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Get away at Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali

Get away at Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali

 

The supremely secluded Belmond Jimbaran Puri hotel sits in prime position on one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, Jimbaran Bay. Nestled amongst a tropical enclave ,  beach dining beckons for lunch and dinner at the Puri Bar where shoes are not required as you sit with your feet in the sand and the water lapping at the shore in front of you!   COCOM invited a small group of travel and lifestyle media to enjoy an extended long weekend escape Boutique Bali style , where they had the opportunity to experience all that Belmond has to offer.

The weekend began with a swim in private villa pools and breakfast at Tunjung Restaurant overlooking lush lily ponds and across the sweeping beachfront followed by a fun and interactive cooking class at the Bamboo Pavilion where 4 courses were created and served for lunch under the tutelage of the resorts best chefs.

The evening saw some Seminyak action with sunset drinks and dinner at hotspot, Mamasan before a good night’s rest in private villa beds to start all over again for a weekend where the group had the opportunity to participate in private yoga classes in the beach gardens, and spa treatments at the Beach Spa. They were also involved in an exclusive perfume making class and private Balinese dancing lesson and sipped some of the largest coconut drinks ever seen!

As each day drew to a close, evening activities included dinner at the exquisite Nelayan Restaurant, a champagne sunset boat trip along Jimbaran Bay to the Uluwatu cliffs and seafood dinners on the beach, all in all an authentically luxe and boutique Bali experience.

 

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Oktoberfest Launch at Bavarian Bier Cafe, Eagle Street Pier

Oktoberfest Launch at Bavarian Bier Cafe, Eagle Street Pier

To celebrate the launch of Oktoberfest, COCOM partnered with Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier, to host a media preview event and bring in Oktoberfest in true German style. With waitresses in dirndls and the launching of an Oktoberfest specific menu, the evening was a night of cultural celebration.

In attendance were Brisbane’s most influential foodies, bloggers and media personalities, who indulged in the authentic Bavarian cuisine of German pretzels, pork knuckle, pork belly, and steins of pure German biers as a preview to the official public launch keg tapping event on Friday 18 September 2015.

For the festival, Bavarian Bier Café is offering five Oktoberfest biers, which have been brewed within the city limits of Munich since the 1300s. These are five of the six Biers officially served at Oktoberfest in Munich, uniquely brewed for the festival each year.

The night was topped off with a spectacular keg tapping, displaying the finest of German traditions.

The Oktoberfest celebrations will be on at all Bavarian Bier Café restaurants for the whole month of October.

For more details about Oktoberfest, visit www.bavarianbiercafe.com

Brisbane, it’s time to get Oktoberfested!

 

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Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian

The first luxury rail experience of its kind in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian traverses the sprawling countryside, dramatic coasts and fascinating cities that define this captivating land.

 

Belmond brings together an exceptional range of luxurious travel experiences in some of the world’s greatest destinations. Belmond Grand Hibernian joins our iconic rail collection, among such legends as the Eastern & Oriental Express and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

 

Grand tours of Ireland aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian, the new Celtic sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman, are now open for reservations. Ireland’s first luxury touring train will offer a four-night ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey of the Republic of Ireland from Cork to Killarney, Galway and Westport and a two-night ‘Realms of Giants’ journey north from Dublin to Belfast and Portrush, stopping at the award-winning Titanic Experience in Belfast on the way. These two journeys can also be combined to create a six-night ‘Grand Tour of Ireland’.

 

Take a seat, with a glass of fine Irish whiskey or a pint of local stout, and watch the enchanting scenery from the comfort of your cabin as you glide past the countryside in style.

 

 

 

One Wybelenna

One Wybelenna

Set in spectacular surrounds and offering a luxurious range of treatments, Brisbane’s newest boutique spa sanctuary, One Wybelenna, launches on 1 September 2015. Founded by wellness advocate and yoga instructor Heather Sartain, One Wybelenna offers the most extensive selection of Ayurveda Aromatherapy products in Queensland.

