Marriott International Signs Agreement With GURNER to Debut the St. Regis Brand in Australia
Marriott International, Inc., today announced it has signed a management agreement with visionary property development company GURNER™ to bring the St. Regis brand to Australia’s Gold Coast. The landmark signing of The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort will bring the brand’s timeless glamour, rich heritage, bespoke Butler Service, and signature rituals to one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities upon its expected opening in 2027.
“This signing of The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort in Australia is momentous for Marriott International, and a wonderful advancement for the destination. The St. Regis brand promises a vanguard spirit steeped in history and tradition and is synonymous with global luxury. We appreciate GURNER Group’s confidence in selecting St. Regis as the centerpiece of its world-class mixed-use development. Their well-earned reputation for excellence and vision for the Gold Coast aligns exceptionally well with the very high standards we set for every St. Regis hotel around the world and we look forward to bringing to life an iteration of the brand that is modern, aspirational, and befits the lifestyle and energy of the Gold Coast,” said Richard Crawford, Vice President Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific for Marriott International.
The hotel is set to be part of the first tower in the $1.7 billion La Pelago project – a premier lifestyle resort and destination within the prestigious Budds Beach precinct. La Pelago will feature 12,000 square meters of exceptional lifestyle amenities including luxury residential residences, The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort, and over 5,500 square meters of international hospitality and retail, encompassed in a lush and private landscaped setting.
The new-build resort anticipates to feature approximately 185 guest rooms and suites that offer sweeping ocean and hinterland views. The hotel’s design is expected to celebrate the timeless glamour and storied legacy of the St. Regis brand in a modern and sophisticated way. An expansive porte cochere is slated to provide guests and locals alike with a glamorous sense of arrival, leading them to enjoy a state of exquisite ease in the resort’s signature spaces, with plans calling for a specialty restaurant, a world-class sky bar, pool bar, and exquisite lounge, and spa, along with a luxurious penthouse collection and signature St. Regis Bar.
The city’s most famed attractions and landmarks, including international designer shopping, a range of high-quality dining options, late-night entertainment, rooftop bars and cafes, and vast stretches of pristine white sandy surf beaches are all within easy reach from the hotel.
“We are truly delighted to work with GURNER to bring our globally recognized St. Regis brand to Australia,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Marriott International, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific. “This signing is a testament to Marriott International’s continued commitment to growing our luxury portfolio in Australia and our confidence in the appeal of Australia as a leading tourism destination into the future.”
The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort expects to mark the fourth Marriott International property on the Gold Coast when it opens, adding to the company’s existing Queensland portfolio – JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast, W Brisbane, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, The Westin Brisbane, Courtyard by Marriott South Bank Brisbane, and The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast which is expected to open in 2026. Marriott International currently operates 39 hotels across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, with 26 hotels in Australia.
“We are honored to be able to announce this deal with the team at Marriott International – St. Regis has always been my favorite hotel brand, and it is very exciting to be able to offer its world-class service, amenity, and luxury to our La Pelago residents, and to the Australian market for the first time,” said GURNER Group CEO Tim Gurner.
“We think the addition of such an illustrious and exclusive hotel brand will put the Gold Coast right back on the top of luxury travelers’ lists, and make it one of the hottest tourism markets in the world. The St. Regis Gold Coast Resort anticipates to perfectly complement the ultra-luxury amenity-rich residences at La Pelago, and we are looking forward to working with such an incredible brand.”
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining timeless glamour with a vanguard spirit, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is committed to delivering exquisite experiences at more than 50 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Beginning with the debut of The St. Regis hotel in New York by John Jacob Astor IV at the dawn of the twentieth century, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by the signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit www.StRegis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. St. Regis is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including complimentary nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit www.MarriottBonvoy.com.
About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc., (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,200 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.Marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.MarriottNewsCenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.
About GURNER Group
GURNER™ Group is an institutional-grade, private development, design, and lifestyle business that focuses on transforming landscapes and environments where people can live their best lives, across five business divisions spanning wellness, hospitality, property management, build-to-sell and build to rent property development.
The development arm, GURNER has a vision to create developments that stand alongside some of the world’s most iconic buildings. The company collaborates only with the finest caliber of architects, designers, and consultants from across the globe to set new benchmarks for luxury living in Australia. There is a commitment to innovation and attention to detail across all aspects, from design to construction.
Since its inception GURNER has continued to innovate, and, having recently acquired over 20 new sites across various asset classes from wellness, hospitality, luxury residential, and build-to-rent, the company has transformed into a truly multifaceted property, funds management, and luxury lifestyle brand under the GURNER Group portfolio.
Following the announcement of a successful $1.25bn fundraise for development and delivery of a new build-to-rent pipeline, GURNER now has active and future projects across Melbourne, wider Victoria, Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Brisbane and Port Douglas – making it the only private developer to have a truly national presence.
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