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NEWSLETTER: April 2012

Welcome to our completely revamped Sandra Leach Company newsletter! As you can see, we have had a bit of a facelift, and our all new interactive website is also live on . If you haven't had a look yet, please do take a minute to check the site, where you can find information on our clients, biographies of our team and all our latest news.


Our webinar plan for 2012 started last week with our first session on Noosa. These online training sessions happen at 10:00am every Friday morning and are COMPETELY FREE to join! If you would like to see the programme and sign up, please visit this page.

March was a very busy month for the team, with Gill and Josie over in Berlin for ITB, Rebecca attending the Tourism Thailand roadshows, and planning for our Western Australia roadshow which is happening next week.

The market continues to be very "value" driven, and this month, read about how the Mantra Group have benefitted from a boom in demand for value apartment-style accommodation in Australia. Many of you have said that Thailand is still performing strongly, where the GBP goes a long way locally, and so this month we are also pleased to announce the brand new Deluxe Pavilions at Rayavadee, and remind you of the great opening deals we have at the Akaryn Samui which opened in March.

Have a wonderful April! Gill and the SLC Team


Noosa thumbTourism Noosa

You may have heard that we have recently started working with Tourism Noosa on a project basis. This is an exciting new challenge for the team at The Sandra Leach Company, and we will be sure to get in touch in the coming weeks to discuss this fantastic destination. Noosa has plenty to offer, with stunning beaches and activities which range from cycling to horse riding to paddle boarding. There are of course plenty of great restaurants and bars to choose from, many of which look out on to the beautiful Noosa River.

For more information on Noosa as a destiantion, and what we'll be doing over the coming months, please contact


Peppers Cradle MountainPeppers adds spice to 'Tastings at the Top' on Cradle Mountain

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is set to take gourmet dining to new heights when it plays host to Tasmania's premier

culinary festival, 'Tastings at the Top', from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 June.

Having recently joined the Peppers luxury boutique portfolio, the idyllic wilderness retreat will provide a stunning backdrop to the gourmet extravaganza, now in its 18th year and rated one of Australia's top food and wine experiences.

From degustation dinners to cooking demonstrations, fresh produce markets to wine and cheese tastings and decadent spa treatments at the Lodge's spectacular Waldheim Day Spa, the event encompasses the very best the region has to offer.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is offering a special 3 night package encompassing all scheduled 'Tastings at the Top' events and including accommodation; full mountain breakfast each morning; two lunches; dinner each night including a five-course dinner on Saturday and a gala dinner with entertainment on the last night, matched wines as part of the Tastings program, and the opportunity to sample a wide variety of local produce while mingling with the providores – all for just $1695 per person twin share (all inclusive).

For bookings phone Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge on 1300 806 192 or email Further information and a full program of the 'Tastings at the Top' events is available at


Hamilton Island aerial 2Hamilton Island Meets Surge in Demand for Self Catered Accommodation

We're thrilled to report that Hamilton Island Holiday Homes, which manages over 100 properties on the Island, gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, has launched an enhanced website to meet the recent 20 per cent surge in demand for flexible self-catered holiday accommodation.

New features include:

• A greater selection of images

• Dynamic property mapping

• Enhanced booking usability for its wide selection of properties ranging from one to four bedrooms.

• A dedicated section for luxury properties - Luxury Collection Properties

As well as the exclusive Yacht Club Villas, luxury properties available include tri-level 'Kirribilli' with its unrestricted 180-degree views of Dent Island and the aqua waters of the Whitsundays, and modern apartments such as 'The Edge' with Wet Edge Infinity Pool overlooking Dent Passage.

If you have any queries, please contact for further details.

Sukhothai Executive SuiteUltimate Glamour at The City's Most Prestigious Address: The Sukhothai Bangkok Launches Suite Indulgence

The Sukhothai Bangkok has unveiled its Suite Indulgence package, which offers excellent

value to discerning travellers looking for the best in design, flawless service and unsurpassed luxury, with some fabulous added value surprises.

Guests staying three nights or more in any of The Sukhothai's beautifully conceived and

impeccably appointed suites will receive a 15 percent discount, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi internet access and a local English newspaper. An additional luxurious surprise awaits guests booking the Garden Suite, Deluxe Residence Suite, The Beaufort Suite or The Sukhothai Suite: a complimentary Molton Brown 'Hotel Remedies' kit of products tailor made for travelling.

For more information on this package, please email

Terrace Pavilion Exterior DayRayavadee Launches Brand New Terrace Pavillions

Rayavadee, Krabi is pleased to introduce its newest room category: the 'Terrace Pavilions'. All eight 115 sq.m pavilions boast a choice location, on the edge of the resort's free form swimming pool and just a two minute walk from beautiful Railay Beach and the Andaman Sea's blue waters. Dotted discreetly around the winding pathways, the pavilions offer privacy in an ideal setting with a dramatic backdrop of jungle-covered cliffs and swaying coconut palms.

The one-bedroom Terrace Pavilions remain true to Rayavadee's signature round, two-story 'luxury-bungalow' accommodation style; but with a contemporary take on the traditional design that features an open and airy ground floor living plan with tropical décor and glass doors that open onto a breezy terrace. The terrace is perfect for outdoor lounging and relaxation as well as for private barbecue dinners surrounded by lush palms and garden greenery. With only a limited number currently available, the new Terrace Pavilions will surely be in great demand with future guests.

For more information on the new Pavillions, please visit, or email


Thala WeddingThala Beach Lodge Weddings

Thala Beach Lodge provides the perfect place for a romantic wedding, wether it's a beach wedding, or a wedding in Thala's Peacock's Room or Curlew's Lounge overlooking the rainforest, or even in our secluded garden meadow, it's your choice. Reception areas are Curlew's Lounge, Herbie's beachfront shack, or by our tropical rock pool for the ultimate in enchanting intimacy.

Food options for the big day include an extensive canapé and platter selection, banquet options, two buffet menus, Asian noodles, a gourmet barbeque and a gourmet beachside barbeque menu if you're not keen to rid the sand from your toes just yet. Of course a beach wedding at Thala also includes any number of premium wines, spirits, beers, soft drinks and local tropical fruit juices.

Packages typically include:

• Fees for the marriage celebrant.

• All administrative costs associated with organising the wedding.

• The venue for the ceremony.

• Bouquet for the bride and a buttonhole for the groom.

• Bottle of Australian sparkling wine served after the ceremony.

• Professional photographer – which includes 2 hours of photography presented on a CD/DVD.


Akaryn Pool Suite DuskCelebrating the Opening of Akaryn Samui 

It has been a busy few months in the lead up to the opening of the brand new Akaryn on Koh Samui. The property opened just a month ago and is looking fantastic, with every residence offering private pools and elegant design.

Competitive introductory rates make it that little bit more enticing. To coincide with the opening, rates start at THB5900 ++ , offering great value for money and luxury all at once.

With Royal Thai cuisine at The Edge, tapas at Ochos and a stunning swim up bar, Akaryn offers an array of delicious dining options, and all while you look out on to the secluded Hanuman Bay, a quiet spot offering privacy and tranquility on the busy island of Koh Samui.

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