Couran cove opens July as a Ramada

Couran Cove Resort on South Stradbroke Island has become part of the Ramada brand under a franchise agreement finalised last week with hospitality giant Wyndham Hotel Group.

Couran Cove Holdings will continue to manage the property.

The resort, purchased late last year by Brisbane businessman Craig Dowling of Couran Cove Holdings, has since been undergoing a major refurbishment. Mr Dowling bought Couran Cove from voluntary liquidators at Ferrier Hodgson, who acted for the resort’s developer, US billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney.

“We will have the ability to take guests from July 1 and we will be advising all owners that they can join the letting pool if they refurbish their apartments,” said Mr Dowling. “This is great news for Couran Cove and opens up a fantastic island holiday getaway destination with an internationally experienced hotel brand behind it,” he added.

“The Ramada brand has been selected after a long process, as being the brand we consider to be most suitable for the resort. In particular we are impressed with the high regard in which the Ramada brand is held both in Australia and throughout the world; the marketing capabilities of the organisation behind the Ramada brand; the rapport that has already evolved with the Wyndham management; and the fact that the Australian head office for Ramada with its 680 strong staff is based right here on the Gold Coast,” said Mr Dowling.

Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort will reopen fully in late September as a 350-room complex. Accommodation options include Waterfront Marine Suites, Lagoon Lodges and Villas offering sweeping views, as well as fully self-contained Holiday Cabins set within the natural serenity of the banksia rainforest.

Mr Dowling said Couran Cove’s Spa Island and associated dining facilities had already re-opened with the restaurant operating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week.

“We have the marina open and operating and we will be launching our Marina Members Club shortly which will be exciting news for all the boaties on the Gold Coast,” he said.

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