The Western Australian Government has signed a landmark agreement with Karma Royal Group to develop a new Karma Resort on Rottnest Island.

Karma Resorts took over the lease of the current Rottnest Lodge in 2011 and plans to invest a further $20 million to develop the new resort.

With construction due to begin in April 2016, the proprty will feature short stay holiday accommodation, beach club, licensed bar and restaurant, pool and gym, spa, as well as conference facilities and meeting rooms.

“I am extremely exhilarated that after many years of work, this agreement has been solidified,”chairman and founder of Karma Royal Group, John Spence said.

“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.”

Rottnest Island is home to some of the finest beaches and bays in the world, with a choice of more than 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays. The island is located 18 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, near Fremantle and is accessible by air (12 minute flight from Perth) or by sea, via ferry or private boat.

WA tourism minister, 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.

“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,” Mr Hame said.