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REFURBISHMENTS

NEW ZEALAND

Novotel Lake Crackenback, Snowy Mountains NSW and more to come... -pg 19

Explore NZ’s best kept secret... the Coromandel Peninsula -pg 6

PROPERTY UPDATE New Zealand’s hidden jewel gets a makeover

CRUISES

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The Pacific awaits Explore Australia by sea and land

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Merry Christmas

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CONTENTS CLUB UPDATES 4 • Fast Facts - Accor Vacation Club 5 • The Sebel Rebrand Completion 6 • Puka Park and the Coromandel Peninsula

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CRUISES 10 • Cruise Tips 14 • Member Stories SPECIAL FEATURES 16 • New Member Website REFURBISHMENTS

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18 • The Sebel The Vines, Swan Valley WA 19 • Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort NSW CLUB TOOLS

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Member Benefits Travel by Flight Centre Seasonal Calendar and Première Points Charts Booking Window

vacations Vacations Magazine is an Accor Vacation Club Members’ Publication. Released biannually updating Members on new and exciting developments within the Club and has been in circulation since 2002.

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editor: Brett Becker - Member Services Manager designers: Troy Davanzo - Communications Manager Scott Rowley - Senior Graphic Designer articles:

A special thanks all Accor Vacation Club Cruise Consultants and Members for their contribution.


From the CEO

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am pleased to report that 2014 has been a very busy and productive year at Accor Vacation Club.

Our refurbishment team this year has completed the Sebel Vines, Puka Park Lodge and Novotel Lake Crackenback Resorts to the very high standard we have all now come to expect. Photos of these projects are featured inside this edition. We have also completed the rebrand of 8 of our properties to the Sebel brand. The Sebel is a brand rich in history, its reputation for style, sophistication and personal service aligns perfectly with our vision for the Club. We also have completed the planning scope for the refurbishment of Pinnacle Valley, Palm Cove and Nusa Dua Bali Resorts for next year. The initial designs are very exciting and I look forward to sharing with you the photos of the completed product next year.

features, the key ones being the ability to check availability and an enhanced user friendly reservation portal. The new site also allows you to change your own personal information and even check the weather forecast and local events whilst planning your holiday. One of the things to look forward to next year will be the Club acquiring additional inventory in some new locations to add to your existing property portfolio. We will make an announcement early next year so watch this space... Finally, on a personal note; I wanted to share with you my highlight of 2014. My family last month achieved a long time dream of becoming Australian citizens. I would also like to wish you and your families a wonderful 2015 and hope that all wishes and dreams come true.

Our Accor Hotels Select program continues to be a very popular Personal Benefit, with Members this year using their points to enjoy over 13,000 room nights in 20 properties. Just recently we added several Northern Territory locations to the program which has been very well received. We will continue in the New Year to add locations to expand the program and continue to create more wonderful holiday experience opportunities. Another great way to use your points, Accor Vacation Club Cruises has also had a very successful year. Members this year enjoyed 415 cruises in almost every major cruise destinations across the globe. In fact a couple of Members were lucky enough to complete a round the world cruise. This year we also conducted a record amount of Member workshops, with over 3,000 Members attending 21 workshops across Australia and New Zealand. If you didn’t attend a workshop this year look out for announcements for the 2015 schedule which for the first time will also include a number of themed party Member events. Just recently we have also launched our upgraded Member website. It has a fresh new look and a much improved viewing experience. It includes a lot of new

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Craig Wood Chief Executive Officer Accor Vacation Club

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Club Facts

21 Member Workshop Sessions have been held at 14 locations

confirmed over

throughout Australia and New Zealand

13,000 room nights 4 NEW properties to enjoy

Over 3,000

Members

have attended our Workshop Sessions

Novotel Darwin Atrium

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

ibis Styles Katherine

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

What’s been happening UB L C E H T in h wit during.......

2014

Refurbishments

have been undertaken at the following Club Properties: The Sebel Swan Valley The Vines

Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort

booked over

415 cruises

To give an idea of the wonderful places our Members are traveling:

European River Cruises, South Pacific, Antarctica, Caribbean, Transpacific, Transatlantic, Alaska and of course ‘around the world!’.


Sebel Rebrand COMPLETION

The Club has had a huge year tasked with rebranding 8 of our properties from Grand Mercure across to The Sebel. October 29 saw the completion of this project with Pinnacle Valley Resort being the last property rebadged within the Club. The Sebel is a brand with a rich history, an established brand equity within the Australian market and a reputation for quality. Style and sophistication have always been synonymous with The Sebel and this highly respected brand has been reborn as Accor’s premier serviced apartment brand. The Sebel Town House opening its doors in Sydney in December 1963. Since then The Sebel has developed a reputation for style and sophistication. Through the success of The Sebel Town House the brand is very well respected and known for its well trained staff and excellent customer service. These qualities will continue to be part of the fabric of The Sebel as it is reborn with Accor. From the moment guests arrive in The Sebel lounge, they are provided with an intelligent and personable accommodation experience in stylish and spacious surrounds. We know that you will appreciate the quality, stylish product, exemplary and personable service and the intelligent character that inspires you to stay again and again.

1 THE SEBEL MELBOURNE FLINDERS LANE

2 THE SEBEL DARLING HARBOUR THE PINNACLE

3 THE SEBEL PALM COVE CORAL COAST

4 THE SEBEL CRESWICK FOREST RESORT

5 THE SEBEL BUSSELTON

6 THE SEBEL SWAN VALLEY THE VINES

7 of intelligent, stylish and inspirational character

THE SEBEL BOWRAL HERITAGE PARK

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Puka Park Lodge

Your stay at

Puka Park Lodge has so much more to offer.... A Grand Experience - Puka Park Lodge: seclusion, indulgence and relaxation at its best, for a natural, rejuvenating and memorable experience. Pauanui is famous for its beach – 3km of golden sand and swirling surf, just minutes walk from the Lodge. There is a myriad of activities on offer in Pauanui and throughout the Coromandel including Hot Water Beach, Waihi Gold Mine Tour, Hauraki Rail and walking trail as well as kayaking, walking, riding and more. Many guests take the 1.5 hour drive to Matamata to experience Hobbiton made famous 6

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by the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Some take it a step further to spend time in the cultural centre of New Zealand, Rotorua which has been catering to tourists since 1840. For those with less time and who do not have the inclination to travel so far afield Pauanui has an 18-hole international golf course, tennis courts, park walkways and is only a short ferry ride to nearby Tairua’s cafés and galleries. Enjoy the region’s natural beauty with options such as hiking, fishing, surfing and more. Staying at Puka Park Lodge is truly a Grand Experience.


