Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains Reopens and Joins Accor

Accor have
announced that the legendary Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains is in the
process of being refurbished and is reopening under Accor’s MGallery Collection.

 

The Fairmont
Resort is located 90 Minutes from Sydney in NSW Blue Mountains region and was
originally opened its doors in 1988.

 

The resorts
GM says that the resort is being refurbished to is to upgrade facilities and services to meet
the demands of today’s travellers.

 

 

 

The
full media release from Accor can be read below:

 

 

 

 

Blue Mountains Fairmont Resort set to relive its
glory days with new ownership and management

 

Legendary hotel to upgrade and join Accor’s
exclusive MGallery Collection

 

One of the
Blue Mountains’ most famous tourism landmarks, the Fairmont Resort, is to be
revived following the purchase of the iconic property by Sydney hotel investor,
Dr Jerry Schwartz.

 

The
hotel will be managed by Australia’s leading hotel group, Accor, and will join
its prestigious MGallery Collection of hotels.

 

Fairmont
Resort was launched in 1988 and was the first major upscale hotel in the Blue
Mountains. For almost two decades the resort was a favourite destination for
luxurious holidays, weddings and conferences. A multi-award winning hotel with
a peerless location overlooking the Jamison Valley, the Fairmont attracted
guests from all over the world seeking refined accommodation in the heart of
this World Heritage location.

 

MGallery Fairmont
Resort General Manager, Geoff York, says
there
couldn’t be a better way for the resort to enter 2011.

 

“I’m very pleased with the
initial refurbishments undertaken at the hotel and guest reactions have been
very positive,”

he said.

 

“The hotel’s stunning location
remains the same, but our aim is to upgrade facilities and services to meet the
demands of today’s travellers. There will be a particular family focus with the
launch of a new kids club, a new indoors merry-go-round, a full activities
programme including film nights, and enhanced recreational facilities.

 

“For couples there will be
upgraded day spa facilities, the introduction of a new bar and other dining
options, and upgraded suites for special occasions.”

 

Upgrading
works have already started and will continue progressively throughout the year,
without interruption to guests thanks to the resort’s vast layout and design,
which means renovations can be isolated in each wing. As a sign of things to
come, a new-look outdoor swimming pool has been unveiled, and work is underway
on new decking in front of the restaurants to make the most of the panoramic
views.

 

“The hotel is actually looking
fantastic at the moment thanks to the very favourable weather over the past six
months, and it won’t be long before we have the gardens back to their best.

 

“Access to the Blue Mountains is
also being upgraded with the roadworks on the Great Western Highway scheduled
to be completed by next year. Even now the Fairmont Resort is just 90 minutes
from the Sydney CBD and just over an hour from the western suburbs, which makes
the venue ideal for conferences, functions, weddings and short breaks.´

 

Mr York said the revival
of the Fairmont Resort was essential for the health of the Blue Mountains as a
tourist destination.

 

“There are many luxury guest houses and
B&Bs in the Blue Mountains, but no major family-friendly resorts like the
Fairmont, so this will really help attract visitors to the region – both from
Australia and overseas.

 

“The revival of the hotel will be great
for the Blue Mountains. We want to make the hotel an essential part of the
community, with regular markets, food events, and family-friendly activities,
as well as providing jobs and work for local businesses.

 

“Already the interim management team has done
a fantastic job in restoring the hotel’s image. Many of the former staff are
back working at the hotel, the leisure facilities are fully functioning, the
restaurants have re-opened and are working to schedule and the staff are
completely motivated to welcome past and new guests. It’s a completely new
lease of life for the hotel.”

 

MGallery Fairmont Resort – a
destination in itself

 

The MGallery
Fairmont Resort is perched on the edge of Australia’s World Heritage-listed
Blue Mountains, just a 90 minute drive from Sydney.

 

Featuring 210
deluxe rooms, the Fairmont Resort is a destination in itself. Set in 10ha of
grounds, the property has three lakes and walking tracks, and boasts views over
the Jamison Valley and adjoining Leura Golf Course. It offers an extensive
array of leisure facilities including two restaurants, a lounge bar, indoor and
outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, table tennis, gymnasium, indoor
theatre and spa treatment facilities.  The resort’s famous paddle boats
will be reintroduced and a carousel added to make it even more family-friendly
and the gardens are being returned to their best.

 

With MGallery’s
fundamental philosophy of “pleasure”, the Fairmont will focus even more on
great food and wine and will upgrade its day spa to become the most luxurious
in the area. The restaurants will showcase regional produce, celebrating
locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as Blue Mountains
chocolates, jams and preserves in its signature breakfasts, high teas, lunches
and dinners.

 

The 18-hole Leura
Golf Course is located adjacent to the resort and offers some of the best golf
in the Blue Mountains. The Fairmont Resort is also a great base to explore the
local attractions including Leura Village, Wentworth Falls, the Three Sisters,
Zig Zag railway and much more.

 

Guests have one of
Australia’s most dramatic natural wonders at their doorstep, with rainforests,
canyons, hidden caves and endless bushland to explore. From bushwalking and
mountain biking to canyoning and abseiling the area is perfect for nature
lovers.

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