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Monday, May 23, 2011

The Southern Highland's best kept secret is out Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral opens to wide acclaim

Nestled on 100-acres, among century old elm and pine trees and under the shadow of Bowral's iconic Mt Gibraltar, is the new Gibraltar Hotel, the most luxurious and modern hotel accommodation available in NSW's Southern Highlands.

Just one and half hours easy drive from Sydney and Canberra, Gibraltar Hotel offers 76 luxurious suites each with vistas of beautiful Bowral woodland or Mt Gibraltar itself.

The Hotel also features a challenging 18-hole golf course, the largest conference centre in the region with a unique, elegant ballroom, 6 breakout meeting rooms, a wedding chapel with a full organ, as well as its own heated indoor swimming pool, cardio centre and luxurious Day Spa and Grooming Lounge.

Owner John Uliana says: "We wanted to create a destination where guests can simply relax and enjoy the Resort's facilities or venture out and take pleasure in some of the many activities the Southern Highland's has to offer."

"Guests can enjoy cuisine from the Hotel's restaurant, Gibraltar Grill, or dine in Harvey's Bar overseen by internationally acclaimed Food & Beverage Manager, UgoBisognoand Chef, Jonas Ottosson," says Uliana.  "Ugo and Jonas have cleverly blended a mix of contemporary Australian fare with an international touch to deliver a menu which utilises fresh local produce, and is accompanied by a selection of the best Southern Highland cold climate and Australian wines available."

Ottosson's famous Grill is a key draw card for local and visiting food aficionados.  Returning to the Highlands after a stint overseas, Gibraltar Grill is fast becoming renowned for featuring prime meat cooked to absolute perfection.

"It's all about attention to detail so our guests can enjoy their steak just as they like it, every time" says Ottosson. "

Gibraltar's modern d├ęcor is an eclectic mix of Indian artefacts, paintings and sculptures by local Bowral artists, and New York City Chic.

"It's a true blend of city chic meets country warmth with its individual stamp of luxury and comfort which will be appreciated by every guest and visitor," says Uliana.

Surrounded by Gibraltar Country Club's challenging 18-hole golf course, the Hotel will appeal to golf enthusiasts wanting to enjoy a round or two during their stay.

"After a challenging day on the golf course, visitors can relax and enjoy the cocktail of the day or a glass of award-winning wine in Harvey's Bar, named after one of Australia's best  loved musicians and local Bowral resident, Geoff Harvey," says Uliana.

Harvey's Bar is open daily from 11am with live entertainment each Friday and Saturday night.

"It's fast becoming a favoured spot for Hotel guests and locals alike," says Uliana.  "Enjoy a lingering glass of wine while listening to Geoff tinkering on the ivory keys…. it simply doesn't get more relaxing than that. "

Gibraltar Hotel is close to over 60 Southern highland's wineries, 16 cellar doors, Bradman's International Cricket Hall of Fame, antique trails and Gibbergunyah Walking track where walkers can mingle with kangaroos, echidnas and wombats before returning for a meal at the hotel's landmark Gibraltar Grill.

The Gibraltar Hotel offers a number of affordable packages which combine meals, spa, and golf and of course, a stay in one of its elegant suites.

The specially commissioned and designed   AH Beard Continental King beds are so comfortable the Hotel claims guests have been known to ask to purchase the bed or pillows on leaving.  The spacious suites all feature digital flat screens TVs, Wi-Fi, glorious resort-like marble bathrooms including plush towels and robes.

"We know our suites are the most comfortable, relaxed and stylish in the Southern Highlands," says Uliana, "and we look forward to welcoming you to the Highland's best kept secret soon!" 

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