Sher­a­ton’s still got it

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

THE Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas might be due for an up­grade, but the ser­vice is still the best in the state.

Nes­tled in the cen­tre of the re­sort, the La­goons Restau­rant has been recog­nised as the Best Ca­sual Din­ing - Ac­com­mo­da­tion Di­vi­sion for the sec­ond year in a row at the 2013 QHA Awards for ex­cel­lence.

The awards were an­nounced last Wed­nes­day in Bowen Hills with an aim to recog­nise ex­cel­lence in in­di­vid­ual and group achieve­ments and en­cour­age the pur­suit of higher stan­dards of ser­vice, pre­sen­ta­tion and trade prac­tices within the in­dus­try.

Gen­eral man­ager Lach­lan Walker said they were very ex­cited to be recog­nised for two con­sec­u­tive years as hav­ing the best ser­vice in their restau­rant, which was named af­ter its view of the la­goon pool.

‘‘It’s a great tes­ta­ment to the team and their hard work, to win the best ca­sual din­ing in ac­com­mo­da­tion di­vi­sion, in re­spect to all the four to five star ho­tels in Queens­land and their all-day restau­rants,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it’s very im­por­tant that the ho­tel still strives to be the best. Even though we might not have the best decor we still have great food and ser­vice.

‘‘Even with the older style prod­uct we have, this is a tes­ta­ment we are do­ing well and will do even bet­ter with a newly re­fur­bished restau­rant, which is very ex­cit­ing for us.’’

Al­though the up­grade plans have not been fi­nalised, Mr Walker said they are pro­gress­ing well.

‘‘We are work­ing with Full­share and in­te­rior de­sign­ers on the in­te­rior de­sign and should have de­tails fairly soon on that plan to start early next year dur­ing the quiet sea­son,’’ he said.

‘‘We will be do­ing some­thing time­less - it’s very im­por­tant that it still re­mains a very iconic North Queens­land prop­erty so peo­ple know they are stay­ing in North Queens­land.

‘‘There will be no clo­sure, we will be op­er­at­ing as nor­mal and the beauty of this re­sort is it’s so spread out, the ac­com­mo­da­tion wings are very sep­a­rate so we have flex­i­bil­ity and when we are hit heavy in the school hol­i­days in June/July, part of the ho­tel will be ren­o­vated.

‘‘The golf course is go­ing to be spruced up and there is go­ing to be some re­design, al­though like the ho­tel it’s in plan­ning stages and could change.’’

Pic­ture: AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

AWARD:

David Alexan­der and Elena Fra­gasso

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