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Port Jackson

Puka Park Lodge

Fletcher Bay Stony Bay Port Charles

Fantail Bay Waikawau

Colville

Kennedy Bay

Coromandel Town

Grand getaways Puka Park Lodge Refurbishment

The “Resort Series | Lodge” design was developed taking into consideration the environmental and climate conditions associated with the environment. This design is a variation of the already successfully implemented “Resort Series Design Collection” which includes “Coastal”, “Wine Country” & “Spa Country”. There is also an “Urban Series” which Auckland includes “Heritage” and “Urban Chic” which is designed for our city properties.

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Matarangi Whitianga Castle Hah Rock Cooks Beach

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Thames Hamilton

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The spectacular location of Puka Park a mountainside lodge, nestled within pristine subtropical forest on the dramatic Coromandel coastline, is one of New Zealand’s premier holiday destinations’ enjoying the best of regional, fresh and famous New Zealand food and wine. There are historic links to the Maori culture which has been instilled into the design of the “Puka Park” Lodge and chalets. The destination is an adventure in itself…far from the bustling lifestyles that many guests have left behind them (be they psychological or geographical). A modern twist on tradition this magnificent property is in Pauanui, a long time holiday haven for New Zealanders and is the gateway to the wonders of the Coromandel region. This accessible getaway, only 2 hours drive from Auckland, is private and secluded with cozy inviting interiors, honey coloured timbers, communal fireplaces, warm lighting and comfortable furnishings is immersed in nature. With warmth and serenity Puka Park will awaken your soul. 8

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Cathedral Cove & Hot Water beach Departure times are arranged around the low tide at Hot Water Beach so the self-dug thermal spas can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Northern Escape Sunset Tour An afternoon journey with sensational evening light and very often a stunning sunset to finish

The Pinnacles

Rise to the challenge of The Pinnacles, a sensational journey into a forgotten world. History is everywhere! Relics from the past tell the stories of this remarkable area as you make the 759m ascent.

Member Benefits 20% DISCOUNT

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miha restaurant

Dine in Grand Luxury - at the award winning Miha restaurant, you can be sure of a sumptuous dining experience in elegant surrounds, or dine al fresco on the large outdoor deck, with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop.

10% DISCOUNT Hahei Explorer Cathedral Cove Boat Tours Venture into an awesome blowhole meet the marine life close up and hear stories of Maori encampments and so much more.

10% DISCOUNT Glass Bottom Boat Cathedral Cove Cruise Come and explore the wonderful marine life on this unique 2 hour Eco adventure – keep your eye out for dolphins, penguins and NZ fur seals don’t miss out!

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Accor Vacation Club Cruises

Ahoooooy Matey’s

it’s Captain Scott with his latest edition of cruise news! Joining me this week is first mate Jackie! Ahoy – it’s cruise time! (…a ship horn blowing in the distant back ground!). Whether you’re just now putting your toes in the water, deciding if cruising is the right holiday for you; or if you’re already one of the “cruise converted” on your second or third cruise; or even luckier, if you’re one of those amazing multi-cruising aficionados, your friends at Accor Cruise Club have you covered! There are a surprising number of really great cruising styles and bucket-list cruise options under the cruise rainbow to choose from (believe it or not there are over 10,000 different itineraries – OMG!). But don’t fret and come aboard as Captain Scott and First Mate Jackie make it easy and give you a shipfull of cruising ideas and tips for helping you choose your first cruise holiday or your next one, or your next one…! We’ve come up with an easy introduction and

many ideas for each type of cruiser category that most cruisers fall into and will share info we have gathered from our own cruising experiences and from other fellow Accor members across the globe! Are you ready? I just heard the ship horn blowing in the distance) All ashore that’s going ashore! But not us, we’re going cruising! For ease of reference please check out these cruising categories that most of us fall into and proceed accordingly:

“believe it or not there are over ,000 different

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First-time Cruisers: The Cruise initiated (on your 2nd or 3rd cruise)

The Cruise Aficionados - multi-cruising globe-trotters, who sometimes spend more days in any given month, lounging on a cruise deck chair or exploring a new cruise port than they do on land! It’s no secret this status is Jackie and my personal goal!!!)

First Time Cruisers

Most of us have seen “The Love Boat” on TV and dreamed of a cruise to an exotic isle somewhere with your significant other... or the family, or grab some friends and let’s get a cruise on!

For first timers an ideal itinerary sails from your nearest major capital. What about a quick overnight cruise to nowhere - sailing out of Sydney Harbour Heads and then returning home again; or even a three day taster cruise from Brisbane to Sydney or Melbourne to Adelaide… it’s just enough time to get a feel for your cruise ship, and all the entertainment options on board. Broadway-style shows, pools and relaxing spas, movies, games and Kid’s Club, casino and bars, rock climbing and more… some ships even have flow-riders for surfing, ice-skating rinks, dodgem cars, mini-

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golf, basketball courts the list is almost endless! And then there’s the food – all you can eat buffets, ala carte dining rooms, cafes, pizza and BBQ, specialty restaurants showcasing Michelin starred chefs… and room service!!! Did I mention that your on board accommodation, meals, entertainment and more are included?? Throw in a few exotic destinations and you have a holiday made in heaven!


The Cruise Initiated on your 2nd or 3rd cruise

Now you know that a cruise holiday is all-inclusive, with amazing destinations and more, it’s time to discover the world!

Australia and New Zealand: You can stay close to home with cruises around Australia’s superb coastline, the magnificent Kimberley, the gorgeous Barrier Reef or even a full circumnavigation, if you want to go the whole way! The beautiful Murray River could also be on the cards cruising along the river banks on board an historic paddle wheeler and experiencing native flora and fauna up close and personal. Or sail a little further afield to New Zealand, for the superb sights of Milford Sound, unique Napier, City of Sails - Auckland and the celebrated Bay of Islands. Asia and Beyond: It’s definitely time to expand your cruising horizons to Asia where you can choose to cruise the exotic coastlines or winding rivers. Discover China’s Three Gorges, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples, the stunning limestone isles of Halong Bay in Vietnam, culturally rich Indonesian islands – each with a different aspect, and charming cherry blossom laden Japan. Mediterranean: Halfway across the world, the Mediterranean awaits you. With so much on offer from the jewel-like Greek isles to Italy’s stunning coastlines and captivating ports (Genoa, Rome Civitavecchia, Venice), the French Riviera and the more enticing Spanish and North African coastal regions, you are sure to find many itineraries and cruise lines to suit.

