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31 New and Refurbished Hotels in Queensland

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With the ninth G20 Meeting in Brisbane just six months away, new hotels in Queensland’s capital as well as its regional centres are popping up all over the place.

From inner city global branded business hotels to family friendly farmstays and coastal B&Bs, Queensland is a hive of changes. Here are 21 new hotels and 10 major refurbished properties to consider.

1.  Gambaro Hotel, Caxton Street Brisbane (Opened May 1, 2014)

After 60 years in the business as one of Brisbane’s leading restaurateurs, the good folk at Gambaros know a thing or two about service. Now they are taking their trade from the bar to the bedroom and opening a luxury designer led, 70-room boutique hotel in the Caxton Street entertainment precinct. Gambaro Hotel is all about location and quality with each of the six different room types custom designed and individually finished with luxury details and latest in-room technology.  The fully-serviced hotel features four levels of comfort wrapped around a grand internal atrium with Gambaros restaurant on the ground floor. For the die-hard sports fans (and big gig goers), Brisbane’s latest piece of luxury is also as close to Suncorp Stadium as you can get without being in the bleachers.  In fact, find yourself on one of the top floors (there’s only four) and you can probably hear the233075_num752137_600x600 game from the comfort of masculine elegance brought out by the hotel’s black,! cream, and brown interiors. Opening 1 May, Gambaro Hotel is surrounded by many of the city’s go-to spots, including Paddington’s cosmopolitan shopping and dining outlets, the Barrack Cinemas, Roma Street Parklands, Roma Street’s Transit Centre and Queen Street. W:www.gambaro.com.au/gambaro-hotel

2.  Nightfall: Glamping luxury in the Gold Coast Hinterland (Opened for trial period March 2014)

Sleep under the stars and snuggle in front of the rotating fireplace in your private luxury tent surrounded by the ancient Lamington National Park at Nightfall Wilderness Camp. Striking the perfect balance between eco and luxury on a 257 acre site, Nightfall Wilderness Camp protects and rehabilitates the environment without sacrificing king sized beds, well-appointed bathrooms and a gourmet dining menu. Guided bushwalks, gourmet hampers for a secluded picnic, evening campfires and the ultimate indulgence, a massage in the rainforest, are ways guests can customise their Nightfall Wilderness Camp experience. . Situated 1.5 hours South of Brisbane, and an hour South-West of Surfers Paradise, Luxury tents start from: W:www.nightfall.com.au

3.  Connacht Gleann B&B in the Mary Valley (March 2014)

Rest and relax on 75 acres of lush forest and bushlands in the sunshine coast hinterland at Connacht Gleann B&B, a traditional Queenslander, elegantly restored to its original condition.  Choose between the king suite, queen suite or twin share accommodation and enjoy the natural bushland and sweeping views from Kenilworth bluff.Those looking to tie the know can say their I Do’s in front of the spectacular Mary Valley, with the property catering for receptions of up to 100 people.  Prices for King Suite Twin Share start from $160/night, Queen Suite Twin Share from $150/night, or a Double Suite Twin Share from $160/night. All rooms include breakfast. W:www.connachtgleann.com.au

4.  Four Points by Sheraton, Mary Street Brisbane (Opened March 2014)

Having opened in March 2014, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane is all about uncomplicated comforts and convenience in Brisbane’s CBD. Featuring 246 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites across 32 storeys, Four Points also offers a fully-equipped gym, all-day dining in an in-house restaurant, a casual café/bar and a 200sqm function space ideal for corporate and social events. The hotel is located 400 metres from both popular shopping district Queen Street and the Botanic Gardens. Rates: From $235 per night. W: www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/index.html

5.  Breakfree from the stress of city life, farmstay in Fraser Coast (Opened in February 2014)

Flee the confines of the city and call 50 acres of bushland your backyard at Breakfree Farmstay in Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast. Settle in to your very own ‘private wing’ in the farm house and enjoy the quiet life, without sacrificing the creature comforts – air-conditioning, a spa ensuite, king-size bed and a private outdoor area. Fuel your day with a breakfast hamper, before exploring the property and meeting the farm animals. f you like a dash of action with your R&R, Breakfree offers the best of both worlds being within easy reach of guided horse riding and motorbike tours and kilometres of bush walking tracks. Rates start from $160/night. W: www.breakfreefarmstay.com

