We've just returned from a lovely stay here. We booked a 3 bedroom room which slept 6 comfortably (queen, double and 2 singles) with an ensuite and main bathroom/laundry. We received warm and friendly service, even before we arrived with lots of helpful advice and assistance in booking appropriate tours for our young family. We had a couple of issues with our room that were addressed immediately and without fuss or interruption. Staff were fantastic and went the extra mile to ensure we were comfortable.
Breakfast was a very welcomed extra which made our stay easy as we didn't need to worry about organizing anything early! Included was a selection of weetbix/corn flakes/rice bubbles, raisin/white/multi grain toast with spreads, juice/tea/coffee. Our kids loved going to the breakfast room each morning and choosing their own breakfast.
We really enjoyed the pool which was perfect temperature and plenty of shallow depths for the littlies. The kids also enjoyed the sandpit by the pool.
Barbeque area by the pool was also great.
Our room did get very warm but there were fans and air conditioning to cool down.
The resort is a little dated but was clean and comfortable.
Being out of town we did use the shuttle buses a bit. We walked in a few times but in the heat and with preschoolers it was slow going - about 20 minutes or so. Buses were easy but pricing was very inconsistent! Every trip seemed to attract a different fare and we soon learnt it was cheaper if I bought the tickets rather than my husband!
Beach is about a 5 minute walk across the road through the Sheraton Mirage (public access path). Flagged swim area is up in town about 15 minutes walk up the beach.
There were some restaurants nearby but we opted for meals in town or delivered.
All in all a very good option for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Port Douglas Sands Resort holiday apartment and short-term rental accommodation is an easy distance to the bustle of Macrossan Street, the Sheraton and Marina Mirage complex, golf course and beautiful Four Mile Beach (only 400 metres away). ... more less
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- Port Douglas Sands Hotel Port Douglas