Spicers Peak Lodge Pool Source = Spicers Matt Balfour Balfour External TWO luxury properties within the Spicers Retreats, Hotels & Lodges portfolio have been recognised at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, winning three categories on the night – more than any other entrant.Spicers’ newest luxury property, Spicers Balfour Hotel in inner Brisbane, took out two of the three awards, winning Best New Tourism Development and the Young Achiever category for general manager Matthew Simpson.Spicers Peak Lodge, a stunning mountain retreat in the Scenic Rim, won the Best Luxury Accommodation Award. The retreat has long been the toast of the state’s tourism industry, having also won the award in 2006, 2007 and 2010 as well as numerous restaurant and catering awards.The awards were held on Friday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and are recognised as the industry’s most prestigious awards program. “The Spicers group was nominated for a total of six awards this year and we are thrilled that our properties have again been recognised as among Queensland’s best,” Spicers CEO Danielle Duell said.“While Spicers Peak Lodge continues to shine, we are also delighted that our newest property, Spicers Balfour Hotel, has made such an impression within its first year of operation.”A city retreat reflecting the best of contemporary Queensland living, Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a restful and sophisticated escape just three kilometres from the CBD in New Farm. The hotel features just nine executive-style rooms aimed at the business traveller.The property is managed by Matt Simpson, 29 who is the youngest general manager to join the Spicers group. He was appointed general manager of Spicers Peak Lodge in 2008 at the age of 25 before taking on his new role managing Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm last year.“As a new property we’ve had the opportunity to do things a bit differently and really make Spicers Balfour Hotel a ‘home away from home’ for our guests,” Mr Simpson said.”It was important to us not to lose sight of our vision as a city retreat delivering luxurious, practical accommodation and an extensive range of onsite facilities and services designed specifically for the business traveller. I’m also delighted and humbled to be recognised personally, particularly with the amount of great young talent we have in our industry.”Spicers Peak Lodge is Australia’s highest non alpine lodge retreat, situated 1,130m above sea level atop a 9,000 acre working farm. Enveloped by the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park, the property can only be seen from the air, ensuring absolute privacy for guests. The hotel features 10 luxury suites and two private lodges designed to reflect the outdoor landscape. Spicers Peak Lodge general manager Anne-Marelle Meijer said the Scenic Rim property strived to deliver only the very best for its guests.“This is an absolute honour for Spicers Peak Lodge and our team to win the Best Luxury Accommodation Award again,” she said.“Recognition by the industry and fabulous feedback from our guests inspires us to continually deliver a higher level of service, especially with our focus on fine food and wine.“We aim to provide something truly unique in Queensland, and soon will be opening our new day spa which will even further enhance the guest experience.”Spicers Hidden Vale, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Spicers Clovelly Estate and its Long Apron Restaurant, were also finalists in this year’s awards. Spread across South East Queensland’s hinterland beauty spots, in Brisbane city and the world-renowned Hunter Valley in New South Wales, the Spicers group is made up of an eclectic range of seven boutique properties offering gourmet food and wine, active experiences, spa services, lavish accommodation and first-class service.