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Saltwater Luxury Apartments
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   30 Macrossan St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia   |  
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Free WIFI + Beach Towel
Ranked #10 of 45 Hotels in Port Douglas
London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Top quality accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed at Saltwater Apartments for 4 nights in the second week of January 2013. We organised the accommodation and our trips to the reef and Daintree in advance (as advised). The apartment was massive. There were two of us in the two-bedroom apartment and there was tons of space - open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, large master bedroom with open en suite bathroom (circular spa bath) and large twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (with shower), plus a long narrow terrace the width of the apartment. We found the location, on the main shopping street of Port Douglas, to suit us perfectly. We didn't hire a car and we were able to walk to the marina (from where the reef excursions depart), the restaurants in the town, the large Coles supermarket and the beach (which has a protective net in one area against jellyfish).

Really couldn't fault the place - we had a great time.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warac, Manager at Saltwater Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thanks for your review. You obviously really enjoyed your stay at Saltwater.
Hopefully you will be able tpo return to Port Douglas and enjoy Saltwater again.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We first stayed at Saltwater 2 years ago and it was great. We booked our wedding party into Mantra Heritage because Saltwater doesn't have any 1 bedroom apartments but cancelled our Mantra booking after a bad pre-wedding stay there, preferring to spend more than risk another mishap. As a confessed bridezilla with family travelling from overseas, I wanted the accommodation to be of high standard but most of all CLEAN.
Thank New Zealand for John and Carolyn! They were pleasant and helpful when we booked the accommodation (didn't roll their eyes at my neurotic bridezilla requests). 3 months later when we arrived in Port Douglas, just married, they had upgraded us free to the best apartment with the largest balcony, which the whole family enjoyed over the next 3 days. The 4 apartments we'd booked were all properly clean, not spit and polish. One of the shadier apartments smelt musty when initially entered, but once the windows are opened it was fine. We live in Cairns and musty damp smell is normal when windows are closed - it's the Tropics!!
I've read other reviews of Saltwater whinging about beach towels - if $5 is too much, you can buy 2 new towels from Target over the road for $15 and launder yourself. If that is the main complaint, it goes to show there's not much to complain about.
Central location, clean and bright, quiet (we didn't hear other guests very much but there's a little noise from the pub which you don't hear unless you're on the balcony). Yes it's a bit pricey but the apartments are classy and well equipped and you get what you pay for - quality and good service. John and Carolyn were lovely people and after our Mantra experience, we would only stay at Saltwater now because they've spoilt us for anywhere else. Many thanks.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Warac, Manager at Saltwater Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thanks for your great review. We appreciate all feed back and it is always good to here that you have enjoyed your stay in Port Douglas and Saltwater.
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Zephyr Cove, NV
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We were 3 friends who thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Saltwater Apts. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath apt is very spacious; it is nicely furnished with a fully stocked kitchen and the apt has a washer, dryer. Since Port Douglas restaurants were a pit pricey we cooked some wonderful meals in the apts. John and Carolyn were always there to help out with great suggestions on where to go and what to do and helped with making reservations. I HIGHLY recommmend these apts, it was a perfect stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Warac, Manager at Saltwater Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Great that you enjoyed your holiday in Port Douglas and that you enjoyed Saltwater.
Hope to see you again soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed at the Saltwater in late November. We wanted to stay in the heart of Port Douglas.
We were within 200 meters of the pubs, clubs and Restaurants. Down the stairs from our room and we were in the middle of Macrossan street. The room was what we wantd, it was quiet at night time as our rooms faced Macrossan street. Never heard anything coming form the street.
The only thing that i didn't like was the pool. Very sterile area, a few chairs and a few potted plants. The pool was very small and as i said very sterile and with no imagination. If you had kids they would find this very boring compared to other accommodations that has shaded trees with comfortable chairs around it.
Would definetly stay again even though the pool was a shocker.

  • Stayed November 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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Warac, Owner at Saltwater Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you for your review.

Regarding the pool area, the pool is "suspended" [that is, not in the ground] and as such, having trees or unpotted plants doesn't work very well. There are 3 shade sails to compensate for the lack of trees giving guests the options of sun or shade. The photos of the pool on our website should be adequate for guests to determine whether or not it is right for their family.

Thank you again.

John & Carolyne
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Family of 5 travelling from UK had a lovely 6 night stay in the Saltwater apartments. We stayed in a two bedroomed two bathroomed apartment which was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and exceptionally quiet. John & Carolyn were very helpful and organised in advance two day trips and gave us some very useful local recommendations for restaurants and things to do. The apartment was very central so good for browsing around town, 5 mins walk to the beach and 8min walk to the marina - really great location. The pool, although not very big, was ideal for the children (ages 7 to 11) and they enjoyed a cooling swim every day. Pool was nicely shaded so great for reading a book poolside.

We really enjoyed our stay and it suited perfectly our requirements of a central but quiet apartment close to the beach.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Just got finish with a 4 day stay in the 2 bedroom penthouse apartment. The location is in the middle of town close to everything. John and carolyne booked all of our excursions and dining reservations and I highly recommend you letting them do all your bookings. They really know what they are doing. We did the karranda railroad, sky rail and a day trip snorkeling and because of their knowledge we had a great days. Even let us know where to watch the fireworks. Definitely go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a fabulous one.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Warac, Owner at Saltwater Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Many thanks for your review.

We do encourage our guests to take the uncertainty out of booking tours etc as we have personal experience with virtually all options in Port Douglas and we are totally independent of all operators.

Again, many thanks for the review.

John & Carolyne
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Yes, I agree with the other reviewers that it it is a good place to stay. John has been specially helpful and provided a personal touch and guidance in planning the trip.
It should be clearly considered as a convenient and comfortable place to stay - being close to facilities: supermarket, restaurants etc.
However, my personal viewpoint is that the "luxury" attribute perhaps is a bit misnomer. Also, one should be aware that there is no lift or elevator but one has to use stairs. I believe the management must have mentioned this on their website. If it is there, it appears to be not easily visible and should be made more visible -- as it could be an important issue for many.

I am not aware of the tarriff but I believe it would be same as some of the resorts which would be more luxurious than this. They would have more open space around, I imagine.
At the end, it depends on travellers what they are looking for.

Room Tip: If you are looking for convenience - this is good one. check for the comparative pricing though.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warac, Owner at Saltwater Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Many thanks for your feedback.

As with most accommodation houses in Port Douglas, there is no lift at Saltwater and we are very careful to ensure that guests are aware of this before they book whether it be on line or by phone. All websites that Saltwater is listed on have this fact well documented however this fact may not always be passed on by the person who made the booking to others in the travelling party.

We have looked at many alternaitves to put in a lift/ dumb waiter in but to retrofit one is too expensive.

As for the writer's comments on luxury or not, we will let the readers judge for themselves by reading other reviews.
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Address: 30 Macrossan St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Port Douglas
#7 Luxury Hotel in Port Douglas
#11 Family Hotel in Port Douglas
#11 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Saltwater Luxury Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
located in the heart of Port Douglas; easy walk to all restaurants, bars, the beach & shops. air conditioned luxury self contained apartments ... more   less 
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