Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Two luxury properties within the Spicers Retreats, Hotels and Lodges portfolio have been recognised at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane.

Spicers Clovelly Estate, near Montville in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, won the New Tourism Development award. Spicers Peak Lodge in the Scenic Rim region took out the Luxury Accommodation category.

The awards, held last Friday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, acknowledge Queensland tourism businesses for their innovation, achievements and hard work.

“To have left such an impression on the state’s tourism industry as a new property is very exciting and we’re thrilled with our win,” Spicers Clovelly Estate general manager David Assef said.

“Spicers Clovelly launched in July 2009 and since then we have worked very hard to provide an intimately unique retreat experience while bringing a touch of France to the Queensland countryside”.

Comprising just 10 suites to ensure the highest levels of individual service are maintained, Spicers Clovelly Estate offers old world charm in a contemporary setting where guests can be swept away in the romanticism of a European escape.

Spicers Peak Lodge general manager Sharleen Bailey said the Luxury Accommodation award was another honour in a long list of accolades for the luxury retreat, which is known for its focus on fine food and wine.

“The retreat has long been the toast of the state’s tourism industry having won Tourism Queensland’s best luxury accommodation awards in 2006 and 2007 as well as numerous restaurant and catering awards,” Ms Bailey said.

“We’re delighted that Spicers Peak Lodge continues to shine within the Queensland tourism industry and our aim is to remain an industry leader".

Situated 1,130m above sea level atop a 9,000 acre working cattle property, Spicers Peak Lodge is enveloped by the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park and Great Dividing Range and offers spectacular views over south-east Queensland’s Scenic Rim.

Guests can indulge in a range of blissful therapies such as facials, advanced massage treatments and wraps or rejuvenate at the lodge’s stunning infinity edge swimming pool.

The luxury retreat also features a sunken tennis court with a natural amphitheatre feel, a library with a billiard table and meeting room facilities and extensive lounge and dining areas.

Spicers Peak Lodge and Spicers Clovelly Estate belong to luxury accommodation brand Spicers Retreats Hotels and Lodges, which is owned by Flight Centre Limited founder and managing director Graham Turner and his wife Jude.

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