The Reef Retreat is very well located. Although not on the beach itself, it is little more than a stones throw away from it (probably just under 100 metres walk to the sand itself) and we could hear the waves from our room. It is also a short walk to the restaurants that are placed up and down Palm Cove. There is no need to bring your own beach towels - the hotel will happily provide them to you when you are heading to the beach.
There is plenty of parking (either in parking spaces at the hotel or on the street).
The rooms are comfortably appointed - we stayed in the basic room and it had a spa bath, good TV, fridge, stove, comfortable bed, etc. The kitchen is located in a balcony style room, which can be sealed off from the rest of the apartment by closing a glass door, but the kitchen itself is "open air" although can be made private by lowering privacy screen type bamboo blinds.
The hotel itself is spread out around a pool / garden / BBQ court yard at the centre. If you want a completely peaceful "escape" then I recommend paying a little bit extra for the rooms which are located on a higher floor away from the pool area. We found that it could get a little noisy from time to time during the day in our ground floor room near the pool when the children of hotel guests were playing in the pool (albeit, only if the bedroom window and kitchen glass door were open and because our room was one of those located very close to the pool itself).
I'd happily stay again if visiting Palm Cove.
- 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