Heart Ho­tel set to open in Air­lie Beach come end of Septem­ber

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Rory Sheav­ils Rory.Sheav­

AIR­LIE Beach is set for a heart starter come the end of Septem­ber, with the Heart Ho­tel in the fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion.

Of­fer­ing an up mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence in the cen­tre of town, build­ing owner Des Davey said they wanted the ho­tel to re­main cur­rent 50 years into the fu­ture.

“So a ren­dered con­crete block build­ing that you would find in Bris­bane or the Gold Coast was never go­ing to be suit­able for here,” he said.

“The brief for the ar­chi­tect was beach house/ Queens­lan­der and I think he hit it pretty well.

“We didn’t want to build a white ele­phant.”

Hotelier Jeff Aquilina, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of at Ho­tel Group, said the Heart Ho­tel would of­fer “an up­scale lux­ury ho­tel prod­uct”.

“Which is new for Air­lie Beach,” he said.

“So we hope to at­tract ad­di­tional vis­i­tors to Air­lie Beach and the re­gion.”

Mr Aquilina said they would “ex­tend ev­ery pos­si­ble ser­vice” to guests.

“The ser­vice ap­proach is to never say no,” he said.

“So we ac­tu­ally have a pre-ar­rival sur­vey that we send out to our cus­tomers.

“It asks ques­tions like what dis­tance they would like to be from the el­e­va­tor, what would they like the air con­di­tion­ing to be pre-set to, are they an in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer that needs in­ter­na­tional adap­tors.”

While the ho­tel will of­fer an on-site spa, restau­rant and travel agent, Mr Aquilina said a com­ple­men­tary limou­sine ser­vice would also al­low guests to travel in style around town.

“So rather than go­ing in a taxi some­where, we will look af­ter the guests di­rectly,” he said.

“So that’s an ex­tra level of ser­vice that’s not of­fered cer­tainly in the Whit­sun­days and prob­a­bly not of­fered quite com­monly through­out Aus­tralia.”

Built us­ing all lo­cal trades, Mr Davey said be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity was an es­sen­tial as­pect.

“It’s im­por­tant that we in­vest the money back into the com­mu­nity,” he said.


HEART OF AIR­LIE: Owner Des Davey with the soon to be opened Heart Ho­tel, tak­ing pride of place on the Air­lie Beach main street.


WHAT A VIEW: Heart Ho­tel owner Des Davey takes in the view from the build­ing's top bal­cony.

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