Emirates Hotels & Resorts will open Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resort, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, on October 1, the hotel developer says.
Located on the Great Dividing Range within the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, a scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, the resort will offer glimpses into Australia’s wildlife, history and cultural heritage while offering guests high levels of conservation-friendly luxury, says Emirates Resorts & Hotels.
As with Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first hospitality development outside Dubai, the US$94 million project is being built on the same principles as Emirates’ Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is fully integrated into its environment, incorporating and following stringent environmental standards, the company stresses.
Surrounded by two National Parks and located at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs, the resort will occupy 2 per cent of the 4,000 acres of land dedicated as a conservation reserve. It will feature a high-quality spa facility, 40 free-standing suites with private decks and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The property will feature the superior services that Emirates is renowned for worldwide. Its architecture will be reminiscent of traditional Australian homesteads.
“Wolgan Valley represents one of the world’s strongest combinations of understated luxury, iconic location, outstanding conservation values and a highly sensitive approach to environmental impact,” says Tony Williams, senior vice president, resorts & projects for Emirates Hotels & Resorts. “Guests will arrive in a setting that has been fully restored to its “true” form and which will allow them to experience a piece of Australia you can’t get anywhere else.”
“A major drawcard for the resort, especially with overseas visitors, is the possibility to discover rare Australian wildlife, free-roaming in its natural habitat,” notes Joost Heymeijer, general manager of the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.
Dining at the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will include a variety of fine-food options with a focus on the quality of Australia’s finest produce – enhanced by the resort’s regional, seasonal and organic food philosophy. Executive Chef Dwane Goodman’s culinary experiences will call on local and regional farms, private growers and the talented ‘new world’ vintners of Australia. Emirates Hotels & Resorts says the resort will boast a wide range of dining settings; both in the resort and at various locations within the surrounding reserve.
Wolgan Valley will also feature Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ own Timeless Spa branded facility. With six double treatment rooms, the Wolgan Valley Timeless Spa will offer a range of relaxation, rejuvenation and beauty therapies. Timeless Spa products developed in conjunction with leading spa product manufacturer Babor of Germany, as well as stand-alone Babor products and products from Australian skincare and spa brand Sodashi will be used and available for purchase at the spa.
Activities at the resort will include guided wildlife walks; four-wheel drive safaris; mountain bike and horse-riding adventures; star gazing; heritage and aboriginal interpretative tours; guided photographic excursions; and visits to the Wollemi Pine Grove.
For business travellers or groups interested in small executive meetings, the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will offer the latest technologies and high-end conference facilities, including a fully equipped business center; complimentary wireless and hardwire Internet access; a private boardroom for up to 10 guests; intimate conference rooms; and theater-style seminar facilities for up to 90 guests. Several work spaces will also be available in the suites.
As an introductory offer, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is offering a complimentary third night to guests who stay two nights from October 1 through December 23. This introductory offer is applicable on all room types and is valid for new bookings only.
For more information, contact Emirates Hotels & Resorts at +971 4 303 4221 or visit www.emirateshotelsresorts.com.