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Peppers CarringtonPeppers continues to expand its network of luxury retreats and resorts in New Zealand announcing the addition of The Carrington Resort – a leading golf resort offering superb lodge and villa accommodation; vineyard and cellar door; and extensive conference and event facilities located on the Karikari Peninsula in the picturesque Northland region, four hours north of Auckland.

Hello and welcome to our August newsletter! Read below for details of Josie's recent trip to Vietnam, and a new flight from Etihad making it even easier to access this stunning country. We also have exciting updates from Tourism Western Australia who will be welcoming Heston Blumenthal to Perth soon, as well as some great offers, awards and exhibitions from our Thai clients!

Enjoy!

CPH LobbyPlanning a trip to Melbourne over Christmas? In the heart of the buzzing Southbank, Crown Promenade is offering December guests 3 nights for the price of 2, including Christmas Day! This is a perfect place to base yourself for your last minute Christmas shopping with a host of incredible outlets from top designers to the high street right on your doorstep. Combine this with sleek, stylish accommodation, and gourmet al fresco dining overlooking the river for an Australian Christmas to remember. Click Read More for further details.

Mantra on the Esplanade Refurb ApartmentOne of Darwin's most desirable waterfront properties, Mantra on the Esplanade, has enhanced its appeal even further with the completion of a major $3 million refurbishment.

A variety of in-room improvements include major kitchen upgrades with new flooring, ovens, cook tops and stone benches; new dining furniture; new entertainment and work stations; refreshed bathrooms; upgraded lighting and freshly painted walls.

We're all green with envy here in The Sandra Leach Company office, as one of our account managers, Josie, is on an incredible trip to Vietnam to visit the stunning Victoria Hotels and Resorts!

Take a look at some of the images Josie has sent us during her travels so far.

For more information on the Victoria properties, visit http://www.victoriahotels.asia/.

Zebedee SpringsWho else needs a spot of sun? Christie, Gill and I managed to escape the worst of June's record rainfall with a trip to Australia's sunniest city, Perth, for ATE. My trip started with a media famil for UK national newspapers on the Kimberley Aerial Highway – a network of runways in dramatic outback locations, lush national parks and at new luxury lodges opening across this northwest region. From wildlife spotting at the new Kuri Bay, to pearl meat tasting in Broome and star-gazing in the world-heritage listed Bungle Bungles, there was adventure around every corner. My favourite bit? Possibly horse riding through El Questro Wilderness Park (check out the new suites here too). If you are short on time the aerial safaris are the perfect way to hop from one jaw-dropping location to the next while appreciating the scale and grandeur of Australia's final frontier. Visit here for more info or here for photos! Not to be outdone, Christie took a trade famil swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef and cattle mustering at Home Valley. Photos and whale tales to follow.

Elen and the SLC Team.

Whale Sharks Ningaloo Reef WA MUST CREDIT JAMES MORGANTourism Western Australia today launches a new Facebook campaign to share and support research into one of Western Australia's most extraordinary visitor experiences, swimming with the world's largest fish, the whale shark.

Here are some whale shark facts for you!

• Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, growing up to 18 metres long

• Ningaloo Reef is one of only a few places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly in any numbers, in near-shore waters where they are easily accessible to observers

• Mass coral spawning in March/April each year triggers the arrival of the whale shark to Ningaloo Reef

• While the official whale shark tourism season is from April to July, sightings can be made as early as March and as late as September

• Whale sharks are protected in Australian waters under state, federal and international legislation. A licensing system was introduced in 1993 for all whale shark tours in Western Australia

KIWT BEDROOM SHOTSeascape Lodge located at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island has been voted the best B&B on Kangaroo Island by Tripadvisor. The property is the home of Paul and Mandy Brown who also own Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours, a soft adventure 4WD touring company on the island. Explore the island's beautiful scenery and wildlife by day and return to the luxurious Seascape Lodge at night to indulge in a fully hosted experience.

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