Correction - we visited in Jan 2010. tripadvisor doesn't let me select before Feb 2010...
My husband booked this as part of our honeymoon. Compare to other places we went to on our honeymoon, this was a real disappointment in terms of romantic or chilled-out atmosphere. The place was filled with visitors during the day: children playing noisily in the pool, new arrivals snapping pictures. The island is very much catered to Japanese tourists, eg. all the signs are in English & Japanese. Somehow it was just really odd seeing Japanese signs everywhere and Japanese people everywhere.
I think because the island caters to lots of daytime visitors and family holidays, lots of facilities, for example lunch places are quite disappointing, offering family-friendly cheap fares such as burgers, fries, pizza, which was not to my taste. Overall the daytime atmosphere was commercialized and very touristy.
The island is beautiful. Lots of activities to do. I have terrible seasickness but still went snorkelling out in the reef and do not regret it. We enjoyed several walks around the island, did kayaking, snorkelling some more, watched the sunrise one morning which was really nice. On the last day I enjoyed a blissful massage and facial. The spa staff was particularly friendly and attentive. The rooms are very clean and no complains about service throughout stay.
In the evening when the day visitors leave, the atmosphere is a lot nicer and the evening meal is also much more appetizing.
Overall I would not recommend staying on the island. I think visiting during the day is a much better option, especially given the premium price paid to stay and the short journey from Cairns. Maybe staying is worth it for families, but for anyone who seek a good beach holiday to unwind and relax, this place lacks the atmosphere to do so.
- 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