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Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mitre St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia   |  
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Ranked #15 of 45 Hotels in Port Douglas
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“Wonderful Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

First rate hotel. Beautiful grounds with its massive pool as the centerpiece. Many of the rooms back up to the pool which would be perfect if you were traveling with kids. The rooms were modern but with some definate negatives. First, the room was sparsely furnished. Not room for any furniture other than a small sitting table in the corner of the room. As with most of the New Zealand hotels we stayed the bed was a queen size which would not have been our first choice. Another problem was the glass enclosed bathroom. When the light was on in the bathroom it also illuminated the adjacent bedroom. Liked the shower and separate tub. The tub was so massive it took 15 minutes to even partially fill it. Still, the rooms had a very luxurious feel to them. The front desk was very helpful and booked us tickets to the Skyrail and Railway through the Kuranda Rainforest (a highlight of our trip). Our hotel rate for this tour was less than the internet advertised rate. Also thought that the breakfast buffets were first rate. Omelettes were available and were delicious. We also had dinner at the hotel one night and had one of the best meals of our three week trip. We both had the rack of lamb on the menu and it was perfectly prepared and a dining treat. The location was a bit from Port Douglas but there was a shuttle bus that ran about every 1/2 hour, though it was a bit pricey at $9 a person. There were many other very nice resorts closer to town and if you didn't have a car, like us, might be a better option. There were one or two pubs about a 15 minute walk away and the Rainforest Habitat was probably a twenty minute walk away (or $9 shuttle). I also appreciated the small store located next to reception where you buy sundries. Though I only gave Sea Temple a very good, I could have easily given it an excellent rating.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a beautiful property and we were updated to a full condo, two bedrooms, full kitchen, washer, dryer, dining and living room, outside patio and a roof patio with jacuzzi and outside grill. Many of the condos are on the pool, but ours faced the golf course with a road in between. Not much traffic and very quiet. We spent one afternoon in the pool and learned that many of the condos are privately owned and rented out when owners are not using them. The hotel is out a ways from the downtown of Port Douglas, but there is a shuttle bus ($5.00) that takes you into town. Regular schedule and easy to do. One night we cooked our dinner on the roof patio and watched the flying foxes (fruit bats) flying out to feed. It was a spectacular sight.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here 4 nights during the Aussie summer. Essentially every available amenity, BUT you have to pay $49 for 7 days of wireless service. Sooner or later, Australia will catch on to the fact that free wireless is essential to the traveler. The pool is huge, and is accessible directly from many rooms. Drinks and food are pricey. The service is superb, as it should be for a high end property.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I thought the Hotel and location were amazing. Very disappointed with the gym both in size and equipment. It was very expensive but also very nice. The staff were very friendly. The rooms were amazing. Port Douglas is beautiful and the pool area and the design was really nice. Some more areas for sun beds would have been nice as we had a penthouse room and couldn't use the ones outside the pool side rooms and the other ones were all taken for the whole day. People getting there early and then leaving a owel on the chairs. The upstairs rooftop bbq area with spa was great too.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Coolangatta, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Overrated. We travelled as a couple for a week of relaxation. We were under the misunderstanding that this was some type of luxury resort. Our studio apartment (anything larger was superfluous to our needs) had no internal furniture nor stereo. The room service menu (Asian platter) was straight out of Coles deep freeze and our room was not serviced on the first day. Based on the quality of the room service menu, we didn't risk it in the resort restaurant. The staff were pleasant enough although obviously under-resourced. Port Douglas itself seemed to be in some sort of decay. Most of the restaurants seem to be hung up on Asian fusion and the better ones didn't open during the day. If you're used to city quality, there's nothing to look forward to here.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Wow! Received consistent excellent service throughout our stay:) We have stayed in other hotels where as soon as you check in at the reception the service goes down hill.
They even allowed us early check-in & upgraded us to a penthouse!!! It was a pleasant surprise given it was also our 10 year wedding anniversary & we travelled with our daughter.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We spent a family holiday at the Sea temple resort for 5 days from 22 Jan 2013. We were also hoping to take a trip from resort to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
We flew to Cairns, & took a coach transfer and after about an hour arrived at Sea temple, occupying 1 bedroom with en suite facilities and another 2 bedrooms apartment.
Apartments were clean, with air con, fans, use of a BBQ & spa & well equiped with cooking facilities at the 2 bedrooms. But as it was the rainy season, we encountered the dreaded mosquitoes. There is a beach nearby but because of storms did not make use of it. Beware of stingers! There were also "rumours' of crocs around!
Can't complain about resort, set in lovey setting with large lagoon swimming pool and children pools. The downside was the transport ( by mini buses) to Port Douglas; charging $A 5 per person per trip. If there are more than 4 of you, best take a taxi, or better still hire a car, and drive from Cairns to resort.
We were unfortunate as we were unable to go on cruise to see the Reef, as we encountered Cyclone Oswald and its tropical aftermath.
There are many charters form different companies to see the Reef. The locals we met mostly have differing views as to which charters were better operators eg. Sailaway, Wavelength, Quicksilver etc. Unable to advise as we did not make the trip.
Port Douglas has some good restaurants, so best advice is to try a few. There is a Coles supermaket also in town where you can shop is you are self catering.
Be warned prices are not cheap, as cost of living has risen in Australia.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Address: Mitre St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Port Douglas
#2 Spa Hotel in Port Douglas
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Port Douglas
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Port Douglas
#8 Family Hotel in Port Douglas
#12 Luxury Hotel in Port Douglas
#15 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa is a five star resort located on Four Mile Beach, Tropical North Queensland - gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. This spacious retreat features a range of Port Douglas accommodation styles, situated around one of the largest lagoon pools in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy modern Australian dining in AQUA Restaurant, an invigorating spa treatment in Vie Spa, or a tropical refreshment whilst taking in the spectacular views at the Pool Bar. At Pullman Resort Port Douglas, our friendly team can organise your tours and activities, from rainforest tours to Great Barrier Reef day trips. With the latest wireless technology, Pullman luxury accommodation in Port Douglas will keep you perfectly connected in room and throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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