Luxury Eco-Tourism

Fairmont Resort Port Douglas , Australia

Fairmont Resort

Port Douglas , Australia


A sensitive, biodiverse resort for Port Douglas, and the first of the internationally renowned Fairmont Resort brand in Australia.

The jewel of the wet tropics, the UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, was at the heart of the design. Our vision for the eco-tourism resort was to promote a seamless experience of immersion into the unique local landscape for guests and visitors. Our studio carefully curated a botanic journey to heighten the senses, whether by the pool, in the public indoor-outdoor spaces, or unwinding in their private suites.

Aligned to our vision, the elliptical and organic form of the balconettes create an opportunity for flora and fauna integration. This commitment to biophilic design principles was achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach, working collaboratively alongside Durie Design and Accor’s design specialists to bring the concept to life.

Northern Queensland’s tropical climate also played an important role in determining aspects of the design concept. Optimal comfort, natural ventilation and solar integration were key considerations when developing passive and active systems for the resort.

The luxury eco-tourism resort will attract domestic and international guests, offering 253 guest rooms with culinary offers, a rooftop poolscape and a luxury spa. The feature venue space has been to designed to capture the Port Douglas sunset as the backdrop for weddings and milestone functions.