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What changed with the refurbishment Port Douglas

first_imgWhat changed with the refurbishment?Port Douglas is the gateway to Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest – two World Heritage-listed icons – and enjoys a year-round average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Located right on Four Mile Beach with direct beach access, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas features a modern, crisp and stylish design, with all 294 of its reimagined guest rooms embodying coastal living and the relaxed paradise of Port Douglas. The fresh colour scheme of the rooms and suites incorporates a selection of natural tones to match the driftwood timber-tiled floors, stone-topped mini-bars and natural wooden furnishings, with splashes of turquoise green to add pops of colour. The indoor-outdoor balconies now feature daybeds that complement the classic interiors, allowing guests to lounge lavishly and comfortably while soaking in the sun and tropical sights.As part of the multi-million-dollar refurbishment, the resort is also introducing 41 Lagoon Edge Rooms and 12 Lagoon Edge Studio Suites on the ground floor with private balconies offering guests exquisite views of and direct access to the resort’s saltwater lagoon swimming pools.Beyond the guest rooms, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas also features a reinvigorated lobby experience, with a revamped porte cochère and main entrance, featuring natural tones and pockets of tropical gardens. Travellers looking to waste no time to start their holiday will appreciate the new express VIP check-in and check-out hub, which provides a seamless arrival and departure process for guests, in addition to SPG Keyless.Guests can also enjoy a variety of enhanced dining options, from the Lobby Café which offers a fresh menu of barista coffee, light meals and snacks, to the debut of the Sheraton brand’s signature restaurant, Feast, featuring an interactive buffet and al fresco poolside dining experience on the outdoor deck with expanded seating to accommodate additional guests. Additionally, the remodelled Daintree Bar & Lounge will offer the Sheraton brand’s Paired menu, a selection of small plates expertly matched with premium wines and craft beers that marries globally inspired cuisine with local culture for a unique and unexpected dining experience.The resort’s new design and facilities redefine poolside relaxation with the introduction of 26 cabanas in prime locations surrounding the two hectares of lagoon pools. The spacious and private daybeds offer VIP service, with bar staff delivering refreshing beverages and food, ranging from classic cocktails to bar snacks directly to the cabana. The resort is easily accessible via an hour’s scenic drive from Cairns International Airport.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterSheraton Hotels and Resorts officially debuted the $43 million renovation of one of Australia’s most iconic beachside resorts, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, on Saturday 30 August with a launch party held around its beachfront lagoon swimming pools.The party comprised 300 guests including LATTE and select media representatives, Port Douglas locals and Starwood staff and clients.Renowned as a celebrity hotspot when it first opened, guests were treated to a night of glamour at the new-look resort. Actress and singer, Rachael Beck, was MC for the night, getting festivities in full swing before performing a lively set for partygoers, featuring a mix of classic hits and modern-day favourites.Performing on the resort’s main beach, against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, Cyrus Villanueva, winner of The X Factor 2015, wowed guest with an eighties-inspired set, paying homage to the resort’s rich history, as well as his hits ‘Stone’ and ‘Keep Talking’.Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu made the only official speech of the evening, discussing the future of Port Douglas and Daintree tourism and the important role the relaunch of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas will play in this.“What this means for Port Douglas and the entire area cannot be understated. We had a tough time during the GFC; in the 1980s this was the place to be – a celebrity hotspot frequented by the likes of the Clintons – and there has been talk for years about bringing the destination back to what it was.“There has been nothing but support from the local community, this is a town based on tourism, so we all know how important tonight is. Yet the resort knew it wouldn’t get the support of the community if they didn’t think about the character of the town and conservation when planning its changes. The refurbishment represents what Port Douglas is all about.”Leu told the crowd to enjoy their night, before ending on the positive note: “Port Douglas is back!”Vincent Ong, Senior Director Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific, says that the relaunch reflects the vision of Sheraton as a brand: “The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort renovation truly underscores the Sheraton brand’s new elevated and customised approach to design as part of Sheraton 2020, a 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton back in the global spotlight.“From the Tropical North Queensland-inspired colour palette, to the local-inspired dining choices, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the destination from the second they step foot on property.”Steve Molnar, General Manager of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, summed up the Resort’s extensive changes: “Port Douglas positions itself as a sophisticated gateway to the Daintree and the Reef. So it’s no surprise it became a playground for the rich and famous quite quickly when it first became a popular tourism destination in the eighties. The whole idea of this revitalisation is to realign the resort with its original vision – if it were to be built today.”last_img read more

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