Spice Hot 100: Venues & Hotels revealed

The top event venues, hotels and resorts of 2020, as voted by our readers.

Back again in 2020, the Spice Hot 100: Venues & Hotels is an annual list of the leading event venues, resorts and hotels from across Australia.

As voted by our readers, these top venues are spectacular settings for a business event.

Best business hotel

PAN PACIFIC MELBOURNE
Melbourne, VIC | @panpacificmelbourne
CROWNE PLAZA TERRIGAL PACIFIC
Terrigal, NSW | @crowneplazaterrigalpacific
COMO THE TREASURY
Perth, WA | @comotreasury
HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY
Sydney, NSW | @hyattregencysydney
BRISBANE MARRIOTT HOTEL
Brisbane, QLD | @brisbanemarriott

Best boutique hotel

EMPORIUM HOTEL SOUTH BANK
Brisbane, QLD | @emporiumhotels
BELLS AT KILLCARE
Central Coast, NSW | @bells_at_killcare
WILDLIFE RETREAT AT TARONGA
Sydney, NSW | @wildliferetreat
SPICERS PEAK LODGE
Maryvale, QLD | @spicerspeaklodge
VOCO KIRKTON PARK
Hunter Valley, NSW | @vocokirktonparkhv

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga

Best convention centre hotel

NOVOTEL SOUTH WHARF
Melbourne, VIC | @novotelsouthwharf
SOFITEL DARLING HARBOUR
Sydney, NSW | @sofiteldarlingharbour
THE RITZ-CARLTON, PERTH
Perth, WA | @ritzcarltonperth
RYDGES SOUTH BANK
Brisbane, QLD | @rydgessouthbank
PAN PACIFIC MELBOURNE
Melbourne, VIC | @panpacificmelbourne

Best regional hotel

CROWNE PLAZA TERRIGAL PACIFIC
Terrigal, NSW | @crowneplazaterrigalpacific
THE LOUISE
Barossa Valley, SA | @thelouisebarossa
SOFITEL NOOSA PACIFIC RESORT
Noosa, QLD | @sofitelnoosapacific
JACKALOPE HOTEL
Mornington Peninsula, VIC | @jackalopehotels
RACV CAPE SCHANCK RESORT
Mornington Peninsula, VIC | @racvcapeschanckresort

Spice hot 100 venues
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

Best regional conference venue

WILLINGA PARK
Bawley Point, NSW | @willingapark
SUNSHINE COAST CONVENTION CENTRE
Twin Waters, QLD | @sunshinecoastconventioncentre
THE EVENTS CENTRE CALOUNDRA
Caloundra, QLD | @the_events_centre
THE WOODLANDS, HARRINGTON GROVE
Harrington Park, NSW | @thewoodlands_harringtongrove
GEELONG CONFERENCE CENTRE
Geelong, VIC | @geelongconference

Best MICE hotel in New Zealand

CROWNE PLAZA CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch, NZ | @crowneplazachristchurch
OAKS WELLINGTON
Wellington, NZ | @oaks_hotels
THE GRAND BY SKYCITY
Auckland, NZ | @thegrandbyskycity
INTERCONTINENTAL WELLINGTON
Wellington, NZ | @interconwlg
STAMFORD PLAZA AUCKLAND
Auckland, NZ | @stamfordplazaauckland

InterContinental Wellington

Best MICE hotel in Asia Pacific

INTERCONTINENTAL FIJI GOLF RESORT & SPA
Natadola, Fiji | @interconfiji
MARRIOTT BANGKOK THE SURAWONGSE
Bangkok, Thailand | @marriottsurawongse
THE SLATE
Phuket, Thailand | @theslatephuket
FIJI MARRIOTT RESORT MOMI BAY
Nadi, Fiji | @fijimarriottresortmomibay
JW MARRIOTT HOTEL MACAU
Cotai, Macau | @jwmarriottmacau

Best resort

ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY
Wolgan Valley, NSW | @wolganv
QUALIA
Whitsundays, QLD | @qualiaresort
INTERCONTINENTAL HAYMAN ISLAND RESORT
Whitsundays, QLD | @intercontinentalhaymanisland
SHERATON GRAND MIRAGE RESORT PORT DOUGLAS
Port Douglas, QLD | @sheratongrandportdouglas
PULLMAN BUNKER BAY RESORT
Margaret River, WA | @pullmanbunkerbay

spice hot 100 venues
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

Best sustainable hotel or venue

OPTUS STADIUM
Perth, WA | @optusstadium
RILEY BY CRYSTALBROOK
Cairns, QLD | @riley.crystalbrookcollection
VOCO GOLD COAST
Gold Coast, QLD | @vocogoldcoast
VOCO KIRKTON PARK
Hunter Valley, NSW | @vocokirktonparkhv
DOLTONE HOUSE DARLING ISLAND
Sydney, NSW | @doltonehousebe

