Pavilion talk of Palm Cove
THE Sea Temple Resort and Spa Palm Cove has extended its conference and events facilities.
The $250,000 Garden Pavilion is the refurbishment of an existing two-storey sales office at the front of the five-star beachfront resort and surrounded by tropical gardens and wrap-around timber decking.
Resort general manager Mike MacManus said the outdoor space was ideal for holding breakouts, tea and coffee breaks and alfresco pre- or post-conference drinks and canapes.
The two-storey pavilion consists of a large function room on the ground floor that can be divided into two rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows on each side.
Mr MacManus said the room could hold 50 delegates cocktail-style, 40 theatre-style and 30 cabaret and was perfect for hosting dinners, cocktail events, trade shows and product launches.
"The upper level of the pavilion is called Paperbark and features an abundance of natural light, has a unique, rainforest outlook and is ideal for seminars, breakouts and presentations," he said.
The pavilion is fitted with state-of-the-art smart televisions, black-out blinds, internal bathrooms, kitchenette and storage facilities.
"The new Garden Pavilion will add to the resort's already outstanding conference and event offerings," he said.
"We're really pleased with how the Garden Pavilion looks.
"With direct road and boardwalk access, we are able to offer a truly unique and private event space in the middle of beautiful Palm Cove and we are looking forward to welcoming people into the space.
"There is definitely a demand for venues of this size in Palm Cove and the Garden Pavilion has been designed to allow two groups to hold conferences in the centre concurrently.
"We are capitalising on the growing trend for smaller groups and longer stays.
"The unique selling point is the free-standing nature of the structure, which allows plenty of natural light and views of the tropical vegetation, one of Palm Cove’s natural attractions."
A pharmaceutical company of 80 delegates made use of the garden pavilion over four days last month.
An insurance company with 80 delegates arrives in August as well as the first wedding this month.
"Both conferences involved delegates from around Australia, fantastic for showcasing both our resort and the local area," Mr MacManus said.
"We anticipated our forward bookings will be a mix of weddings and conference business."
The resort is a 25-minute drive north of Cairns airport and caters for a range of conference and incentive events.
The resort's other meetings areas are The Boardroom, Temple Rooms and The Terrace.
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Ideal breakout: Sea Temple Resort and Spa general manager Mike MacManus in front of the newly opened Garden Pavilion conference facility. Picture: STEWART McLEAN