The new project is being developed in alliance with Gurner’s joint venture partner Wingate and signing a deal with Marriott International which will bring the exceptional hotel brand to Gold Coast by the year 2025
Gurner’s $1.7 billion La Pélago project will witness the entry of the century-old luxury hotel brand St. Regis Hotels and Resorts in Australia. The new project is being developed in alliance with Gurner’s joint venture partner Wingate and signing a deal with Marriott International which will bring the exceptional hotel brand to Gold Coast by the year 2025.
Tom Gurner, the owner of Gurner group states that the St. Regis Resort will provide a unique experience to Australia’s hotel market and provide the guest with the most luxurious experience that is unique to the Gold Coast. The developers inform that St. Regis was selected in the wake of a comprehensive internet campaign that brought some of the world’s biggest extravagant hotel brands and the deal was signed within 27 days since the discussions began with Marriott. St. Regis currently has 56 resorts and hotels around the world providing customers with a one-of-a-kind experience.
The property will feature a world-class sky bar, specialty restaurant, lounge, and the signature service St. Regis provides its guests. Tim Gurner states that St. Regis is a brand that has stood the test of time for exquisite features and world-class services and having a brand with said qualities would elevate and transform Gold Coast and upgrade Australia’s five-star hotel experience to the next level of luxury.
La Pélago will comprise four towers on the city block at Budds Beach which is at the northern end of surfers paradise. The first stage, named the Aquia Tower, the $1 billion development, will consist of 65 storeys, making it the tallest among the buildings planned for the site with apartments reserved for the first 28 levels. The project spanning 13,000 sqm will bring luxury apartments and 12,000 sqm of the hotel and residential facilities along with 5000 sqm of international quality retail and hospitality.
The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort’s main lobby will be situated on the 24th floor of the building with guests to be greeted in the porte cochère entrance hall, placed on the ground floor. Gurner further adds that they completely rearranged the hotel offering for St. Regis after the company secured the brand so that guests even in the lowest hotel room could get the best views of mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches as the rooms will be located ideally, and will sit above any surrounding towers, going up to level 43.
The hotel will offer 180 sumptuous guest rooms with all hotel amenities and rooms, including the restaurant and bar, which are designed to sit above the other towers planned for the site.
The Marriott International vice president of hotel development for Australia, Pacific, and New Zealand, Richard Crawford states that the management agreement with Gurner group is historic for Marriott International and an important development for Gold Coast. “We look forward to bringing to life an iteration of the brand that is modern, aspirational, and befits the lifestyle and energy of the Gold Coast,” says Crawford. The first St. Regis in Australia marks the reappearance of interest in the Gold Coast market sector which was highlighted by the opening of The Langham, the $1.4 billion development on the southern surfers paradise beachfront.
The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort will be the third Marriott International property on the Gold Coast during its inaugural, thus harmonizing the firm’s current portfolio that consists of the Sheraton Grande Mirage Resort Gold Coast and the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa. Marriott’s Queensland portfolio also includes the Brisbane Marriott Hotel, W Brisbane, The Westin Brisbane, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, and the Courtyard by Marriott South Bank Brisbane.