Renderings show a waterside resort designed to operate largely off the power grid.
Renderings show a waterside resort designed to operate largely off the power grid.

A scene revealing three low-rise towers loaded with solar panels, a central water feature and surrounded by multiple swimming pools has been revealed by Crystalbrook Collection as the first images of its forthcoming ultra-luxury hotel at Port Douglas Superyacht Marina.

According to the plans, the site will feature a 100-room five-star hotel alongside a 30-room “ultra-lux” hotel at the marina – Australia’s northern-most developed yachting launchpad. In addition, 15 apartments and five waterfront villas – all likely to be sold on a residential basis – will be part of the North Queensland development.

While construction was originally slated to begin mid-last year, a formal development application is yet to be lodged to Council, however this is expected in the next 2-3 months, Crystalbrook said. Construction timelines are yet to be determined and are dependent on the timeliness of the city’s approval.

Also set to star on the redeveloped site will be Crystalbrook’s signature Eléme Day Spa, along with a bar and café. The site sits just to the right of the existing marina, meaning business is not expected to be significantly disrupted during construction. The company currently berths its 27-metre luxury motor yacht, MV Bahama, at the marina.

Crystalbrook Collection owner Ghassan Aboud is in Australia this week to meet with Port Douglas Council officials, including Mayor Julia Leu, about the project, following the group’s acquisition of the site in September 2017. Following a positive meeting, Aboud said he was happy how progress is tracking so far.

“Our CEO Mark Davie and his team have been working on these plans for some time now. I had a very positive meeting with the Council today and we are confident we will be able to deliver a great outcome for the community, the Council, visitors and for Crystalbrook Collection.”

Mayor Leu added that the meeting was positive and that the plans had the potential to revitalise Port Douglas and stimulate the local economy.