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Fitzroy Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fitzroy Island
Reviewed April 10, 2012

We were both looking for a bit of relaxation and while we haven't been to Fitzroy Island for many years, we decided to stay in an ocean suite for 3 nights. Travelled on one of the fast ferries (Being just an hour from Cairns), it was a great way to start our break. On arrival at 11am at Fitzroy our room was ready so we just moved our gear straight in. The rooms have all been renovated, and we were extremely pleased with our choice. The room was clean with loads of room. We were on the first floor and we had a nice view of the trees and ocean.

With the beach literally 50metres away and coral at the waters edge, we spent a lot of time just snorkelling and relaxing on the beach (we hired our snorkelling equip from the resort).

There is a restauarnt in the resort where we had our buffet breakfast (included in our package) each day, and we went there for dinner on one night. The food was quite good, and the staff friendly. Just a 50m stroll from the resort there is a nice very casual bar/cafe on the beachfront. We had lunch and a few afternoon drinks there every day, and ate there on two nights. The menu was simple, but the food was quick and tasty. We literally walked out of the water and to the bar, a great spot.

The weather was perfect, service was great, room was great, and everything is at your doorstep. Overall, we had probably the most relaxing holiday we've ever had, and can't wait to get back there.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We spent 3 nights at Fitzroy at the end of February for the purpose of undertaking an underwater photography workshop ran by Xanthe Rivett. Our other option would have been to stay in Cairns and do day boat trips each day. We are so glad Xanthe suggested basing ourselves at Fitzroy Island for this course!

First, I would like to acknowledge what a great job Xanthe did with the underwater photography workshop. We would highly recommend her for any underwater photography needs. Xanthe is professional, friendly and does a great job in teaching underwater photography skills as well as sharing her passion for the underwater world and all that live there.

The only activity we did while at Fitroy was scuba diving. The dive shop is well equipped and operated by a superb team. We had great service and assistance from Renaldo, Dennis and Aaron. The best part of diving at Fitzroy for us was the ability to dive right from the beach. (The dive shop does run boat trips as well and we heard great feedback from divers and snorkelers who went out on the boat). We enjoyed the shore diving as we were able to do 70 minute dives.

Some of the things we saw while shore diving at Fitzroy were: schools of fish near the pier, nudi branchs, parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, a curious pufferfish, coral trout, honeycomb cods, anemone fish, Redcoat Squirrelfish, lionfish, banded shrimp, an awesome juvenile bat fish, various rays, a small reef shark, triggerfish, juvenile trevally and loads of other fish. It was just great! I've uploaded some photos so you can see how good the diving is here!

The resort itself is one of those places that appears as though it was built as someone's dream of a 5 star resort. For some reason, it is not seeking the 5 star market and that was fine with us. The pool area was not huge (like Hayman), but it was pretty and had a swim up bar. The pool was drained on our last day there and a big project was started to remove the old tiles and start over with new ones. We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment and it was furnished with a high quality fit out. Fancy ceiling fans, leather couch and chairs, there was even leather on the dining room table. The curtains were the best quality I have ever seen at a resort. The tracks are staggered to ensure total blackout of light as well as privacy. Black marble bathroom (yes, the water leaks out from under the shower door due to what must be a bad design of the shower/bathroom floor. We rectified the problem easily by asking for a pool towel from reception and voila... problem fixed until your next shower and by then, the pool towel should be dry enough to dry up the floor again). The kitchen in our apartment was first class. There was even a fancy built in dishwasher drawer that we used. Admittedly, we never tried out the stove or oven and can't attest to whether or not they were functional (some reviewers have said they couldn't use the kitchen facilities). If you are planning on using them, you may want to call prior to lugging alot of non-microwavable food over and double check they are able to be used.

We enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the main restaurant. On our last morning they didn't have the buffet set up; however, they asked us what we would like and made it to order. It was fantastic! We had bacon, eggs, hash browns, mushrooms and tomatoes. It made perfect sense that they didn’t put on a full breakfast buffet on the mornings when they knew there were not many people on the island.

We ate lunch every day at Foxys. The atmosphere there is nice and the food is okay. Great place to kick back with a tropical drink and look out towards the beach. It worked out good for us since we were doing the photography thing and had not brought food over with us to make our own lunches. Next time we go back we will pack some snacks and food for our lunches. On the Sunday that we were there a salsa group from Cairns came over for the day and made use of the large dance floor at Foxys. It would make for a nice day trip.

Dinner every night was at the main restaurant and was actually quite nice. Keeping in mind that you are on an island where everything has to be brought over, the menu isn't too bad. Our first night there we noticed there was nothing on the dessert menu that had chocolate in it. Upon mentioning this to our waitress, she went and asked the chef if they had anything chocolate... Lucky us! They had a chocolate brownie concoction which had been made in preparation for the next night's menu and we were able to have some of that with ice cream. Yummo!

There is a small shop on the island for incidentals (panadol, a few snacks, a few souvenirs), but nothing to make a meal from if that’s what you are looking for. The shop was closed on the Sunday afternoon, but an enquiry at Foxy’s soon got the store opened up for me and another guest to purchase a couple of things.

I hope to make visiting Fitzroy a regular trip for diving excursions. I have great memories of those few days there. It’s so close to Cairns, but feels like it’s a far away exotic island with a bonus for easy access to great diving. Give it a try.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I had volunteered on Fitzroy Island in 1997 undertaking a coral reef and environmental survey with a conservation charity so I knew the island was perfect, beautiful and a wonderful place to spend a holiday.

