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St. Regis Hotel set for $1.7b La Pelago Gold Coast Project

Development seen as major coup for Gold Coast’s top end tourism market

Multi-billion-dollar developer GURNER™ has signed a landmark deal with Marriott International that will see Australia’s first St. Regis hotel open its doors within the first tower of the developer’s $1.7bn La Pelago project on the Gold Coast, in 2027.

Marriott International’s leading luxury hotel brand with over 56 hotels and resorts around the world, the iconic St. Regis brand has been selected by GURNER™ following an extensive expression of interest (EOI) campaign that vetted some of the world’s best -known luxury hotel brands..

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The circa 185 luxurious guest rooms at The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort have called for design plans with all the rooms and hotel amenities, including the bar and restaurant, to sit well above any of the other towers in the project, and 50 percent taller than any other surrounding tower, providing unencumbered views across the skyline.

The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort is seen as a major coup for the top end of the Gold Coast tourism market which is now booming again after the lockdowns of 2020-2021.

The design narrative at The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort will celebrate the brand’s timeless legacy and rich heritage.

Guests can look forward to entering via the porte cochère and experiencing the hotel’s signature spaces, which include a speciality restaurant, world-class sky bar, pool bar, luxurious lounge, as well as the signature St. Regis Bar.

Upon arrival at the porte cochère entrance, guests will be whisked away up to the second and main hotel lobby located on level 42,  transporting hotel guests to where they will be greeted by a bar and internationally acclaimed restaurant and function area.

Guests will be able to enjoy the brand’s signature Butler Service, celebrated rituals and timeless heritage through sophisticated moments that create intimate luxury.

Marriott International Vice President Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific,  Richard Crawford said the signing for the St. Regis brand in Australia is momentous for Marriott International, and a wonderful advancement for the Gold Coast.

“The St. Regis name promises a vanguard spirit steeped in history and tradition, and is synonymous with global luxury,” he said.

“ We greatly value GURNER™’s confidence in selecting the St. Regis as the centrepiece of their world-class mixed-use development.

“ The St Regis Hotel brand redefined luxury when it first opened its doors in New York over 100 years ago and as such we are incredibly selective when choosing the right locations and developments to launch new St Regis Hotel sites, that are befitting of the strict requirements and expectations of the brand.

“ GURNER™’s well-earned reputation for excellence, and their vision for the Gold Coast, aligns exceptionally well with the very high standards we set for every St. Regis hotel around the world.

“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.”

Gurner Group CEO, Tim Gurner said the St. Regis Gold Coast Resort will be “unlike anything on offer in Australia’s hotel market currently and offer a “level of bespoke luxury that is not available on the Gold Coast now nor planned into the future.”

“We are so incredibly excited and humbled to be able to announce the deal with Marriott International and secure the St. Regis brand for this landmark development – it’s a brand that has stood the test of time for elegance, bespoke service and exquisite experiences,” Mr Gurner said.

“ We knew we had to have a hotel brand at La Pelago that would transform the Gold Coast and elevate it – and Australia’s 5-star hotel offering – to another level.

“For me it was only ever St. Regis. La Pelago is something that will never be re-created again in Australia and St. Regis has always been my favourite hotel brand, so I just had to have them to complete the circle of ultra-luxury at the project.

“ We completely reconfigured the hotel offering for The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort after we secured the brand, so that the lowest hotel room still sits above any surrounding towers, enabling uninterrupted views of the beach, river and mountain ranges, going all the way up to level 43.

A feature of the new property will be the ‘Crystal Club’, some 100 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, accessed via a private elevator and enabling full access to the hotel’s facilities.

Mr Gurner said the Crystal Club will be the next evolution of what was created at Saint Moritz but taken to another level again with more amenity that adds a whole new level of glamour and sophistication.

 

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