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The Calile Noosa Resort

The team behind The Calile Hotel announces plans for an integrated resort in Noosa

When it comes to luxury accommodation in Australia, James Street's The Calile Hotel sits firmly at the top end of the list. That's not just our humble opinion – the hotel was recently recognised in the Condé Nast Traveller 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards as the number two hotel in Australia and New Zealand, and number 23 in the top 50 hotels worldwide. Not one to rest on its laurels, Calile Malouf Investments – the team behind The Calile Hotel – has just lodged plans for an integrated luxury resort in Noosa, expanding its portfolio in Southeast Queensland.

With its striking design, high-quality service, inimitable ammenities and commitment to sustainability, The Calile Hotel has quickly become one of the most desirable destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. It has helped to cement Brisbane – and more specifically, James Street – as a much-visit destination to travellers far and wide, and contributed significantly to the cultural fabric of our city. In huge news for the Sunshine Coast, Calile Malouf Investments (CMI) has set its sights on Noosa Heads, lodging plans for an integrated resort adjacent to the Noosa River. Located at 3–7 Serenity Close, the 2.4-hectare site has already been zoned for tourist accommodation and is surrounded by bushland and with access to the Noosa River.

While Noosa is already one of Southeast Queensland’s most desirable holiday destinations, the region is lacking by way of integrated luxury resort accommodation – a key consideration in developing the vision for The Calile Noosa. The CMI team has once again worked with revered architects Richards & Spence on the resort’s design, which will comprise 178 rooms, 12 suites, 15 villas and a number of dining options. Group director Michael Malouf says, “The point of difference for the new resort will be the luxury of space. Embedded in a bushland setting, the large site allows for generously proportioned facilities, including multiple swimming, pools, tennis court, comprehensive wellness facilities, cinema and function spaces”. He goes on to note that all of the rooms will be generously sized, with standard rooms starting at 45 sqm, alongside larger suites and three-bedroom villas completely with private pools.

The Noosa resort will channel the design ethos of its James Street counterpart, melding stark materials with lush greenery to create a striking sub-tropical oasis. For this project, Richards & Spence will be working with landscape architect Marc Conlon of Conlon Group to create an integrated design that compliments the natural beauty of the surrounding Noosa landscape. Further, the resort will target carbon-neutral operations, incorporating annual Climate Active certification as part of its broader sustainability strategy. Initiatives will include large-scale vermicomposting (commercial worm farms), bio-dehydrators and a rooftop culinary garden. Guests will also be able to access the Noosa River via a scenic pathway through the resort’s adjacent ecological reserve. “We have commenced discussions with Noosa Council to enable hotel guests to be ferried to Hastings Street via a solar powered electric ferry,” Michael says. “Not only will this strategy allow visitors to experience the tranquil beauty of the Noosa River, but this also successfully removes the transport burden from the road network.”

All going to plan, it is hoped that works on The Calile’s integrated Noosa resort will commence in early 2024, with the goal to open in 2026. Keep an eye on The Weekend Edition for updates.

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