I had booked a "Ocean suite" which stated that it included views across Welcome Bay. On arrival I was given a room on the ground floor (Room 122). There was a large unused wooden shed a few feet in front of the balcony and I could see a tiny glimpse of the sea lapping on the sea.... most certainly not an ocean view or view across the Bay. I went to reception and after about 45 minutes of waiting around I was given a room on the second floor (Room 211). Room 211 did have a view. The reception staff and cleaners confessed that the ground floor rooms don't have views, hence them being happy to change my room. I think the marketing team need to change their categories... If it was my resort I would introduce or rename the ground floor suites as "economy suites" as they don't really honestly have ocean views!!

If you get what you have paid for - a room with a view - this is a really great place to stay. The Suites are very clean - infact spotless - and very nicely appointed. The oven and hob are disconnected but there is a microwave, toaster, kettle and large fridge.

The dive centre is very well run, has great staff and they take you to great spots to dive and snorkel. The coral is very beautiful.

The resort has been recently renovated and the new swimming pool is fantastic and a great place to 'chill'

The breakfast is very good value and the restaurant is very clean. The staff worked very hard refilling the buffet and clearing tables. I was impressed with how the breakfast room was run.

The kiosk sells toiletries, cold soft drinks, ice creams, pies and snacks like cheese biscuits. Some things were a little pricey... they could do with carrying more stock and a little cheaper.

Optus mobile phone signal and 3G works on the island with the best signal in the reception area and on the Jetty

All in all a really great place to stay

Room Tip: Get a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank rachelsmithtorquay
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We spent 3 nights and 4 days in Dec 2011 on the island and wow did we enjoy it best ever great beachs and fantastic snorkling. We booked a room with tea & coffee, fridge but no view but would say the room was big and had a great bathroom. The resort had only one restaurant which was a bit mixed but overall it was good not as expensive as we thought. The best part of the island is the beachs especially Nudey beach just a short walk from the hotel. We found a small beach cove which we had to ourselves most days as day visitors stayed near the hotel resort. We saw turtles, rays, loads of colourful fish and also a small reef shark and yes the water was warm no stingers when we were there. You can rent stinger suits from the dive shop including other offers.
Would go back again, we did as part of our package a trip out to the outer reef, wish we stayed on the island it was that good.

Room Tip: Hotel rooms have no views as they are at the back of the hotel, apartment rooms with kitchens over l...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TenerifeThe_reef
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Attached to the Fitzroy Island Resort is the dive shop for the Island. It has all the resources you could possibly want and offers boat trips to good dive sites.

The owner is friendly and experienced and all the staff are really helpful.

My husband and I revelry went to the Island as part of our honeymoon trip and I would highly recommend both the Island and the diving.

Hotel staff were variable. We encountered one HORRIBLY rude member of staff at the check-in desk on one day, but no team is perfect.

To counter this the restaurant staff were very helpful when we didn't want to change out of our stinger suits for dinner and let us order our meals in the restaurant and take them down the beach to eat! What better way to enjoy a honeymoon than sitting on a coral beach, eating dinner and waiting for the sun to set so we can go night diving!

Overall, hotel was ok but I can't praise the dive-shop enough.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Catherine H
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

This island was much more affordable that the others and i was worried that it would be disappointing but was more than i could have wished for.
I was travelling solo and so couldn't rely on just 'honeymoon' places...
Everything was un-pretentious and delightful, staff friendly but professional - nothing too much trouble.
Great Pool with shade and bar, jacuzzi, good food, little bar off the beach for daytime, diving school, cinema, games room , table tennis, shop, walks, coral and amazing fish for snorkelling on the beach - or dive boat to outer reef if you wanted - could have stayed forever - traveled from melbourne to Cairns and this was my favorite place.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank frankiegrace
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Fitzroy Island Resort for a week for our honeymoon. Everything on the resort was excellent. The restaurant Chef, steve, cooked fabulous meals and all the staff at the restaurant was very friendly and made our stay enjoyable. The staff at the diver's shop were also hospitable and made our diving experience a memorable one. Thank you Fitzroy Island Resort, and we both look forward to staying there again.

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3  Thank Eva766
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Address: The Esplanade, Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Fitzroy Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fitzroy Island
Price Range: $98 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fitzroy Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and coral beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The walking tracks through the rainforest, up to the summit and to the lighthouse offer a fabulous view over the Great Barrier Reef. Located only 29 km off the coast of Cairns, the island is a listed National Park and has only one resort. Just 45 minutes by boat, Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef from land and sea, making it the perfect accessible base for snorkeling, diving and exploring the reef and rainforest. Ferry transfers to and from Fitzroy Island depart daily and tickets can be pre-booked from Fitzroy Island Resort. The affordable 4 star Resort offers a range of contemporary accommodation including Suites, Beach Cabins and Studios. The resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim up bar, dive store, indoor cinema, Foxy’s bar and a general store. Discover the vibrant corals and marine life, forest birds, butterflies and the startling white sulphur-crested cockatoos. Create memories to last a lifetime. Pure tropical island magic…. Activities include:- Dive School- Aqua Jets- Mini submarines- Glass bottom sea kayaks- Kayaking- Snorkeling. ... more   less 
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