Makepeace Island’s future revealed after Virgin collapse
MANAGEMENT says an island getaway in the heart of Noosa which has hosted Justin Bieber and the Hemsworth brothers will not be impacted by a major airline collapse.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is a part-owner of Makepeace Island, a high-end luxury getaway in the Noosa River.
Virgin Australia, the nation's second-largest carrier, announced this week it had entered voluntary administration, in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown.
Billionaire Sir Richard this week pledged his Necker Island luxury resort in the Caribbean would be offered as security for loans, in a bid to secure a UK Government bailout of Virgin Atlantic airline.
The move sparked rumours a similar approach could be taken with Makepeace Island, in a bid to secure Federal Government assistance for the stricken Virgin Australia.
A Makepeace Island spokeswoman told the Daily the luxury retreat would "not be impacted by the airline's recent announcement to enter voluntary administration" as it was "not part of Virgin Australia's assets".
"Makepeace Island is currently owned by Sir Richard Branson, Brett Godfrey, Radek Sali and Cathie Reid and Stuart Giles," the spokeswoman said.
"The island was originally developed as a retreat for family and friends of the owners, and in 2011 its doors were opened for exclusive hire as a private holiday home."
Makepeace Island rates for peak season this year were listed on the website at $18,000 a night for exclusive use, for a minimum two-night stay, rising to $19,800 a night in peak season next year.
The island - which Sir Richard bought for $2.86 million in the early-2000s - featured a 500,000L pool, 15-person spa, gym, tennis court and more.
It had also hosted the likes of Will-I-Am and other celebrities.