Tour deal sparks eco retreat expansion
A luxury eco resort near Exmouth will almost double its capacity this season, going from nine to 16 tents.
Construction began in earnest on seven new tents to the north of the existing Sal Salis eco retreat campsite this week.
Sal Salis owner Stewart Cranswick said the expansion was in direct response to a promising agreement with a major tour company this year.
“What prompted this was an approach by Outback Spirit to host their groups this year,” he said.
“They have 13 tours to the Pilbara all booked out already, which is very encouraging.
“I think this is very good for the Pilbara given Outback Spirit just introduced their Arnhem Land package as well, so to be able to compete against that is tough.”
One of the tents will be fitted out as a honeymoon retreat as the resort aims to attract more weddings this season.
Mr Cranswick said he was confident the increased patronage would not adversely affect the resort’s isolated feel.
“At the end of the day, 16 tents is still nothing really, it’s very small,” he said.
Staff numbers at the resort are expected to increase by about 20 per cent.
Sal Salis eco retreat.