6.  Dumaresq Homestead, South Burnett (Opened January 2014)

233075_num752140_600x600Swap the city for the country at Dumaresq Homestead, a 9000-acre working cattle and crop property on the Queensland-New South Wales border. The exclusive-hire homestead, which opened January 2014, sleeps 12 guests and comes with a fully equipped kitchen and cold room available for longer stays and catered events. Dumaresq Homestead is laden with farm tours, walking tracks and 11 kilometres of the Dumaresq River to explore. BYO horse and explore the acreage, colourful sunsets and million-star nights before retiring your equine friend to the property’s covered yards. Prices start from $1,400 for three nights. See: W: www.dumaresqhomestead.com.au

7.  New wave of luxury at Oshen Yeppoon (March 2014)

With 61 apartments sprawled over five storeys, Oshen in Yeppoon offers 270-degree views of The Great Barrier Reef. Following a $35 million development, the simple and elegant property design follows clean, white lines with modern décor, which is only complimented by the blue oceans it looks onto. This five level complex offers guests the choice of 61 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with panoramic 270 degree ocean views over the Keppel Islands and Yepoon CBD. Prices for a one bedroom start from $185/night and two bedroom $220/night.  W: www.oshenapartments.com.au

8.  Infinity, Brisbane (Opened January 2014)

Towering 261 metres above Brisbane, Infinity Apartments stand as the city’s tallest tower. Containing 81 levels of services apartments and residential apartments totalling 549 units, the site was purchased for $25 million by Meriton. The building design has also just won the coveted International Property Award. With rooms that feature gourmet kitchens, frameless glass showers, opulent king-sized beds, and ranges of guest toiletries by Peter Morrissey, the hotel offers guests inner-city luxury. W:www.meriton.com.au/properties/infinity-apartments-brisbane-cbd

9.  M&A Apartments (opened December 2013)

Located right in the heart of Fortitude Valley, M&A Apartments offer a fresh take on sleeping around in Brisbane’s entertainment heartland – Fortitude Valley.  The 234 one and two bedroom sleekly designed apartments rise 21 storeys high and boast some serious high rise eye-candy over the CBD and quintessential Queensland suburban views to the south. Leave the stunning interiors behind and downstairs is Brisbane’s hippest new precinct – a stunning series of cafes and restaurants, bars, boutiques and niche retailers that continues the lifestyle revolution that started at nearby James Street. There’s also a laneway that weaves right through, connecting James Street with the Valley’s heart. If the valley’s nightlife doesn’t quite do the trick for M&A’s residents, there is a whole playground right on the recreational deck, exclusively reserved for residents and their guests. The 800sqm green area includes a 20m pool with a giant movie scr! een, landscaped gardens, expansive laws, and two barbeque areas.W: www.mac-ann.com.au/index.php

10.  Lake Redbrook, Childers near Bundaberg (Opened December 2013)

Switch off from the hustle and bustle, and soak up the serenity at Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat, near the country town of Childers, 50 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The 165-acre sugar cane farm offers a seven self-contained cabins for those who prefer the creature comforts of home and 24 powered tent and caravan sites. Opened December 2013, Lake Redbrook offers a range of activities from kayak and bike hire to bush walking and bird watching. Guests can also feed the farm animals and resident deer, collect eggs, and explore the onsite orchard and sample exotic fruits including chocolate pudding fruit, sapodilla and ice cream bean. The property’s pièce de résistance is the lake and purpose-built dams stocked to the brim with saratoga and bass. Hire or purchase a rod and lures from the onsite kiosk and drop in a line to see what you can reel in.  Cabins start from $120/night, Caravan sites $32/night, Camping $30/night. W:www.lakeredbrook.com.au

11.  Crystalbrook Lodge (Opened, October 2013)

It’s remote, rugged, but certainly not rough. The new Crystalbrook Lodge on the 85,000-acre Crystalbrook Station, 180 kilometres west of Cairns, is “bush luxury” at its best. Powered primarily by hydro and solar, this secret outback mecca for keen fishermen and nature lovers overlooks the spectacular Crystalbrook Lake. Providing the chance to spot a variety of birds, freshwater crocodiles and fish, guests can enjoy their days on the lake, exploring the traditional homestead and cattle yards, or just soaking up the view in the Magna wet-edge pool. Packages include all meals, incorporating local fruit and vegetables from the Atherton Tablelands, grass-fed beef and wild barramundi, as well as wine, beer, spirits and a range of non-alcoholic drinks. The lodge caters to a maximum of 10 guests in five courtyard suites. Three-night packages with transfers start from $3,300 per person including flights ex. Cairns. Luxury lodges Australia. W: www.crystalbrookcollection.com.au

