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Come 1 March 2019 there’ll be a new sustainable way to stay on Western Australia’s favourite island, with luxury eco-tents a seamless fit for the laid-back vibe of Rottnest.

It’s the first low-impact glamping experience on Rottnest island and it’s set to turn any preconceived idea of camping – whether solo, as a couple or family – on its head.

Nestled behind the dunes of Pinky Beach, The $20 million development is a joint venture between WA’s Bailey Group and Discovery Holiday Parks.

Guests will enjoy sweeping views across The Basin, a 30-metre resort-style pool and poolside bar, Pinky’s Beach Club offering up sensational fare, as well as a concierge service, retail shop, guest laundry service, WiFi and so much more.

Head online via the link below to get a feel for the different styles of accommodation on offer. In the meantime, here’s a little rundown from Discovery Rottnest Island director Tim Crosland…

 

 

 

 

As the first new accommodation to be built on Rottnest in 30 years, this is extremely exciting for both new and regular visitors to the island. Was getting it off the ground a long time coming?

It’s been about six years in the making – from the first idea that we had as a group to putting it forward to the government, then working through a public tender process and all the consultation and approvals required. Rottnest is a pretty unique part of the world, so it presented some challenges in that regard. But we worked through them all and we are very happy with where we are today.

How did the development come to settle in the Pinky Beach/Bathurst Lighthouse area?

We were looking at opportunities where there was land available to build this type of accommodation, and the Rottnest Island Management Plan had earmarked this area as one they would like to develop as eco-style accommodation. They put out an expression of interest, which we answered. We were fortunate because we were already owners of Rottnest Express (the ferry company), so we knew Rotto, its market and what customers wanted, so it was a natural fit.

 

What unique offerings will Pinky’s Beach Club offer patrons?

Pinky’s Beach Club is open to everyone – so it’s not exclusive to those in the Resort. There is a beautiful restaurant for casual meals as well as all-day dining and snacks to enjoy while sitting around in the alfresco area and watching the sun set or rise. Even if the kids want to go around to Pinky’s Beach for a swim, then you’re able to sit there and watch them. There’s also a large Resort pool. It’s a little bit of what you’d see in a resort in Bali, but in a very natural setting aligned with the personality of Rottnest.

 

How important was the Resort’s low impact on the environment in the overall design?

It was a critical piece. We would never have been able to access that area of the island unless we did it respectfully and treated it well. That’s what the customer expects anyway. We’re putting in new access walkways to the beach because people have been trampling the dunes, so it’s all about preserving and re-establishing these areas.

 

Where was inspiration found for the design of the eco tents?

The tents are a product that was developed by a West Australian company called Eco Structures. They did Eco Beach Resort in Broome and Karijini Eco Resort. We took that and continued to revamp the design, adding some more luxurious components to it, and made it a bit more resolved. We then took the lay of the land and positioned the tent within the natural land and streetscape.

 

It’s the first property in Discovery Park’s new ‘Experience’ portfolio. Have there been any major lessons learned in the process?

There have been good lessons. We’ve learned that you can build a substantial offering for the customer without affecting the environment very much at all, and you can do it in a very simplified, modular fashion that is easy to build. You can do it in all types of really unique, pristine environments without hurting them.

 

What’s next for the ‘Experience’ portfolio in WA?

There are some existing properties in the portfolio that are being looked at in terms of  whether they are actually more aligned with this type of product, and where they could be retrofitted. Alternatively, they are always seeking new unique locations, and the government is keen to support new locations for tourism.

 

Bookings are now open via discovery: http://discoveryholidayparks.com.au/discovery-rottnest-island