We had booked for 9 nights in July 2011 but only lasted 1! Other reviews on here have all commented on the limited kitchen utensils/plates/glasses, the endless list of "do's and don't's" and the very petty tea and coffee portions in tupperware containers. However. we bailed out as a result of the horrible cigarette smoke from the apartment underneath us.
We turned up at 3.30pm after commuting from Western Sydney via Cairns since 5am. We unpacked, settled in - and then it started. The "marvellous" aroma from an electricity company worker downstairs who'd decided that he was going to have a couple of cigarettes to wind down after a day of working. We madly scrambled to shut doors and windows, which wasn't the way we'd planned to spend 9 nights in North QLD escaping the winter cold of Sydney. It got worse into the early evening, but it had turned unseasonally cool, so everything was shut anyway.
Went to bed, which, by the way, slid away from the wall when you sat up to read the local tourist brochures, making sure that the small window above the bed was opened to let some air into the room before we turned in. Big mistake! 5.50am and the wake up call wasn't an alarm clock, traffic or the local birdlife - it was that "marvellous" aroma that actually woke me up.
Our 2 sons don't cope at all well with cigarette smoke, so we simply decided that we weren't going to spend another 8 nights enduring that. To their credit, the owners did offer to relocate us to another apartment. However, we couldn't be guaranteed that our next set of neighbours would be any different - and in July in Mission Beach there were a lot of electricity company workers getting on with restoring the infrastructure after Cyclone Yasi. So, after some bargaining (we paid a second night as a "departure fee" - our suggestion, not their demand), we packed up and left. In the end, we went back to beautiful Port Douglas.
It was a real shame this place didn't work out. Knowing a little about North QLD, we wanted to support some of those communities that were doing it tough following the cyclone and try somewhere different after 2 years' consecutive holidays in Port Douglas. The apartments are reasonably spacious and the location is very close to the beach. However, my idea of a holiday in North QLD in July is fresh air and being able to be on your balcony, looking down at the pool and not be put off by someone else's smoking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mission Reef Resort is a luxury holiday apartment accommodation venue situation in magnificent Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia.Offering 14 tastefully furnished,2 bedroom fully self-contained apartments or 14 1 bedroom self contained and motel style suites plus on-site manager, the resort is one of the newest in the area, having been officially opened in May, 2005.Mission Reef Resort is less than a one minute walk to the famous pristine sands of Mission Beach and is centrally located within the township.When you stay at Mission Reef Resort you can choose to experience all the wonders the area offers, from Great Barrier Reef snorkeling, diving and coral viewing trips to guided walks in the lush tropical North Queensland rainforest. The tours and activities choices are endless. And if you are not the adventurous type, you can just relax in the cool resort pool to savoir the tropical sunshine and sea breeze. ... more less
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