Maeva Hospitality – formerly Sunshine Coast Hotels – is set to open the greenfields pub Bli Bli Hotel in late October, in partnership with Richard Deery.

The hotel is currently in the last stages of construction, and is terraced into a hillside over three levels, each with a distinct identity and function. The ground floor will host a drive-through, Bottle-O branded bottleshop, while the first floor will be a dedicated level for gaming, comprising 35 EGMS and a breakout bar and lounge area. The second floor will consist 1600sqm dedicated to food and beverage, including a bistro seating 300 people, a kids room, sports bar, rooftop deck and a large function room with capacity for 140 people seated or 200 people cocktail-style.

All levels will be connected via a circular feature staircase and lift, with pedestrian access on all levels, as well as car parks for two levels.

Scott Armstrong, director of Maeva Hospitality said the new hotel was something that they could be proud of delivering to the Bli Bli community.

“We are thrilled to elevate the offering for Bli Bli, invigorating the social and entertainment landscape with a truly community focused pub. The residents here have been waiting for this venue and we are excited to announce that the launch is around the corner.”

Armstrong told Australian Hotelier that Bli Bli had become a relatively aspirational residential area in the last five to six years, being quite close to beaches and the Sunshine Coast airport, as well as good connectivity to the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

The Bli Bli Hotel is a partnership between Maeva Hospitality and Richard Deery, recently-elected QHA president and operator of the award-winning Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point.

Armstrong said the hotel would be a boon for the local community, as well as visitors from further afield.

“As locals ourselves, we have taken extra care to ensure that this venue provides the best possible experience in terms of food, service and entertainment.  We’re also excited to offer new employment opportunities for people in the area and bring additional visitation from the Brisbane drive market and holidaymakers in Noosa.”

Designer Diana Challinor, responsible for all the groups venues, has designed the Bli Bli Hotel with palettes of terracotta, limewash, sage blues, pinks and peaches. Bespoke décor and furnishings can be found throughout, with glazed tiles, hand-blown glass chandeliers and hand-printed Australian bush wallpaper.

Designer Diana Challinor is using a palette of warm hues throughout Bli Bli Hotel.

The Bli Bli Hotel has been curated by group executive chef Damien Grimes, who has drawn inspiration from the diversity of Australian flavours. With a focus on lighter, vegetable forward options, the kitchen’s centrepiece will be a live-fire grill.

The construction of Bli Bli Hotel – as well as the opening of Caloundra Motel, a nine-room boutique accommodation hotel – marks the launch of Maeva Hospitality, formerly Sunshine Coast Hotels, with venues such as Parklands Tavern, Brightwater Hotel, Baringa Tavern and The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast.

You can read more on the rebrand to Maeva Hospitality in the October issue of Australian Hotelier.

Vanessa Cavasinni

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier and Club Management, trade publications for the pub and club sectors respectively. Vanessa has been at the helm of Australian Hotelier since...

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