 

Heather’s interest in health and wellbeing extends back many years to her initial medical training as a registered nurse. Natural medicine and various holistic health and yoga studies have helped Heather to continue the development of her integrated, holistic philosophy towards personal health and beauty.  One Wybelenna now provides a wonderful opportunity to share this vision and philosophy with guests in a beautiful environment.

 

Sartain says, ‘One Wybelenna aims to provide a place of tranquility and harmony with treatments to soothe body and mind. Our approach to wellness centres on providing a holistic approach to personal wellbeing in a space that will cater to both women and men’.

 

The site was originally a landmark home and was acquired by Heather in 2008. Together with architect Shaun Lockyer it was transformed into the spacious and contemporary sanctuary that it is now. The use of blue stone and timber in the designs, abundant and varied gardenscapes, and the stunning external areas including a lap pool & spa plus multiple lounging areas are designed to complement the sub-tropical climate, providing the perfect place for guests to soothe their bodies, refresh their minds, and reignite their energy.

 

In anticipation of the official opening in September COCOM hosted an Intimate Media Preview where guests came and indulged their senses with a spa style brunch and mini treatments.

 

Conveniently located at the entrance to beautiful Brookfield, One Wybelenna is open for bookings Tuesday to Saturday and is set to become the destination to nourish body and mind.

 

COCOM are looking forward to the official launch!

Good Food Guide Awards 2016

Good Food Guide Awards 2016

COCOM was excited to work with Brisbane Times, Fairfax Media and Liquid Ideas for the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards held on Monday 29 June.

 

Editor of Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016 Natascha Mirosch explains the Good Food Guide:

 

“Brisbane really has embraced the Good Food Guide and now, in its fourth year, it’s firmly entrenched as the go-to guide for unbiased, reliable reviews.”

 

A total of 61 chef’s hats were awarded to Queensland’s leading dining establishments. A total of 14 prestigious awards were presented on the night, recognising the talent, contribution, depth and diversity of certain individuals and restaurants.

 

The event was held at Lightspace, Fortitude Valley where guests enjoyed the elegant surroundings whilst indulging in the amazing catered options expected when serving the most renowned chefs in the state. Such options included an oyster stand where guests could experience the delight of freshly shucked oysters with their choice of garnish, an entire table laden with the finest cheeses and cured meats sourced from around the country and an array of creatively delicious horderves.

 

COCOM were thrilled to be involved with the event that highlighted the wealth of highly talented, inspired restaurateurs in Queensland and the guide that shines a light on the State’s best and brightest.

 

The Salvation Army celebrate 50th anniversary of Red Shield Appeal

The Salvation Army celebrate 50th anniversary of Red Shield Appeal

COCOM provided their PR services to the Salvation Army this year as they celebrate the marking of their 50th anniversary of the Red Shield Appeal. This iconic annual campaign sees thousands of ordinary Australians improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people through their generous donations of time and money. Australia has gone through countless changes in the past 50 years however people’s need for a helping hand is just as prevalent as it was when the first doors were knocked on in 1965.

 

Queensland Salvation Army spokesperson, Major Neil Dickson, says

“Without the help of the Brisbane community, The Salvation Army would struggle to continue its strong history of support, care and assistance to society’s most vulnerable.”

 

In this 50th year of the Red Shield Appeal, the Salvos have launched a virtual doorknock to complement the efforts of volunteers who collect door to door in the suburbs. With more secured apartments and gated communities, the Salvos realise they can’t reach everyone on the traditional doorknock.

 

“The virtual doorknock is an innovative online fundraising challenge enabling supporters to raise some funds on our behalf. This year the theme is “state vs state” and we are encouraging some friendly competition – all in the name of a good cause,” Major Dickson explained.

