Australia will land its first luxury Fairmont hotel in 2023 with the opening of the Fairmont Port Douglas resort.
An hour’s drive from Cairns, the 253-room property will adopt a nature-inspired design – such as a birds’ nest-themed lobby, a treetop walk, panoramic conference facilities, and strong use of green spaces and natural light throughout the complex.
The hotel’s location also puts it at the edge of two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, popular tourist spots for both domestic and international visitors.
The former provides opportunities for snorkelling and diving among the reef’s colourful corals, with the latter being the oldest living tropical rainforest in the world, thought to be around 180 million years of age.
“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,” said Accor's COO Pacific, Simon McGrath.
“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.”
The hotel’s on-site spa will offer treatments that use traditional local ingredients – a philosophy to be shared with the resort’s various restaurants and bars.
Under the umbrella of Accor and participating in the Accor Live Limitless (ALL) loyalty program, members will be able to earn and spend points at the Fairmont Port Douglas, with elite cardholders enjoying expected perks such as late check-out, complimentary room upgrades and more.
The hotel hasn’t yet shared whether Fairmont Gold facilities will be made available: this being the chain’s ‘hotel within a hotel’ concept for premium guests, as seen at other properties like the Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown, and the Fairmont Makati Manila.