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“Crew from Bega”
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Cairns Aquarius
Ranked #27 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Bega, Australia
2 reviews
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“Crew from Bega”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

Even better than we had hoped for!!!We have just stayed 3 nights at Cairns Aquarius mid-March 2012. Fantastic. Very reasonably priced 2 bedroom/2 bathroom delux apartment right on the waters edge. Clean, spacious, and modern with everything and more than we needed. Fabulous view from balcony where we spent many hours watching cruise boats, people and at night, bats. We had 2 nights on 10th floor, 1 night up in the tablelands and then back for 1 night on 7th floor. Both rooms were in front with absolute ocean views. Annette and Don were great and even let us in early at 9.30am on our return trip which we really appreciated -we were tired and wet and check-in time wasn't till 2pm. Restaurants and shops were practically at the front door. I can't recommend Cairns Aquarius enough - there is nothing to fault!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Sold the business and had our first family holiday in six years. We toured all over Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns.
Really outstanding and much more to come in the future. Highlight of this trip was Cairns and our 5 day stay at the beginning of March in Aquarius Apartments.

We had a Premium garden level apartment (no 3). Huge, immaculately decorated, modern apartment. Spotless. Every facility plus walk out the large sliding glass
doors to a huge verandah with ocean views garden and pool. Kids ( 12 and 9) paradise. Could not wish for a better place to finish our fantastic holiday adventure.
We actually looked forward to getting back to the apartment after our Reef Trip and Tours. Huge TV’s in all rooms. Back in South Australia now and already planning
another holiday to Cairns in the next School holidays. Cairns Aquarius Apartments will definitely be on the agenda.

Room Tip: Ask for Don and Annette who are delightful, helpful and very professional.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, March 22, 2012
Thank you Vacillika for your lovely review. It means a lot to us that your stay at Cairns Aquarius was a special experience.

We wish you every success with your new business and look forward to seeing you back at Cairns Aquarius when you next visit Cairns.

Regards from,
Don and Annette,
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed in apartment number 66 for 3 nights and we enjoyed every minute of it. The apartment has a fabulous view of the sea from the living room and balcony. Everything is clean, new and modern. You can find all the cooking equipments that you would ever need, including a few baking trays and tins!

Oh the location was superb - smack bang in the middle of everything!

My dealing with Don and Annette was wonderful. Booking, checking in and out was simple and easy. Note that it's a self
Check in/check out process.

Added bonus was the late check out without any additional fee as our flight was late in the afternoon.

I will definitely stay here again when i'm in Cairns. Really can't fault it.

  • Stayed March 2012
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Thank you m0cha12 for staying at Cairns Aquarius and for sharing your experience with others . Knowing that guests enjoyed their stay is hugely rewarding for us both.

We look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Cairns.

Kind regards from,
Don and Annette
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Tromsø - Rovaniemi
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Apartment complex on the beachfront in Cairns. Aparments are not a "hotel", but by rent of private owners. (If I have understood it right). Anyway, a great premium apartment om a high floor overlooking the beach. Great interior, and 2 bedrooms with separate toilets. Very nice balkony to sit down and relax looking boats coming and going from the Great Barrier Reaf. Good equipped kitchen and washing mashine. Will definitive try to get the same apartment next time we go there. Many restaurants nearby.
A little weird greeting by the reseptionist, but she isnt actually a reseptionist.... just working there, sort of....

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, March 10, 2012
Thank you for your comments. You are quite right, Cairns Aquarius is not a Hotel. There are 85 apartments all separately owned. Many are occupied by residents who live here and the remainder are holiday let.
We believe this is what makes staying at the Aquarius such a unique experience. Guests can feel like there are in a home away from home environment. The residents are very freindly and helpful and Holiday Management is on site 24/7 to deal with any problems which may arise.
The receptionist in the foyer is employed weekdays by the body corporate to assist with trade enquiries.

We look forward to seeing you back at Cairns Aquarius.

