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“Amazing Whitsundays”
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Coral Sea Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Airlie Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Amazing Whitsundays”
Reviewed December 20, 2008

The Coral Sea Resort is a lovely hotel overlooking the sea out to the Whitsundays, it has a stunning location and good walks to the marina and into the town with the bars and restaurants of Airlie beach.

Rooms are very comfortable and the bar is set in a lovely setting looking out to the pool and beyond to the sea. I cnnot comment about the food as we ate out the days we stayed but restaurant did sound good if you didnt want to walk into the town or to the marina.

Staff helpful with sorting out trips out onto the Whitsundays which is a must if you visit Airlie Beach. W

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
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Peterborough, South Australia
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Reviewed November 22, 2008

For both of us this was our second marriage and I chose the Whitsunday Islands for our honeymoon as I had been there 20 years ago. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our honeymoon at the Coral Sea Resort. I can not believe some of the reviews of this resort as it was a wonderful experience, from the beautiful meals, the cleanliness of the room, the convenience of the laundry facilities and the lovely staff in the resort shop. She booked all our day trips to the Islands without a hitch. The resort is ideally located close enough to the town but far enough to not hear the 'young ones' in the bars. Everything was in walking distance, the marina, the restaurants, the beach, the foreshore and the lovely Saturday market. Our room faced the bay and the morning we had breakfast overlooking the sea - the best of both views. We would certainly recommend this resort and will be staying there again, this time our children all want to come too!!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2008

My new husband and I went to spend our honeymoon at the coral sea resort in the coral sea spa suit. I had booked a limo transfer but a taxi arrived. When we had checked in our room it had 3 hangers no shelves to put clothes on no draws to put clothes in just a rail with 3 hangers. The balcony was and nice and the view was fantastic but the room itself was very travel lodge. Do not go to the hawiian night you pay $75 for very poor food and a show that you can whatch anyway if you just sit around by the pool which everyone did anyway. It was ok but not very romantic for honeymooners.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

Our family (2 adults & 2 children) stayed in the 2 bedroom penthouse in July 2008.

It was beautifully presented, spacious & with all expected amenities. Spa bath on the balcony which overlooked the pool plus the uninterupted views across the coral sea was fabulous.

The resort is walking distance to "town" and the marina, so you dont need a car. Its well away from the ugly contruction site (2nd marina development) which has spoit the view of many resorts on 'the main road" of airlie beach.

We have stayed previously in 2 other resorts at Airlie beach - Coral Sea is by far the best and we will be back. Yes, its on the expensive side, but well worth it.

The resort pool is large & was warm enough to swim in in July. Our boys used the watersports (jetski rides). We did not eat in the resaurant, only ordered poolside drinks & the service was just fine. We found the resort staff friendly and helpful at all times.

Some previous reviews have posted negative comments, this was not our experience at all. Next time in Airlie beach we will stay at the Coral Sea resort.

  • Liked — Amazing views and the quality of the apartment
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2008

We booked a stay at Coral Sea Resort for 2 nights. We stayed in a coral sea suite. The room was large and nice and I found it clean and comfortable. The only disapointment was that the balcony was a lot smaller than it appears in the photos on the website. The view was amazing and you could literally throw a fishing line over the balcony and hit the water.

The staff were average. As another reviewer has stated, if you don't appear to be wealthy you get treated accordingly by the reception staff. We ordered a few cocktails by the pool and you have to order then wait a fair while to get them, but the bar staff were pleasant.

Breakfast was ordinary. We ordered the full brerakfast and you basically get eggs, bacon etc. plus cereal and fruit. There is not a lot to it for $25 per head. We waited forever for our hot breakfast to arrive.

Location is good. A nice easy walk to the main centre along the boardwalk.

All in all, we loved the view and the location, but we have stayed at Waterfront Whitsunday which is far superior and a lot cheaper.

Stayed January 2008
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2008

We flew into Hamilton Island and then took the ferry across to Airlie Beach and checked in. The place did'nt look much from the street, but looks can be deceiving and were looking forward to 7 nights R&R.
We had a room that was of decent size, clean and well furnished. We had a hammock on our balcony along with a spa bath - both overlooking the Whitsunday's - briliant!
Lazing away on hammock, we would watch the yachts come and go from Abel Point Marina, cocktail in hand. The resort is only a 10-15min walk from the bustle of the main street, accessible via the boardwalk along the beach.
We booked a romantic dinner for two in the gazebo one night at the resort, and the food, atmosphere and views did not disappoint. The food is on the pricey side, as are the drinks, but it is all quality and to our liking.
We had a problem one day when we returned from a day trip to find a glass pane had shattered in the bathroom. The staff were great and arranged to have it fixed next day, and as our room was no longer secure, they upgrded us to the Penthouse for the night! Now that's service!
The only other issue we had was that we had booked for the Hawaiian seafood buffet and had it cancelled on us at late notice when the resort took a manor group booking instead.
Overall a great stay and highly recommended for couples without the kids.

  • Liked — Comfortable, clean and with great views
  • Disliked — Bigger shower would be nice
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2008

The Coral Sea Resort is ideally located right on the ocean. The resort is approximate a 5 minute walk into the central area of town. The best part of the walk is that you don't need to cross a single street, its entirely along the ocean-side.

Check-in was smooth and the Front Desk staff get a one of the Bell staff to haul your luggage to your room. The room we booked was an Ocean view Suite. The room has a outdoor tub on the patio, and a hammock. The room is large with a sitting area (with lounge chair and sofa/sofabed). The bathroom is in proportion to the room size and there are large doors that open completely to the patio. So you can be in the bathroom and have to sea breezes coming in. Which is very pleasant.

The unit had a small kitchenette, with a microwave and a 1/2 sized fridge, which is good enough to keep your drinks cold.

The hotel doesn't have much for grounds as it is squeezed between the road and the ocean and is perched on a rock cliff. In order to get to the beach you need to walk down the aforementioned path to the town centre.

There is guest laundry services, but the machines are coin operated.

Internet access is in the rooms, but you will have to pay for this. This is a bit disappointing considering the cost of the room, this should be provided complimentary.

The resort was fairly busy, but we didn't hear any other guests once in our room.

Overall the room was clean, and well maintained. Staff were friendly and the location of the resort was close enough to town that it was an easy walk, but far enough away as to be private and quiet.

  • Liked — Location to Town, Ocean Views
  • Disliked — Pricey
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coral Sea Resort
Address: 25 Oceanview Ave, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Airlie Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Airlie Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Airlie Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Sea Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach resort village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes; lies the Coral Sea Resort. A stroll in the opposite direction crossing a separate boardwalk with the sea below is Abel Point Marina, your direct access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. ... more   less 
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Coral Sea Hotel Airlie Beach
Coral Sea Airlie Beach
Coral Sea Resort Hotel
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