12.  Quest on Gordon, Mackay (Opened September 2013)

Mackay’s new Quest on Gordon features 115 brand new one and two bedroom apartments and studios in the property located a short five minute walk from the Pioneer River. Guests can opt to enjoy their evenings by the outdoor BBQ areas or spend them watching on from their balcony of this 10 storey property.www.questapartments.com.au/Accommodation/461/Australia/Queensland_Regional/Quest_Mackay_On_Gordon_/Welcome.aspx

13.  Capriole Estate, Noosa on the Sunshine Coast (Opened September 2013)

Opened in September 2013, Capriole Estate in Noosa’s hinterland brings a new meaning to farmstay accommodation, complete with movie projector screen, wireless internet, granite bench tops, resort-style pool, crystal chandeliers and designer décor. The estate features four standalone properties sleeping between two and eight people – The Loft, Country Barn, Main Homestead and Templeton Farmhouse – all of which boast five-star views overlooking the Eerwah Vale Lake and Mount Eerwah. Located five minutes from the township of Eumundi, and 20 minutes from Noosa Heads, Capriole Estate offers a range of accommodation options suitable for family holidays, romantic getaways and large corporate retreats. Prices start from $400 per night (Sunday to Thursday) and $800 per night (Friday and Saturday). See: W: www.caprioleestate.com

14.  Punthill Hotel (New hotel in revamped building – May 2013)

The stylish Punthill Hotels chain has opened its first Brisbane digs in the city-fringe suburb of Spring Hill. The 4.5 star property features 70 spacious studio apartments plus an outdoor gym, swimming pool, outdoor dining area and AstroTurf badminton court. Bringing a local touch to the Melbourne-based hotel chain, apartment bathrooms have been decked out with artwork made by prep students from a Brisbane primary school. W:www.punthill.com.au

15.  Quoin Island Retreat, Gladstone (Opened April 2014)

Whether you hire the island exclusively for a special event or just pop over for an overnight stay, the 10-hectare privately owned island habitat is the perfect setting for a weekend escape. Starting April 2014, visitors and locals can get into the island groove with Sunday sessions, taking a courtesy boat from Gladstone to the island to enjoy gourmet BBQs, drinks, island tunes. Guests can extend the party a little longer with bed and breakfast packages, including return boat transfer to the island. More than just about food, music and atmosphere, Quoin Island is also known for its Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where holidaymakers can assist with nurturing wild turtles.  W:www.quoinislandretreat.com.au

16.  Skylodge Tamborine Mountain (Opened November 2013)

With views that steal your breath away, Skylodge, a secluded six-star property in Queensland’s Gold Coast hinterland,  is available on weekends for exclusive use by one or two couples. Accommodation includes two exotic, sumptuous suites and elegant living rooms in an architect-designed, contemporary homestead. www.skylodge.com.au

FUTURE OPENINGS:

17.  Alpha Mosaic Hotel (Opening – June 2014)

Alpha Hotels & Resorts will make their way Down Under with the hotel giant entering the market in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane in 2014. Brisbane’s addition to the Alpha family will set the benchmark for new-build Alpha properties when it opens in the second quarter of 2014, with the 18-story hotel, 213 apartments, commercial and retail complex in Fortitude Valley. Featuring 51 boutique hotel rooms, self-contained apartments, a restaurant bar, and a podium-level alfresco oasis, the hotel will have its own localised twist and personality. Offering guests a modern interior, room options include one and two bedroom apartments designed for both relaxation and work. www.alphamosaichotelbrisbane.com.au

18.  Next Hotel (Opening late 2014)

One of Brisbane’s first and best located hotels, Chifley at Lennons, is undergoing a $35 million total top-to-toe renovation and will relaunch later this year as the world’s first NEXT Hotel.  SilverNeedle, which operates 68 hotels around the world under the Chifley brand, will reopen the flagship 30 storey 300 room NEXT hotel mid this year, transforming the top end of the iconic Queen Street mall along the way. American giant Forever 21 will make its Australian debut within the hotel building in its premium location. The store will be the sole tenant for the retail space comprising of 1,900sqm spread over two storeys. W:www.nexthotels.com

