We spent 2 nights here arriving about 9am and really appreciated the early friendly checkin. Our suite was very nice and large with a private verandah, sink, stove, microwave and dishwasher however it was all overrun with tiny ants that got into everything including clothes, food, medications etc and if we left a cup on the sink it was nearly carried away by them. The bed was very comforable but the mattress was on a wooden platform which was larger than the mattress so I kept bruising my legs on the wood. The tiles left a lot to be desired in terms of cleanliness in the shower and around the toilet and I have brought this and other matters to the attention of the General Manager who has responded.
The food and service in the dining room was very good but a bit pricey at $40 each for a lamb dish..sides an extra $11.. it was that or starve as Foxy's, the casual restaurant/bar was only open alternative nights. We found the food at Foxy's on our second night was excellent and half the price of the restaurant (same chef). A walkway to Foxy's would have been good to save walking through the mud in the rain. We love to swim and were surprised at the poor water quality and state of the pool. Staff were rarely seen out and about in the resort and parts of the main resort area appear neglected eg: the row of very tired and worn seats near the pool bar.
The resort offers daily fish feeding and glass bottom boat but they had run out of fish food and the boat was "broken".
The island itself is very beautiful and we enjoyed the 3 walks, the rugged terrain and vegetation, the steep walk up to the lighthouse was a challenge for us (both 70+) but we had our trusty hiking sticks which helped. We did not snorkel on this occasion but if we had we would have had to pay for the gear unlike our later visit to Green Island where everything was included.
Overall the resort is overated and overpriced for what you get and could be brought up to a higher standard. The island is well worth a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and coral beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The walking tracks through the rainforest, up to the summit and to the lighthouse offer a fabulous view over the Great Barrier Reef. Located only 29 km off the coast of Cairns, the island is a listed National Park and has only one resort. Just 45 minutes by boat, Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef from land and sea, making it the perfect accessible base for snorkeling, diving and exploring the reef and rainforest. Ferry transfers to and from Fitzroy Island depart daily and tickets can be pre-booked from Fitzroy Island Resort. The affordable 4 star Resort offers a range of contemporary accommodation including Suites, Beach Cabins and Studios. The resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim up bar, dive store, indoor cinema, Foxy’s bar and a general store. Discover the vibrant corals and marine life, forest birds, butterflies and the startling white sulphur-crested cockatoos. Create memories to last a lifetime. Pure tropical island magic…. Activities include:- Dive School- Aqua Jets- Mini submarines- Glass bottom sea kayaks- Kayaking- Snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fitzroy Island Hotel Fitzroy Island