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Crown Hotels offer lovers indulgent spa retreats and gifts fit for a King or a Queen this Valentine’s Day - 01 December 2014
This Valentine’s Day, Crown Hotels Melbourne is ready for romance.  
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Melbourne, December 2014 – This Valentine’s Day, Crown Hotels Melbourne is ready for romance. As the couple that spa together, stays together, both Crown Metropol’s ISIKA Spa and Crown Towers’ Crown Spa have indulgent packages on offer for the utmost in romantic relaxation. For those wanting to give a more tangible token of love, Crown Gifts has a range of decadently luxe options, from soft Crown bathrobes to the brand new Crown Reine and Roi candles, as well as gift cards, to successfully steal hearts this 14 February.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Crown Gifts luxury store has launched a set of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bespoke Reine and Roi candles. ‘Reine’ and ‘Roi’ translate to ‘King’ and ‘Queen’, with each luxurious candle offering sophisticated masculine tobacco rose or feminine floral aromas. Valued at $70 each, a Reine and Roi candle will be given as a complimentary Valentine’s gift to all Crown gift card purchases of $250 value or more at the Level 1 retail store.

For a couple’s spa experience this Valentine’s Day, ISIKA Day Spa’s Be My Valentine package offers complete romantic relaxation with a 60 minute massage for two in the Wellness Suite, 30 minute use of the Jacuzzi and steam room, valet parking, a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and a $50 Crown Gift card for some extra spoiling, all for $320 for two people. Available from 1 February to 15 March 2015.

Crown Spa’s Suite Indulgence package allows lovebirds to lap up the luxury with a 60 minute couples massage in the decadent Indulgence Suite, complete with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. Available from 1 February to 15 March 2015 for $350 for two people from Monday to Thursday, and $420 for two people from Friday to Sunday.

These luxurious gift ideas, combined with award winning accommodation and a wide selection of romantic dining options, ensures Crown Melbourne will be the most romantic location for lovers this Valentine’s Day.

To make a booking at Crown Hotels for Valentine’s Day or for more information please visit www.crownhotels.com.au.

For more press information and high resolution imagery, please contact Hatch Communications:

Tina Orr
o 9836 2167 ext.7
m 0413 378 081
e tina@hatchcommunications.com.au

Genevieve Day
o 9836 2167 ext.1
m 0488 558 331
e genevieve@hatchcommunications.com.au 

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Heston blumenthal's
the fat duck restaurant closes to migrate south – due to arrive in australia in 2015 - 01 December 2014
The first international restaurant opening for Heston Blumenthal will be his three Michelin starred The Fat Duck 
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The first international restaurant opening for Heston Blumenthal will be his three Michelin starred The Fat Duck, which will temporarily relocate to Crown Melbourne Resort, Australia for a six month visit before returning home to the UK.

December 2014, Heston Blumenthal will close the doors of his award-winning The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, UK and seamlessly reopen February 2015 with Crown Resorts in Melbourne, Australia. In an unprecedented move for a restaurant of such renown, Heston will take the entire Fat Duck team with him to Australia for a massive six month relocation. However, upon The Fat Duck’s return to the UK after their half-year sojourn, Melbourne will not be left empty handed. In the same location as the temporary The Fat Duck at Crown Melbourne Resort, Heston and Group Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts will open Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, securing lasting ties with Australia.

Both The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will occupy the same space in the award-winning Crown Towers hotel in Southbank, Melbourne’s urban centre and cultural hub. This ground breaking culinary project will encourage diners from around the world to visit Melbourne generating extensive exposure and benefits for the city, Victoria and Australia.

The timing was serendipitous: Heston has long had a desire to open in Australia, The Fat Duck wanted to celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary in 2015 in an extraordinary fashion, the building in Bray was due for renovation, and Crown Melbourne wanted to enhance its already impressive dining offerings.

Heston comments, “This is an incredible opportunity and I am thrilled that it has worked out the way it has. The Fat Duck is part of a Grade II listed building, so I always knew there would come a time when it would need a little attention and the building itself would require a bit of modernisation – after all, it was built in 1640. I just couldn’t bear the thought of closing for an extended period, though. When we first started conversations with Crown, I saw the potential of the situation and really began to hope. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

Crown Resorts Chairman, James Packer says, “Heston’s decision to relocate The Fat Duck to our Melbourne resort is an incredible result for Crown Resorts and the Victorian tourism industry. To attract an internationally renowned chef and innovator of Heston’s calibre is a reflection on Melbourne’s culinary reputation and Crown’s commitment to dining excellence. The relocation of the coveted restaurant will be a big boost for local tourism, attracting interstate and international guests to Melbourne so they can experience a once in a lifetime dining opportunity.”

