Hayman Resort released a statement this week stating that they regretfuly will be forced to suspend new and existing bookings for the period from 6 March to 31 July 2011 in order to repair damage caused to the island by Tropical Cyclones Anthony and Yasi, which passed over Hayman on 30 January and 2 February 2011.
Whilst it was initially considered that the damage was largely aesthetic in nature, subsequent specialist assessments have identified that the rectification works required will result in significant guest impact and the closure of the resort for a period of time.
The resort is currently contacting its industry partners and guests and will be providing assistance and support wherever possible with alternative arrangements.
“The two devastating cyclones that swept through Queensland have unfortunately not spared us,” said Lloyd Donaldson, Head of Hotel Investments, Mulpha Australia and Managing Director, Hayman.
“The works will encompass key guest and accommodation areas, activity facilities, essential infrastructure, landscaping and grounds throughout the island. This has been an extremely difficult decision for Mulpha Australia, particularly with its current and ongoing investment strategy for the island, however the works required and anticipated disruption to guests means we have no other choice.”
“We greatly appreciate the understanding of our guests, industry partners and the wider community with respect to the challenges caused by these two cyclones and it is our intention to retain all staff throughout the period of closure and we are committed to completing the works speedily. The resort will reopen on 1 August 2011.” Mr Donaldson said.