Mirage set to become five-star
THE Whitsundays will get its first full five-star resort on the mainland come November.
Mirage Whitsundays is currently in the middle of a serious upgrade, with a fine dining restaurant and a health centre under construction.
We do already have Pinnacles Resort and Spa, which is also five-star but in the category of self-catering.
General manager Anne-Marie Oxley said this was "exceptionally exciting".
"The hotel operations have been performing above expectations since opening in August 2015, and once completed the restaurant and spa will make Mirage Whitsundays the first five-star resort on the mainland of the Whitsundays," she said.
Ms Oxley said this would mean the mainland was able to compete with the level of service offered by Hayman and Hamilton islands.
"We're finding ourselves as a bit of a pioneer in accommodation to finally provide five-star service on the mainland," she said.
"It's not only exciting for Mirage, but it's exciting for Airlie Beach that there is another level of accommodation that's not on an island."
The restaurant will see three levels of ocean view dining, including an extended terrace and a VIP room, set in an open-plan living and soft beach design.
Meanwhile, the health centre will include four private massage rooms and a gymnasium and allow guests and residents onsite access to fitness facilities.
Airlie Builders has taken on the project, with construction expected to finish in mid-November.
The operators of the restaurant and spa are yet to be announced.