InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has recently taken over two Sebel resorts outside of Sydney. The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley is now a Crowne Plaza, while the The Sebel Kirkton Park is now an independant hotel in the IHG booking system.
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
The 105-room Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, formerly The Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley, is set amongst 8 hectares of landscaped gardens. The hotel targets romantic getaways and is a venue for events of all kind, including conferences, weddings or corporate events.
Only 45 minutes’ drive from Sydney, the hotel has 8 formal and 5 informal meeting rooms, as well as a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, two tennis courts, croquet lawn, two adjacent golf courses and the only Villa Thalgo Day Spa in Australia.
Guests can leave the bustle behind and experience the grandeur and serenity of a luxurious country retreat, surrounded by nature, and end the day at some of the region’s best dining venues, Gazebo Restaurant, Harvest Restaurant and Barracks Bar.
For IHG rewards members, searching on various dates gives a Reward pricing for the hotel of 20,000 points per night.
The Kirkton Park Hunter Valley is a boutique hotel located in Polkobin, within the Hunter Valley. Situated on 28 hectares of rolling countryside, the hotel offers apectacular mountain views. The hotel description says that it blends classic elegance and charm with contemporary style and sophistication.
It is not clear whether the hotel will be flagged under one of the IHG brands down the track. IHG sometimes bring hotels on as independant hotels, and later reflags as one of the existing brands. At this point, there is no real indication of whether this will happen.
Being an independent hotel, it is a little more difficult to find in the IHG search. I had most success by using the page linked above. The booking engine does suggest it is participating in the IHG rewards program. Reward nights are pricing out at 30,000 points per night.
While a loss for Le Club AccorHotels members, it provides new options for members of the IHG Rewards club, The IHG rewards booking pages are now providing redemption option for both hotels.