By June Ramli
Melbourne, Oct 11: What was once an unassuming motel, bearing a different name, has now been reborn as the Sunnymead Hotel in Aireys Inlet, after a truly remarkable and captivating transformation.
Damien Cerantonio, the co-owner of the hotel, shared his insights into the motivation behind this transition and the distinct features that set Sunnymead apart.
Cerantonio revealed that the primary objective was to make Sunnymead a destination in its own right, encouraging guests to extend their stays and fully immerse themselves in everything the property has to offer.
The extensive renovations included the addition of the Indie Spa and the Santara restaurant, which offers a menu with Indian-inspired cuisine.
The hotel’s new aesthetic draws inspiration from the ’70s, blending an eclectic mix of design elements to create a fun and unexpectedly inviting atmosphere in the rooms.
The vibrant orange theme complements the property’s striking yellow exterior and incorporates sustainability practices, such as locally made ceramics in the rooms.
Sunnymead has also ventured into the spa industry with a spa that encourages relaxation and socialization.
Guests can order cocktails and enjoy spa treatments with friends, making it a unique and social spa experience.
In addition, Sunnymead welcomes conferences and business events, utilizing its restaurant that can be converted into a conference space during the day.
Cerantonio, who also sits on the board of Business Events Victoria, emphasizes the significance of conferences in boosting regional Victoria’s hotel occupancy and beverage spending.
While the hotel’s reception may close early, there is 24-hour on-site assistance available to guests.
They can also directly contact the restaurant to place orders and seek assistance as needed.
The transformation of Sunnymead has elevated it from a modest motel to a dynamic and lively destination along Australia’s Great Ocean Road.
With its unique and welcoming atmosphere, it now attracts visitors from far and wide.
Without any more delay, let’s proceed to the full interview featuring Cerantonio, which you can access right here.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli