Intercontinental expands their luxury resort portfolio with the signing of Hayman Island, and also confirms that upgrades are on the plans for two popular Intercontinental Hotels.

Intercontinental Hotel Group News
Date Posted: 10/08/2018

The Whitsunday Islands will welcome a new era of luxury in 2019, with the signing of a new agreement that will see the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) take over management of Hayman Island, seeing a complete rebranding take place and will then be known as Hayman Island, by Intercontinental.

Hayman Island is situated on the northernmost point of the group of islands that make up the Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsunday Islands are situated just off the coast of Airlie Beach, just down from Cairns. Hayman Island itself can’t be access by commercial air travel, instead you would need to hire a luxury vessel or arrive by helicopter. The closest airport to Hayman Island for commercial flights is Hamilton Island.

The Hayman Island Resort is currently undergoing a significant refurbishment, with the intention of showing off the best-of-the-best Intercontinental Hotel Brand when it opens in 2019. The 166 room hotel is the only property on the 400 hectare island showcasing world class facilities, rooms and suites in one of the world’s most unique locations. In addition to the hotel, Mulpha Australia Limited will be offering a bespoke collection of homes for sale for those who want to own a prime piece of real estate in a true tropical oasis. Who wouldn’t want to live there!

In this agreement with Mulpha Australia Limited it sees the Intercontinental Hotel Group continue with a long term agreement to manage both Intercontinental Sydney and Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.

“We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts and look forward to an exciting period of investment to reinforce our leading position in the Australian Luxury Hotel Market.” Said Greg Shaw, CEO of Mulpha Australia Limited.

The Intercontinental Sydney has become a hotel that is an iconic feature of the Sydney Skyline since it first opened its doors in the 1980’s. The Intercontinental Sydney has held a great reputation in the Sydney hotel scene offering rooms overlooking Sydney Harbour which are undoubtedly the best views of Sydney. Many travellers have stayed in the Sydney hotel from some of our close family and friends, work colleagues or perhaps high profile celebrities, political figures, work leaders and other high profile guests. The Intercontinental Hotel Group has the best intention to continue it as part of the Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts Group and has confirmed that a major refurbishment is on the cards.

For us frequent or recent travellers that have stayed at the Intercontinental Sydney recently, we have noticed that the rooms and suites are getting more on the dated side of things, and it is in need of a makeover. Late last month the hotel group announced that a significant investment will be made into refurbishing the property over the coming years. So don’t think that it is going to happen overnight, but it is going to happen. This will be the first major upgrade since the hotel first opened and will see the hotel elevated to even higher levels of luxury and sophistication. A new event space will also be added as well as a new grand ballroom that will showcase those picturesque views of Sydney Harbour to those fortunate enough to visit.

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove was the first resort under the Intercontinental brand in Australia. It has become a much loved haven for travellers to Queensland’s Gold Coast region since IHG took over management in 2012. The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is the only Intercontinental hotel in Queensland. The hotel is well known for its stained glass windows, grand staircase, beach lagoon, access to championship golf courses and just how the overall hotel reflects the grand, graceful architecture of a classic Queensland estate, nestled within the beautiful surrounds of Sanctuary Cove.

Under the new agreement with Mulpha Australia Limited the Sanctuary Cove resort will enjoy a refurbishment that will see its legacy continues as once of Queensland’s most prestigious hotels.

“Luxury travellers have long had an affinity with InterContinental Sydney and InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, so we are thrilled to continue their legacy for many years to come. What is particularly special is to now welcome Hayman Island to the IHG family. We could not be more delighted to continue, and strengthen, our partnership with Mulpha Australia as we pursue our expansion plans in Australasia.” Said Leanne Harwood, Managing Director, Australasia and Japan

The Intercontinental Hotel Group has 47 hotels operating under four different brands across Australia, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express with further 19 in the pipeline including Hotel Indigo and EVEN Hotels.

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