Palazzo Versace Australia
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Palazzo Versace logo
|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|
|Number of bars||2|
Palazzo Versace (meaning Versace Palace) is a luxury 5 star hotel located by the Southport Broadwater, and Marina Mirage shopping centre at Southport Spit on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The hotel was constructed by the Sunland group on the site of the former Fisherman's Wharf complex, at a reported cost in excess of $200 million. Opened on September 15, 2000, the hotel features 200 rooms, 72 privately owned apartments, 600 seater ballroom, bars, restaurants and Versace retail store. The design and furnishing of the hotel was overseen by Versace in Milan, Italy, and the design and architecture were intended to be a homage to the styles of the French Riviera. The building itself was created by Gold Coast architect Desmond Brook of BDI International.
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 has 200 hotel rooms and suites and seventy-two neighbouring condominiums, three restaurants and a main bar area. Palazzo Versace also has its own private 90 berth marina, and underground carpark.
Meetings and Events
The hotel boasts 3 meeting venues. La Medusa Ballroom, Finestra and the Boardroom. The La Medusa ballroom features room for up to 500 people. The ballroom mostly caters for weddings, social events and school formals.
Health and Wellbeing
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The Palazzo Versace Spa is one of the finest on the Gold Coast. Featuring a range of treatments from Australian Spa brand 'Aurora Spa Retreat'. The spa features 2 large, temperature controlled pools for the enjoyment of spa patrons. The hotel also features a large fitness centre, with all of the latest gym equipment. The hotel's main pool is for the exclusive use of all guests and condominium owners. It features a large crystal blue pool and sunken sand beach, surrounded by luxury cabanas, which can be hired for exclusive use.
Palazzo Versace has three restaurants and a main bar area. These are Vanitas, Le Jardin, Il Barocco Restaurant and Vie Bar + Restaurant[clarification needed] Vanitas is the main dining restaurant. Guests can choose from the seven course degustation menu or to dine a-la-carte. Vie Bar + Restaurant overlooks the private marina and Broadwater. The bar and restaurant specialises in contemporary cuisine. 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 bar, which serves Morning or Afternoon Tea or Champagne High Tea.
Celebrities from all around the world have chosen to stay at Palazzo Versace. 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. Other high-profile guests have included Mel Gibson, Bill Gates, Drake and Ruby Rose. Natalie Imbruglia has dined at the hotel's restaurant. 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, stayed at the hotel during their tour. More recently, other stars who have stayed in-house have included Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Jay Z and Rod Stewart, as well as Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard.
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