The GemLife Pacific Paradise Pavilion, the resort’s new recreational precinct set to open this month, radiates relaxed sophistication with countless design details elevating the style to that typically seen in upmarket hotels.
GemLife Manager of Interior Design Jennifer Kyle said the design team’s vision was to create a sense of being at a boutique-style resort, bringing a laidback luxe look and feel to the Paradise Pavilion.
“We wanted to create the kind of ambience and atmosphere found at exclusive boutique holiday resorts – a calming and relaxed environment set off by some hero feature elements, such as the stunning Mediterranean-inspired tiles in the pool and the statement tiles in the lobby,” said Jennifer.
“Boutique hotels and resorts are characterised by their intimate atmosphere alongside unique design details and flourishes that give them a distinct personality. That has very much been the driving force behind the design choices for the Paradise Pavilion,” she said.
“With international travel still a long way off thanks to Covid, the pavilion will give residents a sense of being on an upscale holiday right here at home on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.
Light it up
Among Jennifer’s favourite stand-out design pieces is a sophisticated modern pendant light.
Inspired by the intrinsic beauty of natural materials, these stylish, understated chandeliers feature thousands of hand-sewn wood and coco beads stretched over a canopy, with a cream-finish hanging chain.
“These striking ceiling lights – there will be six – are really beautiful and have an organic and artisanal vibe that marries the timelessness of centuries-old tradition with distinctly modern finishes,” Jennifer said.
Take a seat
Another firm favourite is a chic occasional chair which features a solid mahogany frame wrapped in hand-woven natural abaca rope, also known as hemp or Manila rope.
“It’s a stunner of a chair and we will have four placed in the lounge. The design was inspired by the Ancient Greek goddess of the hearth, architecture, domesticity, and family, with the finished piece giving off a warm, inviting feel,” Jennifer said.
As with all the furniture choices, the pieces are chosen for their high-quality craftsmanship and are built to last.
“For example, the armchairs feature timber framing made with traditional joinery techniques, and the seat and back is tightly woven by hand by skilled artisans. As a result, the finished chair is not only structurally strong but aesthetically beautiful and the open weave lightens the weight of the design and invites air flow which allows the piece to naturally breathe,” said Jennifer.
Upcycled antique terracotta tiles
One of the design features that Jennifer is most excited about are the antique European terracotta tiles which have been salvaged from the roofs of abandoned barns, farmhouses and historic buildings in eastern Europe.
The ultimate in upcycling, these history-laden elongated rectangular tiles will frame the lift lobby of the pavilion, from there sweeping up one side of the stairwell.
“Each and every tile has been repurposed by hand and exudes an unparalleled sense of individuality,” Jennifer said.
“The mixed sun-kissed tones of the tiles together with the naturally weathered appearance of these genuine antiques will lend charm, personality and a real wow factor to the lobby area.”
The Paradise Pavilion will feature a range of superb facilities, including a stylish two-level pool house, games room, clubroom and bar, magnesium-enriched resort-style pool, outdoor shower, sundeck, tennis court, barbecue facilities and pizza oven, plus outdoor entertainment and dining area.
The official opening for residents will take place on Friday, 20 August.