The Calile Hotel has been named No.12 and The Best Hotel in Oceania in the inaugural The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards announced in London this morning.

The global invitation-only event, attended by representatives from the 50 nominated hotels, celebrated the highly anticipated reveal in one of London’s most historic venues, The Guildhall.  The World’s 50 Best Hotels list was created by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential group of more than 580 independent leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene.  The list, according Libraryto organisers, promises to create the most egalitarian, useful and transparent hotel ranking system ever devised.

In attendance for the ceremony, The Calile Hotel Co-owner Catherine Malouf said she was extremely proud to be representing the Malouf family (owners) and employees from The Calile at such a significant celebration.

“This is a win for our team, our collaborators, our loyal guests and a win for Brisbane as a destination, and we are humbled to represent the Australian hotel industry on the world stage,” she said.

“There is no doubt The Calile Hotel has carved a name for itself and sparked a trend in ‘urban resorts’ with its bold architectural commitment, sustainable practises and by embracing its local and sub-tropic climate within an urban setting.”

Designed by leading architects Richards & Spence, recognised nationally and internationally for defining the look and feel of Brisbane’s James Street precinct – The Calile design embraces and advances an established tropical vernacular with the elevated light green stone-tiled pool and leafy pool terrace, outdoor dining, cabanas and sun lounges, key to embracing the climate.

 Speaking at the opening of the awards event, Managing Director of World’s 50 Best Group Tim Brooke-Webb said, “The 50 Best Hotels has redefined hospitality – setting new standards and pushing boundaries to create unique moments for your guests.”

Hotel General Manager, Rob Unson said, being named 12 in the world was a fitting fifth birthday present for the 175-room boutique hotel and a great win for Australian tourism.

“It takes an outstanding team to deliver outstanding guest experiences, and I want to take a moment to thank the hotel team – from our housekeepers to our pool attendants, maintenance and kitchen teams and our front of house guest service attendants – who go above and beyond to welcome our guests back through the arches time and time again,” he said.

“This accolade is a testament to their professionalism, and tonight is a win for them.”

Voting criteria was based on selecting seven best hotel experiences during the voting period. Voters were asked to consider every element of the hotel’s operation from first contact point, to room comfort, quality of food and beverage, on site facilities and check out.

The announcement of The World’s 50 Best Hotels marks the “50 Best” group’s first global launch since 2009. It joins the highly regarded existing awards portfolio of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars and their respective regional editions, as well as the 50 Best Discovery culinary search engine.

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EDITOR’S NOTES
What’s in a name: The Calile (name cannot be shortened)
The Calile is part of the Collection by TFE Hotels
Operator: TFE Hotels
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Lead in rate: From $379.10
Website: https://thecalilehotel.com/

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 
Jodi Clark – TFE Hotels (Director of Communications) +61 499 900 658 / [email protected]
Ola Kociak and Alex Colquhoun – 50 Best | [email protected]

COLLECTION BY TFE HOTELS 
Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

THE CALILE
QUEENSLAND: The Calile embodies a relaxed urbane style that satisfies the needs of a sophisticated traveller seeking more.  Anchored in, respecting, and collaborating with its community it is committed to caring for the environment and forging genuine connections with its like-minded family of locals, guests, neighbours and partners.

All rooms in the hotel invite the climate in, with 175 generous guest rooms, including nine suites and two premier suites – featuring a mix of individual Juliette, poolside and terrace-style balconies and two private rooftop terrace suites named for the founding family’s original patriarch and matriarch Calile and Ada Malouf.

Designed with the guest experience in mind, open-air spaces and breezeways link to rooms appointed for comfort – cork floors and sisal matting give way to marble bathroom finishes, dedicated living areas with day bed and dining table, custom linen robes, organic bath amenities and a locally sourced mini bar.

Beyond the room and leisure facilities designed to help guests embrace the authentic charm of the sub-tropical locale, The Calile also houses award-wining restaurants, a day spa, gymnasium and fashion boutiques across the ground and pool deck levels.  www.thecalilehotel.com

THE WORLD’S BEST 50
Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, 50 Best launched The World’s 50 Best Hotels in 2023, marking the brand’s first global launch since 2009. The World’s 50 Best Hotels list is created by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential group of more than 580 independent leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene.

