Darwin Airport will welcome Australia’s first airport resort tomorrow following the complete reimagination and integration of two existing airport hotels.
Novotel & Mercure Darwin Airport Resort are relaunching following a $30 million investment by the Airport Development Group (ADG), which saw the progressive refurbishment of existing rooms and the creation of new pool villas, suites and bungalows.
Previously, the two hotels had separate receptions, but now a combined reception area has opened, along with a new 60m swimming pool, poolside cabanas, and new poolside dining.
The resort is located just five minutes walk from the airport’s terminals and is only 15 minutes from Darwin’s CBD.
Event organisers have nine venues to select from, with a maximum capacity of up to 150 delegates, with a dedicated conference team on hand.
ADG also established an Indigenous Training Academy to develop and mentor Aboriginal employees for the hotel, airport and the wider Northern Territory tourism and hospitality sector.
Welcome to Country ceremonies can be arranged and the hotels are planning to introduce the Gurambai Cultural Experience to give guests an immediate appreciation of Larrakia culture.
Darwin Airport Resort general manager Chris Chaffe said following the upgrade, the resort will be even better positioned to deliver memorable events.
“As Australia’s first-ever airport resort we are aiming to completely redefine the experience for individual travellers and groups,” he said.
“The convenience for conference organisers of being able to have their delegates fly from key destinations around Australia and overseas and then be in a world-class resort environment just minutes after they collect their bags at Darwin Airport makes our venue very attractive.
“We also aim to provide an ideal base for incentive groups visiting the Top End. Darwin Airport Resort is just an hour from Litchfield National Park and under three hours drive to Kakadu, while Darwin Airport services many local Territory destinations such as the Tiwi Islands and Arnhemland.”