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“Great family resort...but really only just better than average for the price.”

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Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Ranked #14 of 42 Hotels in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here in October this year and the resort is certainly lovely. As some of the other reviewers have noted, families seem to love this resort and this didn't bother us as we have young kids. Although the resort is marketed like a secluded getaway, it doesn't feel like that when you're there and is pretty busy.

The pool is spectacular and the restaurant is lovely. My only complaints are that it is pricey (we were told our deal was 50% of the usual room rate but when I queried this at the hotel no one could explain it and I am pretty sure it wasn't the case). The food at the restaurant is expensive but gorgeous as well, so can't really find much of an issue there. There was a special 3 course and glass of wine when we were there for which we were thankful as if the special hadn't been on, we probably would've eaten there and the food really was top notch.

There were a lot of cashed up bogans here, which surprised me. I found their smoking around the pool to be a bit much and certainly much more offensive than the kids in the pool (see the review called paradise lost). On our last night, smoking from an upstairs room seemed to permeate through an airconditioner into our room and our room stank of smoke. This was not good at all and I asked management to look into it that night, which I believe they did. I hope it's not an issue for the resort moving forward as did it really put us off the place. I suspect it was people smoking n an outdoor spa upstairs near some sort of vent. Bad planning!

Oh and the beach is not great. Very wild and not picturesque really.

But overall this is a beautiful resort with a fabulous pool. Having stayed at other resorts in the area, I am just not sure it's worth the price of admission. Just my two cents though!

Room Tip: Swim out room, to us was the only way to go!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Daniel_aust
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Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

Just a short drive from Cairns the Sea Temple Resort and Spa was a vision! We stayed for 3 nights in a 3 bdrm villia and it was sensational. Beautifully appointed with top of line appliances in the kitchen, large comfortable beds in the huge bedrooms. We had a private plunge pool a BBQ area, two private car parks. The restuarant was fabulous! The daily breakfast was delicious and the omelet bar was a welcome site. Dinner was also devine. If you are a seafood lover the seafood share platter was well worth the money. The staff were friendly and helpful. We've had an amazing time and we will most definitely be back.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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1  Thank Heatherbear21
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Three years ago my wife and I checked out early of the Shereton Mirage, Port Douglas to escape a luxury resort that had the atmosphere of a MacDonalds play ground. We discovered Sea Temple. A beautifully styled resort that was serene and tranquil. We returned every year for the next 3 years. Unfortunately this resort seems to have become a favorite destination of families with children under 7. I should have realized we were in trouble as we checked in to see the magnificent pool area full of inflatable plastic creatures. From the moment we checked in we have heard nothing but screaming children and even louder parents. Our beautiful swim out apartment has become the front row seat for a calvicade of children wizzng around like it's a ride at Wet & Wild. I have nothing a against children...I have two of them...but this resort is no longer a prestigious romantic escape. What a shame. Excellent Spa, magnicent golf course and solid restaurant. All spoilt by a Gold Coast clientele.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Penthouse room was spacious and well designed wit excellent facilities. Lovely views from the verandah out onto the pool. Very quiet when we first arrived and this created a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere. Unfortunately the quietness did not last for more than one night. Our room overlooked the jucuzzi which was noisy- couples shouted over it and we could hear all of the content of their conversation and there were many noisy children who used it as a children's pool. This situation continued from 7.00am until 1000 pm when the jucuzzi closed. There was also general children's noise around the swimming pool and on one night a private party had been allowed to use the pool area for a party with music and general hubbub! We phoned the management one evening when we had had enough of the noise and they swiftly stopped the children' noise (but they were back thr next morning at 7.00am - the parents were clearly annoyed about the complaint). We also complained about the party but were told that this had been allowed and would stop at 900pm (which did happen). Staff were helpful and the food in the restaurant delicious if expensive. Overall we concluded that we would not go back as we paid alot of money for alot of noise!!We were also there out of season so children seem to be there what ever the time of year. 5 star facilities but poor experience do to the noise.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms around the pool.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Terence W
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Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Total relaxation ! Stayed for 8 nights in a Spa Suite which was great if staying for a couple of nights, will upgrade to a 1 bdroom apt next time to give us a little more room. The accommodation, the staff and the whole complex couldn't be faulted loved it loved it loved it ! See you all again soon !
Alex & Piña

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank 22pina
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Check in was a breeze, very helpful staff who I can not fault. Upon arriving at our room we were extremely happy with the presentation and lay out of the apartment, absolutely gorgeous. The only draw back being that I was under the impression that the resort was marketed towards couples in need of a relaxing break however on several occasions when my partner and I wandered down to the pool (which is gorgeous) we could not get chairs to sit on due to the large number of families. Screaming children everywhere. The area with sun beds allocated to guests who do not have rooms backing on to the pool is not sufficient and we have not been able to enjoy the pool. Instead we were forced to take our cock tails back to our room. So whilst it is an amazing resort do your research and make sure there aren't too many kids staying when you come-we came outside of school holiday times and the place was still over run.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is our 2nd time at Sea Temple. The rooms are spacious and well equipped, however the floors felt dirty and the furniture is starting to show effects of wear and tear. The pool is great. Unfortunately 2 nights of sleep were disrupted by drunken yobbos. Sun lounges were thrown into the pool and left for several hours the next day. There were glasses smashed and the offenders were extremely noisy, with offensive language till all hours. Our friends who were staying at the resort finally phoned the management desk in the early hours on the 2 nd night. In our opinion the management demonstrated indifference stating that people often stay at this resort when attending weddings and party on at the club afterwards. Well that's not good enough, these people should have been evicted or security at least should have been called. Guests with children stay at this resort and could have been injured by broken glass. We paid a lot of money for a quiet resort style holiday to escape and rest we wont be back!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Stephen M
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Additional Information about Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Address: Mitre St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Port Douglas
#3 Spa Hotel in Port Douglas
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Port Douglas
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Port Douglas
#10 Luxury Hotel in Port Douglas
#13 Family Hotel in Port Douglas
#14 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
Price Range: $178 - $633 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa is a five star resort located on Four Mile Beach, Tropical North Queensland - gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. This spacious retreat features a range of Port Douglas accommodation styles, situated around one of the largest lagoon pools in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy modern Australian dining in AQUA Restaurant, an invigorating spa treatment in Vie Spa, or a tropical refreshment whilst taking in the spectacular views at the Pool Bar. At Pullman Resort Port Douglas, our friendly team can organise your tours and activities, from rainforest tours to Great Barrier Reef day trips. With the latest wireless technology, Pullman luxury accommodation in Port Douglas will keep you perfectly connected in room and throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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