Europe and More: Is Europe more your thing? Try a European River Cruise on the famous waterways of Europe including romantic rivers like the Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Seine, Saune, Rhone, Po and Volga, taking in famous cities from Paris to Budapest from Cologne to Avignon. You too could cruise through the very heart of Europe, sailing via Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy and more! The luxury of a river ship provides all the cozy comforts of home, with the adventure of a new destination with every bend in the river. Once you’ve tried and tested a number of cruise lines and destinations, you are ready to take the next step in your cruising lifestyle…

The Cruise Aficionados

Ok you’ve made it to Aficionados status. Well done, welldeserved! You’re living your holiday dreams whether it’s because of all those great business deals you completed or perhaps you’ve simply earned your elite status through well-earned retirement! Now its time to put all those fruits of your past labor to work and sit back, relax, enjoy, explore and plan your cruise! Having been on several cruises by now and hopefully experiencing some of the

awesome cruise line styles, ship sizes, overall themes and memorable (and some not so memorable) ship décor choices, you probably have a preferred cruise line, a favourite ship or at least a good handful of top picks you want to cruise again on for your next sojourn. Now that all that testing and trialling is behind you, its time to take your cruise holidaying to the next level – its time to explore and relax your way around the world, floating, indulging, and holidaying on your favourite cruise lines or ships (or group of ships). Its time to discover that (as trite as it may sound) … all the world is your cruising oyster! Here are some of the best cruising destinations you can’t afford to miss out on and you should consider! They all can be reached from the comfort of your favourite cruise ship or cruise line! Come with us as we highlight our top ten cruise itineraries or destinations. Alas, they are not in any specific order!!! That’s up to you – we just want to make sure take them all in: vacations edition two • 2014

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Panama Canal

The epic “must-do” crossing of the tropics from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, by way of the Caribbean Sea and its world famous bridge of land, Panama with its legendary canal. Just beyond the Canal Zone itself are amazing bio-diverse jungles, tantalizing indigenous cultures, volcanoes, exotic coral reefs and picture book of wildlife including Toucans, Rainbow Macaws, Tapirs and Black Jaguars!

Alaska

Be prepared to come-away breathless from its overwhelming majesty and jaw-dropping beauty. A vast “last-frontier” of towering mountains, vast glaciers you can just about reach-out and touch iconic iceberg laden fjords and magical flora and fauna. And did I mention the Orca Killer Whales, Grizzly Bears and Puffins, oh my!

South America

East Coast on to Antarctica and/or Galapagos – Where do I begin! From the world famous “Carnival” beaches of Carmen Miranda’s Brazil (Ipanema and Copa Cabana). To scintillating explorations up the Amazon River to the Manaus Opera House all from the comforts of your cruise ship, to tapping out the steps of the tango in Buenos Aires, there are all sorts of treasures to uncover! Dip even further south towards Antarctica and see Penguins, Walrus and Albatross on explorations of Islands with famous names like the South Shetlands, Deception Island, South Georgia Islands on the way to Drake Passage and the Antarctica Peninsula. And yes, the land of the Blue-Footed Booby, the giant Land Tortoise and Darwin’s unearthly Galapagos is also Down Under on this South American Continent’s upper Northwest Pacific coast, just off the shores of Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. Consider exploring this kaleidoscope of countries, cultures, flora and fauna by dividing out on 3 or 4 different cruise itineraries or on a world sector or around South America cruise covering the highlights of each area!

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Northern Europe (Baltic Cruising and further West to Iceland)

A delightful cruise destination steeped in history, multiple cultures, multiple countries, gorgeous Scandinavian/ Norwegian fjords and famous for being the “home of the midnight sun”. Best time to visit is during the Northern Hemisphere summer April through October. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the rich history, art and architecture of this exciting region with some amazing ports of call and countries to choose from including: Copenhagen, Denmark: Oslo, Bergen, Geiranger Fjord in Norway: Tallinn, Estonia; St Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Riga, Latvia; Helsinki, Finland; Germany; United Kingdom and Holland… If you really have the adventurer spirit there’s some amazing itineraries that take in a bit further West around Iceland and over and up around the base of Greenland – Ponant’s luxury ship the Le Soleal is the cruise to be on next July, 2015.

Greek Isles

Mediterranean & Adriatic islands – With every trip to the Mediterranean you’re sure to discover something new, another grand old city, another amazing dish or vista and of course another tantalizing wine! We just want to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the Meds many unique island treasures as well, perhaps trying to include some of the more enchanting ones on your next cruising visit. Here’s just but a few to ensure you include: Olbia, Italy on the island of Sardinia, or in the Adriatic Sea the Croatian Islands of Korcula or Hvar, or perhaps the fascinating island of French Corsica via the ports of Ajaccio or Calvi. Of course there’s always Santorini, Greece worthy of several visits and it still takes our breath away every time we take in the vista from the white-washed hillside village back out towards our cruise ship…


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Remote South Pacific and World Cruise Sectors or a Northern Pacific Jewels World Cruise

Don’t forget to sneak out to all its hidden treasures along the peripherals of the expansive ocean backdrop. Highly recommend a cruise among the Tahitian Islands whether it is on the aptly named “Paul Gaugin” of the deluxe Radisson TIP Be sure too include a couple Seven Seas cruise lines pre/post days to visit Kyoto, with its Tahiti based Japan just a little further ship or one of a handful inland! others that stop in Tahiti along the way – it’s not to be missed in this life time! The towering Bora Bora tropical volcanic reverse oasis and the exquisite French cuisine a la fresh Polynesian seafood style is heaven. From the South Pacific to the North Pacific, Japan has come back onto the world cruising stage with some phenomenal cruising itineraries around this island nation with ports to include Yokohama, Kushiro, Otaru, Hakodate and Aomori.

