We stayed at this place because we wanted a self contained apartment so we could eat in. We booked an ocean view studio for four nights which was advertised as having a kitchenette. When we arrived we were told we had the spa suite which was true and it was indeed on the second floor overlooking the beach. Most units overlook the pool and adjoining buildings.
We found two major issues with our stay. The room was nice - good bed, bathroom, lounge, balcony, and 'sort of' kitchenette, which is where the first issue arose. There was no sink in the kitchenette. So there was a cupboard, fridge, microwave, bench, crockery, kitchenware but no sink. To wash anything when preparing food or cleaning up you had to use the bathroom which proved to be very inconvenient. Paradise on the Beach loses many points from me for this.
The other major issue related to something two floors below our room. When checking in I noticed the open air restaurant and bar next to reception. The hosts, both of whom were very friendly and helpful, told me the restaurant was good and the bar undoubtedly nice and handy.
We didn't try the restaurant but had an early beer at the bar and it was a nice spot. Unfortunately the bar was directly under our room and we heard the karaoke night right through to it's 2.00 am finish and the Trivia night a few nights later through to it's finish.
Our only other gripe was that there was no barbecue in the place so we took to going across the road to the free barbecues in the park to cook. Most people probably would like this but we didn't mind.
Bottom line is that the noise and lack complete kitchenette facilities would stop us staying at Paradise on the Beach again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 34 beautifully appointed studios and suites situated in the beach resort town of Palm Cove. Walk across the road and your on the beach. Restaurants, bars and boutique shops are a short stroll down the Esplanade. Peaceful and tranquil pool area with a fully equipped BBQ in the court yard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise On The Beach Resort Palm Cove Hotel Palm Cove