Lizard Interior Design: People Keep Asking

Who was the architect and design team commissioned to do the Lizard make-over?
DBI (Desmond Brooks International) Design Corporation was appointed as architects, with Stuart Shakespeare and Interior Designer Susan Rossi. Their professional expertise coupled with P&O Australian Resorts own in-house talents and passion for design integrity has ensured that each guest takes away a sense of place.

James Baillie (former Managing Director P&O Australian Resorts) oversaw the project and was responsible for the design briefing and much of the refurbishment.

The Project Management of LZD was undertaken by Mike Wrighton of MEW Wrighton and Associates and Multi Construction Services (a medium sized Qld builder who has undertaken considerable work for P&O Aust Resorts over more than a decade), and has significant experience in remote construction management carried out the building works.

DBI projects have included the new Melbourne Westin, a number of Sheraton ITT properties including Mirage, a number of Marriott, Rydges, Accor and SPHC properties though Lizard was a very different project.

How was the brief inspired and then achieved ?


The vision for the design was to create a unique guest experience which would reflect sophisticated beachside Australia . Using a subtle blend of local imagery, colours and textures - all woven through a simple contemporary style. The spirit of beachside Australia was to be captured through architecture, interiors and landscaping.

The Lodge is reminiscent of a large Australian homestead, with a dramatic aquamarine vista drawn across the sweeping verandah. Textured linen fabrics feel comfortable and relaxed and draw their tones from the Island’s rocks, parched driftwood and cool white sand.

A major original work by renowned Australian artist, Frank Hodgkinson, dominates the area brining to life a collage of the Island’s natural history. Furnishings are in a relaxed style using timbers and wicker , fabrics of vibrant blues add local colour and life and are also in natural materials .

Accommodations also reinterpret the transitional living of a coastal Queensland house -the private timber doors open to reveal a cool fresh mix of colour and texture.

Who did the interior design ?

A number of Neil Burley sofas were sourced and purchased for Lizard - the interior design was created primarily by James Baillie and Susan Rossi (DBI) - the vision to create open facilities that would welcome guests in the relaxed style of a Queenslander beach home