Sunday 21 November 2010

Pinctada Cable Beach Named Best Luxury Accommodation in WA

Pinctada Cable Beach, the flagship of Marilynne Paspaley AM's Pinctada Hotels & Resorts, won the best Luxury Accommodation award at The Western Australian Tourism Awards last night, capping an exciting two months for the hotel group based in the unique Kimberley landscape of northwest Australia.

Pinctada Cable Beach, in the famous Kimberley pearling town of Broome, opened just over a year ago in August 2009.  Marilynne Paspaley obtained a builder's licence so she could develop the 5-star spa resort in keeping with her vision to create a hotel that respects and reflects its Kimberley destination while offering an unforgettable tourism experience. 

After accepting last night's award at Perth's Burswood Entertainment Complex, Marilynne said she was both humbled and delighted by the industry's acknowledgement of her approach to 'luxury' travel.

"This award belongs to the entire Pinctada team because people are the essence of the Pinctada Cable Beach experience," she said. "In developing Pinctada Cable Beach, I wanted to create an intimate and comfortable environment that respects and reflects the Kimberley destination, but while I provided the 'bricks and mortar', it is people who nurture our guest experience.  I am lucky at Pinctada Cable Beach to work alongside people who understand that the greatest luxury we can offer our guests is an experience that allows them to truly relax, to reconnect with themselves and each other – and, to connect to the extraordinary Kimberley landscape.  To me, these are the elements that combine to make a memorable travel experience." 

Last night's honour is the fourth prestigious award Pinctada Cable Beach has won during the past two months.  In September, Pinctada Cable Beach was named Australia's Best Resort Style Accommodation at the AHA National Awards for Excellence and its signature restaurant, SELENE Brasserie was also honoured as the best country restaurant in Western Australia (WA) at The West Australian Good Food Guide Awards. Earlier this month Pinctada Cable Beach was named WA's Best Marketed Accommodation Hotel at the AHA WA Aon Awards for Excellence.

This month has also seen the launch of Australia's first international beach polo festival, incorporating Paspaley Beach Polo, in Broome next May – Pinctada Hotels & Resorts is the major sponsor of the event and Pinctada Cable Beach is the official hotel.   Marilynne Paspaley is a co-founder of Paspaley Beach Polo with Janek Gazecki of Polo Enterprises Australia.

Capping a busy few months for the hotel group, this week Pinctada Hotels & Resorts was named as the preferred proponent to develop a new hotel on Perth's iconic Rottnest Island. 

About Pinctada Cable Beach

Pinctada Cable Beach is a $33 million development and the first full service hotel to be built in Broome for two decades, offering a world-class day spa, an asymmetrical feature pool, meditative gardens, graciously sized guests rooms, a guest fitness room and dining and bar venues including SELENE Brasserie, BRIZO Pool Bar and NYX Bar.  The intimate 72-room 5-star spa resort reflects the colours and textures of the Kimberley landscape and pays homage to the rich heritage and eclectic culture of the famous pearling town of Broome.

The design of Pinctada Cable Beach also celebrates Broome's tropical climate, capturing natural light and featuring flow-through ventilation in all guest rooms and public venues, which not only enhances enjoyment of the Broome climate, but also takes advantage of prevailing breezes, reducing energy consumption. Louvers and overhead fans are a key feature of the resort. Other resource-saving measures at Pinctada Cable Beach include grey water treatment, solar water heating and intelligent power management that includes daylight harvesting. Landscaping, by Jamie Durie's Patio Landscape Architecture and Design, features mainly native plants that use minimal water and are drought tolerant.

Pinctada Hotels & Resorts' portfolio of bespoke hotels in distinctive Australian landscapes also includes Pinctada Kimberley Grande, a homestead-style resort in the East Kimberley town of Kununurra, and Pinctada McAlpine House, a century-old former Master Pearler's home in Broome which incorporates the five-bedroom villa Captain Kennedy House. 

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2010 Pinctada Cable Beach Spa Resort: Winner AHA National Awards For Excellence – Best Resort Style Accommodation

2010 SELENE Brasserie, Pinctada Cable Beach Spa Resort:  Finalist AHA National Awards For Excellence - Best Restaurant, Accommodation Division

2009 Pinctada Cable Beach Spa Resort:  Winner WA AHA Aon Awards for Excellence - Regional Accommodation Hotel/Resort of the Year
2009 SELENE Brasserie, Pinctada Cable Beach:  Winner WA AHA Aon Awards for Excellence - Accommodation Hotel/Resort Restaurant Award
2009 McAlpine House: #3 Most Romantic Australian Retreats, Susan Kurosawa & Michelle Rowe, The Australian February 28, 2009
2008 McAlpine House: Winner WA AHA Aon Awards for Excellence - Regional Boutique Accommodation Hotel/Resort of the Year

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