Lancemore Group has assumed management of the Angsana Great Barrier Reef Resort and Spa in Palm Cove, following the property’s purchase by Vievers and Triton Holdings Limited from Banyan Tree.
Speaking exclusively to HM, Lancemore Group CEO, Julian Clark, said the property is now known as Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore following the management change earlier this week.
“This is extremely exciting development for both the owners and the Lancemore Group,” he told HM.
“Alamanda Palm Cove is truly unique, being situated right on the beach with only palms and sand standing between the resort’s suites and the horizon of ocean.
“Both the Hotel and Spa have been multi-award winners in the past and with the refurbishment and new team at the helm we are committed to restoring this hotel to the apex of Australian boutique resorts,” he said.
Clark said after an extensive AUD$1 million refurbishment, “Vievers and Triton Holdings have spent the past 12 months putting together the best team in Australia to return the resort to the pinnacle of Australian boutique resorts”.
He said the addition “cements The Lancemore Group’s position as Australia’s leading boutique hotel and spa operator and is the newest addition to its portfolio of award-winning properties, which currently includes Mansion Hotel and Spa at Werribee Park, Lindenderry at Red Hill, Lindenwarrah at Milawa and Lancemore Hill at Macedon Ranges”.
Clark revealed critically acclaimed restaurant NuNu’s, currently based up the road at the Peppers Beach Club and Spa Palm Cove, would take over the hotel’s dining room.
“They jumped at the opportunity to move to a bigger address that has direct beachfront access,” he said.
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is the only hotel in Palm Cove with uninterrupted beach frontage and access.
Complementing its hotel, Alamanda also houses one of the premier Day Spas in Australia, with eight treatment rooms that front the ocean, three of which are open air with their own plunge pools.
Clark said he was also “extremely excited” about the Lancemore Group’s move into Far North Queensland.
“We are very selective about what hotels we embrace in our portfolio and which locations we want to enter,” he said.
“Far North Queensland has been on Lancemore’s horizon for the past 18 months as it is really getting its mojo back after a number of tough years.
“There is optimism in the air and we are truly excited to be a part of the region’s growth in the coming decade.”
NuNu Restaurant owner Nick Holloway said he was excited about the move.
“I have fantasied about having a restaurant there and now it’s come true,” he said. “We’ll be going from a 69 seat Restaurant to a 169 seat Restaurant with the only absolute beachfront in Palm Cove.
“After 10 years it was time to move… we’ll be open seven days a week and serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners.”
The Restaurant is currently in the final stages of a significant refurbishment, which will be complete by March 2014.