Monday 16 March 2009


Great value package launched to welcome Mercure

The Yarra Valley's renowned Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa only recently survived the fierce February bushfires, but it is already back to business and about to enter a new era by joining Accor's Mercure hotel network from 1 April 2009.

Mercure Yarra Valley Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is just under an hour's drive from the Melbourne CBD and Tullamarine Airport, and is set amongst rolling hills and Balgownie's own vines.

All rooms and suites offer spacious, contemporary accommodation complemented by panoramic views over the vineyards and the Valley. Suites offer a separate lounge room and bedroom, along with a kitchenette and dining area.

The best of local produce can be enjoyed at Rae's Restaurant, which offers both outside and inside dining, along with an attractive tasting room, where Balgownie's wines – from the Yarra Valley and Bendigo – can be tasted.

Balgownie Estate offers a holistic approach to holidaying with health and well being playing an equally important part as food and wine.  The on-site state-of-the-art Natskin Day Spa provides a full suite of treatments and an innovative multi-stationed heated pool for therapeutic treatments and exercises.  A fully equipped fitness centre is also available to guests looking to balance out their indulgences, along with tennis courts and extensive walking trails.

The resort is an inspirational venue for conferences and events groups, With ceiling to floor windows, the views make an outstanding backdrop for tailored meetings for us Our expansive glass and views over the vineyards and valley are a signature of the purpose designed Function Centre which caters for up to 130 delegates for a formal conference or up to 320 for a cocktail party.

Mercure is Accor's largest upscale hotel brand, with over 700 hotels in 50 countries. The addition of the Balgownie Estate resort will bring the Yarra Valley into a hotel network that already boasts such world-class wine regions as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhone Valley, as well as in many of Spain, Portugal and Italy's most prominent wine regions. In Australia and New Zealand, Mercure hotels are to be found in the Geelong, Hunter Valley, Adelaide Hills and Central Otago wine regions.

Mercure is a leader in the promotional of regional wine through its specialised Grands Vins wine lists.

Special Mercure Welcome Package

Overnight in a one bedroom spa suite and receive a complimentary bottle of Balgownie Estate 2005 Shiraz and free Cellar Door wine tastings plus a $50 food and beverage credit and full buffet breakfast for two in Rae's Restaurant – all from just $279 per night.  The offer is valid Sunday to Thursday until 30 June*.

Bookings - (03) 9730 0700

*Subject to availability, blackout dates apply.  $50 credit not to be used in conjunction with any other discount offers and must be used during stay.

Within Accor, Mercure represents professional hotel know-how at the service of a personalised stay.

For both business and leisure, the 758 Mercure hotels, which are all unique, respond to all expectations. Comfort, quality of reception and the art of welcoming have made Mercure's reputation in 49 countries around the world.

Accor, a major global group and the European leader in hotels, as well as the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 150,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in two core businesses:

- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre;

- Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in employee and public benefits, rewards and loyalty, and expense management.

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