Northern Queensland offers postcard-perfect Australian weather all year round. World Heritage-listed national parks, pristine beaches, islands and the Great Barrier Reef (to name a few) are all within its borders.

And now Townsville, which has long been considered a launch pad to those attractions, has recently upped its game with the reopening of The Ville. Owned by family-run Australian company Morris Group, The Ville underwent a two-year, $44 million face lift (a total investment worth $114 million) with hopes to put Townsville on the map.

"The two-year renovation project is a sign of our confidence in the area as a sought-after coastal holiday hotspot as well as a popular destination for corporate retreats,” says The Ville CEO Michael Jones. "We've always had great natural assets here and now we also have a high-quality accommodation offering."

The design, overseen by international firm Woods Bagot, captures the joie de vivre one expects from a tropical getaway. Centred on a raised infinity pool and landscaped gardens, the resort sits on the southern bay of Townsville, capturing views of the city, the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island.

The decor gives a nod to the traditional “Queenslander” (a large timber house on stilts), with painted timber and whitewashed walls in the rooms and suites. The leaf-print carpets, and velvet cushions impart a retro Californian vibe. In fact, The Ville has that kick-back-and-relax beach-shack feel that could just as easily be found in Palm Springs and Miami.

The Ville is nine storeys high, houses 194 guest rooms, five dining options, a pool precinct (with a swim-up bar) and The Pavilion – a 1200-capacity function space. Next door is The Ville casino.

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"We're really proud," says Jones. "This really puts Townsville on the map."

The Ville
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville
(07) 4722 2333