Regards,

Don and Annette
Holiday Management
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Wollongong
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Our family has stayed at the Cairns Aquarius on a number of occasions. Our experiences have always been very positive.
Excellent service from management and also very pleasant staff in the foyer who made one of our little girl's day by giving her some fresh flowers.
We have stayed in unit 42 on each visit, both before and after renovations. The unit is very well equipped for our growing family. We visited in Oct 2011 with our 8 week old and 20 mth old daughters and then returned in Feb 2012.
The Cairns Aquarius is very conveniently located close to lovely restaurants and the Lagoon.
We will definitely return and would recommend the Cairns Aquarius to others. Thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable.
See attached photo of our daughter Grace enjoying the unit during our recent stay in Feb 2012.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, February 19, 2012
Thank you Anne S, for staying at Cairns Aquarius and for taking the time to do a review. It is allways rewarding for us to know that our guests enjoyed their stay.
Don and Annette
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

The Aquarius resort is perfectly located in Cairns, right next door to the city but in a slightly quieter corner of the Esplanade. Everything is in with easy reach without feeling that you're in the middle of the tourist zone. Cairns is hot so much of our time there was spent either in the Lagoon, at nearby gorges or in the Aquarius pool, which we basically had to ourselves. There are too pools on site. We stayed in unit 42, which has been recently refurbished and has great views out over the bay, the balcony is out of the afternoon sun, which makes it ideal for a few drinks before dinner to cool down. The staff at Aquarius were generally very helpful making it a really nice place from which to enjoy Cairns and the nearby Northern Queensland hot spots.

Room Tip: We would recommend unit 42 - on the 7th floor. Great views and nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, January 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a Trip Advisor review.
Several guests who have also stayed in newly renovated apartment 42 have made similar positive comment.
As our previous reviewer aptly put it "what's not lo like".
All of our Premium apartments feature huge living and entertainment areas. A very modern and functional kitchen, which is fully equiped with all the plates, cups, curtlery, cooking utensils, oven, hotplate and microwave you would find in your own home. Fully air conditioned throughout, with, large comfortable bedrooms that offer complete privacy and separate bathrooms and toilets. Pus, more cupboard space than you could ever use. When did you last stay somewhere that allowed enough cupboard and shelf space for you to easily put all of your things away?
All of this and located right in the heart of the City on the waterfront with magnificent 180 degree ocean views.... next door to five of the best seafood and Italian restaurants in Queensland.
If you are coming to Cairns, enjoy the Aquarius experience. We promise that you will enjoy every moment of your stay.

Don and Annette
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

I will keep it simple as I am sure everything has been said before. Myself and family stayed in a two bedroom apartment over xmas 2011 for a few days. The place is ideally situated on the main promenade right on the waterfront, so fantastic waterfront views from the big balcony, air conditioning in all of the rooms, clean, all facilities you could need were available in the kitchen and utility room, everything worked and there was parking underneath the building.

There was no receptionist on when we arrived on Christmas day (night), but our keys were left in a safe by the entrance and we were emailed the code in advance - so all went smoothly. On departure (10am checkout) there was no baggage store - but they were happy for us to keep a room key and leave our baggage in the room until our early afternoon flight times, so all good! Bookings and payments were handled seamlessly and faultlessly via the internet, so I have nothing to complain about :-)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, January 24, 2012
Our thanks to "itIsWotitis" for taking the time to send in a review. Your contribution is very much appreciated. I hope that you and your family had a comfortable flight home.

No doubt you will now be enjoying an English winter and reminising on you North Queensland adventure. If it all gets too much we would love to see you back enjoying the views from your balcony at Cairns Aquarius.

Best regards from Don and Annette
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Property: Cairns Aquarius
Address: 107 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Cairns
#6 Spa Hotel in Cairns
#18 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Aquarius 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Cairns Aquarius holiday apartment is the perfect holiday destinaton choice for your stay in tropical Cairns, Far North Queensland. Enjoy the accommodation convenience of a fully furnished, self-contained, waterfront holiday apartment in the heart of Cairns city. Stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, recline on a sun lounge by the pool or experience the breathtaking ocean views from your private balcony in Tropical Far North Queensland. All premium apartments have been fully refurbished. Book direct with Cairns Aqarius through our Web Site or call us. Troy and Elisabeth. ... more   less 
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