We have just returned from three very pleasant nights on Green Island.
Our King Island Room earned a “wow” from my wife, was very nicely furnished, spacious, with a balcony overlooking the gardens. Some rooms have their balcony facing the guest pool, which would have been less private.
The volume of day-trippers is a bit of a shock at first – mostly Asian tour groups – but they disperse to various parts of the island during the day and are not too obtrusive. It’s more obvious at the end of the day when they regroup for their various boats. It’s an all-day thing, with groups arriving from 9am and the last boat departing at 4.30pm. After the final group leaves, tranquillity returns. House guests also have access to a private pool which provides some respite from the crowds during the day. We were also probably lucky in that the resort was well under 50% occupancy, so it sometimes felt like we had the place to ourselves.
There’s a number of food choices during the day, from simple bread rolls, to burgers, to restaurant dining. The restaurant (Emeralds) is very nice and open from breakfast (included) to dinner. The menu caters for most tastes, though we noted a predominance of Asian flavours, which was fine. The quality of the dishes was generally very good, and the service efficient and friendly.
Our days were spent reading, snorkelling off the beach (equipment is complimentary) and exploring the forest. We also had a few excellent massages at “oiled” – highly recommended!
The island is beautiful, and we were fortunate to have some great weather, despite being at the end of the rainy season. The experience would be slightly less enjoyable in the wet, but this is a great place to spend a few days relaxing.
- 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