Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort has wrapped up its latest renovation project early, ahead of the upcoming peak Christmas season.

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort General Manger, Warwick Kahl, said the extensive renovation, which officially concludes mid-December, included updated guest rooms and overwater bungalows, reinvigorated recreation spaces including a refreshed resort pool precinct and lagoon beachfront, and a new Pilates Studio.

“The gift of travel is at the top of most people’s Christmas lists this year, so we’re excited to have completed our renovation ahead of schedule and in time for the festive season,” he said.   

Kahl said despite Novotel experiencing an extended ‘high’ season’ over the past 18-months, the forward-thinking decision by the hotel’s owners, Shakespeare Property Group, to forge ahead with the renovation has placed Novotel in a strong position as tourism continues to rebound. 

“During the pandemic, the Sunshine Coast proved one of Australia’s most enduring and sought-after holiday hotspots, so we certainly had a lot going on from a guest perspective. But the effort to push on and refurbish over this busy time was absolutely worth it,” he said.

“We are profoundly grateful for Shakespeare Property Group’s foresight and investment to ensure that Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort remains a competitive, world-class destination.

“As a result we’re in incredible shape as we gear up for another busy travel season into January and beyond.” 

As part of its refurbishment, Novotel has updated its architecturally-designed over-water bungalows with a modern coastal theme and – for the first time in 30 years – introduced two new, elevated accommodation categories – Grand Overwater Bungalows and Deluxe Overwater Bungalows. 

In the main resort area, Novotel has also introduced a new Executive Room type, located on the eastern side of the expansive resort.

“To further highlight the destination, we commissioned local Sunshine Coast artist and photographer Tracey Naughton of Let Me Sea fame to create an exclusive series of images for display in our bungalow accommodation and Executive Rooms,” Kahl said.

“Given Novotel’s direct access to Mudjimba Beach, Tracey dedicated the shoot to capture the essence of the sand, surf and coastal lifestyle of Mudjimba and nearby Old Woman Island in her own relaxed, signature style.”  

In line with Novotel brand’s commitment to well-being and sport, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort has updated its gymnasium, and introduced a brand-new Pilates studio for guests. 

Significantly, the resort’s famous lagoon beachfront has also been updated, and the existing pool completely refurbished and modernised for a new generation of sunseekers and family travellers to enjoy. 

Shakespeare Property Group Vice President – Hospitality Assets & Investments, Richard Saab, said: “As demonstrated in recent years, Shakespeare Hospitality Group remains committed to investing in the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, and trying new things to enhance the resort experience for our guests to exceed their expectations. 

“We are delighted to herald in a new era of hospitality for the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort and know that guests will relish enjoying our newly renovated resort.

“We have no doubt that Novotel will continue to define itself as one of Queensland’s most-loved resorts in the years to come.”

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort is one of Australia’s leading four-star resorts, popular with leisure guests, and for group getaways and conferences. 

Formally known as the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, the property completed the first phase of its three-phase refurbishment in October 2019.

At that time, the hotel not only changed its name but revealed at fresh look lobby, SOLA bar and lounge, and opened its landmark, purpose-built Sunshine Coast Convention Centre.

Shakespeare Property Group said it will continue to enhance resort facilities in future including the remaining guest rooms located in the resort’s western accommodation wing.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management