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“Peaceful Resort but expensive to eat there!”

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Turtle Cove Beach Resort
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I felt the resort itself was nice, relaxing and peaceful, but the meals I felt were really expensive. I think a few modest changes would remedy this.

Breakfast:
Real fruit juice and tomato juice or smoothies
Offering whole wheat and multigrain bread options
Offering meat or bacon would break up the monotony a bit

Lunch and dinner while delicious were very pricey!

Thanks

Room Tip: The sea facing ones are awesome!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Robert D
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

Thank you for your kind words and comments.
I just wished we could please every body for the prices we charge.
Breakfast is included in the room rates.
Smoothies?? But they are available from the bar.
If we had to squeeze fresh oranges, pineapples and tomatoes,
give all the breads, meats and or bacon for breakfast,
we would have to charge like other hotels do, no less than $28 extra.
Lunch dishes from $8 to $16 and dinner dishes from $8 to $32 (grain fed eye fillet 450gr)
Beers between $6.50 and $7.80 and wines from $26 to $35 (bottles)
No resort anywhere along the coast here charges these low prices.
However we keep our prices as sharp as we can and are happy that you enjoyed your stay.
Hope we will be able to welcome you back in the future.
With love from the team at the Cove.
XXX
Queen “B’

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We first stayed at Turtle Cove 17 years ago and loved it then. On our current trip to Australia in May/June we booked a 6 night stay and were delighted it has retained its charm and atmosphere. There have been some changes and updates since our last stay with all purpose built accommodation with good quality amenities and view (Ocean Deluxe room). The food is excellent and competitively priced in relation to the more upmarket restaurants in nearby Port Douglas. The staff as ever are amazing - so friendly and helpful and just good fun! Great weather even though it was the beginning of the Australian Winter. Great to see that Bert is still managing it and some great photos in the album from years gone by. Had a great chill out week with a few lively late nights thrown in with some of the other guests. Looking forward to staying there again in the not too distant future. Rental of a car is highly recommended as the resort is nice and secluded but not not easily accessed by regular transport unless specifically arranged.

Room Tip: Beach front rooms are superb but more expensive - still get great ocean views in the deluxe rooms on...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank davisonp2014
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

It was so great and rewarding for all of us, to have you stay with us again.
And yes the owners are one in a million and Turtle Cove is their piece of paradise on earth.
They keep spending to ensure that our LGBT friends have that very unique and private place,
We just cannot be equaled anywhere else in the world.
And yes you’re so right; we keep our prices down as much as we can.
We don’t even want you to feel that you in a resort, but rather your second home away from home.
Yes, my family staff will do anything to make you feel relaxed and have fun.
Our chefs love their job and it shows in their very varied dishes.
I even noticed you sitting on your decking watching the moon come up over the Coral Sea.
Hope to see you soon again.
Love from all of us at the Cove.
XXX
Queen “B”

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I first went to this place 17 years ago and was so pleased to be going back to see the place. And i was not disappointed, it is still as Fab-U-lous as ever.A great place to meet and relax with like minded people, the service was excellent as was the staff.A real must place to stay for the LGBT traveller.

Room Tip: The Ocean Deluxe was Fab-u-lous great views of the sea.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Andy6314
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

We where delighted to see you again.
And not an extra wrinkle, how you do it he…he…
Very happy that you loved it again, but don’t wait another 17 years.
I’ll be in a wheel chair by then he…he..
Love from all of us at the Cove
XXX
Queen”B”

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Awesome place to chill out on the beach. pool or spa, great food and drinks too. I was here for new years and again now in June and loved it both times. Staff are always helpful. May I suggest you have your own shuttle service to and from the airport, it would be a lot easier :)

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Goran J
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

And you remembered New Years Eve with us whoooow, say no more he…he..
Was so great to see you again and yes I am proud of my staff family who do everything,
to make you feel at home and relaxed.
We do our own Limo service on request and one day will have our own bus again.
See you soon again, with love from all of us at the Cove
XXX
Queen “B”

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We are Sydney based couple arrived for chill out long w/e and not disappointed. We stayed here a few years ago and the place was getting tired however the new owners have spent some money and all rooms and general areas have had a well needed "facelift" - so ambience is private, relaxing and fun - rooms are very clean and good size and to a "standard" - its not Grand Hyatt/Sheraton and doesn't try to be - but fun resort, very comfortable beds and great location with its own very private beach and pool/spa. Dining was tasty and good size and chef has some interesting dishes on menu - and if you do need fine dining you can always venture up to Port Douglas or down to Palm Cove - 15/20 min either way. Staff are excellent under the "command" of Bert and always attentive and making sure everyone feels included - so everyone can mingle - or not - if they just want to have some quiet romantic me time with their partner/lover...:) Bert was also always making sure transport was sorted out even offering to drive us up to Port Douglas one evening so we could have a drink and enjoy a b/day celebration. All in all a very enjoyable break and recharge from the bustle of Sydney.

Room Tip: We like the upper level rooms effectively 3rd level as you get good view out to Coral Sea - queen si...
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Thanks guys for your kind words.
You so right, we don't want to be 5 stars, because then you must be dressed up for dinner,
Whisper, not laugh aloud, pool closed at 8, no noise after 9 he…he…
We want you to relax, have a great time and be your self,
I was only to pleased to drive you to Port for your birthday dinner,
But you kept it secret, so a belated “Happy birthday” from all of us at the Cove.
Hope to se you back one day
XXX
Queen “B”

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Over the last twenty years I have visited Turtle Cove Resort on numerous occasions. I saw it in its hey day and also as it started to slide.Fortunately, the Resort was eventually sold and the new owners have set about bringing it back to "the good old days" and being a place that you can be yourself and comfortable in.
I stayed in a beach front room which was exceptionally clean and comfortable
The staff were very obliging in meeting the guests requests and the current chefs consistently produced first rate meals
Turtle Cove, in my estimation, would currently be comparable to overseas gay resort icons such as "Island House" in Key West USA where I have also stayed many times

Room Tip: Try the Beach Front rooms. They front a large expanse of grass which leads down to the ocean
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank 501IanDL
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Whoooww, yes I remember the good old days.
And yes you’re so right that the new owners, totally committed to the gay scene,
Bringing back the good old days. And we are very excited that you notice the massive improvements.
Hard work for all of us, but we are loving, taking care of all our guests and making them feel at home and free to be what you want to be.
Hope to see you back soon again,
With love from all the team at the Cove.
XXX Queen “B”

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Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

The location of this resort is excellent we stayed in the beachfront rooms that were the best location in the resort . The food was amazing with different selections every night because if you wanted to drink the resort is some distance from Port Douglas well done to them on the food . They could work on the cleanliness of the room paying attention to the bathrooms . The staff were friendly and very helpful . I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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turtlecovegayresort, General Manager at Turtle Cove Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Hi guys,
Thank you for your kind words.
I acknowledge the room, but our regular cleaner was away and forced to use agent cleaners.
Say no more, we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you back soon
Love from all of the team.
Queen “B”

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Address: 4500 Captain Cook Hwy, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range: £104 - £201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Turtle Cove Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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