australiaBaillie LodgeshotelsQueenslandresortsSilky Oaks Lodge Baillie Lodges has announced a four-month closure, from 22 April 2020, for Tropical North Queensland’s Silky Oaks Lodge for a significant refurbishment. Baillie Lodges assumed ownership of the property in April this year, following a joint venture agreement with US-based KSL Capital Partners.Expected to run to more than $10 million, the new-look lodge set to launch on September 7, 2020. Newly inclusive rates, premium suites and a more stylish experience of the World Heritage-listed Daintree are all slated, with Port Douglas-based architect Gary Hunt engaged for the design and Amanda Pike of Pike Withers for the interiors. Envisioned is a more contemporary feel for the lodge, while playing to the property’s original rainforest influences. Local builders and tradespeople will be sought for the refurbishment, while indigenous artworks and custom furnishings by North Queensland designers will evoke a real sense of the tropical north. On reopening in September, a schedule of new rates will reflect enhanced inclusions at the property: gourmet breakfast, evening sunset drinks and a four-course daily changing dinner menu with premium wines to match.