Major refurbishment plans have been unveiled by Scamander Beach Resort, located on Tasmania’s north-eastern coastline, with Vision Hotels acquiring the property and setting to work erasing past controversies under former management and an old name.
In 2018, the property’s then-owners were found guilty by the Fair Work Ombudsman of exploiting and deliberately underpaying two Malaysian workers of Chinese descent purely on the basis of their race. The owners and their operating company were collectively fined more than $200k. The hotel was also subjected to a number of unfavourable reviews on TripAdvisor.
Under its new owners, Vision Hotels has commenced work to install new bedding and bathrooms, upgraded furniture and a full renovation of the on-site restaurant and bar including a new paint scheme, modern lighting and the addition of free WiFi throughout. The company operates a small collection of boutique properties around Australia including The MAC Boutique Hotel Adelaide, City Palms Brisbane and others.
“Today is the start of an exciting era for Vision Hotels and Scamander Beach Resort, united by our vision to become a welcoming community for all,” said new owner and Director of Vision Hotels, Brendon Deeley.
The hotel features garden, river and ocean-view rooms, each with a private balcony or terrace. It is a short walk to a number of local beaches and the Bride Esplanade.
“Our operating plan includes initiatives that redefine Scamander Beach Resort’s identity, streamlines operations, and aligns our team members to deliver on friendliness, every single time,” Deeley added.