This block of apartments is just the way it looks on the website. If you are looking for an apartment in Port Douglas I can recommend the Mantra Aqueous.
Its very close to restaurants, town etc, and an easy walk to the beach. Zinc restaurant is next door, as is the local bakery, which has good rolls, pies and sausage rolls.
The apartments run up the middle of the block of land, and on either side are 4 pools. This means you can always find either shade or sun, depending upon what you are after. The pools are quite deep, and on one side are the swim-up rooms, on the other a deck. Plenty of chairs etc.
I would not take very small children to this resort, as there is no shallow end in any of the pools. This means you have to be in the water with them at all times - boring for parents who want a break I think.
The two BBQ areas are kept clean and tidy, and have plenty of space. There are also tables and chairs in this area.
The rooms we had were well set out, spacious and plenty of ameneties. Looked just like the website. We booked an appartment, as other reviews had mentioned the hotel rooms were too small. Judging by the size I would imagine this is right.
This resort would really suite a group of friends going to port douglas for a few days. You can save money by booking adjoining apartment and hotel room, and just use the one kitchen.
If you are after luxury and service though, this is not that kind of resort, its more self service.
Maker sure you buy some mosquito spray and use it before you go to bed. It is the tropics.
Another thing we liked was that the complex is very private, secure underground parking, and a security entrance by night.
Port douglas restaurants we recommend: Mango Jam for the whole family, Zinc great food but a bit pricey, On the Inlet for really good seafood - go early. Wicked Ice cream is wonderfull.
Go to the markets on Sunday morning (early) the locals love a chat. You can buy lovely jewelery there, but stick to small stallholders as I saw lots of imported Chinese jewelery on the big stalls. Some interesting artists at this markets also. If heat is getting to you by this time, buy one of the coolers for around your neck. We used them in 35-40 degrees heat in Spain and they really work.
If you have time to drive to the boulders (south of Cairns) its is truley a lovely walk through the rainforest, we have been there twice and seen the brilliant blue butterflys both times. That trip can take in Mission Beach and Dunk Island if you time it right. But remember, as we told an Irish tourist - no swimming in the rivers up there! If you don't drown, the crocs will get you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encompassing all Port Douglas has to offer, Mantra Aqueous on Port is the ideal location for couples, families & honeymooners. Situated in the heart of the village centre of Port Douglas lies one of the most fashionable resort destinations in Tropical North Queensland. You can take advantage of the five star restaurants, designer boutiques, family eateries and a range of bars and cafes. With a contemporary design featuring an aquatic flavor, most apartments feature pool views, spa baths and balconies. The resort boasts 4 stunning pools, sundecks and cabanas with barbeques so guests can enjoy the warm tropical climate of the exclusive beachside town, Port Douglas. The Swim-Up rooms feature a swim-up pool deck with direct pool access. At Mantra Aqueous on Port you can do as little or as much as you like. Wander the quiet streets and sample some of the culinary delights or simply relax on your balcony while you watch the world go by. ... more less
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- Mantra Aqueous On Port Hotel Port Douglas