Marriott to make St. Regis’ Australian debut

by | 02 Dec 2022 | Hotel Projects, Projects

Marriott International has signed a management agreement with property developer Gurner to bring the St. Regis brand to Australia’s Gold Coast.

St. Regis Gold Coast Resort is slated to debut the luxury strand in the country in 2027.

Luxury lifestyle resort

The hotel is set to be part of the first tower in the $1.7 billion La Pelago project – a lifestyle resort and destination within the Budds Beach precinct. La Pelago will feature 12,000 sq m of amenities including luxury residential residences, The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort, and over 5,500 sq m of international hospitality and retail, encompassed in a private landscaped setting.

The newbuild resort will feature approximately 185 guestrooms and suites, while the hotel’s design is expected to showcase glamour in a modern and sophisticated way. Signature spaces call for a specialty restaurant, a sky bar, pool bar, lounge and spa, along with a luxurious penthouse collection and signature St. Regis Bar.

Development centrepiece

Richard Crawford, vice president hotel development, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific for Marriott International, said: “This signing of The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort in Australia is momentous for Marriott International, and a wonderful advancement for the destination. The St. Regis brand promises a vanguard spirit steeped in history and tradition and is synonymous with global luxury. We appreciate Gurner Group’s confidence in selecting St. Regis as the centrepiece of its world-class mixed-use development. Their well-earned reputation for excellence and vision for the Gold Coast aligns exceptionally well with the very high standards we set for every St. Regis hotel around the world and 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.”

Marriott’s area vice president, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific, Sean Hunt, added: “We are truly delighted to work with Gurner to bring our globally recognised St. Regis brand to Australia. This signing is a testament to Marriott International’s continued commitment to growing our luxury portfolio in Australia and our confidence in the appeal of Australia as a leading tourism destination into the future.”

Perfect complement

Gurner Group CEO Tim Gurner commented: “We are honoured to be able to announce this deal with the team at Marriott International – St. Regis has always been my favourite hotel brand, and it is very exciting to be able to offer its world-class service, amenity, and luxury to our La Pelago residents, and to the Australian market for the first time.

“We think the addition of such an illustrious and exclusive hotel brand will put the Gold Coast right back on the top of luxury travellers’ lists, and make it one of the hottest tourism markets in the world. The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort anticipates to perfectly complement the ultra-luxury amenity-rich residences at La Pelago, and we are looking forward to working with such an incredible brand.”

Golden growth

Marriott International currently operates 39 hotels across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, with 26 hotels in Australia.

The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort should mark the fourth Marriott International property on the Gold Coast when it opens, adding to the company’s existing Queensland portfolio – JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast, W Brisbane, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, The Westin Brisbane, Courtyard by Marriott South Bank Brisbane, and The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast, which is expected to open in 2026.

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