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Chiodo appoints Accor Fairmont to $300m luxe resort

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PROPERTY developer Chiodo has selected Accor Fairmont to operate the hotel at its new $300 million luxury resort, Fairmont Port Douglas.

The resort at 71-85 Port Douglas Rd will be the newest hotel in Port Douglas for 20 years.

Nestled in a stunning location on the edge of two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – the new Fairmont Port Douglas will be the first of its kind focusing on art and sustainability. It will offer 253 luxury rooms, restaurants and bars, a decadent day spa, a treetop walk, conference and wedding facilities and resort-style pools and built to blend seamlessly with nature.

Chiodo principal Paul Chiodo said the company chose Accor out of the 12 hotel submissions due to its shared vision.

“Our vision is to deliver an environmental hotel that still encapsulates the hallmarks of a luxury hotel and Accor clearly shares the same passion that we have at Chiodo Corporation for Port Douglas itself.

“We both share a love for Port Douglas and its community, and we will jointly push hard to bring Port Douglas the bling factor that it had 15 years ago, where world leaders go to play golf and Hollywood celebrities go for vacations,” Chiodo said.

The first hotel in the region to achieve Ecotourism Australia’s Eco Destination Certificate, the hotel has been recognized for its strong environmental credentials, winning the Communities & Culture Award at the Sustainable Destinations Awards in March 2020, even before opening. Construction is due to commence in Q1 2021.

“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,” Accor chief operating officer Simon McGrath said.

“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,” McGrath concluded.

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