Peppers was established in 1984 when Peppers Guest House opened in the Hunter Valley, NSW. At the time, the short break market was still in its infancy but the unique concept of a contemporary style guesthouse offering relaxation in luxury surrounds was an instant success.
Today you will find the Peppers collection of Retreats and Resorts in the most extraordinary places throughout Australia and New Zealand. You will find us set amongst rainforests, vineyards and cities, as stately homes, on cattle stations, mountain ranges, golf courses, beaches and tropical islands, each property boasting its own individual charm and character.
Our exquisite Retreats have been designed for guests with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Set in inimitable locations, these iconic properties are a destination in their own right with superb food and wine taking centre stage. Their intimate and indulgent nature will have you feeling like you’re the only guest.
Sharing the same dedication to you, our Resorts are located in popular holiday destinations with an emphasis on leisure facilities such as golf courses, day spas, resort style pools and tennis courts. Our Resort collection also includes the heightened luxury and privacy of Balé Resorts and inner city located Hotels.
Over the past 25 years, our dedication to outstanding service and you our customer has ultimately seen our ever expanding group grow to include a collection of over 20 exquisite properties. Our future, also reliant on our staff and our unique properties, will continue to see expansion as demand for luxurious escapes increases.
In 1984, Mike and Suzi O’Connor open Peppers Guest House in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Their concept of a contemporary style guesthouse offering relaxation in luxury surrounds is an instant success. Within 18 months the property expands to include conference facilities and an additional 18 guest rooms.
In 1990, Peppers salvages a soon-to-be demolished convent in Coonamble, Central West NSW and moves it 600km to the Hunter Valley. The building is converted into a 17 room luxury hotel on the Pepper Tree estate.
In 1991, the Pepper Tree complex opens in the Hunter Valley, NSW - a joint venture between Peppers, James Fairfax and restaurateurs, Robert and Sally Molines. As well as the retreat, the complex comprises Robert’s restaurant and the Pepper Tree winery.
In 1993, Peppers decides to separate its property ownership vehicle from its hotel management company. Peppers Hotel Management takes over management of the Manor House, Mount Broughton, in the Southern Highlands of NSW. In December, following private placement of further Trust units, the Peppers Hotel Trust purchases the Anchorage Resort at Port Stephens, NSW.
In June of 1997, the Peppers Hotel Trust purchases the Manor House, Mount Broughton, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
November sees Peppers Leisure Limited announce another retreat will join the Peppers collection – Peppers Casuarina Lodge Byron Bay. The property opens in November 2001.
Peppers Hidden Vale re-opens in February 2001 after a full refurbishment (formerly Old Hidden Vale).
In August, Palm Bay Hideaway joins the group and is relaunched as Peppers Palm Bay, Whitsundays. The property is an intimate retreat of 21 beach front rooms located on a private beach on Long Island.
In July, Peppers is awarded a management contract for two new properties being developed on the $100 million harbour front mixed-use project Marina Village on North Queensland’s Magnetic Island. Peppers Blue on Blue, will be a world-class resort located right on the marina.
In October, Peppers launches a new resort development at Moonah Links on the Mornington Peninsula. Peppers Moonah Links Resort is a 60-room resort located adjacent to two first-class golf courses, home of Golf Australia and the Australian Open.
In April, Peppers launches Peppers Seaport Hotel Launceston, part of a new development on the waterfront in Launceston, Tasmania. This is the first Tasmanian hotel managed by Peppers and heralds the renaming of the group Peppers Retreats, Resorts & Hotels.
Also in April, Peppers launches a new, premium boutique food and wine retreat just south of Brisbane – Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim. The property is owned by Flight Centre Managing Director, Skroo Turner, and his wife, Jude.
In November 2004, Peppers announces that Peppers on the Point has joined the group. Located in Rotorua, three hours South of Auckland, Peppers on the Point is now the second Peppers property in New Zealand.
In January 2005, The Martinborough Hotel joins the Peppers collection increasing the number of New Zealand properties to two.
In March 2005, Peppers extends the Victorian portfolio to include The Springs Retreat & Spa, Hepburn Springs. Set in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country, Peppers Springs Retreat & Spa is an iconic Art Deco establishment with a dash of Gatsby glamour. Surrounded by peaceful gardens and bush, the retreat offers plenty of the pampering for which the area is renowned.
On July 1, 2005 Peppers Calstock, Deloraine became the second Tasmanian destination. Located at Deloraine in Tasmania’s north-west, Peppers Calstock is a 19th Century Georgian mansion – recently restored as a charming country guesthouse. The property combines contemporary elegance with French culinary tradition and historical style.
In December 2005, Peppers launched Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, located in Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales, just 10 minutes from Gold Coast Airport. Now Peppers’ largest property, the resort offers 343 rooms, a Golden Door spa and Roughies Restaurant & Bar.
In late 2006, Peppers was delighted to announce Peppers Seven Spirit Bay had joined the group as Peppers first retreat in the Northern Territory. Nestled amongst tropical forest, Peppers Seven Spirit Bay hovers on the edge of the Arafura Sea in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, on the remote northern most point of the Cobourg Peninsula of the Northern Territory in Aboriginal Arnhem Land.
In 2007 the Peppers collection was to expand considerably with the addition of eight new properties.
The month of February saw the addition of Tropical North Queensland’s most intimate beachfront resort, Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove, the sophisticated Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas, the visually stunning Peppers Clearwater Resort Christchurch NZ and Peppers Beacon, Queenstown NZ.
In April, Peppers Pier Resort opened in Hervey Bay Queensland setting a new high-water mark for beach holiday sophistication followed in May by Peppers Balé Resort, Port Douglas offering a cocoon of in intimate seclusion.
Peppers Blue on Blue Magnetic Island Queensland invited guests to enjoy a tropical island experience in late 2007 and Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay delivered a new standard of accommodation for leisure travellers visiting this rapidly growing tourism region in Victoria.
March 2008, Peppers Bluewater Resort opens at Lake Tekapo, in New Zealand’s South Island.
The Peppers tradition of inviting guests to enjoy a plethora of unique and indulgent escapes continues in 2009, with the opening of Peppers Bluewater Resort on Lake Tekapo (New Zealand) and Peppers Coral Coast in Airlie Beach (QLD).