European River Cruises

You’ve probably being hearing about these cool niche cruises available across all the major river waterways of Europe. They are indeed a really intimate way to see the interior of Europe from the perspective of its old world waterways. While certainly not as roomy and full of all the extras of the larger cruise ships they do offer cozy cabins and even suites with full meal service and relaxing days lazily sailing up and down the river. Although some of its best highlights and most memorable meals come from forays ashore in the fabulous towns and villages sprinkled along the route, don’t be surprised when you board in Amsterdam and wake up in Budapest!!! A unique experience not to be missed. In fact some Accor cruisers prefer the river cruise experience more than the Ocean ships!!! Not only can you river cruise in Europe but there’s Russia, China, Burma, Vietnam and now even the mighty Mississippi in the USA!

These types of cruises continue to be very popular for those that have that extra bit of time! This is the way to see the world or sections of it at your pace and from a very unique perspective and time frame! Cruises range from the famous Cunard liners that literally tour the world changing destinations and itineraries year after year a la Queen Mary II, Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria! Always adding something new or revisiting world favourites! Joining the ranks of the Cunard’s on world cruises and sectors are cruise lines like Princess, Azamara, Holland America, Ponant, Oceania, Crystal, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Costa.

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When in Europe these work as a great combination to a Mediterranean or Northern Europe cruise where you can explore the interior of Europe in 5 star luxury only unpacking once!

Ok now it’s your turn! Drop me a line and let me know where you have been cruising and what you recommend… even better what are your cruising tips!!! I can be reached at Accor Cruise Club at the following e-mail address: info@accorvacationclub.com.au

Now sailing from a port near you!

Wow it’s a new era in cruising for all Australians! Cruise holiday departures are not just from Sydney anymore! There are more cruise lines and more cruise embarkation (get on board) points than ever before… Main line cruise companies are bringing the cruise holiday to our front doorsteps – yeah!!! Now departing from a host of Australian ports across OZ! There’s Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns and yes even delightful Fremantle. If you can’t drive to your port of departure it’s just a quick flight hop away! And it’s all about making your cruise holiday as easy as possible Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Sydneysiders why not head out a few days early and spend a few nights wining and dining around Margaret River before departing on a cruise from Fremantle? Melbournites why not spend a few days in Noosa before heading out to the South Pacific from Brizzie? Adelaidians why not luxuriate for a couple nights in Sydney bringing some South Australian charm to the East coast! All information is correct at time of printing and is subject to change.

Contact Accor Vacation Club Cruises for all your cruise queries, if you need information or inspiration for your next cruise.

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Member Stories We have had many wonderful stays with Accor over a long period of time, but a couple which spring to mind is the Mecure at Mt Buller (out of snow season), the other is Pinnacle Valley Resort and Crackenback Resort near Thredbo NSW. Whilst we thoroughly enjoy the comfort of the Accor Resorts, they are really only for our ‘bed, brekkie and dinner’, as we do not remain in the resorts but go out and see the world around us - we are outdoor people.

We have also stayed at the Crackenback Resort but again spent out time outdoors. We walked to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko and were on the summit for sunrise. Really on top of the world.

Chris and Ray Summers

At Mt Buller we enjoyed yet another climb to the summit and sat there watching sunset, in shorts and 5’c, then waling back to the carpark in the rapidly increasing low cloud. Out of this world. The other spot we visit from Pinnacle Valley Resort is Craig’s Hut at Clear Hills. We celebrated out 40th wedding anniversary at the Hut with 21 guests - some of whom also stayed at Pinnacle Valley. Our guests were transported to the Hut by a 4WD company in Mansfield, who also provided us with a magnificent BBQ meal. Sunrise at Craig’s Hut is out of this world.

Sun & Fun

The Great Outdoors In February 2014 we went on a 9 day Sunshine Coast adventure for some R & R. We stayed at Twin Waters, what an amazing experience, the apartments are amazing, I love how you open the door and look out on the lagoon. During our stay we were introduced to Susie Nau an Accor Vacation Club consultant, Susie met us and went through our membership, it had been a while since we had done that. Susie was amazing she was not pushie, she sold us the benefits and left it up to us to get back to her. We did get back to her and ended up upgrading our membership. We can now look forward to more holidays using this amazing club.

Carmen Magri-Olson We stayed at the Pullman Arcadia Naithon Beach in Phuket I must say It is the best resort we have stayed at, it is ideally situated for the beach and numerous local beach side restaurants and shops, they also have a beach shuttle bus every thirty minutes if you don’t want the attempt the stairs down to the beach. There are several pools with the main pool having a view of the sea. The rooms are very well appointed and extremely comfortable all with balconies

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Exotic Tastes

with either sea or garden views complete with fly screens on the balcony doors. The on site restaurants have varied menu with Elements having several themed nights weekly also they are extremely affordable. Every staff member who we met or even passed greeted us with enthusiasm which was genuine. Nothing is to much trouble for any of the staff. We highly recommend this Accor resort we will defiantly be returning.

Glenn Oldfield


What Our Members Have to Say Here’s some great pics of our 5 year old Leticia reeling in her first ever fish, from the beach straight out the front of the Sebel Busselton. The beach is lovely and protected and a five minute walk from the apartments and best of all, there’s fish to catch.

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A great effort by Leticia, especially as you might be able to see the tip of the rod broke off during the fight, and is still dangling around the line making life difficult. This healthy little flathead was released to grow bigger and fight another day. A truly memorable holiday – thanks Sebel Busselton.

Brendan Egan We have been members of the club for seven years and have visited many of the club properties both in Australia and New Zealand. One property that we had always wanted to visit but could never manage it was Lake Crackenback Resort. This year we finally got there and it was well worth the wait. The resort is nestled at the foot of the Main Range in the Snowy Mountains. It is about twenty minutes from Jindabyne and only about 10 minutes from Thredbo. As you can imagine, it is very busy in winter, yet the Snowy’s aren’t just about winter. It is a superb region to visit year round. We went in early autumn and found the weather to be just right. The days were cool and sunny, just right for touring through the breathtaking scenery. Our accommodation was a great, two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a magnificent lounge / dining room with a balcony that gave stunning views over Lake Crackenback and the Main Range beyond. The fully equipped kitchen allowed us to cook for ourselves. On the nights when that didn’t appeal, we had the choice of two, top class restaurants on the property. One of these restaurants accepted our Advantage Plus card so not only did we dine well but also relatively cheaply! We found that, apart from these indulgences, the Resort had lots to offer, from a little bit of golf to some Segway riding by way of some canoeing and bicycle riding. If that is not enough, there is a very nice heated, enclosed, pool and well-equipped gym. There is also a well-patronised Day Spa. The area between the Resort and Thedbo is threaded with walking and mountain bike tracks. If you fancy a

