3. Mai 2019
The Calile, Brisbane’s highly anticipated new address, has opened its doors as Australia’s first urban resort. Located in the centre of the James Street precinct, the 175-room architecturally designed hotel draws on the enviable Queensland climate and tropical surrounds to deliver a resort experience in an urban setting
Designed by leading architects Richards and Spence, recognised nationally and internationally for defining the look and feel of the James Street precinct — The Calile design embraces and advances this established tropical vernacular. With the elevated, centrally located pool and the surrounding pool deck area featuring outdoor dining, cabanas and sun lounges— all key to embracing the climate.
The rooms too invite the climate in, with 175 generous guest rooms, including nine suites and two premier suites — featuring a mix of individual Juliette, pool-side and terrace-style balconies and two private rooftop terraces. Designed with the guest experience in mind, open-air spaces and breezeways link to rooms appointed for comfort — cork floors and sisal matting give way to marble bathroom finishes, dedicated living areas with day bed and dining table, custom linen robes, Grown Alchemist bath amenities, a locally sourced mini bar, motorised blackout blinds and UHD television with Chromecast and sound bar.
Beyond the in-room amenities and leisure facilities designed to help guests embrace the authentic charm of the sub-tropical locale The Calile includes an award-winning restaurant, day spa, cocktail bar and fashion boutiques on the ground and pool deck levels. Guests are invited to experience all the ease and comfort of a resort stay with the convenience of an inner-city urban setting.
The Calile is a hotel that wears its location and name with pride.
The name Calile, is a nod to the owner’s family – a name that has been an enduring legacy for more than a century with every generation carrying the name, stemming from family patriarch Calile Malouf who arrived in Australia four generations ago.
In 1892, Calile (then spelt Khalil) Malouf and his wife, Ada, left their home in Lebanon in search of a new life. Calile invested in the first family property in South Brisbane in 1901, established Calile Malouf & Sons in 1919 and progressed rapidly with a number of developments and two big stores – a tribute to Calile’s business ability, ambition and character.
Second generation, Michael Calile Malouf started work in the business at 14, eventually becoming the governing director of Calile Malouf Pty Ltd and continued to expand the business real estate portfolio. Michael Calile’s eldest son Calile (current Calile Malouf Snr) took charge of the business and has continued the company’s legacy with 60 years of commitment.
His sons Calile (Cal) and Michael Calile joined the family business in their early 20’s and together established the James Street Market in 2002 and worked diligently in the continued development of the James Street retail properties extending from the Market through to The Calile.
The Calile and surrounding development is a tribute to Calile and Ada and the family legacy.
The Calile marks the most recent addition of Richards and Spence designs to be unveiled in James Street.
Already recognised for distinct developments in the precinct—The Calile continues to expand on the established white brick, breezy theme that has become their signature style and captured the essence of the street.
“We looked to other hot weather cities with a resort focus to inform our design… Miami, Palm Springs, Rio De Janeiro and Mexico City,” said Richards and Spence Co-Director Adrian Spence.
For Richards and Spence, embracing our climate and tropical surrounds became the foundation of what is Australia’s first urban resort.
“In our opinion there is no other city-based Australian hotel conceived as a resort. City-based hotels in our country are pitched to a corporate market, focussed on the conference, rather than on the pool and the hotel’s surrounds. The Calile will change that.”
The Calile pool area with its associated outdoor dining cabanas and sun lounges are key to creating that feel.
So too are the external naturally-ventilated corridors and lift lobbies with ceiling fans and planters. Operable windows and balconies continue the resort theme in the rooms.
“Our climate allows us to live outdoors most of the year. The naturally ventilated rooms allow guests to share our unique outdoor lifestyle again reinforcing a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane.”
“It is our greatest professional achievement to date.”
Located in the heart of the James Street precinct, The Calile Hotel is managed and operated by TFE Hotels under the TFE Hotels Collection brand.
TFE Hotels Collection represents beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design, customised service and attention to the individual, The Calile embodies these concepts whilst owning and celebrating its sub-tropical location.
TFE Hotels is directed on the ground by a strong leadership team, headed by General Manager of The Calile, Jeremy Nordkamp. With more than 10 years of experience in hospitality management from some of the finest hotels in the world, Nordkamp brings passion for quality guest service to The Calile.
Supporting Nordkamp in the delivery of exceptional service is Kristie Mancell, Sales and Marketing Manager of, The Calile. With 12 years of local five-star hotel experience in a sales and marketing capacity, Ms Mancell has the expertise and intimate knowledge of the city to ensure The Calile appeals to locals seeking a sophisticated locale, and interstate and international visitors alike.
It’s not just about where you stay but how you stay and The Calile calls the celebrated James Street precinct home.
A thriving vibrant urban streetscape that seamlessly blends home-grown creative talent and established premium brands — James Street has crafted a unique environment that celebrates the sub-tropical climate with vibrant outdoor retail and an annual schedule of fashionable and intelligent events.
More than a locale full of charm, character and characters, James Street boasts easy accessibility with the airport a brief 25 minute drive and even quicker, the CBD a short 5 minute commute.
The Calile houses 12 retailers on the ground level which sit within the broader precinct — leading retailers reside comfortably beside more than 130 design shops, restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries.
Guests will have no shortage of memorable places to eat, drink, shop, relax and be entertained alongside the locals.
Images: Sean Fennessy