Palm Cove Future
Palm Cove is a privileged tropical Beach in so many ways. Not only does the area have a spectacular beachfront backing onto a vibrant village community, adorned with fine dining Restaurants and fun tourist attractions, but also the name “Palm Cove” is the best name possible. The name conjures images of paradise, doesn’t it! And the beach lives up to its name too.
With everything Palm Cove has to offer, its future is assured as the premier beach in Cairns. Despite heightened levels of development along the coastal strip, builders have been very careful to maintain aesthetically gentle designs. Large trees have remained solidly in the ground, and construction has been conducted around these ancient specimens with great delicacy and expense. Obscene high-rise buildings, fast food eateries and generic shopping malls are nowhere to be seen at Palm Cove.
No one wants Palm Cove to lose its village atmosphere because it is one of the prime reasons people come to visit in the first place. And for that reason alone, the community will remain.
With Palm Cove in the midst of a development blitz it is an opportune time to look at the past, present and importantly the future of the village.
Originally Palm Cove was a pristine holiday spot for people from Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands. Palm Cove was a quiet community linked by a dirt road, dotted with beach shacks and holidaying families.
In 1982 when work began on the Sebel Reef House and Spa extensions things in the village had already started to change, with the force of the 80’s tourism development boom hitting the state. It was then that the developers decided that they would not let Palm Cove become a mini Gold Coast, in the 80’s a 10 year strategic plan was written aimed at protecting Palm Cove and providing the template for future development. The plan recommended a design criteria to ensure Palm Cove retained its unique character while also covering the full spectrum of issues from the containment of development height to four storeys — the height of the palm trees that give the Cove its name — to the design of dustbins.
It was in the early years that developers made the decision to protect the giant Melaleuca trees that to this day remain stately throughout the village of Palm Cove.
Palm Cove will not become just a tourism strip with a bunch of bars along the beach. The objective of the Palm Cove’s developers is to ensure that Palm Cove maintains its character and charm whilst satisfying the needs of both the niche tourism market and importantly those who call it home, whether it be full time or for only a few months a year.
To date Palm Cove has developed almost by stealth and with the town in the final stage of development you will see the personality and village character of Palm Cove mature and consolidate.
Oceans Edge — Pure Palm Cove
The Oceans Edge community that is currently being developed on the 100 acres site at Novotel Palm Cove Resort has been carefully planned to preserve the pristine environment which is naturally Palm Cove, it is of course the development's greatest asset.
Planners have incorporated cutting-edge ecologically sustainable development features that not only provide protection for the surrounding natural trees and wildlife, but also reduce energy and water consumption and allow for seamless integration of the buildings and natural environments.
A series of timber boardwalks and walkways will meander through lush, native rainforest to connect Oceans Edge with the palm fringed beach and Palm Cove’s thriving Esplanade.
Argentea Palm Cove
Argentea brings together the finest natural elements of Tropical North Queensland into an integrated residential and resort community, set on 150 acres stretching from the Captain Cook Highway through to the prime beachfront of Palm Cove.
This development includes more than 3 kilometres of crafted cycle ways and rainforest boardwalks that link the development to Palm Cove Beach and The Village Palm Cove.
Argentea will offer a family atmosphere that is created through the introduction of parkland near the residential precinct; there will be more that 50 acres of green space and wildlife corridors throughout Argentea Palm Cove.
The Village Palm Cove
Palm Cove devotees wait in excited anticipation for the arrival of The Village Palm Cove, the elegant and vibrant dining, retail and leisure precinct set to shape the beachside village as a truly unique, culturally-rich, international destination.
The Village will create a new town centre in Palm Cove; it will be within walking distance of four existing and four future world-class Resorts, including the Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Angsana Resort and Spa, Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Apartments and the future luxury resort to be completed in 2009, The Royal Palm Cove. The Village will provide a new shopping and dining hub in Palm Cove. More importantly The Village will provide the infrastructure that Palm Cove’s many residents and visitors have been waiting for.
The Village will be created by architect and local identity who over the past 25 years, has developed some of Tropical North Queensland’s most prestigious resort properties including The Reef House & Spa Palm Cove, Angsana Resort & Spa Palm Cove, Villa Paradiso Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove, Palm Cove Shopping Village and Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas.
The creation of The Village will pay homage to the stunning natural elements of its site with the pockets of lush protected rainforest and network of waterways presenting a perfect setting for the development’s classic colonial-inspired architecture with a contemporary twist.
The aim of The Village’s architecture will be to capture the essence from quintessential villages of the world such as Italy’s Cinque Terra or the Mexican Riviera’s Port Vallata to create a sun-drenched town centre with paved pedestrian laneways linking individual shops, bustling piazzas, covered cloistered walkways and huge urn fountains.
Opening off the southern piazza, The Village Resort will present a designer holiday environment that can be enjoyed by all. The 4½ star resort will be built on the Beach Club Palm Cove’s winning formula combining the ease of dual-key apartment Palm Cove Accommodation with fantastic in-house features such as the rooftop BBQ terrace overlooking the village square and a mammoth lagoon pool that will be three times the size of that of the Peppers Beach Club Palm Cove.
There is little doubt that The Village will herald the emergency of Palm Cove as Australia’s leading tropical destination.
The Royal Palm Cove
Although rumours regarding the development of Palm Cove’s last absolute beachfront site have been widespread, details regarding the planned ultra-luxury resort have not yet been released.
The Royal Palm Cove estimated for completion in early 2009, is expected to be Australia’s first seven star resort, although there is technically no official seven star rating in the traditional hotel system the new Royal Palm Cove is planned to take the rating system to new heights in Australia.
The Royal Palm Cove is project created by private property development professionals with over 30 years experience in successful landmark commercial and tourism ventures.
The underlying philosophy that has inspired the creation of The Royal Palm Cove is the words of Leonardo da Vinci “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
Capturing the essence of the tropics and the grace of a bygone era, The Royal Palm Cove presents a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular destinations in a truly stylish way.
The Royal Palm Cove redefines luxury, achieving a barefoot sophistication that encompasses superb indulgences in an atmosphere of quiet elegance.
Over the past 25 years, members of the group have developed some of Tropical North Queensland’s most prestigious resort properties including The Sebel Reef House & Spa Palm Cove, Angsana Resort & Spa Palm Cove, Villa Paradiso Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove, Palm Cove Shopping Village and Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas. The group is also responsible for the development of the new Village Town Square and Palm Cove Village Resort.