New lease of life for old Bale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Re­ju­ve­nat­ing re­sort: Irene and Tim Swal­low

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