My husband and I recently spent a week at Portside and had a wonderfully relaxing stay. It was my first time to Airlie Beach and I was a bit disappointed that it seems to be mainly aimed at backpackers, but its location in the Whitsundays is spectacular.
Portside is definitely not aimed at backpackers though as it is modern, spacious, attractive and generally quiet accommodation with excellent service. We paid the extra to have a 1 bedroom apartment with a private terrace, so we had a very large outdoor area with large hot tub, table and chairs, bbq and sunlounges. To be honest, we rarely left our apartment/terrace and spent hours sitting chatting and relaxing in the spa. With 180 degree views from the terrace across the bay to various islands, seeing yachts bobbing in the water and constant 28 degree weather and sunshine, we thought we were in heaven!
We mainly cooked in the apartment (there's a very small supermarket in Airlie Beach), but had a meal at Cactus Jack's which we enjoyed (good service, mains about $18, simple tex-mex food). We also enjoyed having a few cable channels on the tv too (movies, sport, news, kids, music videos and travel).
We did the popular Camira sailing day to Whitehaven Beach which we would highly recommend - a beautiful relaxing day with lots of delicious food and drink! Just make sure you take sunscreen!
Portside is the first accommodation going up the steep hill from the main road, so there was some traffic noise during the day, but we preferred to put up with this and have an easy level walk to restaurants and shops, rather than stay further up the hill and have to walk up and down its steep slope!
We would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Portside Whitsunday is situated across from the New 5 star Port of Airlie Beach Marina site and consists of 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom and penthouse apartments. All Master bedrooms have LCD tvs. Private Jacuzzi apartments on request. Experience ultimate 4.5* Luxury and relaxation from your spacious balcony with views over the Port of Airlie, out to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Only 100m level stroll to beach, shops & restaurants Onsite facilities include Heated Pool,BBQ facilities, Tour Desk, free wifi & free undercover parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portside Whitsunday Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands