Spotlight on: Crystalbrook Collection
Meet Riley, Bailey, and Flynn
The northern Queensland destination of Cairns is renowned for its tropical climate and easy access to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. It’s the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the reef.
The already irresistible business events offering in Cairns has received another recent boost, with the opening of three luxury “sibling” hotels from the Crystalbrook Collection – meet Riley, Bailey and Flynn – which collectively add over 950 rooms to the tropical destination’s accommodation inventory. Like siblings, each share many similarities, but each is also unique and maintains its own personality. Live in the moment with Riley. Get to know the thoughtful, arty one, Bailey. Or let your hair down with the mostly recently opened of the three, wild child, Flynn, which debuted in November 2020.
First impressions: Beautiful and chic, yet sustainably modern.
Location: 10 minutes’ walk from the departure terminal for Great Barrier Reef cruises.
Number of rooms: 311 rooms and suites.
Event spaces and capacity: On-site restaurant, Greenfields, as well as six event rooms, with the largest able to host 280 seated and 420 cocktail.
What’s so special? Riley offers a man-made beach on-site as well as Rocco, Cairns’ highest rooftop bar.
Best for: Events wanting bespoke accommodation in central Cairns with a relaxed tropical vibe.
First-impressions: Bailey offers a sophisticated mix of hotel rooms and apartments. Modern, innovative and with a true appreciation for detail.
Location: Bailey backs on to the city’s main street and is just a two-minute walk from the Esplanade, a 13-minute drive from the airport and a mere 40-minute boat ride from the Great Barrier Reef.
Number of rooms: 222 hotel rooms and 110 apartments.
Event spaces and capacity: To build on the city’s event offering, Bailey includes modern and flexible venues that can cater for anything from a board meeting to a 150-person conference.
What’s so special? Bailey is positioned as the sophisticated, artistic older brother to the Crystalbrook Collection’s other two Cairns locations. Artworks sourced from both local and international artists line the walls of the apartments and hotel rooms. The bright and bold artwork is complemented by a light, lofty and tropical style across the two towers.
Best for: A tropical escape within easy access to two World Heritage-listed sites.
First impressions: Flynn is Riley and Bailey’s vivacious younger brother, thus completing the brand’s tropical trifecta of sustainable, five-star north Queensland resorts. Flynn is a social butterfly - the natural life of the party.
Location: On the waterfront of the Cairns Esplanade, Flynn is poised perfectly for ocean views, and is only a block or two away from top experiences including the Aquarium and boat launches for reef tours.
Number of rooms: 293 rooms and 18 suites.
Event spaces and capacity: Onsite are three meeting spaces with maximum capacities of 160 guests in theatre-style and 60 for boardroom, plus two restaurants and a bar.
What’s so special? Social occasions and events are Flynn’s specialty, with a suspended glass swimming pool at the centre of the resort and Boardwalk Social, Flynn’s Italian and Whiskey and Wine making up a superb hospitality offering.
Best for: A luxury home base that doubles as an energetic event hub.