Agnes Water 'eyesore' transformed to almost 5-star resort
LAGOONS 1770 Resort and Spa is now far from the "eyesore" it has been for the last seven years.
The 112-room resort on Captain Cook Dr will finally welcome holiday-goers on April 1.
Work came to a standstill on the $50 million resort in June 2008 after developers Mayaman Developers Pty Ltd could not guarantee payment after the collapse of Secured Mortgage Management.
The luxury resort has stood half-built ever since.
But on June 1, 2013, construction recommenced.
General manager Simon Della Santa has previously managed resorts at the Whitsundays, Wizard Island in the Kimberleys, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.
For years he has holidayed at Agnes Water.
He always had his eye on the region for business opportunities.
"It's been an eyesore on the landscape.
"And I think it's a real credit to the ownership group for their persistence over the last seven years," Mr Della Santa said.
"This is a fantastic opportunity and I feel blessed to be part of it," he said.
"I used to come here on my annual breaks and I'd always come to the caravan park at Seventeen Seventy and just fish for three to four weeks straight.
"I thought back then, what a magical spot this is."
Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa is a four and a half star resort.
Mr Della Santa said prices were more expensive than other hotels and resorts within the area, but they were justifiable.
"It's going to be fantastic for the local economy," he said.
"It's got the (southern Great Barrier Reef), and surfing beaches. I've seen a lot of the reef and I find that the SGBR is the most beautiful and untouched," he said.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO PAY:
Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa
- Prices: 1 bedroom $184 - $360
- Two bedroom - $352 - $483
Edges on Beaches
- 1 bedroom - $150 - $190
- 2 Bedroom - $150 - $240
Agnes Water Beachclub
- 1 bedroom - $120 - $200
- 2 bedroom - $195
- 1 bedroom $190 - $300
- 2 bedroom $225 - $400
- Motel and studio rooms - $110 - $145
- 1 bedroom garden villa - $180
- 2 bedroom garden villa - $220