17th August 2016
Since it was built in the 80s, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort has been a legendary figure responsible for putting Far North Queensland on the map. Now, the resort has undergone a legendary $40 million make over to restore it to its former glory with a flair for modern opulence.
Built by notorious businessman Christopher Skase in the 1980s, the Sheraton Mirage was renowned as an indulgent playground for the rich and famous. As the only 5 star resort in town, guests could rub shoulders with Hollywood celebrities, rock stars and political figureheads. In fact, some of the most notable guests of the Sheraton include Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Mick Jagger and Bill Clinton.
In its heyday, the Sheraton was synonymous with extravagance. It was also famous for its hot pink Jacuzzi, which no doubt had some interesting stories to tell. No request was too outlandish or over-the-top. Skase once sent is private jet from Port Douglas all the way to Melbourne, just to pick up a dress for his wife. This was the kind of high life that the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort represented.
For a little while the resort lacked the glamour of its glory days, however like all famous 80s icons, it's nothing that a little 'work' won't fix. As part of a year-long $40 million revamp the property has been redesigned and restored to the height of opulence that was present a quarter of a century ago. The tropical 147ha estate has received a facelift that makes a feature of its sprawling swimming lagoons and 18-hole golf course.
Although the hot pink hot tub didn't make the cut, the restyled lobby pays homage to it with its hibiscus pink couches, tropical palm-leaf cushions and driftwood flooring. One of the famous favourites to return is the seafood buffet at Feast restaurant which offers all the local scampi, prawns and blue swimming crab that you can eat.
The indulgence continues with the Lagoon Edge Guestrooms where you can literally step from your own private balcony into the pool. These rooms also feature day lounges, canopied bedheads, marble bathrooms and the all-important full-length mirror (all the better for bikini selfies).
Everyone loves a good come back and with a few nips and tucks, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort is looking fresh-faced and ready for her close up.