bit of bush-walking there is a very pleasant walk from the Ski-Tube (just up the road) along the Thredbo River to Thredbo Diggings camp ground. The very helpful people at Reception can provide you with maps. While you are staying here, do try to explore the surrounding countryside and experience its amazing scenery. We took a trip over Dead Horse Gap, down to Tom Groggan Station and Khancoban along the Alpine Way. It is only about 85 kms each way. The road, while windy, is surfaced and well maintained. This is real “Man from Snowy River” country. Another great drive is around the other side of the Main Range up to Perisher and Charlotte Pass. The scenery is quite different to the Thredbo side. For the walkers, Charlotte Pass offers a starting off point to some great Alpine walks. For the non walkers, visit the lookout at Charlotte’s Pass and take in the majestic views across the roof of Australia to Kosciusko and Mount Townsend. If you intend to visit Lake Crackenback Resort, I would urge you to book well ahead, 11 or 12 months if possible. Like us, you will find that is well worth the effort.

John Wilson

The Man from Snowy River

Please email your holiday stories to us and remember we love to see your snapshots!

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his year has seen the introduction of the upgraded Accor Vacation Club Member website. The project itself has been a large undertaking particularly integrating with the new online booking engine. The websites layout style has been simplified giving a clean fresh look as well as a seamless transition when browsing from page to page. In short a better ‘viewing experience’ while online. The site has also been created with a new responsive interface which means it can be viewed clearly on different devices including home computers, laptops, ipads, tablets and also smart phones alike.

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The introduction of the new online booking engine now means that Members no longer have to login twice to make a reservation online. Members can also view availability at all of the 21 Club properties when deciding where they would like to holiday next. Each property page now also includes some great content like local area attractions (which are updated continuously) for that region as well as Trip Advisor comments, new property imagery and resort video content. So jump online and have a browse around your new look Member website. www.accorvacationclub.com.au


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Once you’ve confirmed there is availability, simply ‘Make a Reservation’ and then start planning your next holiday.

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Refurbishments

The Sebel Swan Valley The Vines

The “Wine Country Resort Series” The “Wine Country | Resort Series” room was designed to take into consideration the environmental and climate conditions associated with the properties. This design is a variation of the already successfully implemented “Coastal & Spa Country| Resort Series” adapted for Wine region locations. The variation in the “Resort Series” is achieved through the use of local inspired design elements, wall coverings and tiles in conjunction with the use of a rich sophisticated color palette and finishes creating warmth for this cooler wine country region. The modern furniture design is complemented by the queen lounge, which also incorporates a sofa bed system for practicality. The statesman style arm chairs are also a key furniture element to accentuate the comfortable relaxed reading and indoor recreation space. In the bedroom the key design element is the padded bed head, of which the theme is carried through to the bed runner and scatter cushions. The addition of electric fire places in the two bedroom apartments enhances the ambiance and luxury of these apartments. Strata Teak stacked timber feature walls and dimming pendant light further give a sense of luxury and warmth. 18

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Environmental initiatives have also been implemented with the replacement of high energy down lights with LED and fluorescent fittings and all bathroom fittings and fixtures have been chosen based on their water saving capacity. In addition to this new Bluetooth technology is being provided to enable members and guests music options from all personal Bluetooth capable devices.

The Vines has been refurbished in line with our “Resort Series” brand standards


The “High Country | Resort Series” room was designed to take into consideration the environmental and climate conditions associated with the properties.

Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort

The “High Country Resort Series”

The “High Country” variation in the “Resort Series” is achieved through the use of local inspired design elements, wall coverings and tiles in conjunction with the use of a rich sophisticated color palette and finishes creating aesthetic warmth for this cooler high country region.

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Workshops The popularity of Member Workshops in 2014 has been very evident with attendance numbers going through the roof, and as such we wish to continue this momentum into 2015. We are excited to announce that next year there will be 5 Member Events held as well as 4 regional Member Workshops scheduled into the calendar. The 5 Member Events will be held in the following major centres:

• The Sunshine Coast - QLD • Sydney NSW

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• Melbourne VIC • Perth WA and • Auckland NZ Dates for these Member Events will be posted on the Member Website as well as communicated to Members via eNewsflash emails so remember to open your Member emails when they come through to keep updated. It’s exciting times with our Member Workshops and Events, so we hope to see you in 2015, stay tuned for dates.

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Accor Hotels Select Program Currently Offers Members an additional 20 properties on top of the 21 Accor Vacation Club properties. 4 NEW properties NOW available in the Northern Territory

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Member Benefits Yellow Water Cruises

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Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland, is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. The river system, which is the largest in Kakadu, contains extensive wetlands that include river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. Freecall 1800 500 401

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08 9753 2424 31 Glendon Rd Ludlow WA 6280 www.cheddarcheese.com.au

Skydive the Beach and Beyond Meet our energetic and highly experienced team who are passionate about delivering the perfect skydiving adventure. Byron Bay, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Perth, York, Rockingham 1300 663 634 www.skydive.com.au

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Award winning Cheeses for free tasting. An excellent venue with great coffee. Australia is the largest consumer of cheddar in the world per capita . One of the reasons is that we manufacture some of the best cheddars. What a perfect taste to compliment Western Australia many beautiful wines.

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Life Interiors and Replica Furniture Contemporary furniture both residential and commercial buying direct from the manufacturer allowing great savings. Inhouse interior stylist provides free styling advice. Showrooms located in Waterloo and opening soon in Melbourne and Brisbane. (02) 8005 8332 www.lifeinteriors.com.au & www.replicafurniture.com phone visit

Spa at Chateau Elan Your special so take advantage of the $50 discount on treatments 50min in length or more, (Mon-Fri). Call Member Services for Voucher. Terms and conditions apply.

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Tamburlaine Organic Wines Tamburlaine is Australia’s largest producer of organic wines, established in 1966 in the renowned Pokolbin district of the Hunter Valley. Vineyard and winery tour including private tasting with organic cheese plate, 2 bottles of any 375ml or 750ml Tamburlaine wine to take home Normal Value $106 – Member rate $49. (02) 4998 4200 address 358 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320 phone

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours Is a small tour company that has a true love of good food and great wines and the joy of sharing it with others.

