The resort will open in late November, with a new management agreement in place to operate the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort.
Formerly known as Formosa Golf Resort in Beachlands, Auckland, the property is undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar renovation of the golf course and its surrounding facilities. The hotel will reopen under the EVENT family of hotels in late-November 2020 with new owners, Beachlands South Limited Partnership, a partnership between NZ Super Fund and parties associated with the Russell Property Group.
EVENT Hotels and Resorts general manager for New Zealand operations, Simon White, said: “The group is excited to associate the Rydges brand with such a unique product in the Auckland region, and anticipates an enthusiastic response from the market.
“The resort will feature 50 refurbished one bedroom villas that can be configured into two-bedroom villas, well equipped conference facilities, a restaurant and bar, and onsite health facilities, a new driving range and a world-class 18-hole golf course designed by Sir Bob Charles.”
White anticipates that the new resort will also appeal to the weddings and corporate events market, with capacity for both intimate gatherings and large groups of up to 300 guests, with full catering capabilities. “Guests also have the option to stay – and play – on site, and are able to access the resort by car or by the Pine Harbour Ferry, a mere 40 minutes from the Auckland CBD.”
Marcus Keenan, who is currently the general manager of Rydges Wellington, has been appointed to manage the new property. Keenan comes to the role with over 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry.
White said: “Marcus has extensive experience in hotel management – both nationally and internationally – including involvement with hotel refurbishment, rebranding and the reopening of properties. The location has world-class views and following the refurbishment and under the management of Marcus and his team – this will be a very exciting and sought-after resort.
“This is particularly exciting for those living in the Whitford, Beachlands, Mareatai and surrounding areas because not only will it offer great employment opportunities for locals, but it will also be operated as a stunning community facility for those living in the vicinity to enjoy.’
Marcus Keenan has been involved in several boards, including chair of the New Zealand Hotel Council (Rotorua region) and as a member of their national board for several years. His qualifications include hospitality operational management and business studies from the prestigious London City of Guilds.
Aside from the resort’s immense appeal for those seeking a weekend golf escape, Keenan is expecting substantial interest from day-trippers wanting to enjoy the picturesque location with great coffee and food offerings for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Mr Keenan said: “The resort is spread over 170 hectares and features stunning clifftop panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf: without a doubt, it is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular locations for an international golf course, which features in The Finest Golf Clubs in the World. The resort is likely to become a popular choice for those looking for an exciting new location to enjoy a day out through to those wanting to celebrate a large special occasion.”