The World’s 50 Best Hotels event programme – including the awards ceremony and unveiling of the list – provided a unique opportunity to unite hoteliers, restaurateurs, bar owners, media, business travellers and luxury travellers at a celebration of hospitality, passion, and talent. The resulting list is the first ranking of its kind to inspire consumers to book stays at the finest 50 properties in the world. The inaugural awards ceremony was held last night (19 September 2023 GMT).

The World’s Best 50 Top 12
1 – Passalacqua (The World’s Best Hotel 2023 / The Best Hotel in Europe)
2 – Rosewood Hong Kong (The Best Hotel in Asia)
3 – The Four Seasons, Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
4 – The Upper House, Hong Kong
5 – Aman Tokyo, Japan
6 – La Mamounia (The Best Hotel in Africa)
7 – Soneva Fushi, Maldives (The Best Beach Hotel)
8 – One & Only Mandarina (The Best Hotel in North America)
9 – Four Seasons Firenze, Italy
10 – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
11 – Capella Bangkok
12 – The Calile (The Best Hotel in Oceania)

https://www.theworlds50best.com/hotels/list/1-50

 

The Calile Hotel has announced the launch of Calile Culture, a series of curated conversations, events, partnerships and collaborations for both guests and the wider community to enjoy. Calile Culture combines leisure and learning through the exploration of local, national, and international creative happenings spanning art, design, literature, performance, and music – cultural activities that The Calile believes enrich lives and connect community.

Calile Culture programming will commence in September with Author and Miles Franklin Prize winner Anna Funder who will discuss her internationally acclaimed new work Wifedom, in conversation with Griffith Review Editor, Carody Culver.

Presented in partnership with literary local institution, Riverbend Books, Anna Funder will join The Calile direct from the Edinburgh International Book Festival for her only Brisbane appearance on Monday 18 September from 6:00pm.

Anna Funder’s Wifedom will launch the Calile Culture series of public events with authors Suzie Miller, Trent Dalton, Australian landscape architect Paul Bangay, and the Australasian Dance Collective all scheduled to join the cultural conversation at The Calile in the coming months.

Inclusive and welcoming, Calile Culture will introduce stimulating, meaningful and relevant dialogue to the already popular hotel – providing ongoing opportunities to engage, learn, share and be part of The Calile’s creative and curious interest in arts and culture.

Tickets for Anna Funder, Wifedom event are available here and Calile Culture events will be announced regularly via The Calile website.

In keeping with all things literary The Calile will also launch a guest Book Club in October with guests invited to join the club and read a book of the month. Partnering with Riverbend Books to deliver a creative and compelling agenda of entertaining and remarkable reads, The Calile seeks to share in the art of story-telling and to invite our guest community to enjoy a richer reading life and connect over shared ideas and critical thinking.

In celebration of The Calile Hotel’s fifth birthday, The Calile Book Club will launch with Zig Zag Street by much loved local Author Nick Earls, who is the playful and personable voice behind The Calile Hotel website.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Jodi Clark (Director of Communication, TFE Hotels) | [email protected] | +61 499 900 658
Jessica Wood (PR Executive TFE Hotels) | [email protected] | +61 437 242 034

EDITOR’S NOTES
What’s in a name: The Calile (name cannot be shortened)
Download images here
Lead in rate: From $368.10
Website: https://thecalilehotel.com/

Wifedom by Anna Funder: A biography, memoir, and treatise Wifedom the story of Eileen O’Shaughnessy, George Orwell’s first wife, has been described as “simply a masterpiece” by Geraldine Brooks and “an utter triumph” by Anne Summers.

Funder pieces together Eileen’s story and exposes the tricks that left her buried – by the biographers, and by history. Drawing from Eileen’s own words she recreates the Orwell’s marriage in an intimate, inventive counter-fiction to the visionary writer and his invisible wife.

“After I took Eileen out of the box, I had a life in facts, a woman in pieces. So, she will live writing the letters she did… I know where she was when she wrote them. I know that the dishes were frozen in the sink, that she was bleeding, that he was in bed with another woman – and she knew it.” Anna Funder.

