Thursday, 10 September 2020

One of the world's grandest hotel brands to debut in Australia

In Canada, the Fairmont hotel brand is linked with historic, iconic hotels like fairytale destinations Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Now Accor is set to bring the Fairmont brand to Australia for the first time, with the announcement that the Fairmont Port Douglas is set to open in Far North Queensland in 2023.

Set on the edge of two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest - the hotel has been sustainably designed to give back to the environment.

“We are excited to bring the extraordinary Fairmont brand to Australia and are confident that Fairmont Port Douglas will deliver a new level of luxury and sophistication to one of the country’s most glamorous resort towns,” said Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Pacific. 

“Accor continues to expand its luxury offerings in Australia and, as our first Fairmont, this is going to be a truly special resort, whose architecture mimics the rich biosphere of the Daintree rainforest and, which is centred on well-being, nature and cultural immersion.”

Fairmont Port Douglas will have 253 "glamorous" rooms, several restaurants and bars, a day spa, a treetop walk and conference and wedding facilities, all designed around resort-style pools. 

The hotel is also looking to work with the local Kuku Yalanji community, traditional owners of the land, to provide Welcome to Culture and Smoking Ceremonies for special events.

“We are proud to deliver such a high quality project to the people of Port Douglas and believe the Fairmont brand will bring the right mix of local focus, sustainability and global expertise to the hotel,” said developer Paul Chiodo.

 “Chiodo Corporation seeks to create spaces that are built around the environment and local culture and we believe that the Fairmont brand shares this ethos. Together, we will deliver a meaningful connection to the local community through this stunning hotel.”

The coastal town of Port Douglas is located an hour’s drive from Cairns. 

With the brand established in 1907, Fairmont hotels are usually signature destinations and Fairmont Port Douglas will join some of the world’s most iconic hotels including The Savoy London and The Plaza New York (both managed by Fairmont); the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai; and the Fairmont Vier Jarhreszeiten in Hamburg. 

I've stayed at Fairmonts in Vancouver, Victoria BC, Whistler and Toronto and all have offered a memorable experience. None of them, however, were new builds, relying on their historic charm. A challenge awaits.   

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