Accor will bring the luxury Fairmont brand to Australia for the first time, with Fairmont Port Douglas 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.
Fairmont Port Douglas will boast 253 rooms, several restaurants and bars, a decadent 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 will bring nature close with butterfly nets above the children’s swimming pool, an intimate lobby inspired by birds’ nests and verdant tropical gardens.
The hotel is also looking to work with the local Kuku Yalanji community, traditional owners of the land, to provide Indigenous Welcome to Culture and Smoking Ceremonies for special events.
The Fairmont Spa will also offer treatments using traditional local ingredients to help guests immerse in the unique culture of the destination.
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 before it has even opened its doors.
Simon McGrath, chief operating officer at Accor for the Pacific region, said: “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 glamourous resort towns.
“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.”