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“Absolute relaxation, perfect for couples”

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Shantara Resort Port Douglas
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“Absolute relaxation, perfect for couples”
Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Shantara for 4 nights in November and we couldn't be happier :-)
We stayed in a pool access room 6b which suited us fine and was impeccably clean.
As we were on our last holiday before our firstborn arrived we really enjoyed the serenity of the shantara. We liked how peaceful and private it was too. Staff were lovely and when I locked my purse in their safe they were quick to sort it out. We didn't organise any tours though I believe they would be more than happy to help guests if needed.
Pool is amazing, I read a few reviews from unhappy guests because one pool isn't heated, but really?! It doesn't need to be! I'm from Melbourne and really feel the cold but I loved it :-)
Also made use of the gym and it has everything u could need, even a swissball so I got to continue my preggi-Pilates moves while away!
Location is perfect only 5 min walk into town or four mile beach.
Overall 10/10 I would definitely stay here again.... Though will have to find a babysitter hahaha enjoy!!

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We were in a studio room for one week. It was unserviced which was fine for us. It was clean, modern, overlooking the pool. We had place to eat inside or on a balcony. There is a washing machine and dryer to share between every two rooms which was great. They give you extra towels for the beach too which was perfect.
Our favorite elements - location. It was probably less than a 5 minute walk to the beach and 5 minutes to the main center of town (where the restaurants are). The staff at Shantara booked outings for us and our second favorite thing is how helpful the staff were at helping us figure out what to do in the area and help with selection of outings.
No complaints.
Internet costs money - $5 for an hour which expires in 24 hours.
The Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas is a must. We did snorkeling with Calypso and Wavelength - both were good. The aboriginal tour in the Mosman Gorge was also really great.
We stayed in Shantara in October 2012.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

My husband & I just returned from 4 nights staying at Shantara in the pool deck room. Check in was smooth & easy. Resort is well kept & the room was clean, double bed comfy. It was our 20th wedding anniversary & there was a bottle of champs & chilled glasses in the fridge, very nice touch & appreciated. Basically everything was perfect & just was I had expected. My concern in booking this hotel was the pool with people swimming by your room or if your on your deck you can hear the conversation in the next deck - my husband didn't like this. Also the pool is quite small. My husband likes 5 star accommodation with a big pool, deck chairs, bar service for a beer or food around the pool & a coffee shop to grab a morning coffee......but once he got over the fact he wasn't in that sort of resort he enjoyed the peace & quiet & we enjoyed many cafe & restaurants all within 10min walk away. It actually makes you get out more! Thank you shantara for the relaxing stay.
P.s I left a jewellery bag there which the cleaner handed into reception & they are kindly sending back to me....you probably wouldn't get that in a big resort!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Shantara Resort was everything we hoped it would be. We stayed in a studio which was ideal for our short stay. It was immaculate and well equipt.
Located a short stroll from the main street and beach.
The staff there were so helpful and made us very welcome. They booked our trips and arranged additional transport. The gave us good advise on where to go and what to do.

Only fault I can find is that we didnt stay long enough!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in October at Shantara Resort Port Douglas to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The resort has a lovely entrance to a new, modern hotel. For us, at our stage of life, we loved that the resort is adults only, as we appreciated the peace and quiet of the resort. We stayed in a one bedroom pool view room on the 2nd floor and it was perfect. The room was clean, modern, spacious, private and well laid out with separate living, bedroom and bathroom areas and a large balcony overlooking one of the pools. We decided against a pool deck room for the privacy concerns when booking and certainly appreciated this when we saw the pool deck rooms at the resort. We enjoyed spending time at the pools, which were always very quiet, and we were often the only guests swimming or reading by the pool. The resort is located a very easy walk to the centre of town and 4 mile beach. Overall, we would highly recommend Shantara resort for couples looking for a relaxing getaway in Port Douglas.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We have just returned from our Port Douglas holiday and want to go back. Shantara suited our needs perfectly. No children at the resort enhanced our stay. We decided to upgrade to the apartment and was not disappointed. Plenty of room and luxurious. The staff were fantastic and made us feel very welcome. The access to washing machine and dryer was fantastic. We would recommend Shantara to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. If you are travelling with another couple the studio/apartment set up allows separate bedrooms with sharing the lounge in the apartment. When can we come back, we are missing our daily swims already..

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Truly a special spot, great for couples, no kids under 16 which is just fine as there are plenty of other family resorts here. The pools are attractive with various sun lounge spots. Rooms wrap around the pools which is quite clearly shared on website photos. This did not affect our sense of seclusion, and promotes the odd chirpy chat with fellow travellers. The rooms are ultra modern, extremely clean and comfortable. A gem within a short stroll of restaurants and shops on the main strip.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shantara Resort Port Douglas
Address: 27 - 31 Davidson St | Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shantara Resort Port Douglas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shantara Resort Port Douglas is the newest accommodation in Port Douglas and offers quality boutique style Apartment accommodation. An Adults only retreat ideal for couples, honeymooners or the independent traveller looking to escape in tranquil surrounds (Children over the age of 15 are welcome). Shantara is located walking distance to Macrossan Street, where you will find an array of Restaurants, cafes & only 400-meters to Four Mile Beach. Shantara has a selection of spacious one bedroom apartments with full kitchen, lounge/dining area, spa baths and separate shower. The studios are perfect for the shorter stay with kitchenettes. Outdoor balconies to all apartments to sit out with a relaxing drink after a day out. Available also is free Internet access, cable TV/DVDs and laundry facilities to all apartments and studios. 2 Pools - heated in winter. Gymnasium, Day Spa for personalised treatments, undercover BBQ area for guests to try out the local produce. All rooms and external area are Non-Smoking. Shantara Resort Port Douglas is a family operated business offering personalised and friendly service. ... more   less 
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