Having read the rave reviews on Trip Advisor, we had high expectations, despite the low price tag of this accommodation.
The rooms are well equipped, with a nice bathroom with spa bath, a very comfortable king bed, and pleasant outdoor kitchen/dining area. However, the room was little cramped.
The pool area (which includes a very nice spa pool) is nice enough, in a rain forest type setting, but has limited sunbeds. We were a little disappointed that there was no cafe/bar on site, from which to purchase drinks whilst at the pool. This would be a welcome addition to this venue.
In summary, the Reef Retreat is a perfectly acceptable apartment complex, but in our case, we wished we just spent few more $s and chosen a superior resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a peaceful rainforest setting, amongst the majestic paperbark trees you will find THE REEF RETREAT, Palm Cove. Just a 30 second stroll, 50 meters to idyllic Palm Cove beach and restaurants. Palm Cove is the jewel of Cairns Northern Beaches, a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old "paperbark" Melaleuca trees line the casual Esplanade. Just a 25 minute drive north of the Cairns International Airport. The Reef Retreat in Palm Cove is a low rise four-star boutique suite style resort set amongst a lush rainforest setting of palms and majestic Melaleuca paperbark trees offering a choice of accommodation from studios, spa suites, 1 Bedroom Suites, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartment. Every room is lovingly laid out and designed to give you all the comforts of home complete with bedroom, bathroom, living area TV/DVD Player, Ipod docks, kitchenette with stovetop and micro-wave, FREE Cable TV, FREE WIFI and spacious private balconies, with views of the pool, lush tropical gardens and the lush green mountains. The Apartment is fully self-contained with laundry facilities. The Resort offers complimentary barbeque and entertainment area for guest use and is licensed to sell Beer, Wine & Spirits for consumption on site. There is a heated salt-water pool and Spa Pool presenting an idyllic Billabong scene, FREE undercover car parking, FREE WIFI and on site guest internet station, Guest Laundry and tour desk services all within a secluded, lush rainforest setting. Reef Retreat can offer you all the personalized, home-style service and facilities that you need for a truly memorable Australian holiday. Ideal holiday getaway for couples and families ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Reef Retreat Hotel Palm Cove