Broadwater masterpiece

The Gold Coast will welcome Australia’s third Ritz-Carlton hotel by 2026 as part of a $480-million development of Mariner's Cove, which includes a 70-berth superyacht marina.

07 October 2022


The Gold Coast will welcome Australia’s third Ritz-Carlton hotel in Australia by 2026, following an agreement between Marriott International and Australian property developers Pelligra Group and Giannarelli Group.

The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast will be part of a $480-million new waterfront development at Mariner’s Cove, which aims to reinvigorate Australia’s sixth-largest city as a luxury travel destination.

The lavish waterfront precinct is crowned by a 70-berth superyacht marina, to be called Main Beach Superyacht Marina (MBSM), already offering berths for vessels up to 75 metres.

Marriott International Vice President of Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Richard Crawford, said the resort will set a new standard for luxury accommodation in the area.

“Marriott International is recognised as the global leader in the upper upscale and luxury segments. This signing with Pelligra Group and Giannarelli Group is a profound indication of strong investor confidence, buoyed by a resurgent affluent domestic travel market.”


“Once opened, the resort expects to set a new benchmark for luxury on Australia’s Gold Coast with the property’s enviable waterfront location.”

This sentiment was echoed by Giannarelli Group Chief Executive Officer, Dion Giannarelli. “The Gold Coast has always been Australia’s most prestigious playground.

“When completed, The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast anticipates elevating the city’s tourism pedigree to an entirely new level of energy and quality, redefining Main Beach and The Spit.”

“With the attention to detail and highest quality finishes we are applying to the project, we are confident The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast will be one of the world’s finest luxury resorts.”

Ross Pelligra, Chairman at Pelligra Group added, “We are exceptionally excited to embark on this journey with Marriott International to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to the Gold Coast.

“A luxury hotel development like this will draw in more tourism spending from across the globe and fuel the local economy. The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast is set to be an iconic landmark not only for the Gold Coast but for Australia’s hospitality sector.”

Situated in the heart of Mariner’s Cove on the Broadwater side of The Spit, The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast will be a gateway to some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, including a host of waterfront restaurants and bars, the Broadwater, and expanses of famed white sand beaches.

Expected to feature 150 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, including a planned 275-square-metre Ritz-Carlton Suite, the hotel anticipates offering the legendary hotel experience the global brand is known for.

Guests will also be able to experience refined dining establishments, with a signature restaurant featuring semi-opened kitchens, cafe, and three bars including a Lobby Lounge, destination bar and poolside bar. An outdoor rooftop pool, fitness centre and signature Ritz-Carlton Spa will deliver innovative and revitalising wellness experiences to leisure guests.

With plans calling for 587 square metres of function space, including a 512-square-metre ballroom, and 261-square-metres of outdoor pre-function space, the hotel will cater to meetings and events for large corporate gatherings or intimate private groups.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast will mark the third Marriott International property on the Gold Coast, joining our existing hotels JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa and Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast,” said Marriott International’s Area Vice President for Australia, NZ, and Pacific, Sean Hunt.

“It is a momentous signing, not only for our growing Gold Coast portfolio, where Marriott dominates the luxury accommodation offering, but for the expansion of the Ritz-Carlton brand in Australia.”

The brand first relaunched with The Ritz-Carlton, Perth in 2019, and The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne is slated to open its doors in early 2023.

On the water adjacent to the new Ritz Carlton Gold Coast, the Main Beach Superyacht Marina (MBSM) stretches approximately 105 metres along the calm Broadwater, with a capacity up to 70 luxury superyachts across 2.8 hectares of seabed.

Main Beach is located within moments of the ocean, a short 10-minute walk to the light rail and a leisurely drive from Coolangatta Airport. It is a coastal hub synonymous with leisure and style that sits north of Surfers Paradise and is home to some of Queensland’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Spit forms part of the Queensland government superyacht strategy and will be a place for communities and visitors to gather and connect with leisurely immersive experiences within a world-class, pristine marine environment.

MBSM will be a 6-star, ‘white glove’ yachting harbour, catering for vessels up to 75 metres, now offering berths for lease.

Each berth comes with an allocated parking spot, valet parking, high-speed wi-fi, marina management, provisioning services, fuel, 3-phase power, Rolls-Royce buggies, marina helipad, floating beach club and boardwalk, 24-hour security, yacht cleaning and detailing services, Captains lounge, Dock Master and Marina management office open seven days a week.



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