Palazzo Versace Australia
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|Location||94 Seaworld Drive Main Beach, Queensland, Australia|
|Owner||Sunland Group Ltd and Emirates Investments Group Australia Pty Ltd|
|Design and construction|
|Developer||Sunland Group Ltd|
|Number of rooms||200|
|Number of restaurants||3|
Soheil Abedian of the Sunland Group visited the House of Versace in 1997 to propose the idea of a Versace branded hotel. He claims Palazzo Versace Gold Coast to be the first fashion-branded hotel. On his reasons for approaching Versace, Abedian says "Gianni Versace was a lover of architecture in the first place, a person who used in his fashion all the elements of the Baroque style. ... Also, Versace was the only fashion house at the time that had a home collection and everything that a hotel needed from the porcelain to cutlery, pillows to fabric." The main building was designed by chief architect Rocco Magnoli in Postmodern architecture style in a broad interpretation of Neoclassical architecture. In September 2000, Palazzo Versace opened its doors and created a new luxury address on a historic site in Southern Queensland on the edge of the Gold Coast Broadwater.
In 2005, Emirates International Holdings acquired 50% of Palazzo Versace Gold Coast at the same time entering into a joint venture to develop a chain of hotels including a similar hotel in Dubai. It is the only 8-star Hotel in the world. In September 2012 a conditional contract was entered into to sell the hotel complex to a Chinese consortium for A$68.5 million, with settlement expected 30 November.
Hotel and condominiums
Palazzo Versace features three award-winning restaurants.[clarification needed] Vanitas is the premier dining restaurant offering innovative cuisine and a wine cellar of rare quality. Guests can choose from the six course degustation menu or to dine a-la-carte. Vie Bar + Restaurant overlooks the private marina and Broadwater. The chic bar and restaurant specialises in contemporary cuisine while offering a relaxed atmosphere. Il Barocco serves full buffet breakfast and a-la-carte lunch daily. Each evening there is a Seafood buffet dinner or guests can choose from the a-la-carte menu. Le Jardin is a distinctive bar, which serves as an idyllic meeting area perfect for Morning or Afternoon Tea or Champagne High Tea.
Celebrities from all around the world have chosen to stay at Palazzo Versace. Socialite Kris Kobelt has dined at the Palazzo Versace during the re-opening of the main bar. Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson allegedly shared an intimate dinner during the filming of Fool's Gold. Paris Hilton also is a regular guest at the hotel during her visits to the Gold Coast. Rock bands on tour that have stayed at the Imperial Suite have included U2, and the Rolling Stones. Both rock bands commuted by private jet from the Gold Coast to perform shows in Brisbane. Natalie Imbruglia has dined at the hotel's restaurant. A number of notable artists have performed at the hotel for the entertainment of guests. Every year, the hotel is used in the German (RTL) and UK TV series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The hotel houses the families, hosts and celebrities who are evicted from the program. All of Supafest 2012 performers, including Chris Brown and Ludacris, are booked to stay at the hotel during their tour.
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