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Monday 8 January 2018

Meet a hotel that rewards regular guests with special treats

Close to one-third of all visitors to the Barossa stay at the very smart Novotel Barossa Valley Resort; situated high on a hill overlooking lush vineyards and the Jacob's Creek winery.

As befits the biggest hotel in the region, the Novotel has re-launched an enhanced version of Accor's MyResorts offer aimed at the group's Le Club AccorHotels loyalty members.

The new offer’s range of benefits and inclusions will allow the group’s participating resorts across Asia Pacific the flexibility to customise an experience that best showcases each location’s unique offerings: in the Novotel's case, local food and wine.

“AccorHotels is one of the largest resort operators in the world with over 100 beautiful resorts across Asia Pacific,” said Henrik Berglind Vice President Loyalty – Asia Pacific. 

“We want to help create an unforgettable experience for our members and ensure they enjoy a fuss-free holiday with us by focusing on exclusive and customised rewards that allow each resort to design an experience that is special to its locality.”

The offer includes a comprehensive suite of benefits including MyGlass, MyKids, MyConnect, MyHost and more, with a range of inclusions and rewards according to membership tier – some are free, some cost a nominal fee – that will ensure travellers get the best value for their money and can experience their destination in style.

One of the signature elements of the offer is MyGlass, whereby for a small fee guests can enjoy a beverage experience. Depending on the resort, that may include a cocktail-making class or a wine-tasting with a local producer.

At the Novotel Barossa Valley, a local winery will guide you through a selection of their wines paired with five small plates featuring gourmet Barossa produce with MyGlass. During my recent stay the first night was hosted by Grant Burge cellar door manager Julie Webster, and the second by veteran vigneron Tim Smith.

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is just over an hour’s drive from the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the 18-hole Tanunda Pines golf course. The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant and Bar features seasonal menus incorporating the best of the Barossa, in collaboration with Saskia Beer.

“The Cellar Kitchen isn't just a regional restaurant, it's all about sharing the best of our local Barossa community and inviting guests to our table,” says GM Sarah Goldfinch. “Saskia's dishes are all produce-driven not chef-driven, with local seasonal Barossa ingredients featured as the hero.”

Before your trip starts, MyHost will contact you in anticipation of your upcoming stay and help you with any tour arrangements (like a stint on the drop-in, drop-off Barossa Explorer tour bus).

Another alternative is grabbing a bike from the hotel and riding to Jacobs Creek Winery for wine tasting and lunch (available only during weekdays).

Too much to do and not enough time? MyExtratime will let you arrange for a late check-out at 5pm. You can also receive a local Barossa Valley-inspired gift to enhance your stay in the region with MyResorts, while MyConnect ensures wifi throughout a stay.

For a list of AccorHotels MyResorts in Asia Pacific, and membership benefits, go to 

# The writer was a guest of AccorHotels 

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