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Balboa Holiday Apartments
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Melbourne
2 reviews
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“Huge, spotless apartments”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2009

We have just returned from 2 weeks at Balboa and highly recommend it. The complex is in a fantastic location, metres from the beach and in the quiet end of the main street. The apartments are huge, well equipped, quiet and spotlessly clean. The decor could be viewed as a little dated (cane lounges etc) but it kind of suits the location and was really comfortable. All the apartments have huge balconies with outdoor furniture, bbqs and lounge chairs. Whilst the nicer apartments face the beach, we were more than happy with our apartment at the back of the complex, which overlooked the pool and the apartments next door - sure the view wasn't perfect but it was really private and quiet. The complex has a smallish but lovely pool, which we had to ourselves most of the time. Most impressive of all was the management - Lynette and Andrew were fantastic hosts and were super helpful and accommodating and the whole place is neat as a pin.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Southbank Victoria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2009

We have had a annual holiday in Port Douglas for the past ten consecutive years ‘
During that period, we have stayed at a variety of apartments within walking distance of the shops and four mile beach. We have always liked the accommodation selected and enjoyed the facilities on offer
In 2008, we stayed for the first time at the Balboa apartments there are several reasons why we elected to return to Balboa
The unique position within such close proximity of both the beach and all that Macrossan street has to offer, the wonderful ambience, the tranquility, the spacious apartment and the friendly and professional approach of management, have all contributed to our decision to return, and to re-book Balboa for 2010
The beach is not only a mere fifty strides away, but we enjoy a unique ocean view from our balcony, in the surrounds of the lush tropical gardens which surround Balboa.
The apartment itself is generously spacious, light and very comfortably furnished, for both indoor and outdoor living. The kitchen is a winner for those who prefer to dine in and who care to entertain whilst holidaying.
The kitchen is generously spacious, with fabulous work bench space and an excellent oven to compliment this very well appointed and fully equipped facility. All the appliances in both living and kitchen areas are of an excellent standard.
The bathrooms and bedrooms are generously sized and storage space is optimized in all areas of this home away from home style apartment.

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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New Zealand
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82 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2009

The Balboa apartments are located just across the road from the beach Garrick street is a quiet street just off the main street of Port Douglas. The apartment was spacious with full kitchen facilities. The outdoor areas are surrounded by lovely gardens and the pool is a very nice place to while away an afternoon when it s hot. We will definitely be staying here again on our next visit to Port Douglas.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kiwimadeinnz
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Sydney
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2009

I am a travel agent and have to say that this is one of the best places I have stayed in Port Douglas. We had two 3 bedroom apartments for our stay and were so impressed with the hotel. The apartments are huge, and it is in the BEST location- right opposite the beach, and when travelling with kids, this is a must. The website does not do this place justice, it is clean, comfortable, has a great swimming pool and in a perfect location. I would highly recommend it and will definately be returning.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fee1978
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Mount Gambier
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2009

We have stayed at a number of different hotels over our many visits to Port Douglas. This was our first time at the Balboa and we have already planned the timing of our next stay. The location is excellent - short walk across the road to Four Mile Beach, and an easy stroll up Macrossan Street to the shopping, restaurants, and night life. Lynette and Andrew are first class, friendly on-site managers who made us feel at home from the outset.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BeyondOutthere
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Melbourne
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2009

When in Port Douglas we stay at Balboa, it's at the beach end of Macrossan St across the road from the beach. As a family we have holidayed in many tiny two/three bedroom dog box apartments and we're totally over the big resorts and their lack of facilities to be self contained, tiny balconies and lack of privacy. We love this place as the rooms are huge, you have everything you could possibly need, big comfy couches, big balconies, you never hear another guest and your hosts Lynette & Andrew add a great personal touch to you stay in Port. Our favorite rooms are 9 or 11 and when we have friends drop by and they all say they cannot believe how big the apartment is. Great place to stay when you don't want to be around lots of people.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kedMelbourne
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adelaide south australia
Level Contributor
29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2009

We have been to Port Douglas a few times before and this was by far the best accomodation. Now that we know about this place we will never stay anywhere else. Balboa is located at the very end of Macrossan Street so it is directly across from the beach. Which means there are sea views. This is quite rare if you want to be close to the restaurants and shops as a lot of the beach front accomodation is too far to walk to Macrossan St. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment with another couple - the apartments were huge including an ensuite. We had a front apartment on the second level which had a wonderful balcony with sea views. Probably the only criticism would be that the pool area is quite small so if it was busy it would very quickly be overcrowded. But with the beach literally across the road, who cares! We were there in low season so it wasnt a problem and we mostly had the pool to ourselves. The managers are very friendly and helpful as well. This place met all my criteria - I wanted to be a short walk from the shops and restauants, walking distance to the beach, have a sea view, and comfortable and well kept accomodation. The queen bed in the main bedroom was very comfortable. There are newer, trendier places around but they have much smaller rooms and as for a balcony with a sea view (and I mean actually looking across the ocean not just a tiny glimpse) these are as rare as hens teeth. There was also a substantial kitchen and a laundry and the airconditioning woked well plus all rooms had fans. And all for a very reasonable price. Seriously, what more could anyone want?

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Balboa Holiday Apartments
Address: 1 Garrick St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Balboa Holiday Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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