Accor’s luxury Fairmont brand will make its Australian debut, with Fairmont Port Douglas set to open in Far North Queensland in 2023.
The expansive property will boast 253 rooms, several restaurants and bars, conference and wedding facilities and a treetop walk, each centred around resort-style pools.
The hotel will be built on the vacant site located next to the Oaks Resort and across the road from the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.
Located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest and one hour’s drive from Cairns, the hotel will be sustainably designed with greenery and tropical gardens dominating the exterior.
Despite only just being announced, Fairmont Port Douglas has already become the first hotel in the region to achieve Ecotourism Australia’s Eco Destination Certificate, recognising the property for its strong environmental credentials.
Accor Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said the brand will bring a new level of luxury to Port Douglas.
“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 well-being, nature and cultural immersion,” he said.
Accor plans to work alongside the local Kuku Yalanji community, traditional owners of the land, to provide Indigenous welcome and smoking ceremonies for special events.
The property will join a renowned portfolio of Fairmont hotels including The Savoy London and The Plaza New York (both managed by Fairmont), Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Century Plaza LA.