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Coral Sea Retreat Bed and Breakfast
7-11, Bruce Ave, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia   |  
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“Master of Gardening and Cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It is our most favorite place amongst all the places we stayed in Australia. Denise, Marine, Michelle and Michael offered us such a comfortable and relaxing accomodation that we would rather stay here for a lifetime.
It was so pity that we got up late to miss several breakfast, since they made very delicious food which amused us the last day we stayed. The view from the tree tops is really fabulous. You may occationally encounter lizards and some tropical livings in the garden.
They gave us many suggestions on the trip to Port Dauglas which benifitted us well and saved us a lot of time. A little far distance from Port Dauglas thought, they offerred fair price to ride us point-to-pointly. The only flaw is the small size of the pool, but it would be pretty suitable for kids.
We will definitely come to Coral Sea Retreat next time we visit Port Dauglas and share the pleasant experience with our friends. We love this place.

Room Tip: Don't miss their food.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We loved this lovely B&B set in the tree tops of the Queensland tropical forest. We woke to parrots, cockatoos and kookaburras and calling, screeching and laughing.

The breakfasts were wonderful - all well prepared and gourmet (at least for us!).

The family who runs the place definitely made us feel at home. They were incredibly helpful and friendly. We couldn't have asked for better hosts.

While this B&B is a not right in Port Douglas, it was close enough to enjoy Port Douglas, the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, the Great Barrier Reef (boat excursions) and parts of the Outback. A rental car solves the problem. Denise and Marie helped us locate a car even though all the internet sites should all agencies as sold out (our trip was during the total solar eclipse in Far North Queensland - Nov. 14, 2012.

This place is not a luxury resort but makes you feel at home. We had the large room (with 2 sleeping areas which slept 4 people). The room is screened and was perfect for us with dive gear and luggage for a 2 week stay. We were happy to find the washing machine right outside our room.

Breakfast is served in the communal room/pavilion which is open air and birds have been known to fly through. There is a swimming pool and a hot tub available (we were disappointed to not have time to enjoy the hot tub).

We will definitely come back to this place if our travels bring us back out to Far North Queensland again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gisborne, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights in the fabulous "tree house" with our 4yo and 2yo children. We decided to stay here in Oak Beach rather than the expensive tourist trap that is Port Douglas. We opted to pay extra and get our breakfast included (best decision ever!!)

Things we loved:

- Denise, Marie and Michelle made the best breakfasts ever! Better than restaurant quality. I just saw that they have provided photos on this site.... the food looks exactly as pictured. I usually eat a very healthy diet..... and these breakfasts made with fresh good quality ingredients were very pleasing! It was also fabulous to eat fresh fruit and herbs from their garden!! My vegetarian and my sons lactose free diet were also taken care of.

- The treehouse door was able to be internally locked with a key....which meant that when we were inside with the kids we could lock ourselves in and they can't open the external door. Also, the swimming pool fence between the treehouse and the pool had a coded padlock on it that can be used. This security was important to us having a 2yo boy who is an escape artist.

- Nothing seemed to be an issue for the hosts! They were very accommodating booking tours for us, giving us local advice etc. My daughter cut her finger quite deeply on one of the days and they were on hand with their well stocked first aid kit so I could patch it up.(I can't believe I forgot to bring even a band-aid on our holiday!!!) My husband even left a t-shirt behind and they called us and we returned a few days later and they had even washed it for us!!!

- My kids were so excited to hear the native birds and see the lizards crawling around outside.

- They provided beach towels which meant we could use them for the pool and beach and not worry about having to carry our wet beach towels to the next accommodation.

Things we didn't love:
- Nothing!!!!

I have really fond memories of Coral Sea Retreat. Hopefully we get the chance to visit again!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baden, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed at the Coral Sea Retreat for 3 nights. Coral Sea Retreat is about 15 km outside of Port Douglas and the drive takes about 15 mins. By the time we arrived, the hosts were already expecting us and by their warm welcome we immediately felt at home. Our room was clean and comfortable but a little bit dark. But that didn't matter because the best things are the lush garden and the shared terrace with amazing views of the rainforest and the ocean. This is also the place where we were served breakfast every morning. There is a different breakfast menu for every morning to choose from. Every breakfast we had was simply gorgeous! We can only recommend this place! For an expensive place like Port Douglas it was very good value for the money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Coral Sea Retreat is a little piece of paradise hidden from view yet overlooking the sea and only a 10 minute drive into Port Douglas. We stayed here for 6 nights with my brother who was out from the UK on a famiily visit. The retreat suited us perfectly. We stayed in the tree house which was very private and comfortable and we woke up to the most glorious sunsets each morning. The tree-top open lounge (which we named the Verandah Bar) was perfect for breakfasts overlooking the tropical garden and also for drinks at sunset.
The 2 bedroom tree house had everything we needed and was so comfortable that we cooked dinner there 5 out of the 6 nights.
Marie, Denise, Michelle and Michael were the most welcoming hosts and provided all those little extras that makes a stay in a B&B so special - passionfruit, bananas and herbs from the garden, eskies and beach chairs plus lots of local knowledge. Michelle was full of surprises (ask to see her handywork in the shed!).
Coral Sea Retreat is 2 minutes drive to Oak Beach but we walked most mornings before breakfast. Highly recommended and much better value than many of the resorts in Port Douglas. This is a perfect base for exploring Port Douglas, the Daintree area and Atherton Tablelands. We would definitely return.

Room Tip: Ask for the 2 bedroom tree house for total privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed at the Coral sea B&B for 2 nights and had a wonderful stay. The women that run this establishment made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. Nothing seemed to be a problem and they were always willing to offer advice and local information. The room was clean and comfortable and the use of "the treehouse" was an added bonus. What a fabulous area-a communal lounge area big enough for 2 or 3 couples to congregate and yet have their own privacy. Loved it. Gorgeous surrounding and very tranquil. Would go back in a flash. For an extra $5 you can use their bar-b-que and cook your own meal. Only drawback is that you really need your own transport to get there. Well done ladies.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodend, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We stayed at a number of B&Bs on our recent trip to FNQ, and I would not hesitate in recommending Coral Sea Retreat to any traveller. The warm welcome on arrival made us feel at home straight away. Our room was comfortable and the outdoor eating area was just beautiful with views over the Coral Sea and the most comfortable chairs to just sit back with a cool drink and relax after a big day of adventures. The breakfasts were beautifully presented each morning and taken outside, with the sunrise over the sea and beautiful Cairns Birdwing butterflies and a variety of birds in abundance in the lovely garden. (the breakfast menu had new dishes daily) I tried something new each day and I was never disappointed, these ladies are the best cooks!!! We also enjoyed an evening meal (pork chops) and the best tropical fruit salad I have ever tasted, the quality, presentation and standard of the food was very high. Marie also gave us great tips on things to see and good places to eat in Port Douglas. Our comfort and needs were always met, and nothing was too much trouble for our lovely hosts Marie, Denise, Michelle and Michael.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7-11, Bruce Ave, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set high on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Coral Sea and surrounding rainforest, is one of Port Douglas' best kept secrets - Coral Sea Retreat B&B. Sit back relax and drink in the views. Holiday with a difference! The Tree House: 2 bedroom, self-contained unit with stunning views of the Coral Sea and rainforest. ... more   less 
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