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0412 104 696 Mezzanine Level, 2 Queen Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000. phone

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Jamieson Brewery uses traditional brewing styles to give you the freshest, preservative free beers using no added sugars and Mountain Fresh Water. Located in Victoria’s High Country in a setting of Mountains and Rivers Make Jamieson Brewer your next destination. Free Brewery Tour most days at 12.30pm

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03 5775 1144 15/15 High St, Mansfield VIC 3722

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0412 104 696 321 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 phone

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Ambiance simply amazing – a touch of class. German style dining and premium hand crafted beer, set in the most pleasant surroundings. 08 9296 0620 Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA 6055 phone 08 9486 9410 address Level 10, 225 St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000 phone

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Sandalford Winery - Swan Valley Founded in 1840, dine amongst the rustic ambiance of limestone, wood and a grand open fire. Complimentary main course when another main course of equal value is purchased. PLUS 40% discount, view online our Accor Vacation Club portfolio. 08 9379 9400 Corner Meadow and Swan Streets, Guildford, WA 6055 phone

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Snowshoeing and Heli-snowshoeing Tours If you can walk you can snowshoe Wander through spectacular mountain scenery and enjoy the open spaces, fresh air and the natural world. Half and full day tours available.

15%* Discount

Queenstown web www.snowshoeing.co.nz email info@nzwalks.com

BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE DIRECT

10%* Discount BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE DIRECT BY CALLING OR EMAIL

Queenstown web www.raft.co.nz phone +64 3 442 7318 / 0900 423 836 (NZ only)

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From the icon locations of Mount Cook, Twizel, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and Queenstown, The Helicopter Line can take you on a scenic flight to discover New Zealand’s National Parks, glaciers, mountains and lakes, often with a snow landing.

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Mitre Peak Cruises Discover the beauty of Milford Sound with Mitre Peak Cruises. Operating daily cruises, each two hour cruise ventures up the fiord out to the Tasman Sea. Explore cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, rugged peaks, lush rainforest, seals, penguins and dolphins.

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Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. The Kawarau River provides an exhilarating trip for first time rafters. The Shotover River provides the challenge for those looking for extra excitement and thrills.

Glass Bottom Boat Cathedral Cove Cruise Come and explore the wonderful marine life on this unique 2 hour Eco adventure – keep your eye out for dolphins, penguins and NZ fur seals – don’t miss out!

Challenge Rafting

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64 7 348 1328 1000 Hinemoa St, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand phone

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Polynesian Spa Rotorua NZ voted top 10 world day spa resort, overlooking Lake Rotorua, relax and unwind in the hot mineral pools at Polynesian Spa. Cast your eyes to the hills in the distance and reflect on this tranquil volcanic landscape once not so peaceful. Clouds of steam arise from the lake from springs deep below the water’s surface.

15%* Discount BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE BY PHONE

Milford Sound Scenic Flights is one of the region’s most experienced flight seeing operators, flying visitors to and from Milford Sound for over 20 years. All of our passengers have a window seat for uninterrupted viewing and our experienced pilots provide an informative commentary, highlighting points of interest along the way. web

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Air Fiordland Scenic plane flights with Air Fiordland from Queenstown and Te Anau into Milford Sound. View the powerful and dramatic scenery of the Fiordland National Park from above and then from below on a boat cruise – the famous fly cruise fly package. Flight, coach and cruise options also available from Queenstown and Te Anau. web

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25%* discount

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www.glacierhelicopters.co.nz +64 3 751 0803

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Wanaka River Journeys, a unique half day wilderness jet boating adventure on the Matukituki River. See hanging glaciers, LOTR and Hobbit film locations and ice carved landscapes; enjoy local culture, a 50 minute forest walk and optional heli flight to the glaciers. More than a jet boat ride. email

info@wanakariverjourneys.co.nz phone 0800 544 555 (within NZ) web www.wanakariverjourneys.co.nz

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Glacier Helicopters on the West Coast pioneered glacier and snow landings in New Zealand in 1970. Offering scenic helicopter flights that include a glacier landing enable visitors to interact and enjoy some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world.

Wanaka River Journeys

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Offering flights from the famous Milford Sound to the spectacular West Coast Glaciers, Wanaka Flightseeing offers Flights of Discovery. Enjoy uninterrupted window viewing over the Southern Alps, remote Doubtful Sound and rugged Mount Cook– or combine a scenic jet boat safari on the Dart River. A booking bonus offers free admission to the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum in Wanaka.

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Bombay Palace is a melting pot of Indian cuisine, presenting heady spices, fully flavoured curries and melt in your mouth simply sensational. Queenstown and Invercargill web www.bombay-palace.co.nz

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We can always help out with tailor-made touring

UK & EUROPE

Back-Roads Not Freeways

Unlike large coaches, our minicoaches can go almost anywhere a car can. Access the smallest town squares, country lanes and medieval villages.

All tours include:

Authentic Local Experiences

We take you to places away from the standard tourist trails. Go beyond the tourist façade to learn more about local food, crafts, history and culture.

Small Group Sizes

With a maximum of 18 personalised experience, and of touring.

Culinary Experiences

We include authentic culinary experiences which are locally sourced, and use local handpicked restaurants.

Charming Accommodation

Stay in quality local character of your destination such as country estates, castle hotels, villas and traditional inns.

Accommodation Many meals Tour leader Mini-coach transportation Many entrance fees

Accor Vacation Club Travel by Flight Centre can provide a wide product range across popular destinations for the Members. Packages include destinations like the USA, Australia, Bali, Thailand, Fiji and New Zealand, along with broad ranges across Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the Asia/Pacific Region. We can also help with tailor-made holidays with everything from a short stopover to a complex round-the-world itinerary. Our goal is to help you find a personal and unforgettable holiday experience.

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Let us weave our magic for you. Travel with like-minded people. Meet the locals. Be amazed. Pursue your individual interests. Feast upon regional foods and wines. Laugh a lot. Indulge.

