RAW LUXE: Byron Bay Hotels Part Two, The Bower

The Bower Byron Bay redefines the concept of an Aussie motel by pushing no-frills into sleek sophistication. Fourteen ground-level suites stretch along the property, in addition to a cottage, house and barn. When the four owners gutted and restored the old motel on the site, they drew inspiration from the architecture of New York. Taliah Lowry, who handled the concept and design, spent much of her childhood in the states and was drawn to the look and feel of the Big Apple’s Bowery neighbourhood.

GETTING CREATIVE: Brisbane’s Colourful Art Hotels, Part One, The Johnson

The Johnson is so called due to its theming around Australian artist Michael Johnson. Johnson was born in New South Wales but spent much of his time in North Queensland, where the natural environment inspired his artistic career. Three of his original pieces are hung in the entranceway, with a further 300 prints displayed throughout the building. His style is abstract yet linear, with bold, colourful lines a common theme across his art. The Johnson is one of seven hotels in Australia by the Art Series boutique hotel group, where a different artist inspires each hotel’s design.

LONDON CALLING: Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Opens Ahead of Perth-London Route

Qantas now welcomes customers into their new Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Airport, as the airline counts down to its direct 787 Dreamliner flights between Australia and London. Qantas has spent the past 12 months building a dedicated lounge at Heathrow as part of a multi-million dollar investment for customers on its existing London services as well as the landmark Perth-London route starting on 24 March 2018.

AUDIO PHILES: Design Travel on NZ's RADIOLive with Wendyl Nissen

Getting into people's ears seems to be our thing at the moment. You might have seen we started our podcast recently and now our editor, Stephanie Williams has just appeared on New Zealand's RADIOLive, on Afternoons with Wendyl Nissen. 

In the interview the pair chat about current design travel trends, Australia's first storytelling hotel,  what millennial travellers want, how a company like Qantas design an aeroplane interior with fuel in mind and travelling with kids. Take a listen here

BUBBLES ANYONE: New Rooftop Bar For Sydney's Art Deco Primus Hotel

Primus Hotel has partnered with Veuve Clicquot and transformed its exclusive rooftop pool into the city’s most anticipated rooftop bar, opening this week. The New York inspired rooftop was formerly only open to hotel guests, but is now set to be the go-to bar for champagne, oysters and cocktails. To add to the fun, every Friday at 4:30pm the hotel welcomes visitors to take part in a hotel tour, exploring the design features and history of the building. Tour and drinks sounds like a good plan. 

COMING SOON: Qantas announces new lounges for Melbourne

Passengers using the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club at Melbourne Airport are set to benefit from a major upgrade with more seating and new dining options before they fly.Work on the extensive redevelopment will begin in November this year, with construction completed in stages to allow ongoing lounge access during the scheduled 12-month build.

LISBON WEEK: Part One, Valverde Hotel

Portugal’s capital is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular kids on the block. With a model combination of good food, temperate weather, welcoming people and fascinating history it’s easy to see why. Today, writer Emily McAuliffe shares the first in her series of three of Lisbon's best design hotels. All this week, she's sharing the results of her pounding the Lisbon pavements and laying her head all over town for Design Travel. 

HOME AWAY: Stunning Australian Architectural Homes You Can Check Into

Some of the best places to stay aren’t hotels. And some of the best examples of design are by architects and interior designers who specialise in residential projects. Design Travel has partnered with Australia’s number one holiday rental website, Stayz, to uncover some of Australia’s most impressive architecture from behind closed doors.  Whether it’s a tent-inspired home or an uber-cool Dutch aesthetic, check-out these homes for your next weekend away.