 

The funds raised from the Red Shield Appeal helps The Salvation Army to assist more than one million people a year – providing food vouchers for families in crisis, education for youths at risk, supported accommodation for the homeless, recovery programs for people battling addictions, emergency services when disasters strike and telephone counselling for people in distress.

 

Napoleon Perdis Workshop

Napoleon Perdis Workshop

The Myer Centre’s Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign provided COCOM with the opportunity to work with the high end brands and retailers located in the centre to draw crowds of every age and demographic. One of these brands was Napoleon Perdis, and team was happy to take part in the Autumn Winter campaign.

 
COCOM organised a night of Autumn Winter makeup trends from runway to reality, complete with tips and tricks to creating the perfect wintery makeup look to suit all skin types. With advice from the Napoleon Perdis team, The Myer Centre customers were informed and equipped with the best looks and trends of the season.

 

COCOM’s evening was a huge success as the campaign continued to encourage people to Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 with the season’s best fashion and trends in The Myer Centre.

 

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Unlock Your Style with Fashion Blogger Nikki Parkinson

Unlock Your Style with Fashion Blogger Nikki Parkinson

COCOM’s partnership with the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign at The Myer Centre saw them hold a book signing for Fashion Blogger and Auther Nikki Parkinson. In order to draw the increasingly large blogging community in Brisbane, COCOM organised for Nikki to attend two events in the centre following the recent release of her book, Unlock Your Style.

 

The book offers advice and help on how to edit women’s wardrobes so it works for them, how to shop for clothes that they’ll actually wear and feel fabulous in, and how to gain that all-important change-room confidence with every purchase. As well as fashion, there is beauty advice including skincare, makeup and hair tips for busy women.

 

COCOM’s workshops featured Nikki talking about trends and top tips for the Autumn Winter season, and signing copies of her book.

 

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Myer Autumn Winter Trends Fashion Workshop

Myer Autumn Winter Trends Fashion Workshop

COCOM finished off the month and the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign at The Myer Centre with a fashion workshop at Myer. COCOM asked Myer’s Personal Shoppers Sarah Voss and Effi Sofios to spend an evening with The Myer Centre’s customers, taking them through the key fashion trends in womenswear and menswear for the Autumn Winter season. This demonstration highlighted must have statement pieces, as well as offered top-to-toe outfit solutions for the season.

 

The evening concluded the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign, and proved to be an overall success for both COCOM and The Myer Centre. The campaign brought in the Autumn Winter 2015 season with an array of free fashion and beauty workshops and events, and encouraged customers to experience everything that The Myer Centre had to offer in fashion and beauty.

STREET x STYLE Art Installation by Anthony Lister

STREET x STYLE Art Installation by Anthony Lister

In preparation for Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015, The Myer Centre approached COCOM to creatively conceptualise the heart behind the Autumn Winter 2015 campaign. In response, COCOM was able to conduct an array of free fashion and beauty workshops and events, including an edgy art installation by internationally renowned street artist, Anthony Lister. Lister has created countless masterpieces all across the world, and his paintings are worth thousands of dollars. His most impressive pieces, however, can be found on the streets of Australia’s major cities, making him ideal for The Myer Centre’s Street meets Style feature of the Autumn Winter 2105 campaign.

 

COCOM flew the street artist to Brisbane to create an impressive street art installation with a fashionable twist for public viewing in The Myer Centre. The creative piece was displayed to celebrate the launch of their Autumn Winter 2015 campaign, and to inspire The Myer Centre customers to fall in love with fashion.

 

Anthony has helped pioneer the stencil and street art movement in Brisbane before moving to New York in 2003 to work with his mentor, Max Gimblett and has had exhibitions and commissions around the globe. In addition to a strong background in street art he employs a sophisticated, fine art, painterly style with a high and low culture clash in the content of his paintings, drawings and installations.

 

COCOM’s launch of The Myer Centre’s campaign drew a significant crowd, all in awe of the Lister’s talent. The exclusive artwork was painted over several hours, and was then displayed in the centre for the remainder of the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign.

 

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