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Balboa Holiday Apartments
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We really enjoyed the Balboa apartments. They are on the quiet end of Port Douglas and very close to Four Mile Beach. The apartments are very comfortable and spacious with washer and dryers and electric bbq. The pool is small but nice with good lounge chairs around. The managers Andrew and Lynette were very nice. They are very helpful with booking tours and giving recommendations. I think Balboa is a great value.Nice to have an option to eat in rather than just meals out everyday.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Have stayed at Balboa for the last 8 years. Why stay anywhere else when the beach is just across the road & a short stroll to shops & restaurants? Location, location,location! The apartments are large, clean, airy & well maintained as is the property itself. Nothing is a problem for management, Lynette & Andrew. They are more than welcoming, helpful & friendly. Look forward to may more stays at "home away from home"

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Kerry H
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

My family of 5 adults recently stayed at the Balboa Apartments and were very happy with the size of our apartment and the excellent value for money it represented with regard to location, amenities and proximity to the beach, shopping and dining venues of Port Douglas. The apartment was clean and well appointed and had everything we needed to self-cater during our stay. It was a pleasure to prepare a delicious breakfast and sit on the balcony while we watched the sunrise over the Coral Sea - perfect! The patrolled area of 4 mile beach is only a short distance from the apartments and you can chose between the sea and the pool for a refreshing dip. Andrew and Lynne were great hosts and able to offer advice on trips to the reef and rainforest. Nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be going back to Port Douglas and the first thing we will do is book our accommodation at Balboa Apartments.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Bridget B
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Sometimes size does matter and if you are travelling with a family you need space, location, facilities and value for money. Having travelled to Port for the last 15 years I cant believe this place has got under my guard. Without doubt the best located apartments in their class in Port. Dont bother loojing anywhere else - stay here!

Room Tip: Some apartments have a view to the beach now that a poperty across the road has been demolished. The...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank WyeRiver
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Can`t really say anything negative about Balboa Apartments. It`s in an ideal location, with a short walk to the beach, shops, restaurants. The apartments are very spacious, with everthing you need inside. Also very clean, I`m fussy. Andrew and Lynette are friendly and helpful managers, with a smile always for the guests. Enjoyed our stay very much and would reccomend Balboa Apartments, to anyone with a holiday in mind at Port Douglas.

Room Tip: I reccomend Unit 8, which has a great view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Christine S
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

There are so many positive things to say about Balboa.

1. The location is amazing. Being only a few steps from the beach and the shopping and dining precinct was fabulous. We loved strolling into town for dinner or taking an early morning walk on the beach.

2. The gardens at Balboa are lovely. Andrew must spend many hours carefully tending them as all the plants look lush and well cared for.

3. The position of apartment 1 to the pool is great for families with small kids. We were so pleased we could keep a close eye on our children from the privacy of our apartment porch. It gave us great peace of mind.

4. The size of apartment 1 was great for 7 of us – we felt we had enough room to lounge around together as well as the opportunity for private time on the porch or in our bedrooms.

5. Access to the clean and tidy car parking area was great for securing our hire car. It was a bonus too that we could always find a street park right out the front of Balboa all of the time.

6. A happy family atmosphere. It was lovely to stay in a complex which welcomed children and to be around other families who also had children. This made for a very friendly atmosphere.

7. There was always a lounge available at the pool. Since there is so much to do in Port Douglas we could always find a lounge at the pool and surprisingly it was hardly ever busy. I guess with so many options for activities (the beach, shopping, eating out, day trips) not every guest needs to 'hang out at the pool' all day.

We enjoyed ourselves so much we will be returning in 2013 to Balboa. There is no greater compliment than repeat business.

All the very best to Lynette, Andrew and team.

Room Tip: Apartment 1 is very close to the pool and it is not noisy in the evening. Since lots of families sta...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

What a great property. Only 12 apartments, mostly 3 bedrooms. There's people around during the day but it's quiet at night. The pool is a good enough size for the property and never packed. Very kid friendly. Lots of lounges and umbrellas.

Andrew and Lynette run the place and they're great. Fabulous service from before you arrive until after you leave. They keep the place clean, the grounds lovely and the property secure. Andrew seems to know exactly whose around at all times.

It's great value for money for the area. The property is very new looking, in rendered white, with good sized kitchens and ample space. We were in apartment number 1. It was very spacious. Our kitchen was huge and there was plenty of seating for around 8 people very comfortably in the lounge. Also ample table space. Unfortunately, there is no BBQ on the balcony but I'm told there may be one soon. Most other apartments have BBQ's on the balconies. We loved apartment 1 though because our front door was basically two steps from the pool (with a pool fence for safety). It was terrific for us with three small kids because we could keep an eye on them from our balcony outside the door, and we didn't have to pack half the house and trek down to the pool. It was just right there. So you could still talk to people inside the apartment, and watch the kids at the same time! Absolutely fantastic.

The location of Balboa is second to none. The main street in one direction about 20 metres away, with heaps of shops and restaurants a short stroll along, and the beach less than 30 metres in the other direction. You can walk to everything.

I scored the apartment as average on sleep quality which I'd like to explain. The beds are comfy and the rooms are air-conditioned and quite nice. The only problem is that the doors in the apartments are louvered, rather than solid. Therefore, there's no soundproofing. All noise travels right through all the rooms. If someone is a snorer, you're all in trouble. If someone wants to go to bed early but others are watching TV, that's also a problem. So we did have some restless nights and very early mornings, if someone was up early. Even boiling the kettle or turning on a light would wake the house. But it did offer the opportunity to get up before sunrise and take in the gorgeous early morning beach views a short stroll away.

Despite the door issue, overall, we were very happy with Balboa and have booked the exact same apartment next year. The location is absolutely outstanding, the proximity of our room to the pool really can't be rivalled, each apartment is so incredibly spacious, and Andrew and Lynette are fabulous hosts. I would absolutely recommend a stay at Balboa if you are travelling with kids, friends, or as a few families together. It's the perfect spot in Port Douglas.

Room Tip: 1) If you want solid doors, there is an apartment that has them now. You'd need to request that...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Kim F
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Additional Information about Balboa Holiday Apartments

Address: 1 Garrick St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range: $156 - $351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Balboa Holiday Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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