Before 9 am and after 4pm GI is very beautiful and you can swim, snorkel and walk on the beach in peace. The other positive is the restaurant food.
Otherwise the word for GI is grotty. The public areas are low class and cheap - the so called grill is a burger bar without seating, the other facilities are poor and in any event it's all closed as soon as the day trippers go - e.g. there is a publicity photo of a guest relaxing alone on a kayak but they aren't available outside day trip hours.
The whole thing is run for the day trippers who are very numerous and overrun the place and there is no feeling of exclusivity or service outside the restaurant - basically it feels like it's run by the maintenance men. The rooms are nice and well furnished but they are overlooked and dark - either a tree view or a pool view - also the restaurant looks out on the shopping and day trip area and the guest pool just overlooks rooms and the trees - so no feeling of privacy or a high class environment.
We made the best of a bad job and enjoyed being on the island, did some swimming and snorkelling and relaxed, and you can add together the positives and have a nice time - but it was poor value for money and not as advertised. We left a day early and would not recommend for more than three days or indeed at all. I am sure you can do better. I am sure the island once had a very special feel but it has been sacrificed to day trip tourism.
- 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