Best wellness hotel or resort

ELYSIA WELLNESS RETREAT
Hunter Valley, NSW | @elysiawellnessretreat
ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY
Wolgan Valley, NSW | @wolganv
INJIDUP RETREAT & SPA
Margaret River, WA | @injidupretreatandspa
SPICERS TAMARIND RETREAT
Maleny QLD | @spicerstamarindretreat
GWINGANNA LIFESTYLE RETREAT
Tallebudgera Valley, QLD

spice hot 100 venue
Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Best venue for private dining

BALTHAZAR WINE & DINING
Gold Coast, QLD | @crowneplazasurfersparadise
WILDFLOWER RESTAURANT
Perth, WA | @wildflowerrestaurant
ALTITUDE RESTAURANT
Sydney, NSW | @shangrilasydney
MR HIVE KITCHEN & BAR
Melbourne, VIC | @crownhotels
OSTERIA OGGI
Adelaide, SA | @osteriaoggiadelaide

Best hotel bar

WET DECK, W BRISBANE
Brisbane, QLD | @w_brisbane
OSTANI BAR, HOTEL REALM
Canberra, ACT | @domahotels
HIGHLANDER WHISKY BAR, SIR STAMFORD
Sydney, NSW | @highlanderwhiskybarsyd
ZEPHYR, HYATT REGENCY
Sydney, NSW | @zephyrbarsyd
THE TERRACE, EMPORIUM HOTEL SOUTH BANK
Brisbane, QLD | @emporiumhotels

The Terrace Emporium Hotel

Best hotel restaurant

NEWMARKET ROOM, THE WILLIAM INGLIS HOTEL
Warwick Farm, NSW | @thewilliaminglis
MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR, OVOLO NISHI
Canberra, ACT | @monsterkitchenbar
SANTINI BAR & GRILL, QT PERTH
Perth, WA | @santinibarandgrill
RESTAURANT TASMAN, HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR HOBART
Hobart, TAS | @tasmanrestaurant
CAPE LODGE DINING
Yallingup, WA | @cape_lodge

Convention centre with best in-house catering

MELBOURNE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE
Melbourne, VIC | @mcec
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE SYDNEY
Sydney, NSW | @iccsydfood
ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE
Adelaide, SA | @adelaidecc
BRISBANE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE
Brisbane, QLD | @bcec_brisbane
NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE CANBERRA
Canberra, ACT

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Best venue for a gala dinner

OPTUS STADIUM
Perth, WA | @optusstadium
STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA
Melbourne, VIC | @library_vic
HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY
Sydney, NSW | @hyattregencysydney
SHERATON GRAND MIRAGE RESORT GOLD COAST
Gold Coast, QLD | @sheratongrandgoldcoast
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
Canberra, ACT | @nationalgalleryaus

Best venue for a product launch

HYDE HACIENDA SYDNEY
Sydney, NSW | @hydehaciendasydney
CITY WINERY BRISBANE
Brisbane, QLD | @citywinerybne
THE MELBOURNE HOTEL
Perth, WA | @themelbournehotel
YALLAMUNDI ROOMS AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sydney, NSW | @yallamundirooms
FEDERATION SQUARE
Melbourne, VIC | @fed.square

spice hot 100 venues
Yallumundi Rooms

Best small venue (1 – 50 pax)

DONNA CHANG
Brisbane, QLD | @_donnachang
NEPTUNE FOOD AND WINE
Melbourne, VIC | @neptunefoodandwine
OVOLO NISHI
Canberra, ACT | @ovolohotels
THE BOATHOUSE PALM BEACH
Sydney, NSW | @theboathousepbweddings
MODE KITCHEN & BAR
Sydney, NSW | @modekitchenandbar

Best mid-sized venue (51 – 150 pax)

OLD MELBOURNE GAOL
Melbourne, VIC | @oldmelbgaol
BETA EVENTS
Sydney, NSW | @beta.events
THE PERTH MINT
Perth, WA | @theperthmintaustralia
THE TROPIC
Burleigh Heads, QLD | @thetropicburleigh
CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES
Sydney, NSW | @captaincookcruises

Old Melbourne Gaol

Best large venue (151 – 500 pax)

HOWARD SMITH WHARVES
Brisbane, QLD | @howardsmithwharves
SYDNEY TOWN HALL
Sydney, NSW | @cityofsydney
HOTEL CHADSTONE MELBOURNE
Melbourne, VIC | @hotelchadstonemelbourne
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT
Canberra, ACT | @theais_
BEAUMONDE ON THE POINT
Perth, WA | @beaumondeotp

Best mega venue (501 – 5000+ pax)

OPTUS STADIUM
Perth, WA | @optusstadium
MELBOURNE & OLYMPIC PARKS
Melbourne, VIC | @melbourneparkevents
SEA WORLD AUSTRALIA
Gold Coast, QLD | @seaworldaus
LUNA PARK SYDNEY
Sydney, NSW | @lunaparkvenues
DARWIN TURF CLUB
Darwin, NT | @darwin_turf_club

spice hot 100 venues
Luna Park Sydney

The Spice Hot 100: Venues & Hotels originally appeared in the Winter edition of Spice Magazine. Read the full issue here:

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