19.  Feathered Nest Luxury Wildlife Retreat (Soft open in September 2014)

Eat breakfast with birds and take a walk with some wallabies at the Feathered Nest Luxury Wildlife Resort. Set to open in April 2014, this countryside property offers guests one and two storey apartments, as well as studio hires. Combining 5-star luxury accommodation with environmentally sound features, the Feathered Nest Luxury Wildlife Resort is located approximately 50km North-West of Mackay. W: www.thefeatherednest.com.au

20.  Alpha Mosaic Brisbane

Alpha Hotels & Resorts will make their way Down Under with the hotel giant entering the market in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane in 2014. Brisbane’s addition to the Alpha family will set the benchmark for new-build Alpha properties when it opens in the second half of 2014, with the 18-story hotel, 213 apartments, commercial and retail complex in Fortitude Valley. Featuring 51 boutique hotel rooms, self-contained apartments, a restaurant bar, and a podium-level alfresco oasis, the hotel will have its own localised twist and personality. Offering guests a modern and homely interior, room options include one and two bedroom apartments designed for both relaxation and work, proving that you can mix business and pleasure. W:www.alphamosaichotelbrisbane.com.au

21.  TRYP Hotel (Under construction)

With approximately 7,440 properties across the world, Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel brand, and has claimed a spot in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Construction is currently on the site of former Brisbane Buffalo Club, The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) to introduce luxury accommodation TRYP Hotel.  Mixing street art with contemporary design, the property will dedicate each storey to a different world acclaimed artist, including works by McGee, Rone, and Beastman. Owner and developer Jay McGrath has invested $20 million in the property, which will also boast the newest and largest rooftop bars in Brisbane.

REFURBISHMENT

1.  Hervey Bay Beach House Hotel, Fraser Coast (Finishing: June/July 2014)

Walk out the front door and right onto the beach at the Byron Bay Beach House Hotel when it reopens mid-2014. The top to toe revamp of the property is valued at $6 million on top of the $4 million it cost developer Warren Persal to purchase the hotel in the first place. The reopened hotel will feature a second storey 400-seat function centre with ocean views on top of the new property layout, furniture, drive-through bottle shop, bistro and café, and outdoor decks. A quick five-minute drive from Hervey Bay’s centre, Hervey Bay Beach House Hotel offers guests a beach-front getaway without the comp. W:www.beachhousehotel.com.au

2.  Coolwaters Holiday Village, Capricorn (Reopening: April 2014)

Set 40 minutes out of Rockhampton on Causeway Lake, the $3.5 million refurb of the Coolwaters Holiday Village has cause for celebration opening a new pool, five waterslides, tipping buckets and interactive water activities. It’s not just the facilities that have experienced a makeover, 11 units have been fully renovated and five villas spruced up. Prices range from $38/night for a powered van site through to $185/night for a deluxe family unit. W:www.coolwaters.com.au

3.  Seahaven (Revamp – January 2014)

Noosa’s only 5 star deluxe hotel in Hastings Street, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, has revealed its fresh $10-million renovation, including a hot new restaurant headed up by Peter Kuruvita. The 176 guestrooms, suites and villas have been transformed from salmon pink to contemporary ivory and grey tones.  Noosa Beach House by Peter Kuruvita replaces the original Cato’s restaurant serving up fresh seafood dishes from its spectacular beachside location. Budding master chefs might also like to join Noosa Beach House’s cooking events.

