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Introducing Townsville’s first luxury hotel, Ardo

Ardo, is set to transform the North Queensland tourism landscape with its globally inspired style

Family-owned tourism and hospitality leaders, Morris Group, are preparing to unveil their latest project, Ardo, Townsville’s first luxury hotel that will redefine North Queensland’s resort lifestyle.

Ideally positioned on Townsville’s foreshore, the $88m development will introduce high-end accommodation, world-class dining, a luxurious day spa, and a stunning rooftop pool deck featuring a panorama view across the Coral Sea out to Magnetic Island.

Morris Group Founder and Executive Chairman Chris Morris said Ardo would provide a boost for North Queensland’s tourism industry, creating desirability around Townsville as a destination worth visiting.

“We know that North Queensland has so much to offer as a destination, so there is huge demand for domestic and international visitors to travel here.

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“But what we’ve discovered is there is still a gap in the market for luxury accommodation, so what we’re doing with Ardo is building on what we already do so well, providing another opportunity for high-end experiences in this very special part of the world,” he said.

Ardo lobby

Ardo is coming to market with 132 rooms and suites, most of which enjoy sea views. The premium suites which are positioned on the corners of the hotel, feature expansive balconies with 270 degree panoramic views. Eight of the rooms also feature baths on the balconies which face directly out to the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island.

The dining options have been designed from the outset to sit at the top of Queensland’s culinary experiences list. The rooftop restaurant Marmor is inspired by the region’s world-class meat and seafood offering with a focus on offering contemporary Australian cuisine. On the stunning ground floor a Japanese restaurant, Terasu, will present a lively take on traditional Japanese fare.

Sitting alongside Ardo is Morris Group’s other Townsville resort, The Ville. Ardo guests will be able to use The Ville precinct’s amenities which include the famous oceanside swimming pool with swim-up bar, gym and casino. Also nearby is the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, which plays host to a variety of events including concerts, sporting events and musicals.

“While The Ville provides relaxed, tropical surroundings and casual sophistication, Ardo will offer a luxury accommodation experience for travellers seeking a more high-end stay,” said Chris.

“With Ardo joining The Ville, and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on the Breakwater, what we’ve created will enhance the precinct, and become the region’s leisure and entertainment hub.” Ardo will join Morris Group’s incredible network of resorts and adventure offerings.

This includes the boutique Northern Escape Collection comprising Orpheus Island Lodge, Mt Mulligan Lodge and Beechmont Estate, plus Morris Nautical, a fleet of superyachts including M.Y Flying Fish and Beluga, and the soon-to-launch Pelorus Private Island.

Bookings will open for Ardo later this year and the hotel is on track to open at the end of 2023.

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