There’s no better way to start a new year than by booking a holiday, especially when you can score a package that delivers superb value and takes the stress out of planning the trip.

So it’s with impeccable timing that IHG Hotels & Resorts has unveiled Handpicked Holidays by IHG: a collection of accommodation offerings and unique experiences across 14 hotels and resorts in Australia and New Zealand which come with significant savings and inclusions.

From premium room upgrades to memorable dining experiences, access to championship golf courses, wine tours and more, there’s a perfect holiday for everyone. All you need to do is book, pack your bags and go.

These generous deals are exclusively available to members of IHG’s loyalty program, IHG Rewards, which is free to join and lets you earn reward points and enjoy other benefits when staying at IHG properties worldwide. To find out more about IHG Rewards, check out our article about the program here.

Handpicked Holidays by IHG packages are on sale now until sold out, and are valid for stays to 30 June 2021.

Where can I stay?

The 14 participating properties are:

  • InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Queensland
  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Queensland
  • InterContinental Sydney, New South Wales
  • Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, New South Wales
  • Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour, New South Wales
  • Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, New South Wales
  • Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, New South Wales
  • Crowne Plaza Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  • Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Victoria
  • Crowne Plaza Adelaide, South Australia
  • Crowne Plaza Hobart, Tasmania
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown, New Zealand
  • InterContinental Wellington, New Zealand
  • Holiday Inn Rotorua, New Zealand.

What’s included?

The packages vary between properties and can include such benefits as a complimentary room upgrade, daily gourmet breakfast, a restaurant or bar credit, a late checkout, and property-specific experiences like dining, golf and local tours.

Here are a few examples of packages to whet your appetite.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort (QLD)

Australia’s most iconic private island resort has been re-imagined at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Recently re-opened following a $100 million makeover, the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort immerses guests in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Whitsundays and provides luxurious rooms, a spa, private dining experiences, excursions and other activities for the perfect holiday.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

A three-night package costs A$2,669 per room (valued at A$4,200) and includes:

  • three nights’ accommodation
  • complimentary upgrade to Lagoon Ocean View room
  • daily gourmet breakfast
  • luxury launch transfers
  • $100 restaurant and bar credit per day
  • Island Escapade for two people to Blue Pearl Bay, Bali Hai or Hook Island.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort (Gold Coast)

Nestled within 4.2 hectares of lush landscaping on the northern end of the Gold Coast, the recently refurbished InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort boasts an elegant design and spacious rooms. Guests can enjoy the resort’s one-acre Lagoon Beach and swimming pools, as well as nearby golf courses, restaurants, cafés and boutique stores. The resort is also a convenient base for exploring the Gold Coast’s famous beaches, theme parks and other entertainment options.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

A three-night package costs A$770 per room (valued at A$1,335) and includes:

  • three nights’ accommodation
  • complimentary upgrade to Lagoon View room
  • daily gourmet breakfast
  • $100 restaurant and bar credit
  • three-course meal for two at The Fireplace Restaurant
  • in-room cocktail for two
  • late checkout to 12pm.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (NSW)

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley provides award-winning resort accommodation in the heart of NSW’s premier wine region. Surrounded by picturesque vineyards and rugged mountain ranges, the property features two restaurants and two bars; leisure facilities including tennis courts, a swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course; and a day spa. Guests also enjoy easy access to the Hunter Valley’s popular attractions and wineries.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

A three-night package costs A$920 per room (valued at A$1,489) and includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • complimentary bottle of wine on arrival
  • daily gourmet breakfast
  • half-day Hunter Valley Wine tour
  • nine holes of golf with a buggy for two people
  • $100 restaurant and bar credit
  • parking for three nights
  • late checkout of 2pm.

Crowne Plaza Canberra

Guests who choose Crowne Plaza Canberra for their stay in the nation’s capital enjoy spacious and modern rooms, friendly staff, panoramic park views and a convenient location in Canberra’s CBD. The city’s shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions are only a short distance away, including the must-visit National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Lake Burley Griffin.

Enjoy exploring the nation’s capital (image: Visit Canberra)

A three-night package costs A$599 per room (valued at A$1,119) and includes:

  • three nights’ accommodation
  • complimentary upgrade to Deluxe Park View room
  • daily gourmet breakfast
  • $100 restaurant and bar credit
  • $50 Canberra Centre voucher
  • 1 Liquid Geography package
  • parking for three nights
  • late checkout of 2pm.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown (NZ)

At Crowne Plaza Queenstown you’ll find yourself reconnecting with powerful landscapes and inspiring mountain and lake views. The hotel sits on a privileged site opposite the historic Steamer Wharf and prime lakeside dining and entertainment destinations. Queenstown is one of the world’s adventure capitals and hotel guests are in close proximity to stunning skiing and hiking trails, as well as world-class cuisine, sophisticated wineries, indulgent spas and many other activities.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown

A three-night package costs NZ$960 per room (valued at NZ$1,628) and includes:

  • three nights’ accommodation
  • complimentary upgrade to Lake View room
  • bottle of wine and cheese platter
  • daily gourmet breakfast
  • daily drink for two people at the bar
  • half-day wine tour for two people
  • valet parking for three nights
  • late checkout of 12pm.

How to book

These packages are only available until sold out, so don’t delay.

If your plans change, you’ll have the flexibility to amend the dates of your stay directly with the hotel up to 24 hours prior, subject to availability.

Each bespoke offer can also be purchased as a gift so you can treat the family, friends or loved ones.

Head over to IHG’s website now to explore the packages and book.

This article was produced in partnership with IHG.