his team. They have a really exciting vision for the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina that has the potential to revitalise Port Douglas and stimulate the local economy. We are particularly happy with their decision to support marina businesses during construction and create a vibrant area for the public.  The initial concept designs have my full support and we can’t wait for the formal development application to be lodged.”

Crystalbrook Collection said they intended to lodge the Development Application (DA) in the coming two – three months.  The commencement of construction would depend on when approvals are received.

The five-star, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort has welcomed its highly anticipated Eléme Day Spa, a first for Crystalbrook Collection. The spa brand will be incorporated into future openings for the burgeoning hospitality group.

Eléme’s fresh approach includes treatments such as Goddess of Infusion, a super-charged volcanic clay warming customised thermal facial mask to deeply cleanse, nourish, hydrate and tone. Male treatments are also high priority, such as The Great Herculean, a body scrub, massage and facial therapy for the superhero within.

Embracing both nature and science from Australia and beyond, Eléme utilises well respected skincare brands; Australia’s nature-based Sodashi and USA’s science-based Cosmedix in treatments offering a varied approach to wellbeing. The spa also has a range of signature Eléme branded oils from the uplifting ‘Va va voom’ to the more calming ‘Tranquil-eze’.

Eléme Day Spa is the creation of Crystalbrook Collection and internationally renowned Naomi Gregory, owner of Spa Sessions Consulting. Eléme Day Spa at Riley boasts five luxurious treatment rooms, welcoming both day and hotel guests. Interiors have a timeless feel with crisp white walls, a textured feature wall in each room inspired by the natural environment and subtle mood lighting that creates an instantly relaxed ambience. The furnishings are natural and clean, consisting of wicker and wood materials, warm tones and gentle bursts of teal reflective of the brand philosophy.

For those with more time, Eléme has a range of longer voyages that have been thoughtfully curated to deliver the ultimate in inner bliss and outer glow. The Ultimate Safari is a five-hour journey, beginning with a ritual foot bath and followed by a full body exfoliation and wrap to deeply cleanse, detox and re-mineralise the body. The skin is then hydrated while guests receive a hair and scalp treatment, before moving into the relaxation room for a light lunch. This epic voyage is topped off with a massage and facial pushing guests into an ultimate state of relaxation.

As well as individualised facials, massages, body treatments and signature voyages, Eléme offers specific men’s, couples and group treatments as well as manicures, pedicures, waxing and tinting. Eléme’s second day spa will open late this year at Flynn, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. Further spa announcements are expected in the near future. To find out more about Eléme Day Spa or to view the full treatment menu, please visit crystalbrookcollection.com/eleme-spa Read more at http://www.etbtravelnews.global

Source: http://australia.etbtravelnews.global/375290/crystalbrook-collection-premiers-new-spa-brand-eleme/

Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has won the tender to acquire Newcastle’s iconic ‘Roundhouse’ Council Administrative Centre and intends to convert the building into a luxury five-star hotel, ready to open in late 2020.

The hotel is to be called Kingsley, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. The name follows a Crystalbrook Collection naming convention where each of their hotels is given a gender-neutral name and its own unique personality. The name Kingsley is a nod to Newcastle’s heritage and the city’s earlier name Kingstown dating back to 1804.

This will be the first five-star hotel for the city of Newcastle. Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said he was thrilled with the result of the tender: “There’s really nothing like this building, it has a strong identity and connection to the city of Newcastle. I see a lot of potential.

“We think the location, with the City Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Art Gallery and the War Memorial Cultural Centre right on the doorstep, makes it a perfect location for a five-star hotel.”

Mr Davie said he had been watching Newcastle’s growth in recent years and felt strongly that Crystalbrook Collection should become a contributor to the future growth of the city.

Initial studies indicated the ‘Roundhouse’ could accommodate at least 100 five-star hotel rooms. Initial renders developed by Newcastle’s Barney Collins of EJE Architecture also show the introduction of a rooftop restaurant and recreational area complete with a swimming pool.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes hailed the landmark deal as a turning point in Newcastle’s history.

“Great cities around the world provide truly great accommodation. And the mark of a great hotel is one done to a five-star standard. Crystalbrook’s decision to invest in Newcastle, when they could have invested anywhere in Australia, says so much about our city and how we are viewed by those living interstate and overseas.

“I applaud Crystalbrook’s vision in re-imagining the CAC’s brutalist architecture. Reviewing their plans and renders, their vision for the building is an ideal adaptive reuse. In the space of less than two years, Newcastle will have a building that is both iconic and luxurious.”

To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed to investments in excess of $800 million in Australia including six luxury five and six-star hotels currently operating or under development.

In the last quarter Crystalbrook Collection has opened Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in Cairns, the first five-star hotel to open in Cairns in over 20 years and acquired Little Albion, a Crystalbrook Collection Boutique Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Renders developed and created by Barney Collins of EJE Architecture, Newcastle.

Little Albion Joins the Expanding Hospitality Group

Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has today officially welcomed one of Sydney’s newest boutique hotels, Little Albion, to its fast expanding family of hotels.

Centrally located in the bustling inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, Little Albion has its own distinct personality, fitting in seamlessly with the hospitality group’s existing portfolio.

The 35-room boutique hotel is set within a stunning heritage building, complete with a rooftop garden.

Crystalbrook Collection will retain all the existing staff including General Manager Wendy Morris and her team of dedicated hosts who are all Surry Hills locals.

Speaking on the sale, Ms Morris said: “This is an exciting time for Little Albion. We’re thrilled with the great reputation we have acquired since opening and we are confident that under Crystalbrook Collection we will reach new heights and achieve further great success.”

Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said: “We had been looking for a Sydney property for some time, but it had to have the right fit.”

“All of our properties are like siblings, each similar but with their own unique personality and style. So naturally Little Albion’s refreshingly unpretentious personality and beautifully chic style was the perfect addition to our growing collection. Not to mention it is in one of the best locations in Sydney, with some of city’s best food and beverage offerings right on its doorstep.”

“This is just the beginning for Crystalbrook Collection. We have plans for further growth with a number of new properties across key Australian destinations.”

Crystalbrook Collection most recently opened Riley in Cairns on 6 November this year, the first of three five-star hotels the group has in the works for the city. Their portfolio also consists of Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina in Port Douglas, Crystalbrook Lodge, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia located three hours from Cairns in outback Queensland and 90-foot motor yacht MV Bahama. In addition to tourism enterprises the group also owns three cattle stations, which will provide the hotels with locally sourced sustainable beef.

Bookings for Little Albion can now be made at crystalbrookcollection.com/little-albion

Crystalbrook Collection’s domestic and international sales team will now handle all business to business bookings

Enquires can be made by emailing sales@crystalbrookcollection.com