Hospitality group Accor has introduced a resort concept developed from the Novotel and Mercure-branded hotels at Darwin Airport, Australia.
Novotel & Mercure Darwin Airport Resort is situated on the land of the Larrakia Nation, the traditional custodians of the greater Darwin area.
The hotels and the airport are owned by Airport Development Group (ADG).
ADG invested $30m investment into the renovation and the merging of the two hotels.
The renovations included revamping the existing rooms and building new accommodations.
The resort now has 423 rooms ranging from family suites, freestanding bungalows, and five-star tropical villas featuring their own plunge pools.
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It also features an Olympic-plus-sized swimming pool, a children’s aquatic playground, poolside cabanas, and new poolside dining, the company said.
Dining options at the hotel include the new Splash café and bar and the existing Cossies Poolside Bar & Bistro.
The hotels previously had two reception areas and now offer a combined one.
The Darwin Airport hotels include two murals on the Novotel exterior and an indigenous mural on the 41m water tower in front of the hotels.
The water tower is officially named the Water Tower Welcome to Country Project and is locally known as the Darwin Didgeridoo.
Darwin Airport Resort general manager Chris Chaffe said: “Visitors wanting to explore the Top End will be able to enjoy a complete resort experience, including one of the largest city hotel swimming pools in Australia.
“The resort is the perfect base for Top End getaway. It’s an easy 15-minute drive to the city centre and just over an hour’s drive to Litchfield National Park, one of the Top End’s most popular attractions. It is also very convenient for flights to destinations such as the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu and West Arnhem.”
Additionally, the company noted that it plans to hire Indigenous staff to prioritise indigenous employment.
ADG has launched the Indigenous Training Academy, providing traineeship and apprenticeship qualifications, vocational education, training in-school programmes, and more.