The Darwin Airport Resort, literally a stroll away from the runway, is a cleverly-designed example of NT-style architecture, combining functional, heat-evading design with contemporary Australian art and a touch of tropical luxury.
The newest addition to the resort is Essence, a restaurant that should prove to be a blessing for foodies seeking fine dining outside the CBD. Sip a Marguerita on the plush pastel lounges at the adjoining Runway Bar before ambling into Essence, a good-looking, modern dining room, full of glass and dark timber, with a tall, tempting wine rack and alfresco seating overlooking the resort's tree-lined pool.
Filipino-born chef Neil Salonga heads the kitchen, his sophisticated, culturally diverse cooking thankfully straying well off the conventional hotel food path. His cooking evokes both the fresh market fare of Asia and the classic cooking styles of Europe, with deftly-selected native Australian ingredients adding colour and character to the dishes.
An exceptional wine list and cheese selection round things off beautifully.
While the primary clientele here is tourists, this is not a "tourist restaurant". Locals who make the journey to Essence will come away proud to call it their own.
About Darwin Airport Resort
Located within 350 metres of the Darwin International Airport, Darwins newest accommodation venue offers guests the unique opportunity of enjoying resort style accommodation set amongst lush tropical gardens with a variety of accommodation styles to suit both the holiday maker and business guest alike.
A range of accommodation options are available including spacious family suites, business suites and deluxe bungalows. Facilities include a beautiful 26 metre long pool, bar, restaurant, conference and meeting facilities, boardroom, gym and courtesy transfers to and from the airport.
1 Henry Wrigley Drive
Marrara NT 0812