This inn is in an amazing location, stunning really. The clothing option pool and beach are fantastic and international set of guests are fun to talk to . The staff is lovely and they work hard to make it a pleasant stay, they always go the extra mile to help the guests. We had great massages in the spa and the front desk was always helpful in booking excursions and giving advice.
The rooms are plain but clean and the bathroom utilitarian, with a decent shower. The rooms on the ocean front have decks that spill onto a lawn that leads to the beach, the sea at your doorstep. The problems with the rooms are: the bed( really hard and lumpy with a crease running down the middle where the twin mattresses are butted together with a filler strip--- I would rate the mattress unacceptable in a hotel), the lack of windows( has a front patio slider which is great plus a small window in the bath) but otherwise the rooms seem a bit dark given the brilliant location, and finally the room deco could be furnished with a little more luxury. This is a gay hotel-- where is the style?
The kitchen and bar do a good job with lunch and dinner, serving good, well prepared comfort food. The menu changes to give guests variety and the service is always excellent. There could be a lilt more attention paid to the farm to table movement with local produce used for more vegetable and salad options, skipping the iceberg lettuce. The breakfast is really the only weak part of the dining experience with boxes of cold cereal, containers of sugary yogurt, cellophane wrapped Sara Lee muffins, and cheap sandwich bread for toasting as the main options. We may 'too foodie' but the breakfast could really be improved.
The grounds are well landscaped though not much garden maintenance seems to be done currently. But given the beauty of Turtle Bay- water, sand, and beach not much embellishing is really needed for this amazing location.
Lastly, we just missed the hatching of the sea turtles but some other guests will be very lucky to see this wonderful occurrence. While we visited we did not swim as it was jellyfish stinger season, which plagues this whole part of Australia.
While it seemed we had a fair number of complaints, they are really more suggestions as we would definitely come back and stay at this fantastic gay resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Turtle Cove Beach Resort is a Gay and Lesbian, Adults Only, Absolute Beach Front Holiday Resort near Cairns, Australia. Join us in Tropical Far North Queensland and experience the most fantastic and secluded piece of unspoilt GLBT Paradise in Australia,some say the world. Be assured,Turtle Cove Beach Resort is not your ordinary Gay and Lesbian Hotel! Come and explore our totally private, clothing optional, tropical beach and have the holiday/vacation of your life time! Turtle Cove Beach Resort is an absolute beachfront slice of Gay and Lesbian Heaven and is conveniently located between Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas, it is the perfect place to chill and relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Cove Hotel Port Douglas
- Turtle Cove Smithfield