QT ren­o­va­tion gives re­sort fifi ve-star re­sult

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE-LONG awaited $6.5 mil­lion five-star re­brand­ing of the for­mer Rydges Sabaya Re­sort will be of­fi­cially un­veiled to­mor­row.

Amal­ga­mated Hold­ings Limited (AHD) man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Seargeant will ar­rive in Port Dou­glas to see the birth of QT Re­sorts in the Far North.

The Port Dou­glas re­sort is only the sec­ond Rydges re­sort to un­dergo the fives­tar makeover af­ter the Gold Coast and man­age­ment is keen to at­tract a strong lo­cal fol­low­ing with the new bar and res­tau­rant.

QT Ho­tels Re­sorts and Ho­tels food and bev­er­age di­rec­tor Dave Galvin said the bar and res­tau­rant area had un­der­gone a com­plete ren­o­va­tion and will be now known as the Estilo bar and Bazaar.

“With the Estilo bar we’ve cre­ated a re­laxed, laid­back, Euro­pean-in­spired en­vi­ron­ment fea­tur­ing a trop­i­cal cock­tail list,” he said.

“Food avail­able in the bar will in­clude wood-fired piz­zas, Mex­i­can prawn cock­tails, tuna tacos and beef short rib slid­ers and we’ll also be do­ing bar­be­cues on the week­ends.

“We’ve cre­ated a new out­door area where peo­ple can sit down and re­lax and we’ll have DJS on the week­end.

“On the Gold Coast, the QT bar has be­come a big favourite with the lo­cals and that’s some­thing we want to repli­cate here, to pro­vide some­where lo­cals can en­joy them­selves in a fun and friendly ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment.”

The res­tau­rant has been re­placed with an “in­ter­ac­tive mar­ket­place” sug­gested by its new Bazaar moniker.

A smor­gas­bord of seafood in­clud­ing fresh oys­ters, mus­sels, scal­lops and prawns and a mouthwa­ter­ing col­lec­tion of lamb shanks, beef cheeks and prime cuts will com­pli­ment a se­lec­tion of veg­eta­bles and Asian del­i­ca­cies.

Din­ers will also be able to or­der a tast­ing se­lec­tion which can be cooked to or­der.

The of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of QT Re­sort will take place about 6pm to­mor­row night.

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