Emirates and Kerzner International Partner to Deliver the Ultimate Australian Experience
New York – November 5, 2014: Emirates has appointed One&Only Resorts, a subsidiary of Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury resorts, to manage the highly acclaimed luxury resort Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in Australia.
This will be One&Only’s second resort in Australia, following the successful rebirth of One&Only Hayman Island in July 2014. From early 2015, One&Only will be able to offer two of the most definitive experiences within Australia, showcasing the range of what the country has to offer. Emirates will continue to retain full ownership of the resort.
“Wolgan Valley is such a special place in Australia. The lists of awards and accolades that the resort has garnered since its opening in 2009 speak to its unique value, and the high-quality experience that it offers. We are proud of all that the resort has achieved, but now we feel that it is time to work with a partner to expand the Wolgan experience and take the resort to new heights. We are confident that Kerzner International, under the One&Only brand, is the perfect partner for Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. They not only have the same high service quality standards that we demand of ourselves, but are also innovation-driven, and most importantly, they share the same vision for the resort as we do,” said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline.
Sir Tim added, “I recall all the support that we received in Australia – from the Federal government down to the grassroots – when we first conceptualized and began operations in Wolgan Valley. I would like to reassure all stakeholders that the conservation and community principles that the resort began with, will stay unchanged. Although we will no longer directly manage the resort, Emirates remains firmly committed to Australia, and we will continue to do our part to support tourism through our flights that link Australia to major cities around the world, and our sponsorship of key attractions such as the symphony orchestras, and iconic events such as the Emirates Melbourne Cup.”
“Emirates has always been an incredible partner for Kerzner International and I am thrilled to introduce One&Only to Wolgan Valley. It is an amazing resort and this creates the opportunity for One&Only to build on that success as well as that of One&Only Hayman Island in The Great Barrier Reef. These two iconic resorts are perfect locations for Australians for a short holiday as well as a must for any international visitor. Our commitment to Australia is once again strengthened by this partnership and we will continue to focus on the experience for our guests, development of our people, and ensuring that both resorts continue to be the utmost ultra-luxury experience in the country,” said Alan Leibman, CEO, Kerzner International. “We are thrilled to be making such a significant impact in Australia, and to be building on the success of the One&Only brand, which has been so well-received by Australians as well as guests from all over the world.”
Wolgan Valley is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, forming the centerpiece for unique experiences and insights into Australia’s wildlife, history and cultural heritage. Occupying just one per cent of a 7,000-acre conservancy reserve, the resort offers incredible experiences through an environmental ethos and has been carbon neutral for five years running. A central focus of the resort’s heritage is the original farmhouse that stands on the property – the 1832 Heritage Homestead that will continue to be the heart of the resort and center of activity. The resort will continue to actively protect its surrounding habitat and indigenous wildlife species whilst delivering the ultra-luxury experience for which One&Only is known. Guests will be encouraged to discover and explore the incredible natural surrounds and One&Only will introduce a number of unique guest experiences, bringing a renewed sense of vitality to the resort underpinned by the strong sense of place.
True to the brand’s heritage, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will continue to build on the incredible local and seasonal offerings to provide gourmet meals overseen by internationally acclaimed chefs. At the Spa, the resort will continue to showcase the incredible natural environment by utilizing elements that are represented in the surrounding area, making the Spa a destination for guests to enjoy.
As with all One&Only properties, the resort will cater to couples and families alike – preserving privacy and serenity for those who seek it whilst also providing engaging activities for all ages. Innovative offerings for families will include learning about the history of the surrounding environment including the wildlife and flora and fauna. Discovery awaits – exploration of the surrounding area via horseback and mountain bikes or guided nature walks by local experts, as well as hiking and private food and wine tours, showcasing the incredible, seasonal local produce. A wide range of sporting facilities include archery, golf, fly fishing, tennis, canyoning and rock climbing. The award-winning resort has provided an inspirational setting for memorable meetings, incentives and corporate retreats. One&Only will cater for weddings, bespoke events and intimate conferences in signature style.
With properties situated in the most beautiful locales in the world, One&Only offers an unparalleled commitment to the finest holiday experiences on every possible level, catering to the most discerning travelers around the globe. Each award-winning One&Only resort offers memorable experiences through a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, genuine hospitality and vivid energy that is unrivaled.
Emirates connects people and places around the globe, inspiring travel and facilitating trade across more than 140 destinations in 84 countries. Onboard its modern and efficient fleet of 231 aircraft, including the world’s largest fleets of the iconic A380 and popular Boeing 777s, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service delivered by friendly cabin crew from over 130 nationalities. Since it first began services in 1996, the airline has continuously enhanced its offering for Australian travelers.
In 2013 the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility, Concourse A, opened at Dubai International Airport for the exclusive use of Emirates and its global aviation partner Qantas. Together, Qantas and Emirates operate 98 flights per week to Dubai from Australia. Emirates’ 84 services operate from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, including four daily A380 flights.The airline also supports inbound tourism through the establishment and operation of its highly-acclaimed conservation based resort Wolgan Valley, its flights that link Australia to major source cities around the world, and its sponsorship of key attractions such as the Symphonies and Emirates Melbourne Cup. For information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to www.emirates.com/au.
ABOUT ONE&ONLY RESORTS:
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury resort market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence.Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivaled. These properties include One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas, One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, One&Only Cape Town in South Africa and One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef in Australia. One&Only has also announced plans to develop and operate three new One&Only resorts, in Sanya, Hainan, China; in Montenegro, which will be the first property for the collection in Europe and in Bahrain. More information on One&Only is available at oneandonlyresorts.com.
Kerzner International Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment and gaming experiences. Kerzner’s flagship brand Atlantis, includes Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort on The Palm, overlooking the Arabian Sea and mainland Dubai; Atlantis, Sanya Hainan in China, under development and due to open in 2016, as well as the $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai. Under the One&Only brand, Kerzner manages eight of the top-rated luxury resort properties in the world, located in The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa, Dubai and Australia. One&Only has announced three resorts under development-One&Only Sanya, One&Only Montenegro and One&Only Bahrain. Additionally, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, a 500-room destination golf and casino resort in Morocco, is also operated by Kerzner. For more information concerning Kerzner and its operating subsidiaries, visit kerzner.com.