Spicers Retreats‘ expansion beyond NSW and Queensland is on the cards after the boutique Australian hotel and retreat operator was selected as the preferred partner of a five-star resort proposed for Tasmania’s North West Coast.
The 30-room Table Cape Resort would be Spicers Retreats’ first asset on the ‘Apple Isle’, joining its nine hotels in Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountain, Brisbane & Surrounds and the Sunshine Coast, coupled with six luxury tents, eco-camps and cabins scattered around Queensland.
The international tender process for the new $70-$100 million “ultra-high-end luxury” resort was by invitation-only.
According to the Expressions of Interest listing, the development has received approval for “up to 52 private, ocean-facing villas.”
The listing sought a joint venture partner to develop and build the new retreat.
Tasmania the next step
Project designers, Silvester Fuller, have envisaged the resort will sit on Table Cape headland overlooking Bass Strait, about five kilometres from Wynyard. A wellness spa, events space and farmers restaurant will be included as part of the proposed development. Guests will also be able to utilise a bar and lounge and an infinity pool.
The nearly 12-hectare site received local government approval three years ago.
Spicers Retreats Managing Director David Assef told The Hotel Conversation the boutique property would be an “exceptional experiential destination” for both domestic and international tourism.
“We are extremely proud to be an Australian company taking on an iconic Australian destination, which is a perfect alignment with the Spicers brand and part of our growth into pristine unearthed Australian destinations,” he said.
“It was a natural fit for Spicers with a greenfield site that will deliver breathtaking views of the rugged North-West coastline and amongst world-class national parks.”
Michelle Matthews, the MD of Real Estate agency LSV Hotels assigned as Table Cape’s vendor told LATTE that Spicers Retreats’ Tasmania entry was a natural fit.
She said their selection was based “principally on brand, deliverables and that they too are family owned and operated which was important to the family that own Table Cape.”
“We are seeking a JV investor/developer to see this project come to fruition and to remain as an investor/owner along with the family,” Williams added.
Image credit: © Silvester Fuller