We just returned home to sunny Melbourne from a seven night stay at The Reef Retreat in Palm Cove, which was a "home away from home". The week spent in TNQ for my B.F and I was to be really special as for our anniversary he became my fiance. The Reef Retreat was the perfect place. The gardens, massive trees, tropical flowers and quiet environment make for picture perfect surrounds. Seeing other big name resorts from the Esplanade I really felt the Reef Retreat offered something really lovely and unique.
We were upgraded on arrival to a Superior Spa Suite that from our balcony overlooked the gorgeous pool deck as well as the misty mountain range; divine place to make breakfast or have pre-dinner drinks. The room (room 30/Flinders) was incredibly spacious, well appointed, clean and fresh (for TNQ zero bugs, rust and must is no easy feat from our experience!) and a massive bed... Amazing for the price we paid per night in a resort town.
Walking distance to everything you need but one street back which is great for noise and wind buffering. Tour desk where you don't get ripped off or sold something you do not want. Refreshing!
Great spa and pool - sitting in the spa on twilight feeling like you're in the middle of the forrest itself, private, quiet, stars poking through the trees was truly romantic...
I have stayed in five star hotels three times the cost and budget motels for about the same price per night; The Reef Retreat stands out as one of the best places I have stayed in as it met every one of our expectations, exceeding some, and was brilliant value for money.
Above all, Clive, Mary and Sarah were just sensational. Friendly, helpful, knowledgable and really want to help guest get the best experience possible during their stay. They made our time away in paradise absolutely perfect. Thank you - we will never forget it and will be back next year!