The first time Heston visited Australia was in 2003. “I fell in love with the country immediately,” he states. “From that very first moment, the idea took root – someday I wanted to have a restaurant there. The restaurant scene is fantastic, the diversity exciting, and the produce incredible, but better than all of that, the people are just great fun. I love how Australian people celebrate good food; there is such a love of everything from coffee shops to gourmet restaurants and everything in between.”

Whilst at Crown Melbourne Resort, The Fat Duck will offer the same magical dining experience that earned it three Michelin stars in Bray 11 years previously: the full Tasting Menu, the flawless and relaxed service, and the multi-sensory journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory that has made it one of the most lauded restaurants in the world. Half the world away, the building in Bray will have its interiors modernised, creating exciting new work areas – particularly in the kitchen – whilst still preserving its architectural integrity and historical context. The dining room will be refurbished as well, but the interior design will remain largely unaffected, keeping the room as the perfect stage for the dining experience as a whole.

Following The Fat Duck’s return home to the UK, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will take up residence within Crown Melbourne Resort, becoming the only restaurant the chef has in his portfolio outside of the UK. It joins ranks with The Fat Duck, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal located in London, The Hinds Head, The Crown at Bray, and The Perfectionists’ Café.

For further information about Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck, or Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, please contact:
Monica Brown at Lotus PR
+44 (0)20 7751 5812
monica@lotuspr.co.uk

For further information about Crown Resorts, please contact:
Jodi Crocker at Crown Resorts
+61 (0)403 026 600
Jodi.crocker@crownresorts.com.au

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The Fat Duck
www.thefatduck.co.uk
  • The Fat Duck opened in Bray, Berkshire, UK in 1995.
  • The restaurant was first awarded three Michelin stars in 2004 and has maintained that rating every year since.
  • It has been voted The Best Restaurant in the World" at The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant awards and remain in the top ratings for the last 12 years.

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal
www.dinnerbyheston.com
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opened in London January 2011 and was awarded its first Michelin star that same year.
  • It received its second Michelin star in 2013.
  • It currently holds 7th position The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant List.

Crown Resorts
Crown is one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups. It has businesses and investments in the integrated resort and entertainment sectors in Australia and Macau and wholly-owns and operates a high-end casino in London.

In Australia, Crown wholly-owns and operates Crown Melbourne in Victoria and Crown Perth in Western Australia. In the United Kingdom, Crown wholly-owns and operates the Crown Aspinall's, a high-end casino in Mayfair, London. In addition to Crown’s wholly owned assets, Crown holds a 33.6% equity interest in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, an operator of integrated resorts in Macau. It also has a portfolio of other gaming investments which are complementary to its other businesses.

Crown Melbourne
First opened in 1997, Crown Melbourne is a large integrated resort and has a casino, three hotels, function rooms, award winning restaurants and shopping and entertainment facilities. It is a significant driver of tourism within Australia, particularly in Victoria.

Crown Melbourne is home to three hotels being Crown Towers, Crown Metropol Melbourne and Crown Promenade Melbourne and to two luxurious day spas, Isika Day Spa and Crown Spa. There are approximately 1,600 guest rooms across the three hotels, ranging from six-star luxury to premium five-star and quality four-star accommodation. Crown Melbourne has a wide variety of retail, entertainment and food and beverage offerings. There are more than 40 retail outlets and around 70 restaurants, cafes and bars which provide a large and diverse entertainment offering to cater for a significant number of visitors. 

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HESTON BLUMENTHAL'S THE FAT DUCK RESTAURANT CLOSES TO MIGRATE SOUTH – DUE TO ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA IN 2015 - 01 December 2014
The first international restaurant opening for Heston Blumenthal will be his three Michelin starred The Fat Duck. 
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December 2014, Heston Blumenthal will close the doors of his award-winning The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, UK and seamlessly reopen February 2015 with Crown Resorts in Melbourne, Australia. In an unprecedented move for a restaurant of such renown, Heston will take the entire Fat Duck team with him to Australia for a massive

six month relocation. However, upon The Fat Duck’s return to the UK after their half-

year sojourn, Melbourne will not be left empty handed. In the same location as the temporary The Fat Duck at Crown Melbourne Resort, Heston and Group Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts will open Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, securing lasting ties with Australia.

Both The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will occupy the same space in the award-winning Crown Towers hotel in Southbank, Melbourne’s urban centre and

cultural hub. This ground breaking culinary project will encourage diners from around the world to visit Melbourne generating extensive exposure and benefits for the city, Victoria and Australia.

The timing was serendipitous: Heston has long had a desire to open in Australia, The Fat Duck wanted to celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary in 2015 in an extraordinary fashion, the building in Bray was due for renovation, and Crown Melbourne wanted to enhance its already impressive dining offerings.

