IHG brands: there’s one for every traveller

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) boasts an impressive network of luxurious properties around the world. A dream stay at an IHG property could be just the remedy you need.

As a leading hotel chain, IHG’s brands cater to the needs and wants of different guests. From exotic resorts, boutique hotels and fuss-free city stays, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re seeking a hidden pocket of paradise, rolling green pastures, or an urban foodie hub, chances are, wherever your travel takes you, there’s an IHG property ready to sweep you off your feet.

Leading brands ready to inspire your dream stay include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, vocoTM, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn. Kimpton has also recently made its Australian debut, providing a fantastic opportunity for some well-deserved opulence.

InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora
InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora: where the Pacific Ocean and sky will be the only blues on your mind.

Plus, with an IHG One Rewards membership, staying at an IHG brand unlocks exclusive member benefits. There’s a chance to earn IHG One Rewards points, which can be converted into valuable rewards, and status that could bring a luxury stay within easy reach.

There are many aspirational IHG brands to choose from across Australia and the wider Pacific region – all perfect for a much-needed escape. The hardest part will be deciding which one you’ll stay at!

In this post, we’ll introduce you to some of IHG’s most desirable brands. Read on to discover the places you could go and get inspired to book in your next stay.

ihg brands guide

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a luxurious hotel brand and one I often choose when I’m craving some lavish pamper time. There are an extensive number of InterContinental properties under the InterContinental banner, including a handful that offer exotic, tropical stays. If paradise is on your mind, then this could be the brand for you.

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
InterContinental Resort Tahiti: where you’ll soak up the tropical island life.

Boasting high-end resorts in some of the Pacific’s most exotic locations, guests can expect to be immersed in paradise. Many InterContinental properties feature the Club InterContinental lounge, which is recognised globally as offering upscale amenities, seamless service and timeless elegance.

Looking to splash out on a resort stay to get you through to summer? Our top picks include InterContinental Resort Tahiti and the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora.

If you’re after paradise a little closer to home, then InterContinental Hayman Island – located in the northern Whitsundays – could be the resort of your dreams.

Intercontinental Hayman Island
InterContinental Hayman Island: where a pristine natural environment promises to transport you worlds away

Each of these uniquely luxe properties offer a tropical paradise where unparalleled natural beauty provides the opportunity to indulge and reconnect with ourselves or loved ones – something we can neglect at during life’s busy periods.

If a city stay is more your style, there are plenty of other participating InterContinental hotels to choose from. Local properties include InterContinental Melbourne – The Rialto and Intercontinental Perth City Centre.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

As one of the world’s largest upscale brands, Crowne Plaza hotels are spread out across a number of destinations at home and abroad. This brand is ideal for those who want a go-to hotel, well-positioned in their city of choice.

Typically located within major urban centres and gateway cities, Crowne Plaza is a popular choice for the modern business traveller. That said, the chain also offers family-friendly, resort destinations all around the globe – catering to slower-paced holidays, if that’s what you prefer.

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is one of our top property picks for its central location in the waterside pocket of Darling Harbour. True to the brand, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour offers a very comfortable base to explore the city’s most vibrant attractions on foot.

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Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour: where an urban location will allow you to step out and explore the city’s best-kept secrets

The Crowne Plaza brand is continuing to expand its footprint in Australia, with hotels now cutting striking figures in Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney landscapes. All perfectly located to a city stay – whether it be for business, leisure or both (we strongly encourage both here at The Champagne Mile).

If you’ve got an upcoming business trip or city getaway on the cards, Crowne Plaza could save you shopping around for other hotel brands. It pays to have a city go-to, and this is one of mine.

Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn brand operates a number of properties in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. This brand captures simplicity at its best by catering to guests with a no-fuss approach to accommodation.

holiday inn remarkables park queenstown
Holiday Inn Remarkables Park Queensland: the perfect brand and property to inspire some fuss-free family bonding

The reality is that travelling with a family can sometimes result in a few headaches – cue sibling fights. Whether staying for business or pleasure, Holiday Inn makes a point of taking the stress out of travelling. This approachable chain is especially loved by families, with children under 12 able to stay and eat free. This is a game changer for travelling families who can potentially half their dining bill!

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The family brand where sourcing a kid-friendly hotel has never been easier

Holiday Inn’s uncompromising and fuss-free experience is purposefully designed for family holidays. In fact, families can even peruse Holiday Inn’s website for popular family-friendly destinations in Australia.

Looking for something further afield? For most of us, the past few years have brought its fair share of cabin fever. During a time when many families are itching for an overseas holiday (but are perhaps still hesitant to go very far) the new Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is a worthy destination in itself.

holiday inn remarkables park queenstown mountain biking
Holiday Inn Remarkables Park Queensland: the perfect nature escape

Located amongst Queenstown’s idyllic snow-capped mountains, this Holiday Inn provides an opportunity for that special kind of nature family bonding. It’s all about fresh air and wide-open spaces here.

Hotel Indigo

As an IHG chain, Hotel Indigo is defined by uniqueness. Each property features its own playful design, intended to capture and reflect the true spirit of the neighbourhood it belongs to. Eclectic interiors, modern finishes and artful spaces are all in the name of creative design at Hotel Indigo.

