What a pleasant surprise -- we found the Tropic Sands well worth the money we paid. The only disappointment was the pool...much smaller than it appears in the brochure picture and web site. Our apartment was very clean. However, there were lots of little ants lived in the master bedroom and bathroom. The apartments only get cleaned when you leave, so don't count on someone else making your bed each day...or changing the towels. You're not supposed to remove the towels from the rooms, so you may need a spare if you're planning on going (a short walk) to the beach. If you want to save a little $, this is the place to cook your own meal. The grocery store (Coles) is about a 7 minute walk, and the kitchen and pots/pans are more than adequate. Denise is a wonderful hostess, and will point you in the right direction for activities and restaurants. We were very glad we stayed in Port Douglas rather than Daintree or Cape Tribulation...there isn't much up there aside from your resort. Port Douglas is a charming town. Look for deals, or Standby Rates, during the low season. These rates are good deals for travelers willing to risk showing up without a reservation. It would have dropped our nightly charge by A$30/nt if we'd just shown up. Watch out for speeding tickets taken from cameras...seems the police nab speeders with cameras positioned along the road between Cairns and Port Douglas (and all sorts of places around the country as well, according to the signs posted).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropic Sands is a small tropical style accommodation complex with one bedroom apartments and is ideally suited to adults and couples. The property features a handy location amongst the palms and native trees, and only a short walk from Four Mile Beach, the Marina and Port Douglas Village. The apartments provide a communal barbeque area, outdoor swimming pool, complimentary undercover car parking and tour booking service (located at nearby Beaches Resort on The Esplanade). ... more less
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