Heston comments, “This is an incredible opportunity and I am thrilled that it has worked out the way it has. The Fat Duck is part of a Grade II listed building, so I

always knew there would come a time when it would need a little attention and the building itself would require a bit of modernisation – after all, it was built in 1640. I

just couldn’t bear the thought of closing for an extended period, though. When we first started conversations with Crown, I saw the potential of the situation and really

began to hope. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”
Crown Resorts Chairman, James Packer says, “Heston’s decision to relocate The

Fat Duck to our Melbourne resort is an incredible result for Crown Resorts and the Victorian tourism industry. To attract an internationally renowned chef and innovator

of Heston’s calibre is a reflection on Melbourne’s culinary reputation and Crown’s commitment to dining excellence. The relocation of the coveted restaurant will be a

big boost for local tourism, attracting interstate and international guests to Melbourne so they can experience a once in a lifetime dining opportunity.”

The first time Heston visited Australia was in 2003. “I fell in love with the country immediately,” he states. “From that very first moment, the idea took root – someday

I wanted to have a restaurant there. The restaurant scene is fantastic, the diversity exciting, and the produce incredible, but better than all of that, the people are just

great fun. I love how Australian people celebrate good food; there is such a love of everything from coffee shops to gourmet restaurants and everything in between.”

Whilst at Crown Melbourne Resort, The Fat Duck will offer the same magical dining experience that earned it three Michelin stars in Bray 11 years previously: the full Tasting Menu, the flawless and relaxed service, and the multi-sensory journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory that has made it one of the most lauded restaurants in the world. Half the world away, the building in Bray will have its

interiors modernised, creating exciting new work areas – particularly in the kitchen –

whilst still preserving its architectural integrity and historical context. The dining room will be refurbished as well, but the interior design will remain largely unaffected, keeping the room as the perfect stage for the dining experience as a whole.

Following The Fat Duck’s return home to the UK, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will

take up residence within Crown Melbourne Resort, becoming the only restaurant the chef has in his portfolio outside of the UK. It joins ranks with The Fat Duck, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal located in London, The Hinds Head, The Crown at Bray, and The Perfectionists’ Café. 

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World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Begins October 2 - 24 November 2014
MELBOURNE/LAS VEGAS. Wednesday, September 24, 2014. World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific returns to Melbourne, Australia in two weeks for its only international stop of 2014 from October 2-18, 2014 with 10 WSOP gold bracelets on the line – and the race for WSOP Player of the Year still hanging in the balance.
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Crown Gifts will surprise and delight this Christmas with a new pop up location new offers and new products - 18 November 2014
To celebrate the spirit of giving this festive season, Crown Gifts will be launching a new range of luxurious products, new offers and a new pop-up location! 
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MELBOURNE, 18 NOVEMBER 2014 – To celebrate the spirit of giving this festive season, Crown Gifts will be launching a new range of luxurious products, new offers and a new pop-up location! Open from Monday, 17 November until Christmas Eve, the Crown Gifts Riverwalk store, located opposite Spice Temple and Nobu will house a wide range of gorgeous gifts, from plush Crown Metropol bath robes to the new and exclusive luxe Crown Candles and of course gift cards for an individual Crown Melbourne or Perth experience. Crown Gifts provides inspirational gift options this Christmas.

For the first time, Crown Gifts will help guests celebrate the season of giving with five exclusive La Prairie Christmas gift packs. The Travel Essentials Collection ($250) comes complete with every skincare need for a luxurious travel experience, while those seeking the ultimate luxury gift can choose the Caviar Eye Perfection Collection ($370) pack. The Essence of La Prairie ($160) collection includes our cult eye essence for a firming eye lift with cleanser and toner companions.

For those that can’t make it into the Crown Gifts flagship store at Crown Metropol or the Riverwalk store at Crown Towers, Crown Gifts are now also offering free shipping for all online orders between 20November and 15 December 2014 on the Crown Gifts at Home products, available at http://www.crowngifts.com.au/.

The enticing range of Crown Gifts’ Christmas gift offers include:

All I Want for Christmas package;
Crown Gifts are providing extra value this festive season. Purchase a $350 Crown Gifts gift card and receive$50 additional value that can be used with Crown’s hotels, restaurants, or at the Crown Gifts store.
Available 20 November – 24 December 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

Complimentary Shipping offering:
For the organised gift giver, Crown Gifts are offering free shipping with online purchases between 20 November – 15 December 2014, allowing plenty of time to wrap style and place under the Christmas tree!
Terms and conditions apply.

Crown Gifts Stores Opening Hours

17/11/14 – 21/11/14: 8.30am - 6.30pm 24/11/14 – 28/11/14: 8.30am – 6.30pm

1/12/14 – 24/12/14: 9.00am - 9.00pm

To view the complete Crown Gifts selection on offer, please visit www.crowngifts.com.au for more information.

For more press information and high resolution imagery, please contact Hatch Communications:

Tina Orr
o 9836 2167 ext.7
m 0413 378 081
e tina@hatchcommunications.com.au

Genevieve Day
o 9836 2167 ext.3
m 0488 558 331
e genevieve@hatchcommunications.com.au 

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