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“Best gay stay in Oz” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Turtle Cove Beach Resort

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Turtle Cove Beach Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best gay stay in Oz”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Been here a few times but this last was by far the best. New management have taken over the place and brought it back to its original excellence.

Staff are brilliant and make sure everyone is included and are literally available for all your needs....

Definitely be back!!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank S4shaw
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

My partner and I had a great stay at Turtle Cove. The room was bright, airy and well appointed. All the staff welcoming and friendly and helped with information on local sights and attractions . They make you feel at home and relaxed.

The resort is isolated, so if you're planning day trips out it may be advisable to hire a car - we picked one up at Budget in Port Douglas and found the staff member helpful and gay friendly.

The food is excellent and as with the drinks - reasonably priced for the quality provided .

We found the weather great and the pool should be a lot warmer with the addition of the solar heating .

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joe B
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Recently visited Queensland - and stayed at "Turtle Cove Resort".

I have been visited many countries and many hotels but never experienced such an "OUTSTANDING" service from absolut everybody and never saw before nicer hotel workers.
When you arrive there you feel the friendly invironment and smailing workers. Very quite atmosphere sorrounds the place with a very nice secluded beach with optional clothing.
Bert, Grant, Kurt, Oliver in general all staff warm you up and make feel you are at home and in a big family.
Is good to mention the food at the restaurant is "First class" plus five starts.
Beach, mountains, weather and fiendly/nice people have just one name to relax: TURTLE COVE" at Queensland, Aus.

Erick & Jonathon from Tampa, Florida USA

Room Tip: Any room is perfectly located to enjoy the place but highly recommended the "Coral Sea views&qu...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Erick M
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

Went from Auckland for a week in late May 2012 for some R&R and sunshine. No sunshine the whole week and the pool was too cold to swim in and the sea had been churned up with 12 hours of torrential rain soon after I arrived. Estaurine crocodiles in the sea put me off also. Anyway, hung out in the spa a lot and loved the lazy breakfasts and dinners and the staff and guests were great and I got around to see the sights of Port Douglas and Cairns. I went on my own and hooked up with guests and visitors and had a great week !

Room Tip: Beach views rooms have better view but are more expensive. All rooms are close to reception and the...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan T
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Southern Highlands
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

Coming from a cold climate Turtle Cove is magic at this time of the year, warm but not hot, little to no humidity and bright blue sky days. We have stayed at Turtle Cove before but not for some years. Everyone, the owners, manager and all of the staff are so friendly it made us feel very welcome.
The location is so private and relaxed, you are free to do as much or as little as you want. Special mention must be given to the kitchen which turns out reasonably priced meals on a menu that changes daily. If you enjoy a drink the bar is reasonably priced.
This little piece of gay paradise should not be taken for granted. If it has been a while since you last visited Turtle Cove or if you have never been then I recommend you travel north for your next vacation.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Wilderwood
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Darwin, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

This, my second visit to Turtle Cove, was just what I needed after a busy time at work. The location, privacy and tranquil atmosphere makes it easy to unwind and relax. The staff are welcoming and friendly without being intrusive, and the informal atmosphere makes it easy to mix with other guests if you wish. The surrounding scenery is beautiful, with rainforest running down from the mountains to the sea. And if you feel like a bit of excitement there's tandem hang gliding nearby and snorkelling trips on the Great Barrier Reef. I'd recommend hiring a car so that you can explore the surroundings. I'd also recommend the resort to any of my friends and am already looking forward to my next vist. Mark from Darwin, NT

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mark R
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

There are so many Plus points about Turtle Cove:
1. Great Location and gay.
2. Boutique hotel attitude means you will be made to feel very welcome.
3. Coral Sea views room 309 was modern, clean and quiet.
4. Great private and secluded Beach - nude.
5. Good food, well stocked bar - all at reasonable prices.
6. Very friendly and helpful staff - owner, manager, reception, bar, kitchen & housekeeping staff.
7. Solo travellers fit in easily and are welcomed.
8. International reputation brings interesting guests.

Take note:
Recommend car hire for those cloudy/rain days to get away and see the area. Prices may appear high but what you get is good value.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank PDoddy_NZ
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Additional Information about Turtle Cove Beach Resort

Property: Turtle Cove Beach Resort
Address: 100 Captain Cook Hwy, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Turtle Cove Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turtle Cove Beach Resort is a Gay and Lesbian, Adults Only, Absolute Beach Front Holiday Resort near Cairns, Australia. Join us in Tropical Far North Queensland and experience the most fantastic and secluded piece of unspoilt GLBT Paradise in Australia,some say the world. Be assured,Turtle Cove Beach Resort is not your ordinary Gay and Lesbian Hotel! Come and explore our totally private, clothing optional, tropical beach and have the holiday/vacation of your life time! Turtle Cove Beach Resort is an absolute beachfront slice of Gay and Lesbian Heaven and is conveniently located between Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas, it is the perfect place to chill and relax. ... more   less 
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