Work to start on new $70m Airlie Beach luxury resort

LUXURY: An artist’s impression of the $70 million resort to be built on Shingley Drive.
LUXURY: An artist’s impression of the $70 million resort to be built on Shingley Drive.

WORK is about to start on a new luxury resort on Shingley Drive in Airlie Beach.

Preliminary clearing works started this week on what is planned to be known as ONE Whitsundays Resort and Spa.

The $70 million project is to be built between Marina Shores and Shingley Beach Resort on land which was once planned to be developed by model and socialite Ivana Trump.

Construction is expected to start before Christmas and be completed by the end of 2016.

ONE Whitsundays CEO John Zappia and the resort's development general manager Anthony Leenders met Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney on site this week.

Mr Zappia, who is based in Sydney, said he would like to employ as many local tradespeople as possible during construction.

He said the Ivana Trump development was going to be super-luxury apartments and that the current developers had obtained the original blueprints.

However, they had been changed to suit the current market and various types of investors, he said.

Mr Leenders described the resort as the most significant new development in our region since the GFC and said it would be 5 star.

It is expected to take about two years to develop and the boutique resort complex will comprise 75 strata titled apartments of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.

According to the developers, prices will range from $395,000 up to $3.2 million for one of two luxurious penthouses overlooking 270 degrees of unobstructed views. The resort will include a state-of-the-art spa, gym, conference centre and part geometric, part lagoon-style pool with views out to the marina and the Coral Sea.

Mayor Whitney said she was looking forward to the job opportunities the new resort would bring.

"I'm always keen to see economic development in the region and happy to work with developers in achieving this wonderful result and the job creation this will have for the region," she said.

Mr Zappia said a major drawcard would be the exclusive conference room that would be able to host up to 300.

"There's definitely a hole in the market and this will generate mid-week activity," he said.

Topics:  five star luxury resort

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

What catches your eye in the Whitsundays?

MARQUEE: The Airlie Beach Festival of Music marquee is where all the hottest music will be played at the annual event later this year.Photo contributed.

Have your say on Whitsunday landmarks.

Barra season nears close, but still time

TOP CATCH: Canonvale man Shane Allen holding a nice trout.

Looking for fishing tips for the weekend?

Won't stop fundraising until they get enough

FIGHT: Val McMahan-Kaden (front) with friends Barb Adamson and Jo Pillifeant, who say they won't stop fundraising until they get what they need.

Fundraising won't stop until Val can get treatment.

Local Partners

BREAKING: Whitsunday Island resorts contravening environmental obligations

A WEEKLONG operation in the Whitsundays has revealed seven of ten tourism operators were non-compliant with the Environmental Protection Act.

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Tim Finn headlining at Airlie Beach Music Festival

Music veteran Tim Finn from New Zealand will headline the Airlie Beach Music Festival.

Tim Finn: "It's the kind of festival that artists love"

CMC organisers: No more pre-sale tickets will be sold

US country music group The Dixie Chicks. Supplied by Chugg Entertainment.

UPDATE: Plenty of people unhappy with process

Miranda Kerr to wed next year

Supermodel Miranda Kerr

Supermodel and Snapchat founder to wed

What's on the small screen this week

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

TWO big reality shows wrap up this week while

Brad Pitt won't file legal response to divorce petition

Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Festival's attracting the best

ROCKSTAR: International ambassador of Airlie Beach Festival of Music 8 Ball Aitken will take to the stage.

Airlie Beach festival is where it all started for 8 Ball Aitken.

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track