4.  Witches Falls Cottages, Mt Tamborine (Expanded November 2013)

Situated on the Gold Coast’s Tamborine Mountain, Witches Falls Cottages have refurbished five of their private cottages while building an additional two ‘all abilities cottages’. The $600,000 investment has upgraded the property’s AAA Tourist Star rating from a 4 star rating to a 4.5 star rating. The project was inspired by requests from guests who wanted to bring their elderly parents to the Mountain but needed additional support and comfort. In the new duplex style accommodation, Witches Falls Cottages have maintained the popular style of stone gables, glass walled bathrooms and private gardens with BBQ facilities. www.witchesfallscottages.com.au

5.  Sheraton Noosa, Noosa on the Sunshine Coast (October 2013)

Noosa’s only 5 star deluxe hotel in Hastings Street, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, revealed its fresh $10-million renovation in 2013, including a hot new restaurant headed up by Peter Kuruvita. The 176 guestrooms, suites and villas were transformed from salmon pink to contemporary ivory and grey tones.  Noosa Beach House by Peter Kuruvita replaces the original Cato’s restaurant serving up fresh seafood dishes from its spectacular beachside location. Budding masterchefs might also like to join Noosa Beach House’s cooking events where guests can grab a taste of Sri Lanka with Peter Kuravita and learn more about fine wines with their exclusive wine club.  Rates start from $299 per night.  W: www.sheratonnoosaresort.com

6.  Ramada Couran Cove, Gold Coast (September 2013)

The revamped Ramada Couran Cove, on South Stradbroke Island reopened fully in September 2013 as a 350-room complex following an $8 million top to toe refurbishment, alongside their waterfront Marine Suites, Lagoon Lodges and Villas offering sweeping views.Ramada Couran Cove now boasts refurbished rooms, a new Rainforest Boardwalk, dredged lagoon, kilometres of freshly painted freshly painted handrails, a repainted arrivals building, new sewage and water treatment plants, and newly installed energy efficient motors and lighting, the refurbishment is still ongoing. Situated on South Stradbroke Island, the island resort offers guests peaceful seclusion just a 15 minute ferry ride from Gold Coast entertainment and attractions. It is perfect for couples, families and nature enthusiasts.www.courancove.com.au

7.  10 Hastings Street (Refurbished August 2013)

A relaxed break from Noosa’s bustling Hastings Street, 10 Hastings Street is bursting with retro, Californian and surf culture design. Offering guests seven studios, and two two-bedroom apartments, this quaint property has recently undergone a $1.5 million refurbishment. W: www.10hastingsstreet.com.au

8.  The Biggest Loser Retreat, Gold Coast (Previously The Golden Door: June 2013)

Inspired by the hit international TV show, The Biggest Loser, The Golden Door rebranded the former Golden Door in June/July 2013, injecting an approximate $1.5 million into the transformation of the 86 hectare property. Forget dusty gyms in crowded rooms, the Retreat boasts three brand new gyms out fitted with the latest equipment available, including the InBody Analysis Machine, worth approximately $20,000. Having already achieved 1.5 tonnes of fat loss since opening, the retreat offers bush walking tracks, tennis and volleyball courts, and recreation room. Nestled amongst the natural beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland The Biggest Loser Retreat is loaded with compassionate and supportive professionals who will craft both nutrition and exercise programs to support guests to be the best they can be. www.biggestloserretreat.com.au

9.  Paradise Resort, Gold Coast (Expansion ongoing. Most recent addition January 2014)

Sparked by the increase in family holidays around the state, Paradise Resort has unveiled its $2 million upgrade that has seen 100 newly refurbished rooms open to the public. The 100 rooms are made up of 78 Superior Resort Rooms, nine Superior Junior Bunkhouse Rooms, 12 Superior Family Rooms, and one Family Spa Suite, with the family rooms accommodating for up to six people. The investment comes after the property injected $5 million on facilities including the pool area (constructing two new waterparks, swimming pool and two spas), a new café and bar, mini-mart, cardio gym, adventure playground, and ice skating rink. www.paradiseresort.com.au

10.  Eden Health Retreat (Refurbishment ongoing)

Australia’s longest-established health retreat, Camp Eden, has emerged from a multi-million dollar makeover as Eden Health Retreat. Almost unrecognisable from its 1984 beginnings, boot camp and bunk beds and have been swapped for beautifully-appointed rooms and more personalised program options for guests.  Set in the Gold Coast hinterland amongst 120 hectares of tropical rainforest, Eden’s facilities now include a heated swimming pool, an outdoor spa with secluded treatment pavilions, a labyrinth, a natural mud bath, fitness centre, steam room, tennis courts, bush walking tracks and a library. From Qigong to kayaking to laughing yoga and the innovative five-day Eden Program, Eden Health Retreat offers guests a personalised program with a philosophy focusing on holistic health management that aim to change your life. W:www.edenhealthretreat.com.au

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