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Shantara Resort Port Douglas
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

I booked this property based purely on the reviews on TripAdvisor, and was not disappointed in any way. This place is fantastic. We stayed 5 nights in a one bedroom Shantara Apartment, and could not have wished for anything better. The apartment was meticulously clean, and it appeared that all the furniture was brand new (it certainly looked that way, there wasnt a mark on anything!). The first night i needed a blanket and found one in the cupboard - still in its packaging and unopened. Good points: very spacious bathroom with deep bath, huge shower. Big bedroom with its own air cond and ceiling fan. Plenty of hanging and wardrobe space. Kitchen appliances (toaster and kettle were all we used) seemed as if they too were never before used and straight out of the box! Decent sized separate pantry, and good sized fridge. The only (small) picky thing i could fault is that the lounge area isnt overly big. Just enough room for a small round dining table, 2 seater couch and chair, plus tv unit. This open plan area also had ceiling fan and separate air cond system. We had an apartment with its own private decking area, complete with outside setting, and direct access into the pool. Just wonderful!! Staff were great, nothing too much trouble. Shantara is a short walk to the main shopping/restaurant precinct, and not far from the beach either. We dined twice at a place called 'Watergate' in Macrossan street, and can highly recommend it. Excellent menu and delicious food, also lovely atmosphere. This resort is geared more towards couples, we didnt see any children there during our stay. Lots of families with very young children/babies strolling around Port Douglas, but none at our resort (which was what we were hoping for, dare i say it!). Most of the time we had the pool to ourselves, and it was fantastic to be able to step outside our lounge room and practicaly be at the pools edge. I would absolutely, positively stay here again in the future, there was really nothing i could fault. A truly wonderful place to spend our anniversary.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2010

The Shantara Resort and Spa in Port Douglas Australia is magnificant. My husband, sister and brother-in law walked all over Port Douglas and discovered that this place is centrally located to the quaint and comfortable town to restraunts, beach, and general shopping. There was no shortage of assitance to us Americans from the staff and owners of where to go, where to eat and best shopping. One member of the staff even offered to give us a cooler to take to the beach as we wanted to picnic. The resort is immaculant, washer and dryer to do laundry (bring detergent and softner). When we go back, we will be staying threre for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

There is so much to like about Shantara Resort in Port Douglas. From the tropical ambient pool views, to the lush greenery and of course the friendly and fantastic desk staff.
This resort has it all, and so close to Macrossan street, there is nothing else you need. From relaxing by the pool, to getting either Sara or Jess from the front desk to help book your activities and day trips, this place made our honeymoon just so much better.
There is a reason why Shantara rates so highly.....dissappointment is just not possible when you stay at this place.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

A last minute getaway for my wife and I that was just the best, after 7 nights at Shantara we just did'nt want to go home. Our first trip to Port Douglas that won't be our last. We will stay at Shantara again, " its our place in Port Douglas" Wife loved Day Spa and I loved day out on Fishing Charter (Bianca). Shantara Staff gave great advice on Restaurants and outings ect ect.......Well done to all, see you again soon.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

We choose Shantara based on othe Tripadvisor reviews and we were pleased with our choice. It is a family run hotel with a mini-kitchen in the room. Best for us was that it was 2 blocks from downtown Port Douglas with many wondrful restaurants. We could walk to Wavelngth for our snorkeling adventure (also Tripadvisor recommended and great). Be aware that as it is family run, the desk isn't open at night, so you need to arrange late arrival - and if you call any tour outfit, they get the call at the front desk and get the commission. It worked out OK, but did feel a bit funny as we had found and booked and conversed with Wavelength a lot before our outing. They have a computer you can use in the lobby (for a reasonable fee). The bus took us out to the wildlife park (which was also wonderful) and we got to see the big resorts that are out of town. Not for us.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

Apartment style room which was very clean, functional and provided a washing machine and tumble drier between two apartments. Microwave and fridge avaialble in the room with crockery to use. As it was our honeymoon they had kindly left us a bottle of sprakling wine in the fridge which was lovely and very welcomed. Reception staff were very helpful and on arrival provided a map and information about Port Douglas since it was our first visit there. The hotel has a great position very close to the beach and main shopping street with many resturants to choose from. The hotel does not provide 24 hour reception cover but there is a number to call out of hours if necessary. The resort provides two outdoor swimming pools which the apartments overlook. We really enjoyed our stay here in both Shantara and Port Douglas. We also hired a car and Shantara provided free unground parking which was a real added bonus. Shantara is advertised as a 5 star resort and although we throughly enjoyed our stay I am not sure how it can be rated so high, maybe there is a different rating system in Austraila but this certainly would not attract a 5 star rating elsewhere especailly with limited reception hours and what is esentially a self service resort, daily maid service was an extra charge depending on the package chosen. Internet was available, however this was via a voucher system and the vouchers could only be purchased during the day, we only found this out out of hours so used an internet cafe instead.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

Stayed 4 nights in studio pool deck view - awesome. Very clean throughout entire resort, BBQ facilities very clean, heated pool great for this time of year. Staff on checkin very helpful, recommending restaurants and activities. All staff very pleasant. Only 400 metres to Macrossan St and easier walk to beach. Very enjoyable !!!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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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 #7 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range: $127 - $491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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