Leading Australian accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Thai-based Minor Hotel Group, has announced plans to open a second new-build property in Mackay on Central Queensland’s Coast in early 2015, signaling the beginning of a strong year ahead.

In the final stages of development and named Oaks Carlyle, the 59-room, six-storey, serviced apartment complex will join sister property Oaks Rivermarque in Mackay’s burgeoning city centre and offer travellers the choice of contemporary hotel rooms and self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments; of which a selection will also feature dual key facilities, ideal for groups and families.

Set to open in March 2015, Oaks Carlyle will further strengthen Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ presence in Mackay and appeal to both leisure and business guests who appreciate a prime location in the city’s CBD – a hub for business, dining and retail – and within close proximity to the region’s mining belt.

Blending urban design with comfort and convenience, apartments will feature full kitchens with modern appliances, laundry facilities, spacious living and dining areas, Wi-Fi access, LED TVs with cable channels, iPod docks and private balconies overlooking the CBD, hotel swimming pool or landscaped entertaining area.

Joining the brand new accommodation, Oaks Carlyle will offer a host of onsite leisure facilities for the corporate traveller right through to holidaymakers, including a recreation room complete with a communal kitchen and lounge area, paired with outdoor barbeque facilities set amongst the open-air leisure precinct. A ground floor café will also present guests with a convenient onsite dining option.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ Chief Executive Officer Brett Pointon says the addition of Oaks Carlyle to the company’s growing property network has capped off a successful year of growth in 2014 and signals an exciting start to 2015.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of a new Mackay hotel under Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ banner in early 2015, taking our total property count to 49.

“Mackay continues to flourish as one of Australia’s most lucrative resource regions, resulting in an ongoing demand for central, serviced apartments, so increasing our accommodation inventory with the launch of a second property was therefore a natural progression.

“Mackay also prevails as a holiday hot spot, lending to the unique combination of city, sea and rainforest, and its close proximity to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, so we anticipate strong interest from leisure travellers in addition to a steady corporate base,” says Mr Pointon.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest self-contained, accommodation providers, currently incorporating a portfolio of 48 properties spanning Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia as well as New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) is a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of more than 100 hotels and suites in operation under the Anantara, AVANI, Per AQUUM, Oaks, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Minor International brands in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Cambodia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, the UAE, Australia and New Zealand.