If you’re a creative, and have an eye for detail or simply appreciate design, Hotel Indigo could be your new favourite hotel brand. There are more than 100 inspiring properties worldwide, with two recent Australian additions in Adelaide and Brisbane giving a whole new meaning to colour psychology.

hotel indigo adelaide markets
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets: where there’s something unique to catch your eye in every corner

Our top pick? Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is an effortlessly ‘now’ property. If your idea of holiday heaven is quaint brick archways, copper detailing, vibrant artworks and gastronomic experiences to delight any urban foodie, this is a must-stay property.

Enjoy the hotel’s modern eateries Market & Meander, located on the ground floor, and Merrymaker, Adelaide’s much-hyped new rooftop bar – both at the doorstep of Adelaide’s bustling Central Markets and vibrant festival scene. A stay at a Hotel Indigo property simply isn’t complete without soaking up some of the local atmosphere.

Book your next inspiring escape here with IHG, your One Rewards Points balance will thank you.


vocoTM is InterContinental Hotels Group’s distinctive lifestyle hotel brand. What’s more lifestyle than a boutique weekender? This more recent addition to IHG’s family of brands is a must for travellers seeking to be enriched by a more boutique hotel experience.

voco Hotels are connected by their charming individual characters, that travellers can depend on for a memorable stay. Reflecting on a vocoTM experience will undoubtedly evoke fond reminders, no matter the reason for your stay.

voco Kirkton Park
voco Kirkton Park: the ideal boutique weekender to make memories

Since launching in 2018, voco hotels have popped up all over the world. There are now four stylish vocoTM properties in Australia. voco Gold Coast, voco Melbourne Central, voco Brisbane City Centre and voco Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley, all await your next boutique stay. All properties are pitched as upmarket, unstuffy hotels that stand out from the crowd with a timeless elegance that is quintessentially voco.

At the top of our list, is the swoon-worthy voco Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley. With paddock-to-plate culinary experiences and local wines amidst its charming 70-acre Manor estate, this is an aspirational getaway to cosy up and celebrate a special occasion.

With more idyllic voco properties expected to emerge around the country, this fresh IHG brand is one to look out for – watch this space.

Kimpton Hotels

This is where world-leading luxury meets an exclusive hotel experience. Kimpton Hotels promise ‘a different way to stay’ with the kind of personalised service one would expect to find at the world’s most high-end stays. This brand is one to get excited about.

Once out of reach domestically, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has made its long-awaited Australian debut, with a stay at Kimpton Margot Sydney likely on most discerning domestic travellers’ lists. Timeless indelible blues and elegant marble add a touch of contemporary glamour to this well-appointed Art Deco heritage building.

With 75 boutique hotels across the world, Kimpton Hotels delivers approachable luxury through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold design, destination dining and purposefully positioned locations.

Plus, don’t forget IHG’s partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith

Above and beyond the established IHG brands, this partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith has seen IHG add a whole new suite of ultra-luxe, boutique properties to its list.

One of the partnerships’ most notable value-adds is that IHG’s most loyal One Rewards members can expect to gain access to exclusive ‘Smith Extra’ perks during their stay, including free room upgrades whenever available and a BlackSmith welcome gift (subject to availability) – bliss!

Mr & Mrs Smith boasts an extraordinary portfolio of over 1,400 properties. Top picks include Jasper Conran’s self-styled riad hideaway L’Hôtel Marrakech, 18th-century organic Tuscan estate Borgo Pignano and high-in-the-Himalayas retreat, The Kumaon. If a Mediterranean island escape is calling, there are 34 newly added Mr & Mrs Smith properties in Greece alone.

Closer to home, Seminyak paradise, One Eleven Bali offers world-class indulgence with a complimentary one-hour couples spa treatment. Access to this exotic stay alone is proof enough that IHG and Mr & Mrs Smith are a match made in hotel heaven.

This ever-evolving partnership has more than doubled the number of bucket-list-worthy luxury hotels that IHG One Rewards members can choose from, undoubtedly adding unparalleled value to the program. Simply put, IHG’s tie-up with Mr & Mrs Smith unlocks the extraordinary.

Bottom line

IHG’s big family of brands cater to the needs of different guests. From luxury island resorts to family getaways and fuss-free city stays, there’s something for everyone.

Plus, with the newly revamped IHG One Rewards program, there’s an opportunity to earn plenty of points – and perks – when completing a stay.

Whether you’re a paradise seeker, nature adventurer or business traveller, chances are you’ll find your perfect hotel match with an IHG brand.

The world is at your fingertips with so many brands and a virtually endless list of aspirational properties to choose from.

This post has been prepared with the support of IHG.

FAQ – IHG brands guide

How many brands are under IHG?

IHG boasts 17 brands in a portfolio of 5,500 plus hotels. Each brand caters to a particular segment of the market. In Australia, prominent brands include Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, voco and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Does IHG own Holiday Inn?

Yes, IHG owns Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

Do IHG One Rewards points expire?

Club level membership points expire after 12 months of no account activity. Simply earn or redeem points once a year through any of the IHG hotels or partners. Points will not expire for current Elite members.

Is IHG membership free?

IHG One Rewards is free to join with a host of benefits to visitors – including points for every dollar spent at participating IHG Hotels & Resorts properties that can be redeemed for free nights.

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