Australia’s number 1 holiday rental group, The Stayz Group, has announced the winners of its inaugural Holiday Rental Awards at the 2012 Stayz Holiday Rentals Summit in Sydney.
State and National winners were selected in each of five popular categories of holiday rentals: Best Family-Friendly Property, Best Romantic Property, Best Property for Indulgence, Best Property for Outdoor Lovers, and Best Pet-Friendly Property.
“We’re delighted to announce the first winners of our Stayz Group Holiday Rental Awards and are thrilled to be able to recognise our property owners for the hard work and dedication they put into running their businesses. All of our winners have fantastic properties and we look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength," says Stayz Group GM, Anton Stanish.
Winners were judged on how they go above and beyond expectations to bring the category theme to life, and how they deliver exceptional holiday experiences for their guests, as well as the quality of their guest ratings and recommendations, property description and photographs. Over 750 individual properties from The Stayz Group nominated themselves across the five categories and after a tough judging process, the judges were finally able to select the exceptional winning properties.
Best Family-Friendly Property
VIC State Winner: The Family Shack - http://www.stayz.com.au/107358
QLD State Winner: Aloha Waters - http://www.stayz.com.au/25157
NSW State Winner: 7 Donlan Road - http://www.stayz.com.au/95195
TAS State Winner: Crescentfield Cottage - http://www.stayz.com.au/71899 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Crescentfield-Cottage.htm
SA State Winner: Relax on Ryan - http://www.stayz.com.au/26255 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Relax-on-Ryan-Terrace.htm
WA State Winner: Oceana Sunset - http://www.stayz.com.au/80763
NT State Winner: Skytower Sea Views - http://www.stayz.com.au/71629
National Winner: The Family Shack
The Family Shack was awarded the national title for its particularly strong family-friendly offering. The property includes a games room complete with a billiard table, soccer table, air hockey table, table tennis table and a library of books and board games, plus a basketball ring and a trampoline. There is also a Sports Shed with sporting and outdoor equipment.
Best Romantic Property
VIC State Winner: Menorca Retreat - www.stayz.com.au/27229
QLD State Winner: Glass on Glasshouse - http://www.stayz.com.au/51952 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Glass-on-Glasshouse.htm
NSW State Winner: Mullengrove Cottage on Berry Mountain Farm - http://www.stayz.com.au/7344
TAS State Winner: Waterfall Cottage - http://www.stayz.com.au/105011
SA State Winner: Castle Keep B&B - http://www.stayz.com.au/16429 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Stirling-SA/AdelaideHills/Castle-Keep-at-Thorngrove-Manor1.htm
WA State Winner: Silver Street Studio - http://www.stayz.com.au/14855
NT State Winner: Knuckey Lagoons Villa - http://www.stayz.com.au/26484 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Darwin/TopEndDarwin/Knuckey-Lagoons-Villa.htm
National Winner: Menorca Retreat
Menorca Retreat is an exclusive Spanish-style villa experience by the bay providing guests with a great opportunity to reconnect with a loved one. Guests can sit on the sea-view terrace sipping fine wine, curl up in front of the log fire or soak in the spa, ideal for cosy, romantic moments to share with a partner.
Best Property for Indulgence
VIC State Winner: The House at Smoko - http://www.stayz.com.au/108721
QLD State Winner: Rainforest Estate - http://www.stayz.com.au/27912
NSW State Winner: Ripley - http://www.stayz.com.au/80767
TAS State Winner: Ellie’s Place on City Park - http://www.stayz.com.au/105210 & https://www.takeabreak.com.au/Ellies-Place-on-City-Park.htm
SA State Winner: Adelaide Luxury Beach House - http://www.stayz.com.au/19073 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Adelaide-Luxury-Beach-House1.htm & http://www.rent-a-home.com.au/27216
WA State Winner: Ooi House - http://www.stayz.com.au/66149
National Winner: Ripley
Ripley was recognised for its contemporary French features including high ceilings, chandeliers and French recycled timber doors. The property has expansive and private grounds, a well-equipped kitchen and high attention to detail in its decor.
Best Property for Outdoor Lovers
VIC State Winner: Liptrap Loft - http://www.stayz.com.au/22270 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Liptrap-Loft.htm & http://www.rent-a-home.com.au/22897
QLD State Winner: MOJITO - http://www.stayz.com.au/85526, http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Noosa/SunshineCoast/NOOSA-LUXURY-WATERFRONT-HOUSE.htm & http://www.rent-a-home.com.au/42909
NSW State Winner: What-a-Spot Cottage - http://www.stayz.com.au/69776
TAS State Winner: Darlington Beach House - http://www.stayz.com.au/79439
SA State Winner: Seaside Stays - http://www.stayz.com.au/84907
WA State Winner: Lotti’s House - http://www.stayz.com.au/13566 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Albany/margaretriver/Lottis-House.htm
National Winner: What-a-Spot Cottage
What-a-Spot Cottage is a rustic log cabin on 40 acres of Australian bush which has an extensive list of outdoor facilities. Outdoor loving guests can enjoy kayaking in the adjacent river, swimming in the salt water pool and fishing for flathead in summer, whilst also savouring romantic log fires, toasting marshmallows and sipping hot tea on the verandah during the colder months.
Best Pet-Friendly Property
VIC State Winner: Zeinerts Retreat - http://www.stayz.com.au/84224
QLD State Winner: Noosa Holiday House - http://www.stayz.com.au/55345
NSW State Winner: Blackthorn Hill Retreat - http://www.stayz.com.au/11759
TAS State Winner: Freycinet Vista - http://www.stayz.com.au/94873 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/SwanseaTAS/EastCoastTasmania/Freycinet-Vista.htm
SA State Winner: Dudley Villa - http://www.stayz.com.au/17865 & http://www.takeabreak.com.au/Penneshaw/KangarooIsland/dudleyvilla.htm
WA State Winner: MyShak - http://www.stayz.com.au/75699
National Winner: Freycinet Vista
Freycinet Vista is the ultimate pet-friendly property where dogs get to be dogs while the human guests relax in luxury. They can run for miles on the deserted dog friendly beach, swim and surf in safe waters, dig holes in the sand and even chase a seagull or two. They can enjoy curling up by the fire on chilly evenings and after a hard day on the beach they can sleep warm and safe on the hammock beds provided.
The winning property owners will receive a significant boost to their business receiving publicity across The Stayz Group’s consumer database of over 750,000 newsletter subscribers, exposure on the Stayz Facebook page which has over 31,000 fans and promotional click-through placements on the Stayz website, which currently attracts 1.27 million unique visitors per month. Owners will also be able to include award wins on their website listings and will receive an award trophy to commemorate their achievement.