Fairmont Port Douglas is Chiodo’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’


Howard Salkow

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An artist impression of the proposed Fairmont Port Douglas resort. Image: Supplied.
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The much-anticipated 253-room Fairmont Port Douglas has been labelled as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Chiodo Corporation’s Development Portfolio.

Melbourne developer Paul Chiodo said this is the first of the planned luxury resorts that they are planning to roll out over the coming years, adding the Port Douglas property is the Jewel in the Crown.

The proposed resort is a hotel management deal with Accor. It will also be a part of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, a world-wide brand.

The property will be located on the old Havana site – situated between Oaks Hotels and Resorts and the Mirage Country Club.

There was also good news this week for Chiodo when it was learned that the advertising/notification period for the Fairmont ended on June 3. And according to a Chiodo spokesperson, Council received “zero submissions”.

“We are extremely excited and honoured to have the support from the wonderful community of Port Douglas.

This has validated our faith in Port Douglas and the investment in the community we have made over the last few years.

“We are also grateful that the community has accepted our vision and design to bring to life the first Fairmont to Australia which will be a show piece to a truly world class luxury resort.

“This resort will help the local economy, local tourism operators and other local business. We want to be providing as much local benefit and support to the local community and to the local business as well,” said Chiodo.

Chiodo said his company will now continue its design as there are a few more months to go in completing the design ready for tender and then followed by Construction immediately. 

“We have already commenced demolition works to remove the eyesore structures that have stood still over the past 15 years. This is a further $1.0m investment by our company.

“The message to the council members is clear from the community and we now are just waiting on the council to reciprocate the community support for this development via a Development Approval as currently designed,” said Chiodo.

Responding to the reported zero submissions, a Council spokesman said:

“Douglas Shire Council has not yet received a Statement of Compliance for the public notification period.

“This period of public notification started on 13 May 2021.

“All relevant development application documents are available for viewing at Council’s website.”

Fairmont Port Douglas will boast 253 glamorous rooms, several restaurants and bars, a decadent day spa, a treetop walk and panoramic conference and wedding facilities, all designed around resort-style pools and built to blend seamlessly with nature.

From the organic architecture to copious green spaces and natural light, the resort brings nature close, with butterfly nets above the children's swimming pool, an intimate lobby inspired by birds' nests and verdant tropical gardens.

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