I really don't like resort hotels as they either try to be too cool or treat guests like idiots with dreadful buffets and poor service. The QT has totally redefined my view of what a resort hotel can deliver. The rooms were great, the service was faultless and charming, the pools fantastic and the food delicious. This is what a holiday hotel should be about and the QT delivers on everything.
I visited with son in June while following the Lions' tour and we had five days in Port Douglas to get some sun. The hotel is located a little way out of the town, but you can take a lovely walk along the beach to reach it. The rooms are large and set out across a wide area so there is a feeling of space about the place with the bar and restaurant in the centre by the plunge pool (there is also an excellent lap pool over by the tennis courts that took me two days to find) . And while the web site seemed to show a buffet style restaurant, which is pretty much my nemesis, it turned out to be a clever combination of fresh cooked meats and fish with buffet for the rest which worked very well.
This is a great hotel and I would rate it as one of the best, if not the best, that I have ever stayed in. Just wish I was heading back to Australia soon so that I could stay there again.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The next instalment in the QT Resorts series, QT Port Douglas, will be ready to bed on May the 12th, 2012.QT Resorts were launched by QT Port Douglas' gorgeous sister resort, QT Gold Coast, and this second coastal paradise will also include signature concepts such as the Bazaar Marketplace dining option that has quickly become the number one rated culinary experience on the Gold Coast. All guest rooms have been given a facelift with new QT beds, 42" flat screen TVs, and hand-sourced stylish fabrics and finishes. You will see in this resort the thread of designer decor that lifts QT Resorts to a new level of sophistication. The addition of 100 sun loungers by the pool can also be seen, forming the perfect vantage point from which to sip the day away. QT Port Douglas has a new open bar area, Estilo, which will be the place where you whet your lips before you dine in Bazaar, and to keep you swimwear ready, we also have begun an update on our gym and leisure offerings. From June until September, you can take in the balmy nights in front of a custom cinematic experience, Moonlight Cinema, designed especially for our guests. This sun kissed resort is a must for a lover of designer hotels and resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas Hotel Port Douglas