Flying high: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort celebrates 25th anniversary by taking to the skies

October 2017 - One of the Hunter Valley’s most popular resort properties, Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, is commemorating a very special milestone in style this month, by taking to the skies over the renowned wine region.

The sprawling 25-acre Resort is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of its very own hot air balloon, which is flying high to mark the occasion.

In partnership with Balloon Aloft, the branded Oaks Hotels & Resorts balloon made its debut at the annual Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta last month, where a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured balloons floated above the Hunter at sunrise, creating a sky-high spectacle for all to see.

Following on from the four-day event, the Oaks balloon will now become a permanent addition to Balloon Aloft's fleet over the next five years, offering Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort guests and other travellers the chance to experience the magic of hot air ballooning for themselves.

Guests will soar high above Australia’s oldest wine region and take in breathtaking panoramas of the Hunter’s native hinterland, verdant vineyards, charming cellar doors and manicured golf greens from the ultimate vantage point.

Prices start at the special rate of $245 per person and include a sunrise balloon flight, delicious gourmet breakfast at Peterson House, champagne celebration and sparkling wine tasting, and can be added to accommodation bookings at the Resort.

Mr Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Executive Officer of Oaks Hotels & Resorts, said the hotelier was delighted to celebrate 25 successful years in operation.  

“Cypress Lakes Resort has enjoyed a rich 25 year history as one of the Hunter’s most sought after accommodation, golf, wedding and conferencing destinations.

“Over the years, the Resort has welcomed thousands of guests through its doors, and we are so grateful for the loyal support we continue to receive from holidaymakers and business delegates alike who choose to stay with us when visiting the Hunter Valley. 

“The Resort has transformed significantly since first opening in 1992, with close to $20 million injected into revitalizing the property’s villa accommodation, championship golf course, conferencing and events precinct, and leisure facilities. We are extremely proud of the refreshed product we can now offer our guests and look forward to another successful 25 years in business.”   
Located just two hours’ drive from Sydney and close to the Hunter Valley’s most popular attractions and experiences, Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort boasts 136 villas in a range of One, Two, Three and Four Bedroom configurations, and features three swimming pools, tennis courts, a championship golf course, onsite restaurant and bar, gymnasium, and seven versatile function venues.

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest self-contained, accommodation providers, currently incorporating a portfolio of 56 properties spanning Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory, South and Western Australia as well as New Zealand, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and India.

Providing the luxury of space, Oaks Hotels & Resorts offers a range of contemporary accommodation, from hotel and resort rooms and suites, to furnished serviced apartments, in central city locations and resort destinations.


Minor Hotels (MH) is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 156 hotels in operation. MH passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Marriott and Minor International properties, MH operates in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. 

With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, MH pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world. 

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