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The Reef Retreat Palm Cove
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We have just spent 10 nights at the Reef Retreat and chose to stay here after reading other reviews on Trip Advisor. We had a very pleaseant stay, the one bedroom apartment was a really good size and there was plenty of space for our family of three. The kitchen was a little small with not much cupboard space for food, but if you're planning on eating out a lot then there's little to worry about. The pool was great and always quiet even thought the hotel was fully booked. The family who run the hotel are lovely people and we were made to feel very welcome and we would stay here again. The only draw back we could say are the beds in our apartment had very firm mattresses giving us pins and needles in our arms but being able to listen to the waves crashing on the shore from even one block away was enough to make up for this. We'd highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the pool - some rooms have their balconies over looking the car park/apartments at...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Clive and Mary R, Owner/Managers at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience FTRC. In order to cater for all guests bedding preferences we advise in the in room compendium that mattress toppers are available for guests that prefer soft mattresses. The comfort of our guests is very important to us and we are disappointed that the opportunity to make your stay more comfortable was missed. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

The resort is set tucked away off Williams esplanade, but could be in any tropical forest. With a lovely secluded pool, accommodation is comfortable and modern, and sufficiently self contained.!00 metres away is the beautiful beach of Palm Cove and the associated plethora of restaurants, cafes bars and shops. Several first class golf courses are closeby and the beautifl ellis Beach only 10 minutes drive. A beautiful place to stay for a short break or a relaxin holiday

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Clive and Mary R, Owner/Managers at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Many thanks adrianwp for your kind review we appreciate your comments and hope to see you back sometime.
Clive & Mary

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Spent 6 nights at The Reef Retreat on travel agent's recommendation. We were very impressed with the resort layout. It is nicely hidden away among beautiful trees. We loved the location which is hidden away but right near the main strip of restaurants and shops. Clive and his family were very welcoming and helpful. Loved our self contained room with the 'outdoor' kitchen. Nice big bedroom and bathroom. It has a wonderful BBQ area and a guest laundry which are great for a bit of money saving. We would highly recommend anyone heading to Cairns to stay in Palm Cove at this little haven. There is an excellent bus service into Cairns and great local car hire places which Clive is happy to help arrange. We will definitely be going back!

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Clive and Mary R, Owner/Managers at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you Julie D for your positive review, we are pleased that you enjoyed the location, it is a great spot tucked amongst the trees yet so close to the beach.
Clive & Mary

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

I'd like to echo what previous reviewers have written. This was our first visit to Palm Cove and we were very happy to have chosen The Reef Retreat to stay at. Set back from the main strip (Williams Esplanade) by a block, it is accessible to all that Palm Cove has to offer. You are spoilt for choice for dining (28 establishments) and the beach is directly across the road.

Palm Cove is not brash, loud or commercial. It is just a perfect, relaxing place to stay and that is also reflected in the Retreat.

You can do as much or as little as you like here but at the end of the day, The Reef Retreat is a relaxing oasis to come back to. Clive and his family are very helpful. Clive's travel advice is spot on and they are happy to make any bookings for you. The pool is in a magical setting and a wonderful respite from the beach and the Aussie sun.

We stayed for ten nights in a one-bedroom apartment. Balcony was a good size. We had an indoor kitchen and a clean and comfortable lounge area, bedroom and bathroom. The layout was extremely comfortable for the two of us.

Definitely a return visit in the not too distant future.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room16 on the second floor. Balcony looked towards the pool one side and west towards t...
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Fanfastic choice we made to stay at The Reef Retreat. Great spot, quiet with all you need for our 10 days of relaxation. 50 metres from the beach,cafes and shops. Thank you very much. Will be back sometime.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed at the Reef Retreat in Palm Cove. All the things we said in our first review still apply, the apartments are well designed, comfortable and attractive to stay in, with a good kitchen and lots of space. Clive, Mary and their daughter Sarah are extremely helpful, and there if you need them. It's nice to be remembered from one visit to the next. We will always stay here when we visit Palm Cove, it is very close to the beach and restaurants, quiet and all the apartments we have stayed in have had a really nice outlook. We love the light show at night on the trees. Little blue lights crawling up the trunks! We even had a visit from a pair of noisy kookaburras who landed on our balcony railing! This is the place to have a really relaxing holiday. There is good covered parking and a guest laundry.

Room Tip: We prefer to be on the first floor (second if you are American) as you feel that you are in the tree...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We love our time out in the warm at Palm Cove. This was our 3rd visit to The Reef Retreat , which is such a lovely place to stay in the natural beauty. Clive and Mary do a great job looking after the guests - friendly and helpful but never intrusive. We look forward to returning again.

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Additional Information about The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

Address: 10-14 Harpa St, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Palm Cove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Palm Cove
Price Range: $110 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Retreat Palm Cove 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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