Three hundred special guests were treated to a night of elegant celebration on Friday 11 May as General Manager Nick McLaughlin and his team unveiled the stunning transformation of the iconic coastal resort Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges, set to position Port Macquarie as a wedding and business events destination to be reckoned with on the East Coast of Australia.
Greeted by a baby grand piano, cocktails, French Champagne and oyster bar on arrival, guests experienced the stunning fruits of the extensive four and half year, multi-million dollar design and construction project to create this elegant Hamptons inspired coastal leisure, conference and event destination located an hours direct flight from Sydney and Brisbane.
The glamorous celebration encompassed all of the superbly designed event spaces allowing guests to experience the work of Gold Coast based architects Hamilton, Hayes, Henderson Architecture who created a stunning fusion of two worlds with Hamptons inspired architecture blending seamlessly with the lush coastal surrounds featuring fresh white gables overlooking the manicured lawns and tropical gardens complimented by sweeping water views. From the impressive three storey grand atrium, featuring glass elevators and atrium bar, out to the effortlessly chic Boathouse Bar & Restaurant over the marina – guests sipped on Aperol cocktails and grazed on cheese and charcuterie as they basked in the warmth of the alfresco fire table.
After relaxing on the deck the revellers, to include professional conference organisers, media and the extended business community, were elevated to the exclusive third floor event level revealing The Cape Ballroom, a gorgeous pillar less event space designed to cater for up to 600 in a cocktail style or 300 for a banquet style event. The ballroom itself featuring impressive floor to ceiling windows over the bay was adorned with lush tropical greenery and decadent grazing stations, live Brazilian and Japanese food carts and set to the tune of party band Alter Ego. Guests danced the night away to the backdrop of sparkling evening vistas across the marina enjoyed from the private ballroom terrace.
Dignities and special guests to include Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams, The Mattick, Salter and Barker families were all present with Owner David Mattick praising the work of the design and construction team and heralding the space as the premier leisure and event between Sydney and the Gold Coast. Director of Hotels and Resorts Operations for the EVENT Group – Norman Arundel flew in for the occasion and was pleased to unveil this property as one of the finest in the group.
Nick McLaughlin Opening General Manager of Sails Port Macquarie was delighted to have reached the launch event. ““We are thrilled to be here tonight celebrating the completion of this exciting project. The resort transformation is nothing short of magnificent – each detail from room design, to selection of resort landscaping, furniture and tableware has been carefully orchestrated to create that ambient Hamptons coastal feel. The team is looking forward to welcoming guests to experience this gorgeous new venue in particular our exquisite wedding and event spaces. Tonight recognizes and reveals the collaboration of owners, designers, construction teams and the wider EVENT group and signals a new era for Sails Port Macquarie as a premium leisure and events destination”.
Sails Port Macquarie has certainly made an impressive and lasting first impression. The Cape Ballroom, The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, waterfront wedding chapel and event pavilion, tennis court, bayside swimming pool with entertainment terrace and private cabanas, 92 guest rooms and suites have all emerged from a loving transformation revealing the property as an inspired destination for those wishing to experience relaxed decadence, cementing Sails Port Macquarie as an iconic coastal beauty and a venue to watch.