Talk of the town: The Ville

Spice travels to Townsville to discover why everyone’s talking about the city’s new retro-luxe resort, The Ville.

Having recently undergone a $44 million redevelopment, The Ville Resort-Casino brings a touch of luxury to North Queensland.

As part of its transition from Jupiters Casino, the Townsville resort has refurbished its rooms and public spaces, added a range of new dining options and opened a brand new conference and event venue.

Retro-cool vibes

As you drive up to The Ville, the tall white structure first looks a little out of place in the quaint coastal city. But once you step inside the property, you realise it’s out of place in all the right ways.

The tropical resort is reminiscent of days gone by, with mid-century touches thoughtfully placed throughout the hotel for a retro-cool vibe that gives Townsville a new kind of edge.

Leading architects Woods Bagot took cues from the historic qualities of Townsville and Queensland architecture and blended them with contemporary aspects for the redesign.

The Ville Resort-Casino is centred on the spectacular infinity pool, which features a swim-up Splash Bar (you won’t be able to resist a photo for Instagram) and overlooks the ocean.

The retro resort feel is woven through the hotel’s 194 guest rooms, which include the newly refurbished Resort Rooms and Suites. The revamped rooms feature a striking leaf-print carpet, timber panelled walls and a simple colour palette of white, grey and green.

Inside the new resort rooms

Meetings and events

As part of The Ville’s transformation, a brand new conference and events venue was built on the property. Boasting a seaside location, The Pavilion offers a flexible event space for up to 1200 guests in cocktail format or 600 seated.

The 779-square-metre venue can be configured into one, two or three rooms and features high timber ceilings and a wrap-around terrace. For an outdoor event, the Poolside Lawns are sure to impress, with stunning views of Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea.

The view from above

The area can accommodate up to 2000 guests for an open-air cocktail event or 1000 people banquet-style under a marquee. Back inside the main building, the Grand Ballroom is suitable for cocktail events of up to 600 guests and can be utilised as one large, pillarless room or divided into three spaces.

Ballroom 1 also features a raised stage and dressing room facilities and is supported by state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. Other event options include the Coral Sea Room for up to 70 delegates and the Boardroom which seats 18 people.

The Pavilion

Food and beverage

The Ville is drawing in travellers and locals alike thanks to an array of revived dining and bar options. On the lobby level, Miss Songs serves up an Asianfusion menu focusing on local produce under the direction of executive chef Arie Prabowo.

Request a seat on the deck to soak up the tropical North Queensland weather and be sure to order the roast duck san choi bao. An iconic Townsville hotspot, The Quarterdeck has been given a contemporary makeover and new location within the resort.

The Ville
Miss Songs is a must-do when in Townsville

The 330-seat casual eatery now overlooks the pool and continues to serve an extensive menu of cocktails and pub classics. Guests can also swim up to Splash Bar for a poolside drink, while The Palm House is the resort’s buffet restaurant offering al fresco dining, live cooking stations and a show kitchen.

With refreshed spaces, a nostalgic new look and more options than ever before for corporate groups, The Ville really is the talk of the town.

This article originally appeared in the Spring issue of Spice Magazine.
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