We went to Palm Cove to spend a few nights before getting on a chartered boat for 10 days over the Great Barrier Reef.
Palm Cove is a charming little beach town. It has a nice feel to it and a lovely beach. There isn't much to do there however. The town shuts down early and wakes up early. My husband and I were surprised to see lots of people out and about as early as 6:00 in the morning, going for walks etc. There are some good restaurants and everyone is really friendly.
The Reef House - it's nice and the people at reception are certainly friendly and helpful. But the hotel feels very dated and a bit worn. We had a two bedroom apartment with a little kitchenette. The bedrooms were fine/basic. The floor always felt a bit dirty on our bare feet which we always re-washed before tip toeing to bed (soas not to get them dirty again on the way). It gets quite hot in Far North Queensland, and our A/C units had a governor on them which didn't allow us to set them below 21 degrees Celcius. Felt a bit hot at night when sleeping.
Our boys used the secondary pool a few times and had fun. There are lots of board games and a couple of bicycles for the guests' use.
It's a laid-back and nice enough place - just not great. But I don't know if anything in the area is any nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 25 minutes north of Cairns in the secluded Palm Cove, an upscale boutique beachfront experience awaits guests at Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery Collection.The resort offers a warm, personalised service for all guests and together with its comprehensive range of resort facilities, The Reef House is the perfect getaway for couples seeking romantic bliss or simply a holiday in sheer relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reef House Hotel Palm Cove
- The Sebel Reef Hotel
- Sebel Reef Hotel