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“Would definately go back” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hibiscus Resort & Spa
Ranked #24 of 44 Hotels in Port Douglas
Kapiti, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Would definately go back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2006

My husband and myself stayed at the Hibiscus Spa Resort for our honeymoon. We thought it was absolutely beautiful and didn't want to leave. The pools were just wonderful along with the coldwater spa. The setting was idylic, the atmospher relaxed, the hosts (ex-kiwis) very friendly and accommodating. You just have to savour the beautiful breakfasts by the pool available from 7 until 10 so no need to rush. Very affordable and the tropical fruit platter is a must-have. If you are wanting to do any cooking the kitchen is probably not suitable sizewise although there are barbecues down by the pool for you to use. The grounds are exquisite and was truely a spot of paradise. We hope to return there in years to come.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 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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9 Thank Dazz'n'Jules
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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oxford
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51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2006

This hotel was fantastic! The pool was beautiful and there didn't seem to be too many people around, so it was often empty which was brilliant!
Port Douglas itself is a brilliant place to be- the town is around 1 min walk from this hotel and it has everything you could want. All the people were friendly and food etc delicious
Barrier reef stunning - desparate to go back ! Also horseback riding on the beach the best ride i have ever had -natural horsemanship, stunning scenery , safe horses couldn't have been better
we weren't here for long enough but everything was fab - visit here if you can!

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 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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9 Thank xoxfordx
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158 reviews
107 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2005

Above all else, the Hibiscus is in a fantastic location. We didn't bother hiring a car while in PD and the location of this resort was the main reason. Frankly, that was our top priority, so we didn't mind that the hotel wasn't exceptional in some other areas.

When we arrived, the staffer at the front desk was very good. But we didn't find her colleagues the rest of the weekend to be nearly as adept.

The room looked fantastic, but there were quite a number of maintenance issues during the stay. It was nice, though, to have a little sitting area outside the front door....the little accessories like CD and television were fine....and we were just steps from the pool. We did have some bad luck when a couple with a newborn moved into the unit next to ours...the child tended to get agitated anywhere from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m....and the staff said the only way we could move is if we payed for a more expensive room.

My main advice would be to make sure you select the right choice on what level of service you want while there (ie. daily towel change vs. occasional towel change, make the beds vs. not make the beds, etc.)

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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21 Thank kcboy
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Cardiff
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2005

I have just returned from PD, this was 2nd visit, however if I return, I will without doubt stop at The Hibiscus. The apartment was very clean and quite a large size, however what made the big difference was the setting and the staff. The staff were very helpful and pleasant and were more than welcome to share their experiences of PD with everyone. If you do stop, I would recommend you do not bother cooking your own breakfast, for the price and value the on-site kitchen was great value for money. The location was an easy 3 minute walk to the main street and the same time to the marina. If you are looking for a relaxing time in PD this is the place to stop

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 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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13 Thank caerleon
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Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2005

My girlfriend and I had a much needed week away to rest, relax and treat ourselves. We chose Hibiscus Gardens after many nights searching the internet for accommodation available at Port.

What a surprise we had - after checking in and reading the beverage menu (which was as cheap or cheaper than the bottle shop), we had ordered a bottle of bubbles to welcome ourselves in.

We had delightful views over the pool from our balcony (there are two pools, ask for rooms in the newer section) with CD player, satellite television, well stocked kitchen and airconditioning. The gardens are balinese inspired and have won design awards.

And then there was the day spa - what an experience! We had a dual Kodo massage using indigenous products - all to the sound of beautiful music and a running waterfall in the room. After it was over, we gently drifted back to our room. Book in early (and you don't have to be staying there to have a treatment).

All of the staff were fantastic, the location is great and the day spa was the best I saw in Port - and we checked out as many as we could.

The resort is close to shops and the marina for day trips to the reef, but hidden away when you want some quiet time and privacy - great for romantic dinners!

If you feel like breakfast by the pool, there is a good range of hot and cold food and it's so cheap!

Car parking is complimentary, but you don't need a car unless you are doing day trips out of Port Douglas.

This place is a hidden gem and I would definately go back.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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19 Thank culturaltripper
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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2005

A party of 20 of us stayed here august 2005 and it was great, fantastic location just back off the main street and close to the beach. We had a spa in our apartment which was great too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2005

We loved Port Douglas it is an amazing place to visit When we first arrived at the Hibiscus we looked and thought oh my god! From the street it looks a little tired.

But we were wrong - The hotel had a Balinese feel to it and the rooms were very modern and really nice (everything was provided). There is a Spa on sight which provides great treatments, those facials.... The staff are always willing to help and are really friendly. The Breakfast menu was great and actually really cheap in comparison to resteraunts and cafes on the main street. The Hibiscus is in a great location 5 minute walk to the beach and a 2 minute walk to town.

A quick piece of advice though, if you are elderly or have disabilites make sure you tell the reception staff or whom ever is booking the hotel because the Hibiscus doesn't have lifts or escalators and 4 flights of stairs can be a long way.

We had a great time and definately plan to go back, we will probably stay at the Hibiscus again. I love Port Douglas and this hotel was great.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank JenniferS1977
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Property: Hibiscus Resort & Spa
Address: 18 Owen St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia (Formerly Hibiscus Gardens Spa Resort)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Port Douglas
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Port Douglas
#26 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hibiscus Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This spa resort is ideally located just 100 metres from the vibrant Macrossan Street and 300 metres from famous Port Douglas Four Mile Beach and the Reef Marina. Port Douglas has always been considered an ideal holiday destination because of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, two of Australia's World Heritage Listed Parks. Experience the adventures of a lifetime - diving, sailing, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, safaris, bushwalks and eco tourism tours in the Daintree Rainforest. At the end of your exciting day come back to the tranquil Hibiscus Resort & Spa to relax and soak up the tropical ambience. Lush tropical gardens swirl around your balcony. Teak and cedar furnishings create a calm, soothing atmosphere. Carved stone statues guard the inviting pools & ponds. Balinese inspired holiday accommodation. Laze in the tranquil waters of the resort pools. Unwind and refresh in our Hibiscus Spa. ... more   less 
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