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The Airlie Beach Hotel aims to provide the most attractive choice for your stay or dining experience in the Whitsundays. We cater for both leisure and corporate visitors as well as for local residents. The logo ‘hub of the esplanade’ says much about our location but does not convey the splendid views from the Ocean View Rooms and Suites directly across the beach to the Coral Sea and the islands to the north, while Village View and Motel rooms provide other options among the 80 rooms on offer.
The hotel features include a resort style swimming pool added in 2013 as well as undercover parking and the choice of three of the leading restaurants in the town. Capers on the esplanade was completely renovated in 2013 to offer contemporary dining, with a focus on local produce and craft beers. Mangrove Jacks specialises in wood fired pizzas, while Cactus Jack’s as the third choice offers Tex-Mex cuisine.
Conference facilities cater for up to 50 attendees in our Events Room on Level 1, with the resort pool and deck area providing an ideal location for functions. The recent renovations were largely aimed at creating an attractive deck and pool surrounds for receptions to meet the increasing popularity of Airlie Beach as a location for weddings and other celebrations.
Since it opened in 1968 as the original ‘pub’ in the heart of the then small coastal village, the Airlie Beach Hotel has been an integral part of the development of Airlie Beach. As the town evolved from a collection of weekender cottages for Proserpine cane farmers into the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, as well as an eclectic resort destination in its own right, the Airlie Beach Hotel has changed in step.
Over more than a decade from the time the property was acquired by the present owners in 1982, house lots surrounding the original hotel were added, allowing significant redevelopment. The first stage in 1997 included the construction of a separate building on Shute Harbour Road for the new Mangrove Jacks Café/Bar. In 2000 the new hotel building was constructed on the Esplanade, containing 60 hotel rooms and reception as well as Capers restaurant and a row of shops. In 2006 the opportunity was taken to convert a number of shops into Cactus Jack’s Bar & Grill.
The most recent upgrade was undertaken in 2013 when Capers was completely renovated, with a new front awning added to enhance the footpath dining areas and their views across to the beach and Coral Sea. A new resort pool was added to the interior courtyard to provide a much improved facility for room guests, with the new adjoining rear deck to Capers adding additional space for events.