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Long Island Resort In The Whitsundays And Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Are On The Market

By Mark Beale

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning an island resort with your very own private retreat, here’s your chance.

Long Island Resort in the Whitsunday Islands is on the market and for good measure Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Resort is also up for sale.

Developed by Contiki, the island resort has been owned by Ocean Hotels for the past 20 years.

Long Island resort offered a selection of accommodation across 172 rooms and significant recreational facilities including two swimming pools, a tennis court, helipad, restaurant and bar, cafe, spa, gift shop, function room, minigolf, boat moorings and 41 staff lodging rooms.

Ms Manvell said Ocean Hotels made the decision to sell the Long Island vacant possession — after closing the resort early last year for renovation — to focus on other business interests including a major expansion of the Cairns-based Sunlover Reef Cruises business.

“Significant capital has been expended over the years on substantial infrastructure including mainland power, which is a rarity for islands and has resulted in substantially lower operating costs,” she said.

“Long Island presents strong foundations for an incoming purchaser to refurbish, rebrand and re-establish this once thriving island getaway and promote its absolute beachfront rooms or, alternatively, to redevelop the asset.”

Ms Manvell said a renowned brand with strong management and vision could take the island to its next stage and realise its true potential.

This included capitalising on extensive redevelopment opportunities, with a development approval having been granted in 2008 for an additional 162 guest rooms.

“Opportunities for expansion could also involve repositioning the asset and increasing operating scale in line with other, ultra-premium resorts such as Qualia, Hamilton Island and One & Only Hayman Island, or along the very successful Hamilton Island model, where private ownership of villas and vacant land could be offered,” Ms Manvell said.

Club Crocodile Airlie Beach could be sold in one line with Long Island or individually.

The 3.5 star Club Crocodile resort features 161 rooms on a large freehold site close to the beachfront and Abell Point Marina.

The resort underwent a $1.3 million refurbishment of the guest rooms in 2014-15, with 75 rooms presenting ‘as new’ including new bathrooms.

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