$60m luxury wellness retreat to grace popular coastal resort

 $60m luxury wellness retreat to grace popular coastal resort

A $60 million luxury beachfront oasis featuring a wellness retreat and boutique hotel is set to grace the popular coastal resort of Port Douglas, with plans officially launched for the ambitious project.

Melbourne-based developer Gurner is behind the holistic masterplan, which will have direct access onto Four Mile Beach, after acquiring the 2,833sqm site in an off-market deal earlier this year.

The plans include the construction of 16 ultra-luxury private residences, that will be sold upon completion, and also an 18-bedroom boutique hotel that will be retained by Gurner.

AFR rich lister Tim Gurner spoke about his excitement to have lodged plans for the development at 69-73 Murphy Street.

“Port Douglas has been an incredibly important part of our family’s life over the past 15 years and is without doubt our favourite destination to visit in Australia,” he says.

We want to give back to this amazing town and create something that does not currently exist

Tim Gurner

Gurner’s wellness retreat has taken inspiration from the success of Rae’s in Byron Bay and Qualia on Hamilton Island, and Mr Gurner hopes his new exciting venture can capture the market and emulate their popularity in Port Douglas.

“We want to ensure that Far North Queensland has a similar offering at that level for Australians and internationals visiting the reef and the wider region,” he says.

“We’re very keen to work collaboratively with the Douglas Shire Council and deliver something that will become a high-end showpiece for the area.”

The hotel will feature an iconic restaurant and cocktail bar with renowned architects Powell and Glenn leading the design alongside Wolveridge Architects.

Powell & Glenn Principal and Director Ed Glenn says his team is delighted to be involved in such an exciting tropical development.

Having worked on a number of Gurner’s personal projects in recent times, we’re incredibly excited to be involved in what is a genuinely unrepeatable site, brief and project team

Ed Glenn

“The brief is very aspirational; the team has pushed and been pushed hard to deliver something that we will all be really proud of,” Mr Glenn explains.

After the $60 million plans were submitted to council this week, construction has been earmarked for mid-2021, with the project marking a change of tac for the leading developers.

“This project marks the beginning of a new chapter for the brand as we significantly expand our portfolio across a number of complementary sectors,” says Mr Gurner.

“We are exploring a number of new asset classes across tourism, wellness, accommodation and food and beverage – these next few years will be all about pushing the boundaries of our portfolio and recreating the luxury experience we provide to our apartment residents, at a much larger scale.”

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