With my husband and 3 other couples, I spent a week in the Cairns area in February 2009. Initially we had booked just a few nights at the Melaleuca Resort, but we found Palm Cove to be a perfect location, and the Melaleuca such a gem, that we stayed our entire week there. Palm Cove is a quiet, charming and beautiful place to base yourself in the Cairns area. We spent our days exploring all the local sites - Cairns, Kuranda, Daintree, Port Douglas, Atherton, Mission Beach - armed with lots of info and advice from Margaret, but we always made sure we were back at the Melaleuca's fabulous pool by late afternoon for some well-deserved R&R. The rooms were very spacious and clean, and the full kitchen and in-suite laundry facilities were a welcome convenience. Having done our research before we left, we fully expected the hot, humid, wet, tropical weather, but coming from Canada, it was exciting to experience something so different from home (and after all, isn't that WHY we travel?) Palm Cove has some very luxe accommodation choices, so if you want to brag to your friends that you stayed in the poshest place in town, look elsewhere. But if you're like me and want something extra special that is clean, comfortable, welcoming and beautiful, look no further.