JOURNEYS BY LAND, RAIL, RIVER & SEA

ACCOR VACATION CLUB TRAVEL BY FLIGHT CENTRE

CANADA & ALASKA | EUROPE | CHINA | BURMA | INDIA | AUSTRALIA | VIETNAM & CAMBODIA | SOUTH AMERICA | AFRICA

Decadent, effortless and truly unforgettable, in 2015 APT’s unforgettable journeys unite all of the elements for which the luxury tour operator is renowned, and much more. Luxury accommodation, enriching sightseeing, extraordinary cuisine and impeccable service are but the beginning of the APT experience – the most exclusive, convenient and entirely indulgent style of touring available. The discerning travellers who choose APT do so for the unparalleled holiday experience delivered, and for the security inherent in travelling with an expert global tour operator. From the moment of booking an APT holiday to the return journey home APT prides itself on providing exceptional service and standards every time, throughout every APT holiday.

Wander the opulent gardens of Namedy Castle

Enjoy time to reflect on the ancient Machu Picchu

Experience the bustling markets along the Mekong River

Enjoy a two-day journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

*Accor Vacation Club Travel by Flight Centre is provided by a third party provider, namely Flight Centre Limited. Flight Centre Limited was appointed to operate the Club’s travel program on the 27th of January 2010 for a term of 3 years, which has subsequently been renewed for a further one year. The termination window allows either party to terminate the agreement at such time without cause.


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The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast North Queensland

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01 May - 07 Jun 25 Jul - 12 Aug

Turtle Beach Resort Mermaid Beach Accor Vacation Club Apartments Gold Coast, QLD

01 Jan - 30 Apr 08 Jun - 24 Jul 09 Sep - 31 Oct 30 Nov - 31 Dec

13 Aug - 08 Sep 01 Nov - 29 Nov

01 May - 07 Jun 25 Jul - 12 Aug

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Accor Vacation Club Apartments Coffs Harbour, NSW

01 Jan - 31 Jan 01 Mar - 30 Apr 10 Jun - 24 Jul 05 Sep - 15 Oct 26 Nov - 31 Dec

01 Feb - 28 Feb 14 Aug - 04 Sep 16 Oct - 25 Nov

01 May - 09 Jun 25 Jul - 13 Aug

Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort Accor Vacation Club Apartments Snowy Mountains, NSW

01 Jan - 31 Jan 24 Mar - 25 Apr 11 Jun - 18 Oct 16 Dec - 31 Dec

01 Mar - 23 Mar 01 Jun - 10 Jun 19 Oct - 15 Dec

01 Feb - 28 Feb 26 Apr - 31 May

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort Merrijig, VIC

01 Jan - 31 Jan 05 Jun - 26 Oct 26 Nov - 31 Dec

01 Mar - 30 Apr 27 Oct - 25 Nov

01 Feb - 28 Feb 01 May - 04 Jun

Grand Mercure The Links Accor Vacation Club Apartments Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

01 Jan - 18 Jun 05 Sep - 26 Nov 11 Dec - 31 Dec

19 Jun - 30 Aug 27 Nov - 10 Dec

31 Aug - 04 Sep

The Sebel Busselton Geographe Bay, WA

01 Jan - 12 May 01 Sep - 31 Dec

13 May - 29 May 07 Jun - 11 Jun 20 Jun - 21 Jul

30 May - 06 Jun 12 Jun - 19 Jun 22 Jul - 31 Aug

The Sebel Swan Valley The Vines Perth, WA

01 Jan - 07 May 25 Jul - 31 Dec

08 May - 11 Jun

12 Jun - 24 Jul

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Accor Vacation Club Apartments Coromandel Peninsula, NZ

01 Jan - 30 Apr 21 Aug - 29 Oct 07 Nov - 31 Dec

05 Jun - 30 Jul

01 May - 04 Jun 31 Jul - 20 Aug 30 Oct - 06 Nov

Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Accor Vacation Club Apartments Wanaka, NZ

01 Jan - 30 Apr 01 Jul - 30 Sep 22 Nov - 31 Dec

13 Jun - 30 Jun 01 Oct - 21 Nov

01 May - 12 Jun

MGallery St Moritz Queenstown Accor Vacation Club Apartments Queentown, NZ

01 Jan - 31 Jan 24 Mar - 25 Apr 11 Jun - 18 Oct 16 Dec - 31 Dec

01 Mar - 23 Mar 01 Jun - 10 Jun 19 Oct - 15 Dec

01 Feb - 28 Feb 26 Apr - 31 May

01 Jan - 07 Jan 10 Apr - 31 Dec

08 Jan - 31 Jan 16 Mar - 09 Apr

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua Accor Vacation Club Apartments Nusa Dua, BALI

01 Feb - 15 Mar

Première Points Chart 2 Bedroom Apartment

Studio Properties Season

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Season

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

324

High

5,000

600

600

600

600

1,000

1,000

600

High

2,700

324

324

324

324

540

540

Mid

1,800

216

216

216

216

360

360

216

Mid

3,300

396

396

396

396

660

660

396

Value

1,200

144

144

144

144

240

240

144

Value

2,100

252

252

252

252

420

420

252

1 Bedroom Apartment

3 Bedroom Apartment

Season

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Season

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

High

4,000

480

480

480

480

800

800

480

High

7,000

840

840

840

840

1,400

1,400

840

Mid

2,600

312

312

312

312

520

520

312

Mid

5,000

600

600

600

600

1,000

1,000

600

Value

1,800

216

216

216

216

360

360

216

Value

3,100

372

372

372

372

620

620

372

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Group Seasonal Calendar

B

HIGH Start - End

MID Start - End

Freshwater Point Resort Broadbeach Accor Vacation Club Apartments Gold Coast, QLD

