Emirates has appointed One&Only Resorts, a subsidiary of Kerzner International 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 Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.
Clark added: “I recall all the support that we received in Australia – from the Federal government down to the grassroots – when we first conceptualised 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.”
Wolgan Valley is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, forming the centrepiece 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 centre of activity.