May 16, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: A suite at The Langham, Gold Coast, which will open next month

The Langham, Gold Coast has set its opening date for June 23, bringing 339 luxury hotel rooms and suites – and several event spaces – to the Gold Coast beachfront.

The new property, within the new three-tower Jewel development, will have direct beach access and features up to 11 meeting and event rooms, including the 618m2 Diamond Ballroom with 7.5m high ceilings which can seat 576 in theatre or 400 for a banquet.

Across the ballroom and several other meeting rooms, there is 1198m2 of total event space that can be divided into 11 individual spaces. It is also possible to host some events outdoors at the property.

“Since first opening in London in 1865, The Langham has built an unmatched, global reputation for timeless elegance and a true five-star experience and we are beyond thrilled to soon bring this legendary legacy to life in the heart of the Gold Coast with local Australian characteristics,” said The Langham, Gold Coast’s general manager John O’Shea.

“The Langham, Gold Coast will bring together Langham’s global expertise in luxury hospitality and gastronomic dining with an iconic Gold Coast oceanfront location to provide a unique, one-of-a-kind hotel and dining and events experience.

“The team have been working hard behind closed doors to add the final sparkling touches to the hotel and now, we can’t wait to welcome our very first guests into what will be a new era of luxury for the Gold Coast and beyond.”

The hotel will feature several food and beverage offerings, including an Australian T’ang Court, sister restaurant to Michelin-starred offerings at Langham hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and an open-air destination bar called Coral Moon.

The property will also be the first new Gold Coast hotel to have direct beach access in 30 years.

The just-opened AC Melbourne Southbank

Meanwhile, Australia’s first AC hotel opened in Melbourne last week, with AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank debuting 205 rooms and suites and 576m2 of indoor event space, flooded with natural light, alongside an outdoor undercover terrace and pool bar.

micenet’s Joyce DiMascio caught up with AC Melbourne Southbank’s general manager Harry Singh in opening week, with the full story coming later this week.

And in Auckland, New Zealand’s first voco hotel opened last week, with voco Auckland City Centre bringing 201 rooms and suites to the market.

The hotel also includes five meeting rooms with a maximum single-room capacity of 60, in addition to New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar, Bar Albert, which will open in mid-June and have capacity to host social functions.

“A stay at voco Auckland City Centre is all about indulgent accommodation with a refreshing twist and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the fun, unique hallmarks of this property with our guests,” said Fraser McKenzie, New Zealand’s area general manager for Pro-invest Hotels, which owns the IHG branded property.

Pro-invest Group has also recently purchased Campbell5 Hotel in Canberra and will turn it into The Sebel Canberra Campbell, to be managed by Accor.

Already the owners of properties across a range of price points in Australia – from Holiday Inns to Kimpton Margo Sydney, Pro-invest has big plans for the Australian market.

“We intend to continue pursuing asset opportunities in Australia with a view to building Australia’s largest single-owner hotel portfolio,” said Pro-invest CEO Jan Smits.

voco Auckland City Centre has just opened in New Zealand