This August, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is celebrating 30 years together with the WA community.
Officially opening its doors in August 1988, the resort was the dream of English politician and construction magnate, Lord Alistair McAlpine.
Lord Alistair McAlpine fell in love with Broome and its beaches and set his heart on building a retreat. After buying the land with a contract signed on the back of a beer coaster in the Roebuck Bay Hotel he began to turn his dream into reality.
Cable Beach Club was the biggest development and the most expensive the town had ever seen. The initial budget for the whole project, a joint venture between Lord McAlpine and the State Government, was in excess of $34 million.
The resort changed hands over the next decade, due a number of factors including the 1989 airline pilot dispute. When Hawaiian purchased the resort in 1999, the property needed a lot work, since then more than $40M has been invested in improvements.
When the resort first opened it had 77 one-bedroom studio rooms and seven two-bedroom bungalows. Nowadays the resort has 165 one-bedroom studio rooms, 7 private villas, 3 club apartments, 47 bungalows and 3 luxury suites.
Over the years the resort has welcomed millions of visitors, from around Australia and overseas.
Hawaiian CEO Russell Gibbs said it’s an honour to carry on the dream of Lord McAlpine and we are committed to improving the resort to deliver a world class sanctuary on Cable Beach.
“When we took over the property, our initial plans to upgrade the resort were severely impacted by Cyclone Rosita in 2000, which caused extensive damage.
''It was an interesting time and I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved over the years, but we’re not finished.
''The resort is a very special place for generations of families and other guests providing somewhere to celebrate, relax and reconnect, creating lasting memories, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Kimberley region.
''The resort maintains the design of the 19th century pearl rush and houses artefacts and artwork collected from around the world by Lord McAlpine and Hawaiian.
“The extensive collection includes works from leading artists Sir Sidney Nolan, Elizabeth Durack, Humphrey Price-Jones, Harold Joseph Thomas, Robert Juniper, Butcher Joe Nangan and John Olsen,” Mr Gibbs said.
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