Our ferry was met by Sandy, who did a great job explaining everything about the resort to us while our luggage was offloaded and moved from the pier directly to our accommodations. We were fortunate to stay in Reef Suite 10, beautifully decorated with floors and doors in rich burled woods and windows with plantation-style shutters. Two steps separated the sitting area from the bedroom/bath area. There was a wooden patio accessed by sliding glass doors from the sitting area and it had the most magnificent views of tropical plants. The suite had all the amenities expected of a 5 star resort including excellent bedding, shower and soaking tub and cotton bathrobes that were just the ticket for relaxing in the evening. There was an in-room coffee/tea maker and a mini-bar that offered items at the same prices as one would pay anywhere in the resort…how’s that for a novel idea? No feeling of being ripped-off when selecting a cold beer or Diet Coke! Here are some included extras that we did not expect, but appreciated. Use of Lycra suits (to protect against possible jellyfish stings), snorkeling equipment, fish-feeding, a get-together each evening before dinner with complimentary sparkling wine/juices/beer/wine and light snacks, history walks, nature walks and even stargazing on clear nights. In our case, these were led by Rob, a delightful young man who filled our minds with the island’s history and wildlife. It is true what other reviewers have said about the boatloads of day tourists that arrive every morning; however there is a guest-only pool and sections on the beach where guests have access to beach chairs and umbrellas at no charge. We did not find this to be a problem; we just used those “guest-only” facilities during the mad rush, and then thanked our lucky stars that we got to stay on the island as we watched the last ferry return to Cairns. The other pleasant surprise is that there is a self-service laundry for washing the salt out of swimsuits at end of stay. Our rate included the breakfast buffet and it always had a nice variety to choose from. We ate lunch at the Canopy Grill every day and while we can highly recommend the Aussie Steak sandwich and the Bacon Cheeseburgers, the Grilled Fish Burgers were very disappointing. Service at the Pool Bar for cold beers was especially friendly. My husband and I enjoyed massages at Oiled, where they charge by the minute so one can request any combination of massages (reflexology, hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue, etc.) during the minutes purchased. We can also recommend the 15 minute Helicopter Tour (ask for pilot Ian, he is the best!) We know that season and weather influences perception. Our stay In January provided overcast skies and choppy waters, so snorkeling from the beach or on the Great Adventures Pontoon was not the best. The evening rains only enhanced our stay; we loved hearing the rainfall and seeing all the plants bathed in rainwater. When it was time to leave, the departure process was equally as well-organized as the arrival process. This was a long-awaited stay on a Great Barrier Reef Island and we are happy we chose Green Island. It was truly our “dream-time” in Australia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 27 km across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Green Island Resort is luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. With just 46 suites nestled amongst the rainforest and secluded from the day visitor facilities, this world-class eco-sensitive resort offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation, first class service and unparalleled access to the Great Barrier Reef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Island Hotel Cairns