New lease of life for old Bale
NIRAMAYA - formerly known as Bale - has been rejuvenated with new managers and a new lease on life and is preparing to open its doors again next month.
The high-end resort closed in March after the previous owners went bust and the Mantra Group pulled out as resort managers.
“The economy, the Australian dollar, the weather - it was a series of events that combined to cause the disastrous effect,” new manager Tim swallow explained.
Mr Swallow and his wife Ilena are the new managers of the renamed resort, which is currently owned by the body corporate.
“The owners are very committed to getting it back on its feet again, we have been here three months upgrading and doing a lot of maintenance, getting it back to a high standard,” Mr Swallow said.
“It is a good spot, it is probably the best resort in Port Douglas and Port Douglas needs it.”
The Swallows originally lived in Port Douglas between 1994-2001 running a resort and a restaurant before relocating to southeast Queensland, Melbourne and New Zealand with various jobs.
They have since returned to Port Douglas to manage the 50-pavilion Asian-themed luxury resort, which was named Niramaya after a Sanskrit word meaning “happiness through good health”.
The recent history of the resort has been put aside while the managers finish upgrading the resort ready for the re-opening.
“The villas are all individually owned, so any upgrades in the villas are paid by the owners themselves but any upgrades of the common facilities, including the restaurant, gym, spa and pool are paid for by the body corporate,” Mr Swallow said.
Niramaya is expected to be open for business in the middle of September.
“We are about to launch a website and will be open for business ready for the September school holidays, the spa will be open and the restaurant will be open in part for breakfast and tapas,” Mr Swallow said.
“Niramaya will rise to bigger and better things.”
Rejuvenating resort: Irene and Tim Swallow