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By The Sea Port Douglas
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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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“relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, nice and quiet, thoroughly enjoyed our stay”
Reviewed 12 February 2011

We were given a warm, friendly welcome and the accomodation was of a very a high standard - there was nothing which wasn't provided for during our stay - a fantastic 4 days, We would definitely come back here again as it is in a perfect location for both the beach and wonderful array of Port Douglas shops, particulary for the sunday markets. Thank you for making our visit so pleasant.

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Reviewed 4 February 2011

Port Douglas was our last stop on a trip of Australia - and what a perfect way to finish than at By The Sea!!! From start to finish this was a truly personal, friendly, beautiful place to be.
We arrived in Cairns of an afternoon and wanted to spend some time there first, to which the girls were more than accommodating – in fact, they encouraged us to enjoy a meal in Cairns Harbour before traveling up late to Port Douglas, and upon arrival a note was pinned up for us at reception with a welcome note and directions to our apartment (where the key was waiting).
We had a superior sea view (room 20) which was totally worth the small upgrade, we awoke to the most beautiful sunrise of Four Mile Beach!
The room was lovely and spacious, comfy bed, plenty of storage, huge shower, plenty of free parking, gas bbq on the balcony, and everything you need from a holiday kitchen – including the most essential ice bucket plus an ice machine down the corridor. And of course an onsite laundry with complimentary washing powder!
Next came the service – second to none! Not only is there an abundance of brand new complimentary eskis, beach chairs, parasols, beach towels, boogie boards and beach toys, but Cathy was also very knowledgeable on booking our reef trip – several options to suit several needs – and up to the minute knowledge on the weather - don’t book reef trips until arrival. We had the most amazing day with Calypso! (especially considering I’m extremely nervous of swimming with fish – a perfect trip). The girls are there to help with anything.
It only takes 15 minutes to walk from one end of Macrossan St to the other so you are never far away from shops, friendly bars and amazing restaurants, and all importantly perfectly positioned for the beautiful beach and those gorgeous sunrises (worth getting up at 6am for).
There are only a handful of holiday apartments on the beach and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending By The Sea for location, quality, amenities, view, value for money and above all fabulous service! A true gem. Our only regret is that we couldn’t have stayed longer.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

It's all been said! An excellent choice, making us feel sorry for those who stayed in "luxury" developments which are actually well out of town and/or way from the stinger net if they want a swim in the sea during the "green(wet)" season. Even the occasional rain didn't interfer, and could be refreshing on the short walk back from the 32 degree sea!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

By the Sea Port Douglas has new ownership, has made many renos and more are planned. The apartments are very comfortable, modern decor, well-equipped. The building is a the quiet end of the main street just a few steps though the park to 4-mile beach. All the attractions, restaurants and shopping are easy walking distance. And the best part is the friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. They have wonderful local knowledge and great connections to advise their guests and book excusions. Most enjoyable visit!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dakar, Senegal
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

We spent an amazing week at By The Sea Port Douglas.
Location is excellent, just a minute to the beach and 2 more minutes walking on the sand to the stinger net (very important if you travel during the stinger season). It's also just minutes from the downtown restaurants, shops and supermarket.
Two thumbs up for the service. The Girls (as they call themselves) at By The Sea will kindly help you with anything you need to have a very good time in Port Douglas.
Finally, facilities are great, and they are constantly improving them. Towels, umbrellas and chairs to take to the beach are really useful. The two barbecues (although one was not working at the time we were there) are top-notch. The pool, though not too big, is very quiet and a good alternative when you don't feel like going to the beach.
Definitely the place to stay in Port Douglas.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Whitehorse, Canada
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

Our week at Port Douglas By the Sea was one of our top vacations. We were totally impressed with our By the Sea room and location. We had a large and spacious room; everything you need, including an eskie and umbrella; a balcony that overlooks the ocean; in a quiet and safe area; walking distance to shopping, groceries, and restaurants; and and excellent customer service. By the Sea (love the name) staff were very friendly, quite informative, helped us pick awesome tours, and anwered our many questions with a smile. We would definitely head to Port Douglas By the Sea on our next Australia vacation - and there will be a next. Lynn and Mark, Canada

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cairns
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

We had a great time. The room was huge and had everything in it that we needed. Fantastic that we where able to help ourselves at anytime to beach toys including buckets and spades, beach chairs and eskys. Fantastic and loads of play gear around the pool as well!!! Also love the selection of DVD's we could help ourselves to. A great place to relax and unwind across from the beach and a short stroll into shops and restaurants. Also just a really nice place to chill out in and read a book. Love it thankyou :-)

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Property: By The Sea Port Douglas
Address: 72 Macrossan St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia (Formerly Archipelago Apartments)
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Port Douglas
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Hotel Class:4 star — By The Sea Port Douglas 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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