Cradle Mountain Lodge in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness will shortly enter stage two of its first major refurbishment in 30 years, which has already included an overhaul of its popular luxury offering, the King Billy suites.
The $10+ million enhancement has included upgrades to the lodge’s restaurants, with work on Highland completed in November 2019 and The Tavern Bar & Bistro set to re-open at the end of March 2020.
The five King Billy suites have been overhauled to ensure the highest level of comfort through a generous in-room offering for guests.
Cradle Mountain Lodge General Manager Tim Buckton told LATTE that owners Elanor Investments have injected $400,000 per suite as part of the upgrade. The King Billy suites have been completely gutted, and now feature brand new decks, outdoor hot tubs, four-poster beds, overhauled bathrooms, new kitchenettes and artwork by a local photographer. Wooden floors have been installed, replacing carpets and tiles, to connect the suite with its surrounding environment. The colour palette of the furniture is also in sync with the environment, featuring carefully selected greens and greys.
Buckton said guests have been “blown away” by the refurbished suites, many of whom were not aware of the upgrade until they checked in. Their popularity often sees the King Billy Suites booked up to 12 months in advance.
Stage two of the project will be the completion of other room categories, expected to take the better part of 2020, as the iconic property remains open throughout the works, with no disruption to guests.
HTL Partners CEO and Head of Hotels, Tourism and Leisure at Eleanor Investors Group, Marianne Ossovani says:
“Cradle Mountain is a special location that connects guests with both the adventure and tranquility of nature. We understand the significance of the lodge and its history and know that it belongs just as much to the state of Tasmania and to the guests who come back year and year again.’’