01 Jan - 30 Apr 01 Jun - 3 Aug 14 Aug - 31 Oct 01 Dec - 31 Dec

01 May - 31 May 4 Aug - 13 Aug 01 Nov - 30 Nov

Grand Mercure The Vintage Accor Vacation Club Apartments Hunter Valley, NSW

01 Jan - 30 Apr 06 Jun - 16 Jul 04 Sep - 31 Dec

30 May - 05 Jun 17 Jul - 20 Aug

01 May - 29 May 21 Aug - 03 Sep

The Sebel Darling Harbour The Pinnacle Sydney, NSW

01 Jan - 30 Apr 19 Jun - 23 Jul 21 Aug - 31 Dec

05 Jun - 18 Jun 24 Jul - 29 Jul 07 Aug - 20 Aug

01 May - 04 Jun 30 Jul - 06 Aug

The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park Bowral, NSW

01 Jan - 31 Jan 01 Mar - 31 May 04 Aug - 31 Dec

09 Jun - 03 Aug

01 Feb - 28 Feb 01 Jun - 08 Jun

The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC

01 Jan - 30 Apr 19 Jun - 23 Jul 21 Aug - 31 Dec

05 Jun - 18 Jun 24 Jul - 29 Jul 07 Aug - 20 Aug

01 May - 04 Jun 30 Jul - 06 Aug

Grand Mercure Basildene Manor Accor Vacation Club Apartments Margaret River, WA

01 Jan - 31 May 08 Sep - 31 Dec

19 Jun - 13 Aug

01 Jun - 18 Jun 14 Aug - 07 Sep

The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort Creswick, VIC

01 Jan - 30 Apr 19 Jun - 15 Jul 18 Sep - 31 Dec

05 Jun - 18 Jun 16 Jul - 13 Aug 05 Sep - 17 Sep

01 May - 04 Jun 14 Aug - 04 Sep

Group B Properties

VALUE Start - End

Première Points Chart 2 Bedroom Apartment

Studio Properties Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sun

Season

700

420

High

7,000

840

840

840

840

1,400

1,400

840

500

300

Mid

5,000

600

600

600

600

1,000

1,000

600

180

Value

3,000

360

360

360

360

600

600

360

Season

Weekly

Sat

High

3,500

420

420

420

420

700

Mid

2,500

300

300

300

300

500

Value

1,500

180

180

180

180

300

300

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

3 Bedroom Apartment

1 Bedroom Apartment Season

Weekly

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Season

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

540

High

9,000

1,080

1,080

1,080

1,080

1,800

1,800

1,080

High

4,500

540

540

540

540

900

900

Mid

3,500

420

420

420

420

700

700

420

Mid

6,500

780

780

780

780

1,300

1,300

780

Value

2,100

252

252

252

252

420

420

252

Value

4,300

516

516

516

516

860

860

516

Deluxe Studio Season

Weekly

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

High

4,000

480

480

480

480

800

800

480

Mid

2,600

312

312

312

312

520

520

312

Value

1,800

216

216

216

216

360

360

216

MAXIMISE YOUR MEMBERSHIP USE YOUR BOOKING WINDOWS EFFECTIVELY

12 MTHS

Platinum, Traveller and Corporate Membersare able to make 7 night reservations with points

11 MTHS

Gold Members are able to make 7 night reservations with points

10 MTHS

Silver and Bronze Members are able to make 7 night reservations with points

TIP

6 MTHS

All Members - can make 4-6 night reservations with points - can make 2-3 night reservations with points ( Excluding Fri/Sat nights )

45 DAYS

All Members - can make 2-3 night reservations with points (Including Fri/Sat nights)

30 DAYS

All Members - can make 1 night  reservations with points

14 DAYS

Bonus Time is available to all Members (min rates apply, m  in 2 nights, max 4 nights)

5 DAYS

Bonus Time is available for Members’ guests when the Member isn’t staying

If you need to travel during school holidays, events such as Christmas, Easter, AFL, NRL, Tennis, Grand Prix, Racing Carnivals, Concerts or celebrating an anniversary or birthday ...remember to book on the day your Booking Window opens!

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Important Contacts Member Services Monday to Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm AEST excluding National Public Holidays Saturday 8:30am to 4:30pm AEST excluding National Public Holidays Level 2, Accor Vacation Club Building, 14 Edgewater Court, Robina QLD 4226 PO Box 3755, Robina Town Centre, QLD 4230 www.accorvacationclub.com.au TOLL FREE Telephone AUS 1300 76 14 14 Telephone NZ 0800 76 14 14 Telephone International +61 7 5595 3290 Press the following Options for

• Interval International - exchange and point deposit inquiries • Club Reservations and Point Inquiries • Member Services • Club Billings • Accor Hotels Select Reservations

Member Reservations Member Services Member Education

msreservations@accorvacationclub.com.au info@accorvacationclub.com.au workshops@accorvacationclub.com.au

Facsimile AUS Facsimile International

1300 76 17 17 +61 7 5595 3281

- Press option 0 - Press option 1 - Press option 2  - Press option 3 - Press option 4

Accor Vacation Club Cruises Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm AEST excluding National Public Holidays Saturday 7:30am to 2:00pm AEST excluding National Public Holidays www.accorvacationclubcruises.com.au TOLL FREE Telephone AUS 1300 558 433 Telephone NZ 0800 558 433 Accor Vacation Club Billings Billings Facsimile AUS Billings Facsimile International Member Billings

1300 76 13 43 +61 7 5595 3282 billing@accorvacationclub.com.au

APVC Finance APVC Finance AUS APVC Finance NZ APVC Finance International

1800 446 513 0800 222 675 +61 7 5501 7310

Amore Referral Program Telephone AUS Telephone NZ Email

1800 80 32 70 0800 001 707 referrals@accorvacationclub.com.au

A-Gift Telephone AUS 1800 267 950 Telephone NZ 0800 222 670 Email agift@accorvacationclub.com.au Membership Upgrades Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, excluding National Public Holidays Telephone AUS 1800 00 71 18 Telephone NZ 0800 00 71 89 Facsimile +61 7 5501 7351 Email upgrades@accorvacationclub.com.au Accor Vacation Club Travel by Flight Centre Telephone AUS Telephone NZ International Email

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm (AEST) By appointment only Saturdays 8.30am to 5.00pm (AEST) By appointment only C/Escape Travel Macarthur Central, Shop LG2, 255 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 1800 70 80 90 0800 451 997 +61 7 3181 8900 travel@accorvacationclub.com.au

Interval International Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm (AEST) Saturdays 8.30am to 5.00pm (AEST) Telephone AUS 0011 800 4683 7825 Telephone NZ 00 800 4683 7825 Facsimile AUS 1800 265 592 Facsimile NZ 0800 880 342  Email anzmemberservices@intervalintl.com Europcar Telephone AUS 1300 65 95 45 (Quote 47674691) Telephone NZ 0800 80 01 15 (Quote 47674691) Telephone International +61 3 9330 6160 Email reservations@europcar.com.au Accor Hotels Accor Reservation Services AUS 1300 88 08 86 Accor Reservation Services NZ 0800 44 44 22 www.Accorhotels.com AccorAdvantage Plus Telephone AUS 1300 36 36 37 Telephone NZ 0800 44 09 82 www.advantageplus.com Le Club Accorhotels Telephone AUS +61 2 8023 8787 http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/leclub

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