Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa named Worlds Most Desired

The newly opened Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia’s
Blue Mountains has been named the World’s most desired resort in the Recent
Australian Luxury Travel Gold List Awards 2010.


Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa opened in October 2009 and is
the world’s first hotel/resort to be certified carbon neutral by the World Greenhouse
Gas Certification Scheme.




The full media release from Emirates can be read below:

Australia’s first conservation-based luxury resort, Wolgan Valley Resort
& Spa, has been voted as the world’s most desired newly opened hotel/resort
at the prestigious Australian Luxury Travel Gold List 2010 Awards.

In its sixth consecutive year, Luxury Travel’s Gold List Awards received
a record-breaking number of votes from its Australian readers. The awards
nominate and recognise the world’s best luxury travel including cities, hotels,
boutique properties, spas, golf and family resorts.

Opened in October 2009, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is the only resort
in recent history to receive permission to be built adjacent to a World
Heritage Area. Combining the expectations of the high-end traveller with a
commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability,
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is redefining what traditional luxury means to

Joost Heymeijer, General Manager Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
““Wolgan Valley has
become an aspirational destination that is driven by an extraordinary location,
new luxury and outstanding conservation values. It is simply a unique and
unparalleled Australian experience.”

Located between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and
bordering the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Wolgan Valley was selected by
Emirates after an extensive research for a location that lent itself to
world-class conservation-based practices.  The secluded resort also
incorporates the ‘Timeless Spa’ branded facility offering guests world-class
spa treatments in a luxurious setting of commanding views of the spectacular
the valley below.

The resort has recently become the first hotel in the world to achieve
carbon neutral certification from an internationally accredited greenhouse gas
certification scheme. Wolgan Valley is also a proud member of Leading Hotels of
the World, the world’s largest luxury hospitality organisation, representing
more than 450 of the finest hotels, resorts and spas.

Wolgan Valley Resort Does its Part for International Earth Hour

Wolgan Valley Resort
located in Australia’s Blue Mountains has announced that will do its part for
International Earth Hour by inviting its visitors and guests to dine under the
stars during the Earth Hour event.


Visitors will be treated
to a unique dining experience with only the night sky and camp fire to light
their table.


 Wolgan Valley Resort International Earth Hour


The full media release
from Wolgan Valley Resort & Emirates Hotels Resorts can be read below:




Sydney, Australia, 17 March, 2010Wolgan Valley Resort
& Spa, the world’s first internationally accredited carbon-neutral resort,
will add an iconic Australian touch to Earth Hour on Saturday, 27th

The World Wildlife Fund’s annual Earth Hour
initiative invites millions of people globally to raise awareness about climate
change, by turning off their lights and other electrical appliances for one
hour each year. 


Australia’s first conservation-based luxury
resort, Wolgan Valley will be inviting its local and international guests to
dine under the stars, with a night of star-gazing and Aboriginal storytelling
during Earth Hour, which takes place from 8:30 to 9:30pm AEST.


Heymeijer, General Manager Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa said,
“We’re at
the forefront of conservation-led luxury tourism. Taking part in Earth Hour
demonstrates just one of our ongoing commitments to protect the environment.”


Guests will be invited to experience a
one-of-a-kind Earth Hour event at the resort’s historic 1832 Heritage
Homestead. Sitting around the campfire, under thousands of Southern stars, a
Wolgan Valley field guide will explain the night sky, followed by Aboriginal


The resort will also encourage guests to turn
off their in-suite lights during this time, while the main resort dining room
will be lit only by lanterns and candles.


With Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa nestled
between two national parks bordering the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Mr Heymeijer added “The seclusion of our resort’s location in outback NSW allows us to
plunge into complete darkness and be lit only by candlelight, under a blanket
of tens of thousands of stars.”


Opened in October 2009, it marks the first time
Emirates Hotels and Resorts is taking part in the global Worldwide Wildlife
Fund for Nature (WWF) climate change initiative.


have an ongoing commitment to the environment and constantly encourage all our
guests to engage with nature during their stay. From planting 175,000
indigenous trees to the application of green building principles in the
resort’s design and construction, we provide guests with a unique luxury experience
without compromising on conservation and sustainability.”