Speculation several months ago that Accor would be introducing the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand to the Australian market for the first time have proven to be true with the hospitality giant confirming its vision to open a luxury property in Far North Queensland in 2023.
The Fairmont Port Douglas will be located on the edge of UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Sustainability will be at the heart of the 253-room and -suite property, which has been 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 wellbeing, nature and cultural immersion.”
Fairmont Port Douglas will offer a number of restaurants and bars, a day spa, a treetop walk and panoramic conference and wedding facilities, all designed around resort-style pools and built to blend seamlessly with nature.
From the organic architecture to copious green spaces and natural light, the resort brings nature close, with butterfly nets above the children’s swimming pool, an intimate lobby inspired by birds’ nests and verdant tropical gardens.
The first hotel in the region to achieve Ecotourism Australia’s Eco Destination Certificate, the hotel has been recognised for its strong environmental credentials, winning the Communities & Culture Award at the Sustainable Destinations Awards in March 2020, even before opening.
The resort will be developed by Chiodo Corporation. Developer Paul Chiodo said he believes “the Fairmont brand will bring the right mix of local focus, sustainability and global expertise to the hotel”.
In July, Chiodo spilt the beans on the imminent Fairmont announcement, revealing his company was “trying to bring the bling back to Port Douglas. We are going all out to make this a state-of-the-art eco-conscious development that integrates with the entire community,” he said at the time.