“Electrifying… a sharp, captivating look at a complicated relationship and resurrection of a vital figure in Orwell’s life.” Kirkus Starred Review.

COLLECTION BY TFE HOTELS
Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

WHO ARE TFE HOTELS?
TFE Hotels (TOGA Far East Hotels) is Australia’s International Hotel Group – headquartered in Sydney and operating in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Singapore… and opening in Switzerland in 2023. TFE has a portfolio of seven hotel brands – A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and Collection by TFE Hotels which includes The Calile Hotel, The Hotel Britomart, Hotel Kurrajong and The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, with more in the development pipeline.

BRISBANE: Following the success of its inaugural charity event in support of Safe Haven Community in 2021, The Calile has announced it will partner with Reason to Thrive at a Gala Charity Dinner and Online Auction on Friday August 19th.

Despite the ever-evolving challenges surrounding live events mid-pandemic, the 2021 luncheon, attended by 150 local guests, raised over $169,000 in donations for Save Haven Community and delivered a stellar star-gazing opportunity with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barosso attending the event and actively supporting the cause.

In a continued commitment to community, The Calile Hotel has selected Brisbane-based charity Reason to Thrive as the partner and beneficiary for this year’s Gala, with all event proceeds and donations directly benefiting and providing crucial funding for their programs.

Reason to Thrive provides unique life skills and personal development programs to support at-risk children and women whose lives have been impacted by family and domestic violence. Through experiential equine-assisted learning (EAL) programs, the volunteer-led organisation helps participants rebuild, recover, and reconnect with themselves and learn leadership, self-awareness, and social-emotional skills, through a safe and respectful relationship experience with horses.

Julie Tom of Reason to Thrive says the partnership will make a big difference in helping fulfil the hopes of participants currently on the organisation’s waiting list,

“Thanks to the generous support of the Calile team, sponsors, and those joining us at the event, we’re all helping to give as many at-risk youth and women in our community the opportunity to build a brighter and more promising future for themselves and their families – something that each and every one of us has the right to achieve. On behalf of all future participants, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”

At the August 19th Gala, guests will be joined by hosts Wendy Harmer and Tim Davis for an evening of entertainment courtesy of Warner Music, rousing discussion and excellent food and libations from the likes of Sushi Room, SK Steak & Oyster, sAme sAme alongside Louis Roederer and Craggy Range.

The opportunity for giving on the night will be immense, and The Calile’s community have rallied, donating over $110,000 in prizes to the cause. The prize pool is generous in size and value from experience prizes, each worth over $3,000 and indulgence prizes over $1,000. Gala attendees on the night will also have access to exclusive live auction prizes called by award-winning real estate auctioneer Haesley Cush.

The Calile Gala Charity Luncheon tickets are available online.

The grass is officially greener on The Calile side, with their rooftop now home to an organic, edible garden and a hive of very happy busy bees.

Making the most of the sunshine, eight tidy wooden planter boxes now line the Doggett Street side of the hotel’s roof. Installed earlier this year – French millet, buckwheat, mung bean and other legumes were the first crops to be planted, cultivated and composted in order to produce organic ‘green manure’ – soil for growing healthy, strong and nutrient rich produce.

Last month, the autumn crop was planted, featuring more than 42 varieties of lettuce, sorrel, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, garlic and grapevines to name just a few.

The seedlings have been selected to not only supply and compliment the menus of Lobby Bar and other in-house restaurants, but to pay homage to the hotel owners’ Lebanese heritage.

Lobby Bar Head Chef, Andy Gunn said, “The goal is to achieve zero waste, the menu is flexible enabling us to replace ingredients where required”.

It’s Andy, who alongside the Future Wild team, will continue to farm The Calile garden.

“It sets Lobby Bar apart from other venues and ,as a Chef, it’s an amazing tool and privilege to have this on the roof,” he said.

The produce has been planted with organic, biodynamic and permaculture principles in mind – by growing nasturtium, borage, marigolds and alyssum, pests will be organically controlled and the neighbouring honeybees fed.

