Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Italy – opening June 2020 – is a former refuge for royalty and Hollywood’s elite. Villa Igiea (pictured) occupies a unique location overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Palermo in southern Italy. After a restoration, the iconic palazzo will showcase a fresh design while maintaining its timeless splendour. Virtuoso exclusives: upgrade on arrival if available, daily breakfast for two, $100 USD food and beverage credit, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out if available.

Whilst on new Virtuoso hotel members, we welcome the first New Zealand CBD property to be invited into our exclusive family. The fashionable SO/ Hotel Auckland was granted membership last month. Book your SO/ Auckland room through us and you’ll receive:  

  • Room category upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  • US$100 equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
  • Complimentary fresh fruit plate on arrival
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Virtuoso Member hotels are required to provide us rate parity across all booking channels.

Virtuoso Member hotels are required to provide us rate parity across all booking channels.

Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have unveiled their 40-room Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester, England. The city's first Relais & Chateaux property holds court in an Edwardian Baroque building with high-end decor that offers a nod to its financial past. The hotel opened mid-November.

Wellington’s Oak’s Hotel has opened. Located at 89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011 the hotel has 233 rooms. The new build property features a fresh and contemporary look, providing guests with a mix of history and style. The hotel offers brand new modern accommodation in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct, with some rooms offering spectacular views. The Oak’s Wellington offers an on-site restaurant and bar, meeting facilities, car parking and gym facilities.

Another new opening in New Zealand included the Novotel Christchurch Airport, located just outside the International Terminal. The property features 200 rooms.

Last edition we wrote about the re-opening of Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel. Whether you stay at Raffles or not, we’ve established that you need to book in as far in advance as is possible even if you’re just swinging by for a famous Singapore Sling in the Long Bar. The new Raffles is on every hot list and to avoid disappointment have your usual ATPI Consultant book your high tea, cocktail hour or dinner in any of the amazing restaurants.

Travel better! At ATPI New Zealand we’re a member of the prestigious US-based Virtuoso, an invited group of the world’s leading travel agents and where we can achieve benefits over and above any other travel agent or booking site for our clients. For a similar level as any advertised rate included on the hotel site, or Expedia you’ll receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for two
  • Food & Beverage or Spa services credit usually around US$100
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Often some other kind of personalised in-room amenity
  • Take a look at Virtuoso or call one of our ATPI New Zealand Travel Advisors

For more details and bookings, contact your BWT consultant on 0800 508 580 or 09 5293700.