Escaping the ordinary when it’s time to talk business
Welcome to Tropical North Queensland. A special place where rainforest meets reef, the Far North sun warms winter, food is fabulous, the locals famously friendly, and the First Nations people here for millennia still tell Dreamtime stories.
It’s the only place on the planet where two World Heritage areas – the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest – sit side by side, and a corner of the country boasting an average temperature nudging 29C.
Cairns is a relaxed but revitalised settlement that’s matured well past being a stop on the backpacker trail. The city enjoys abundant fine dining in chic alfresco precincts, luxury operators offering unexpected options to explore rainforest and reef, and a solid commitment to sustainability.
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns is one of the region’s premier hotels boasting 255 rooms and suites, 19 adaptable inside and outdoor event spaces, and a unique waterside location at Marlin Marina.
The hotel occupies an unrivalled position between Trinity Inlet, the Coral Sea and Cairns CBD – with every room enjoying a water, mountain, city or garden view from the private balcony – while calm but contemporary interiors promise a serene stay on even the warmest day.
Executive Chef Aaron Habgood is at the top of his game, using the freshest local ingredients to create menus celebrating the Far North’s flavours, and function venues feature wide windows to capture water views and natural light.
Director of Business Development – Conventions and Incentives Allan Horne says that while Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns boasts all the facilities expected of a five-star hotel, it’s flexibility that sets the property apart for those gathering to talk business.
“We can accommodate every occasion from a breakfast board meeting with a sunrise view to a multi-day convention welcoming hundreds of delegates,” he notes.
“It’s our people, and having a full team at work, that lets us quickly and carefully adapt to the changing needs of the client,” he said.
“We can always do what is needed, the entire hotel team pitches in when required – whether for a tight turnaround or a complicated setup – and this is how we guarantee a seamless experience.”