To overcome Brisbane’s volatile weather, The Calile’s architect, Ingrid Richards of Richards And Spence, designed a custom-arched trellis to sit over the planters to encourage green canopy growth – made up of plants like grapevines, peas and cucumbers that will in turn, protect the crops.​​​​​​​

The Bees and The Bees, No Birds
No garden is complete without some welcome pollinators – bee tête-à-tête starts now.  Four Langstroth hives take up residence next to the edible garden and play home to thousands of bees. There is one queen per hive and approximately 85% of the ‘worker bees’ are female (girl power!).

Each hive has ten frames (where the bees do their business) and each frame produces roughly 2.3 kilograms of honey.

This means that sweet, sweet Calile honey will soon be stocked in the hotel’s lobby shop, Museum of Small Things (M.O.S.T.) and be featured in Lobby Bar dishes.

Busy Bee Facts:
According to The Calile’s resident Apiarist, Amy Murray:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kristie Mancell
Sales & Marketing Manager, The Calile
+61 432 707 722 / [email protected]

Jodi Clark
Director of Communications, TFE Hotels
+61 499 900 658 / [email protected]

ABOUT COLLECTION BY TFE HOTELS
Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

Queensland’s leading hotel The Calile has announced it will partner with Safe Haven Community to host a Charity Luncheon on Friday 7 May 2021.

In a commitment to community, The Calile Hotel announced its inaugural philanthropic partnership to drive long-lasting change, social discourse and positive engagement.

Hosted by high profile Australian actress and comedian Julia Zemiro, this first event, which aims to raise much-needed funds and awareness, will be led by an Online Auction featuring over $105,000 worth of luxury items and experiences which will go live to bidding from Tuesday 27 April.

On offer will be an extensive selection of more than 40 auction items reflecting the generous support of many high-profile national brands. Prizes range from fashion, art, food and travel to exclusive lifestyle experiences.

All proceeds from the Online Auction will go to Safe Haven Community. Safe Haven Community provides early intervention and critical housing for at-risk women and children in need of a safe place to temporarily reside when their homes become unsafe or untenable due to coercive control which can often escalate to violent acts.

Currently, Safe Haven Community receives no government funding and is totally reliant on community support.

“Being in a position to help Safe Haven Community effect change for the better is a privilege for The Calile. We are inspired by what Safe Haven Community has achieved to date, with little more than goodwill and determination. Raising awareness to help at-risk individuals escape a life of abuse and change the prospects for the next generation is a meaningful purpose,” states Catherine Malouf, founding family member of The Calile Hotel.

“Our James Street and broader community has truly rallied in support of the charity auction and we along with Safe Haven Community have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our neighbouring retailers and partners. The auction pool is a remarkable reflection of genuine support.”

The event will also provide an opportunity to hear from guest speakers – Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters and ABC Journalist Nour Haydar, who will discuss the need for increased national recognition and better awareness of coercive control in our communities.

Senator Waters is an advocate for gender equality and eliminating gendered violence, as well as the current co-convenor of Parliamentarians for Action to Reduce Violence Against Women.

“Coercive control is the most pervasive form of domestic abuse and a red flag for escalating violence. We urgently need a national conversation about how to recognise the signs and strengthen our response to controlling behaviours“ said Senator Waters.

The Calile Hotel and Safe Haven Community fund-raising event represents a vital step in ensuring that the on-going vision and sacrifice of charity Founder Denise Hunter, along with the help of dedicated unpaid volunteers is recognised. It will serve as vital acknowledgment to ensure the Safe Haven Community continues to establish a network of rooms nationwide to help those living in abusive environments.

Safe Haven Community CEO, Jaeneen Cunningham says the partnership will help build awareness in the community.

“Each year we provide hundreds of nights of safety for women and children,” CEO Jaeneen Cunningham said, “And we have been doing this for seven years – long before most people in the community were even aware of the existence of coercive control.”

“The Calile Hotel will be a powerful ally for the Safe Haven Community to generate awareness and drive real social change.  Together we can explore new strategies that are beneficial in a way that is respectful to the perspectives and values held by both organisations.”

The Calile Charity Luncheon tickets are available to purchase here.
Online Auction prizes can be viewed here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kristie Mancell
Sales & Marketing Manager, The Calile
+61 432 707 722 / [email protected]

Anna Magnus
+61 423 363 725 / [email protected]

ABOUT COLLECTION BY TFE HOTELS
Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.