Perched on the edge of paradise at the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, a new $80 million luxury resort is about to take shape.

From the visionaries behind tropical North Queensland’s multi-award winning The Ville Resort-Casino, The Morris Group, comes a new development destined to capture the attention of leisure seekers and gaming aficionados across the globe.

Located adjacent to sister property The Ville Resort-Casino, the thus far unnamed resort will feature 132 hotel rooms, each with their own private balconies taking advantage of the breath-taking panoramic views over the Coral Sea to stunning Magnetic Island and Townsville’s iconic beachfront and Castle Hill.

A trip to the rooftop reveals a sky-high surprise – a tapas bar, a fine dining restaurant, an infinity pool and an expansive deck to soak in that abundant North Queensland sunshine.

Elsewhere, the precinct will also feature world-class dining outlets, retail spaces, and seaside boardwalks winding through lush tropical gardens.

Owner Chris Morris said the project had been in the pipeline for several years with a lot of time invested in ensuring the final concept and design was just right.

“This location is truly something special – the views are some of the best you’ll see anywhere in the world – so we wanted to make sure that what we built here was going to be worthy of its surrounds,” he said. “I’m pretty confident that what we’ve come up with is going to put Townsville and the broader North Queensland region firmly on the radar for leisure travellers from all over Australia and abroad.

Construction on the $80 million resort project is due to begin in late 2021 with completion expected in late 2022 to early 2023.

It comes following a $10 million development at the neighbouring The Ville Resort-Casino to provide a brand new high-end VIP gaming room known as Orpheus Room which opened in August 2021. The project also included an upgraded conferencing and entertainment venue.

The Ville CEO Michael Jones said the new addition to the property’s gaming offering was essential to meet the dramatic increase in demand for a boutique gaming experience.

“We’ve seen some huge growth in demand for gaming in Townsville and the broader North Queensland region over the last few years,” Mr Jones said.

“There are many drivers for this demand, but I think more and more people are looking for a different gaming experience to what they’re used to; and I think they’re discovering that at The Ville. It’s a world-class casino in paradise.”