Thinking Inside The Box


A NEW hotel has been announced for one of Melbourne’s most vibrant suburbs.

Novotel Melbourne Box Hill is scheduled to open in January 2025, featuring 132 guestrooms and conference and events facilities including a 200-capacity ballroom.

Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of dining options, including an all-day restaurant, lobby bar/café and a rooftop bar.

The hotel will also feature a day spa, sauna, wellness centre and gym, and will be one of the closest hotels to Box Hill Hospital and Epworth Eastern Hospital aided by the adjacent new suburban rail loop.

“Box Hill is a vibrant and growing suburb, and we are excited to offer both business and leisure travellers a stylish and contemporary accommodation option in this dynamic community,” said Sarah Derry, Accor Pacific Chief Executive Officer.

Located approximately 14km east of the CBD, Box Hill has been dubbed “Melbourne’s second city” following a recent construction boom.


VISITORS TO Fiji will notice a new name on the hotel landscape later this year with the opening of the Crowne Plaza Fiji Nadi Bay Resort & Spa.

Formerly the Pullman Nadi Bay, the property is undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and extension.

The existing 324 rooms will be refreshed, with the new two-bedroom family rooms and ocean facing king suites set to be the crowning jewel of the hotel.

The resort will also include a new day spa that will feature six double treatment rooms and a new 600 seat convention centre that will complement the hotel’s existing conferencing space.

Guests can choose from seven dining outlets, including a lobby bar, a whisky bar, an all-day dining restaurant, an Italian restaurant, a beach club and a nightclub.

The addition of Crowne Plaza will complement IHG’s other hotels on the island which include InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Suva, Six Senses Fiji and the Grand Pacific Hotel.

“Fiji holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of travellers from around the world, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our presence in Fiji and to be adding our globally recognised Crowne Plaza brand to the island,” said Matt Tripolone, Managing Director – Australasia & Pacific, IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia and Pacific.