Japanese hotel owner Taisei Kanko has reaffirmed confidence in the Cairns tourism market with an extensive $3 million refurbishment of the four-star Mercure Cairns Harbourside at Trinity Bay. Australian-based managing director Bobby Kado said that his family had been contributing to the economy of Cairns for almost two decades.
“And we intend to keep doing so in the years ahead and anticipate this refurbishment will lift the profile of what is one of the leading hotels in the region,” he said.
Guests first experience the transformation which the hotel has undertaken in the lobby where the impact of artwork commissioned from Australian artists Mark Stewart and Kate Bergin has been heightened by the new neutral colour palette with its burnt orange and rainforest green accents.
All of the spacious 173 rooms of this exceptional esplanade property with its sweeping harbour views have been transformed by the extraordinary talent of Sydney interior designers Interni, industry leaders in hotel refurbishments ISIS Hotel Projects, and international project management firm Davis Langdon.
The effect upon the hotel’s elegant interior has been to bring together a fusion of contemporary, Zen-inspired design aesthetic with elements of North Queensland’s tropical coast.
The result is sophisticated and moody, achieved with a muted palette of chocolates, ivory, greens and gold combined with the designers’ selective use of metallic finishes and natural elements of timber, stone and cane.
Bespoke furniture and finishes and photographic artwork both complement and accent the décor, giving the rooms a modern ambience with a sub-text of quality and relaxation.
The hotel’s 10 Privilege Rooms have also been redecorated, the loft ceilings highlighted by hand-crafted cane pendant lights by highly regarded Brisbane-based Darcy Clarke Object Design.
Suspended from the ceilings like large crab dillies, the lights add a uniquely North Queensland flavour to the penthouses, enhanced by exclusive photographic artwork commissioned from artist Ken Middleton and Bleux, works which are reminiscent of languid, tropical getaways.
The outlook from the Privilege Room balconies takes in the breathtaking bay and mountain vistas for which Trinity Bay is famed, providing panoramic views only surpassed by those from the refurbished corner balconies which can now be hired out for private cocktail parties.
The hotel now boasts five distinct room types offering varied outlooks, configurations for singles, couples and families, and price points ranging from a standard room with city and mountain views up to the Privilege Rooms with unparalleled views of the bay.
Along with the chic new style and ambience, all rooms feature 24 hour room service and reception, in-room movies, Austar TV, and internet connectivity – also available in lobby areas.
The hotel’s new 7th floor Privilege Rooms come equipped with all the mod-cons, including luxurious bathrobes, espresso coffee machine and iPod docking station.
Located at the peaceful end of The Esplanade overlooking the expansive waters of Trinity Bay and verdant parkland, all guest rooms at Mercure Cairns Harbourside enjoy views enhanced by floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto private balconies with unrestricted views of the bay and the rainforest which cloaks the hinterland.
The hotel’s location encourages guests to enjoy the serenity of a North Queensland sunrise and join the early morning walkers, joggers and cyclists on the foreshore promenade.
Others take a 15 minutes stroll up to the acclaimed Cairns Swimming Lagoon to do some leisurely laps.
Alternatively, they can take advantage of Mercure Cairns Harbourside’s large swimming pool or enjoy the mood of tranquillity created by the views of coconut palms and parkland from the poolside spa followed by a fresh tropical breakfast al fresco in Teshi’s Restaurant.
The hotel owner’s keen interest in Australian art is once again featured dramatically in the stunning artwork commissioned from local artist Julie Poulsen, where thirty vibrant canvas paintings are symmetrically positioned against an azure wall creating a stunning backdrop which leads the eye up to Teshi’s cathedral ceiling.
Coffee aficionados are drawn to the Blue Mango Café Wine Bar to enjoy an aromatic espresso coffee, decorated with the sculptured metallic sea-creatures commissioned from Australian artist Sulja Raam Nezovic.
Those who appreciate the offerings of the best of Australian and New Zealand winemakers also favour the café for its selective wine list, designed to accompany the enticing modern Australian menu with native bush influences created by executive chef Markus Strieby.
Chef Strieby brings the flavours of his extensive international experience to the Blue Mango Café Wine Bar, having returned to Australia after working in executive roles in five-star properties throughout Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Vietnam Malaysia and Fiji.
Popular with both the leisure and corporate markets the reincarnation of Mercure Cairns Harbourside sets a new benchmark in modern luxury for the Tropical North.
Source = Mercure