John Spence Signs Landmark Heads Of Agreement To Develop New Resort On Rottnest Island, Western Australia
John Spence has signed a landmark Heads of Agreement with the WA State Government Rottnest Island Authority to develop a new Karma Resort on Rottnest Island. Present at the signing were:
“I am extremely exhilarated that after many years of work, this agreement has been solidified. Western Australia is very important to me, both personally and professionally,” said John Spence, Chairman and Founder of Karma Royal Group. “Our vision has been designed to honour every aspect of the stark natural beauty and history of Rottnest Island and will garner global media and industry attention to Western Australia.”
Mr Spence continued; “Rottnest Island is the perfect location to leave the world behind, go barefoot in the sand and celebrate the incredible sunsets of Western Australia. It has long been my dream to create a world-class resort on the island complete with a wide array of amenities and facilities and to share this with both Western Australia and a global audience of sophisticated leisure travellers who appreciate its history and stunning vistas, and will revel in the fun of its laidback luxury, where you can simply get lost or maybe – in the process – find yourself all over again. At Karma Resorts – life’s an adventure! Our philosophy pairs perfectly with Rottnest Island.”
WA Tourism Minister, Dr Kim Hames, said many visitors to Rottnest Island would welcome news that the development is proceeding with environmental sustainability, design and quality in mind.
“Rottnest is an iconic destination for a whole range of reasons and everyone has their own memories or expectations of a visit there. That of course means people want different things, and so now there’s new potential for holidays and business trips,” said Dr Hames.
“With its beaches, spectacular bays and fascinating history, the island appeals to a wide range of markets so a premium redevelopment of this sort is likely to expand the island’s attraction for visitors wanting a resort experience while still experiencing a unique Rottnest stay.”
The Resort will be open to all visitors on Rottnest Island and will include the following key elements:
Short stay holiday accommodation
Licensed Bar and Restaurant
Café and Beverage Venue
Swimming Pool and Amenities
Day Spa and Treatment Rooms and Facilities
Gym and Personal Training Facilities
Retail Outlet/Gift Shop
Conference and Meeting Rooms and Facilities
An important holiday destination for over 50 years, Rottnest Island is home to some of the finest beaches and bays in the world, with a choice of over 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays. The island is located 18 kilometres (11 miles) off the coast of Western Australia, near Fremantle. The island is 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) long, and 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) at its widest point and is accessible by air (12 minute flight from Perth) or by sea, via ferry or private boat.
Since Karma Resorts took over the lease of Rottnest Lodge in 2011, it is the choice for premier accommodation on Rottnest Island. Along with offering destination dining at Riva, its quality restaurant showcasing the region’s fresh produce, Rottnest Lodge features a choice of quality hotel-style apartments, sumptuous suites with private facilities and comfortable rooms. Karma Spa at Rottnest Lodge is the island’s prime wellness and relaxation destination, with a boutique menu of bespoke treatments. Rottnest Lodge has played host to a program of fabulous events such as top DJ’s, fashion shows, wine weekends and Karma Spa retreats throughout the year.