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Late last week, Jennifer Lopez landed in Australia at the tail end of her world tour. The pop singer was so delighted to see the light at the end of the tunnel that she tweeted, "AUSTRALIA!!! Last leg of the #DanceAgainWorldTour2012! Can't wait to play for all of you!! WOW! Can't believe it! #bestfans #unforgettable,"
Over in Perth, JLo was spotted relieving her jet-lag on the balcony of super luxurious The Richardson in the city's West. Limbering up for the night's dance-packed performance by doing some stretches and yoga, the star donned a well-loved pair of baggy jeans. Ordinarily dressed to the nines, the singer was obviously feeling relaxed enough to tone it down for the day.
Read on to find out where else the star stayed down under!
The Great Gatsby heads to Australia with the opening of Perth's newest and most interesting property, The Terrace Hotel. Its the first new hotel the open in the city since 2006 and this one plans to wow locals and tourists alike.
Housed in the 100-year old St. Georges House, there's respect to the building's history starting from the front terrace on through to the Art Deco decor and jarrah wood staircases. You'll think you've stepped foot in the 20th century.
There are only 15 guestrooms, eight of which are full suites. Each vintage designed room has all the tech bells and whistles with in-room iPads, Bang & Olufsen sound systems, AppleTV and free WiFi access. The Premier Suite is the real deal with a private dining room seating up to eight and overlooking the historic terrace.
The luxury Melbourne hotel and casino, Crown, has decided to head west--way west, to the other side of the country in Perth. Specifically, Crown is looking to expand their operation in the the Burswood Entertainment district of the coastal city.
After a significant investment in the entertainment complex, Crown is hoping to lure more guests from not only Australia, but from Asia (and who isn't going after the Asian travel market these days).
For the last eight years, the hotel group has been upgrading an existing hotel they acquired from Intercontinental Group but the very dated pyramid building needs a major facelift. So now its time for Crown to recreate their signature luxury known to Melbourne with a completely new hotel.
Perth, Australia is the most isolated city on earth--seriously, we checked it and itís 1,700 miles from the nearest large city, Adelaide--but on a recent trip, we were surprised to find that there's plenty of luxury hotel options for you to try out.
About three hours southwest of the city (by car) lies an up-and-coming wine region and surfer paradise, the Margaret River. Thatís where youíll find these four luxury properties that, though about as far from the rest of the world as you can possibly get, still provide all the modern conveniences while making your troubles melt away.
Before heading to Western Australia last week, we heard that Aussies take their coffee very seriously. Thereís a "cappuccino strip" (or several) of cafes in every major city, and each one of my hotel rooms would have a decent coffeemaker in it. One of them even had a deluxe espresso machine that would make a Starbucks barrista drool. Guess that's why Australians always seem so chipper.
The Western Australian capital of Perth has its share of high-end hotels, but nothing that's claimed to be six-star luxury--until now. Well, until soon, because it's just been announced that Aman Resorts and friends are in talks to redevelop a key city site into a luxury hotel.
The Old Treasury Buildings are an historic part of downtown Perth and they've been empty for more than ten years now while everyone agreed on what should be done--being a heritage-listed site always makes it tricky. Now it looks like a slim tower will be added on to the back of the building and that will become the six-star hotel with up to 90 rooms.
The older part of the building will include shops, restaurants and apartments, and the most historic parts will be open to the public. No date set yet for when we'll be able to get a six-star night in Perth; in any case, we're six-star skeptics so we'll believe the luxury when we see it.
This isn't quite an Adventure in Overservice, but more of an Adventure in Awesome Service.
Our expectations were set particularly high when we recently found ourselves staying in a newly revamped executive suite at the Sheraton Perth in Western Australia.
After all, a AUD $20 million renovation shouldn't just be a step up; it should pay for the whole flight up.
In this case, it got us our own elevator banks to the executive level floors -- always a nice touch -- as well as a brand-spankin' new, oversized room with a comfy bed (the kind that invites you to climb in for an illicit mid-day tryst or solo, with a hangover) and spa-style bathroom with separate shower and deep soaking tubs. But for anyone who travels regularly, especially for business, those features are the new norm. What really tickled us pink was the free WiFi that we all-too-easily connected to...for a day.
Sometimes it's a mystery about which hotels become most popular in the TripAdvisor rankings, and that's definitely the case when we read that The Outram is the #2 hotel in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
We're not saying the Outram's a bad hotel. But it's kind of out of the way - probably a half-hour walk from downtown Perth, and although it's a short stroll from the lovely Kings Park, it's still the kind of place you'd only stay if you had access to a car--you almost might as well be in suburbia.