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Now providing access to an extensive range of more than 120 resorts, retreats, hotels and apartments throughout Australia, as well as others in New Zealand, the Stella Hospitality Group now offers everything from budget breaks to luxury accommodation with some 15,000 rooms under management. The brands are among the most recognised in Australia, including Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels; Saville Hotel Group and Breakfree Hotels, Resorts and Apartments – all bookable with one point of reference through Stella’s central reservation system. Stella Hospitality Group recently announced the consolidation of its city centre properties under the Saville Hotel Group. Under this banner, Pacifi c International Hotels, which is now also in the Stella family, are being rebranded to Saville properties, greatly increasing the brand’s presence in key cities around Australia. The Saville expansion Included in the Saville expansion is the recently converted Saville Pandanas in the Northern Territory capital, Darwin – once part of the Outrigger line-up. The 26-level Saville Pandanas is the second tallest building in Australia’s youngest and fastest growing city, and is located within walking distance of the city’s main restaurants and entertainment. Saville has also stepped up its profi le in Western Australia with the launch of a waterfront apartment complex in the bustling regional city of Geraldton – a hive of activity during the fi shing season from mid-November till the end of June, when a multimillion dollar fi shing fl eet brings in its regular catch of mouthwatering rock lobster. Next year, Western Australia will see another Saville open in Bunbury, within easy reach of Perth and famed for its beaches, local dolphins and rural beauty. Another major development over the past few months has been the integration of S8 apartment resorts into Stella’s growing portfolio. This followed the friendly merger of MFS, Stella’s parent company, with S8 nine months ago. The S8 properties included in the deal have now been converted to Stella brands, the majority now known as Breakfree properties, and another coming under the newer Mantra brand. Mantra properties are located in popular leisure destinations and the brand also includes former Outrigger favourites such Accommodation Focus: The Stella Group A formidable line-up of winning brands The past few months have seen many changes on the Australian accommodation scene, one of the biggest being the emergence of the Stella Hospitality Group as a major player with its take over of several popular hotel brands. Q1 Resort w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7 as those that were dotted around Port Douglas north of Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Other key Mantra offerings include two properties sitting on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road: the Mantra Erskine in Lorne and the Mantra Deep Blue in Warrnambool, the only international standard resort on the western gateway to the stunning Shipwreck Coast. It also takes in the Mantra One Sandy Bay Road, a new property that opened its doors in May in the Tasmanian capital, Hobart with accommodation offered in luxury selfcontained apartments. Stella Hospitality Group has also stepped up its presence on Queensland’s Gold Coast with the addition of several prestige properties, such as the towering Q1 Resort, Legends Hotel, the Circle on Cavill and Avalon Riverside Apartments, all of which came with acquisition of the Sunleisure Group. More resorts for Peppers One of the most exciting developments of the year under the Stella umbrella, has been the expansion of the upmarket Peppers brand. It started with in April with the opening of the AUD 80 million Peppers Pier Resort at Hervey Bay, the gateway to Queensland’s magnifi cent Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. This new major resort features six levels of one, two and three bedroom apartments, plus eleven penthouses. Peppers Bale Resort opened a month later in Port Douglas. Guests can choose from a range of beautiful one, two, three and four bedroom ‘sanctuaries’ all with a lounge, private plunge pools, and a poolside pavilion with day bed. The new Port Douglas property also offers full kitchen and dining facilities in its sanctuaries, while dedicated foodies will be pleased to hear that the resort is also the new location of Melbourne and Port Douglas restaurateurs, Tony and Di Sassi, owners of multiaward winning Sassi Island Point and Sassi Cucina. This month, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort will open on Queensland’s Magnetic Island as an international standard property with 157 rooms and suites right on the water’s edge overlooking the island’s marina and picturesque Nelly Bay. Magnetic Island is easily reached on a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville. The attention turns to Victoria in September, when Peppers The Sands Resort comes on the map in Torquay as a premium golf resort experience, just moments from the beaches and just one hour’s drive from Melbourne. The internationally recognised surfing destination, Bells Beach, is just ten minutes away from Torquay, in an area that is also fast becoming renowned for its boutique wineries Peppers Pier Resort, Hervey Bay and restaurants. Peppers Bale Resort, Port Douglas J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m