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Port Douglas Retreat
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

I stayed here for 5 nights and I was most impressed with Port douglas retreat. Firstly, the location is ideal. A 5 minute walk to beautiful Four mile beach and a stones throw away from local bars, cafes and restsurants. David and Joyce are very welcoming and they will book all your excursions and day trips, which is one less thing to worry about. Plus they have a wealth of info on all the trips and can offer great advice to help you choose. The rooms are clean and well maintained. I stayed in a pool view room which was beautiful. The room has a two hob cooker, kettlw, toaster, microwave and crockery. Plus there are two communal BBQ which have everything you need. Ideal utensils if on a budget or your get sick of eating out. I would recommend this place to my friends and family and if I were to visit P.douglas again then this is where I'd stay.

Sean & Helen

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Seanjose
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PDRetreat, Owner at Port Douglas Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Thank you for your kind words and thank you for choosing us for your holidays.
We are so glad that we could help you enjoy your holidays. We enjoyed having you stay with us.

Our location is often mentioned as being ideal. Being so close to the beach and restaurants means that you do not need to get shuttle buses or have long walks to get anywhere.

Your tours would have been great, you certainly had a wonderful variety and you experienced some great adventures.

We do hope the next time you need a tropical holiday you will stay with us.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Port Douglas Retreat. David and Joyce were very warm and welcoming, as well as insightful and readily able to provide local advice. The ability to book tours and activities directly from the reception also facilitated our stay. All of our small requests were met generously, which enabled us to feel well taken care of during our holiday. We also liked the facilities in our room, such as the kitchenette and balcony area, which allowed us to cater for various needs. Additionally, the atmosphere of the Retreat and particularly the lovely pool area was a highlight for us. We definitely feel that the Port Douglas Retreat is situated in a prime location for any travellers, particularly due to its proximity to the main street and beach. We loved our time at the Retreat and highly recommend it to anyone thinking of travelling to Port Douglas.

Room Tip: We asked for a quiet room and were provided for. The only issue was the noisy air con.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Claire_Andrew37
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PDRetreat, Owner at Port Douglas Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2012

Thank you for your review and also thank you for staying with us. We are happy to read that we could help you relax and enjoy your holidays in Port Douglas.

Your title 'A little piece of paradise' is very kind. We try very hard to have our property look and feel like it belongs in the tropics. We are glad that you found your piece of paradise.

If you need to have another relaxing tropical holiday we hope you would consider staying with us again.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We had a wonderful week in Port Douglas and David and Joyce helped to make it a lovely experience. We had a room overlooking the pool which was delightful. The garden was very pretty and the pool and BBQ area always kept clean. The rooms had everything you'd want for self catering and the large double bed was great. We did a lot of the usual tours whilst there and David and Joyce were always on hand to give advice. They recommended one of our best days out which was "Authentic Aboriginal" with two brothers who took us out spear fishing for crabs and fish which we ate at their mothers house later. That was followed by visiting a local Aboriginal artist and took part in painting ourselves. The day ended with a swim in a rainforest waterfall where we learnt a lot from our guide about local life in that area. Chris

Room Tip: The room on first floor facing pool was good for us.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ChrisLee2012
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PDRetreat, Owner at Port Douglas Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

We thank ChrisLee2012 very much for their kind words. It is very encouraging to read that you enjoyed your holidays so much.
We are also very happy to read that we could provide everything you needed for your holidays and that you enjoyed our pool and BBQ area. We receive many positive comments about our pool and BBQ area, the area is enjoyed by many.
The Daintree Dreaming tour run by the Aboriginal brothers, we also agree is a great tour. We have done this tour and enjoyed it immensely. We recommend this tour often for our guests.
We hope one day you can return to Port Douglas Retreat.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Everything very good EXCEPT the Air conditioning was SO NOISY!
Otherwise the bed was comfortable, the pool was lovely, the amenities were fine for a serve yourself apartment. David and Joyce were very helpful with booking trips and local knowledge, etc. Close to everything
If visiting Port Douglas in peak season - when you only need the fan (not the AC) this place is perfect.
I only wish I could give it 5 stars - but the ACon was too noisy!

Room Tip: Room 30 ("tree view") is away from the pool, so more private (even though overlooking another building - (lots of palm trees between!)
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank scatty51
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PDRetreat, Owner at Port Douglas Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2012

We are happy to read that you enjoyed your holidays so much and also enjoyed the tours we recommended for you. You came at at very special time to witness the total solar eclipse and we are glad that you were able to be here. We are also glad that you found us almost perfect.

We are sorry that you found the aircon not to your liking, but also happy to read in Room Tips that you are recommending guests to stay in the same apartment you stayed in. Perhaps the operational noise was just the normal sound of its function. We have many guests mention that they like the tree view apartments for the same reasons you found.

It is good that we can offer two types of apartments.For some, the open pool view apartments are just what they want and enjoy, while others enjoy the tree view apartments.

We hope to see you again the next time you are in Port Douglas.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Convenient location, comfortable well equipped apart hotel syle rooms and lovely grounds and gardens. For us, as long stay travellers in Australia with a degree of self catering in our routine, the barbecue area overlooking the beautiful pool, the kitchenette in the apartment and laundry facilities were an important draw.

Room Tip: Balance your priorities and state them when you book. Lovely corner room tree view room also has balcony which overlooks a nearby road junction - albeit not a hugely busy one. My request for a room change to the quiet (but, it transpired, shady) side, when we got there, though it was sorted, was not graciously received ,
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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