Entries by Jo Straszkowski

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Crystalbrook owner Ghassan Aboud unveils next wave of projects for Port Douglas

THE first six-star hotel in the Far North is earmarked for Port Douglas. Crystalbrook Collection is poised to unveil plans to build luxurious six and five-star hotels at the Port Douglas marina in a private meeting with Douglas Shire Council. Crystalbrook chief executive Mark Davie said the company’s billionaire owner, Ghassan Aboud, was reviewing three […]

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Sailaway welcomes new vessel to eco tour lineup

Port Douglas’ premier eco reef day tour, Sailaway, has unveiled a brand new experience and luxury sailing catamaran to delight and enthrall the seafaring nature lovers. Sailaway VII is the latest addition to the fleet and will be the only reef tour visiting spectacular Mackay & Undine Coral Cays, on their exclusive moorings from Port […]

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Quenching Thirst Like A Queenslander

Ahhhhhh, Queensland. The land of polar bears and lots of Xs. Well, four of them, to be exact. It gets a bit warm here in the Tropics, and what better way to quench your thirst than to explore what the good North gave ya? It’s alright though – we’ve done the hard yards through schooners […]

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Ghassan Aboud: Expanding Horizons

Operating from its UAE headquarters, the Ghassan Aboud Group has been in business for nearly 25 years. Whilst the initial focus was in the automotive industry, in the later years the multi billion conglomerate diversified into other areas like real estate, media, retail, catering, hospitality, pastoral, and logistics. Mahak Mannan caught up with Ghassan Aboud, […]

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Cairns’ New Luxury Hotel Opens Bookings

Cairns is getting its first new five-star hotel in over 20 years with the new Crystalbrook Collection Resort, Riley, opening its doors on 6 November. Located on Cairns’ Esplanade, Riley’s contemporary design and ambience will nod to sustainability and environmentalism, and rooms will feature Apple iPads complete with healthy living apps, Staycast by Google Chromecast […]

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Port Douglas stargazing tour captures imaginations

Port Douglas has always been famous for its clear dark skies brightened by the infinite glow of the stars. But visitors have never been treated to a guided astronomy tour using military grade lasers while floating on the waters of the Coral Sea. That is until now. Pioneering Port Douglas businessman John Morris has teamed […]