Leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels, has officially completed the acquisition of its newest property, Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay on Queensland’s magnificent Fraser Coast. In a deal brokered by leading accommodation specialist Resort Brokers, Oaks Hotels & Resorts now holds the hotel management rights of the iconic property (formerly Oceans Resort & Spa Hervey Bay), which has enjoyed a rich history as one of the region’s premier and most sought after resorts in this destination.
Local industry heavyweights have been quick to pledge their support and embrace the acquisition, commenting that the backing of an established international hotel operator will be a ‘major shot in the arm’ for the Resort and greater Fraser Coast district in terms of tourism growth.
General Manager of Fraser Coast Tourism & Events, Martin Simons, said, “The former-Oceans property has been a pace-setter in the local region. Its acquisition by a prominent industry authority such as Oaks Hotels & Resorts – with a portfolio of over 50 properties across Australia and overseas – will deliver major benefits to the Fraser Coast in terms of networking and marketing opportunities.”
Broker Glenn Millar, who handled the management rights sale, said Resort Brokers had worked closely with Oaks Hotels & Resorts and Minor Hotels over a number of years, sourcing quality properties in key locations to support the group’s growth plans.
“It is especially pleasing to see this premium property acquired by such a top-flight operator with Australia-wide and global marketing power,” Mr Millar said.
His sentiments are shared by local community members and current unit owners, who agree the confidence demonstrated by Oaks Hotels & Resorts in the region will be immensely beneficial.
“Following a successful business transformation by outgoing hotel managers Chris and Olivia Taylor, the Resort is on an upward trajectory to continue its strong performance into the future. Underpinned by booming tourism numbers to the area, the transition under Oaks Hotels & Resorts is certainly exciting,” said Mr Leigh Bennett, current unit owner and former body corporate representative.
Located on Charlton Esplanade in the charming coastal township, Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay commands a prime beachfront position, with uninterrupted views across the Bay and out towards the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
Featuring 130 guest rooms in a combination of one, two and three bedroom self-contained suites, plus a selection of split-level three bedroom penthouses, the Resort is perfectly suited to travelling families, groups and couples seeking a central location with the luxury of space in the renowned seaside holiday hub.
Typical of the Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand, guest rooms are generously sized and open-plan, and feature full kitchens, separate laundries, spacious living and dining areas, king-size beds, and ocean or pool-facing balconies.
Resort facilities include two central lagoon-style pools (one of which is heated), a timber leisure deck, children’s ‘splash’ zone, communal barbequing facilities, a well-equipped gymnasium, and onsite day spa featuring six treatment rooms.
Guests will relish the convenience of the Resort’s two onsite restaurants, Bayswater Bistro & Bar and Salt Café, offering delicious all-day dining options in a relaxed, waterfront setting.
The Resort also lends itself to weddings, conferences and events, with three multipurpose function venues located onsite. The grand Ballroom caters for up to 180 guests sit-down style, while the Fraser and Bryce Boardrooms present as the ideal space for more intimate occasions.
Commenting on the acquisition, outgoing General Manager and Director of Oceans Resort & Spa, Chris Taylor, said the property is now primed to operate as a thriving tourism asset.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved in building our business into what it is today for the good of the owners and investors, our valuable employees, and the whole of the Fraser Coast,” said Mr Taylor.
“The Resort has grown into a community and welcome place for tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Oaks Hotels & Resorts is poised to take this property to the next level of growth, and have immense international and local resources to achieve this.”
About Minor International
Minor International (MINT) is a global company focused on three core businesses: restaurants, hospitality and lifestyle brands distribution. MINT is one of Asia”s largest restaurant companies with over 2,000 outlets operating system-wide in 19 countries under The Pizza Company, Swensen”s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, BreadTalk (Thailand) and Riverside brands. MINT is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 155 hotels and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, PER AQUUM, Tivoli, Elewana Collection, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. MINT is one of Thailand”s largest distributors of lifestyle brands focusing primarily on fashion, home and kitchenware and contract manufacturing. Its brands include Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Esprit, Bossini, Etam, Charles & Keith, Pedro, Radley, Anello, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Joseph Joseph and ETL Learning. Bemynt is MINT”s e-commerce platform offering premium fashion and lifestyle products.