Australia’s first airport resort opens in Darwin

Two hotels have joined forces to create a new resort at Darwin Airport, the first of its kind in Australia.

Adjoining Novotel and Mercure hotels have integrated as part of a $30 million development to create Darwin Airport Resort, just 15 minutes from the Northern Territory capital’s city centre.

The hotels are owned by the Airport Development Group (ADG), which also owns Darwin Airport. The 423-room resort is located on the lands of the Larrakia Nation, the traditional custodians of the greater Darwin area.

The two hotels have been transformed into a stunning resort thanks to progressive refurbishment of existing rooms and the creation of new pool villas, suites and tropical bungalows.

The separate hotel receptions have been replaced by one combined area, along with an Olympic-plus sized swimming pool, poolside cabanas, children’s aquatic playground and poolside dining.

Resort guests can choose from family suites, bungalows and 5-star tropical villas with individual plunge pools.

The venue offers two poolside dining options and features Indigenous art throughout.

“Integrating and recognising Larrakia Indigenous culture and heritage has been an integral component of the project,” says Darwin Airport Resort general manager Chris Chaffe.

“The new resort is enriched with Aboriginal art and themes, inside and out, providing an appropriate reminder that this pioneering world-class resort is on the lands of the world’s longest-surviving culture.

“Visitors wanting to explore the Top End will be able to enjoy a complete resort experience, including one of the largest city hotel swimming pools in Australia.

“The resort is the perfect base for a Top End getaway. It’s a 15-minute drive to the city centre and just over an hour’s drive to Litchfield National Park, one of the Top End’s most popular attractions.

“It is also very convenient for flights to destinations such as the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu and West Arnhem.”

Darwin Airport Resort opens on 5 December, 2023.

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