Hayman Island to be re-branded
AWARD-winning resort chain One&Only has dropped Hayman Island from its portfolio, just 10 weeks after Cyclone Debbie tore through the island.
In what is being described as a mutual decision by island owners Mulpha and the resort, One&Only will no longer be managing the resort due to the damage to the island and its subsequent closure until mid-2018.
Mulpha Australia said they would be re-branding the resort once they had re-opened.
“While it is disappointing to have to close the resort after record trading that had been achieved, Mulpha are planning to undertake significant capital works to once again position Hayman as one of the most prestigious luxury resort properties in the Australian market,” a joint statement between the two companies read.
One&Only made mention of the many guests they brought to Hayman Island and said they would remain committed to their other resorts around Australia.
A formal process will be undertaken in the coming months to select a qualified luxury operator to take over the island’s management.
A month after the cyclone, the resort announced it would remain closed for over a year to repair the damage.
Their website remains down and instead would-be travellers are greeted with a blue page with white text that reads:
“Due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Hayman Island is temporarily closed.
“In the meantime, we are creating a rejuvenated luxury resort in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
“We are currently unable to accept new reservations until mid-2018.
“Please watch this space as we provide updates through the island’s redevelopment works.”
Daydream Island is also awaiting re-development work and is expected to re-open in 2018.
CYCLONE FALLOUT: Hayman Island has been dropped from One&Only’s luxury resort portfolio.