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Coral Sea Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Port Douglas B&B and Inns
Denmark
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45 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A little gem in paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2011

We stayed at the Treehouse and loved it. The furnishings and decor are unfussy and simple, but the point of this place is not what is inside but what is around you outside. The view from the accommodation level itself was lovely, and from the private lounge above your room, well, just spectacular. The three hostesses were friendly, warm, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. They were always there when we had a question, served us amazing breakfasts in the outdoor lounge with the great views, wished us well on our daily adventures, welcomed us back from therm. At the same time we had our privacy. They really know how to make it a perfect stay. The pool was lovely. The sounds of the rainforest are lovely, as are the sights. There were birds, butterflies the size of small birds, beautiful plants, and so much lushness and peace. The only thing missing was a comfortable chair to sit in our screened-in accommodation in the evenings. The private lounge is great during the day, but the rainforest being what it is - insects do take over out there at night, and we couldn't sit there and read. Otherwise, it is a perfect place to spend a few nights or even a week.

Room Tip: The Treehouse is absolutely divine.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2011

Unfortunately we only stayed one night in this magical setting as we were returning the car and staying in Port Douglas for the following nights but it was enough to instantly relax us...I intentionally woke up early the next morning just so I could plant myself on the chairs of the viewing platform to "take it in" as much as possible! It's a cross between a B&B and a hotel...B&B with that homely and personal feeling, like you are part of their home...but hotel in the way that the rooms are self-contained and separate enough to feel private. We had ordered a self-BBQ dinner package and it was great after chowing down on fresh seafood to sit in the chairs of the platform and just listen to the sounds of the forest. Downsides might be the mass of mozzies and that you have to drive there but then you must expect that when you are going to a magical place in the middle of the forest!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Calgary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2010

Denise, Marie and their family make this place what it is - very comfortable, welcoming and thoroughly enjoyable. Fabulous breakfasts in the tree house overlooking the rain forest and ocean. We also enjoyed a pizza night and full dinner there - well worth it if you are exhausted at the end of the day - which we were. Wonderful people who were very helpful to us. Another Australian B and B where you really feel comfortable and the family sort of takes you in and looks after you - it was great. Be prepared for a visit from the laughing kookaburra's early in the morning - what a racket!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Clearwater Beach, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2009

Rather than repeat the great comments in previous reviews which are accurate, I will explain why I give it a 4 rather than 5. * Our room #1 was nice but on the small side with no good place other than the floor to place suitcases. * There is a $5 charge for the internet which is only available on the patio. *And the B&B is not nearly as elegant as the pictures on their website shows. All that being said, Coral Seas was a nice stay, our dinner meal was excellant and the hosts could not have been more helpful

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2009

A magical location, where the place and its owners make you feel totally relaxed and at home from the start. The food was superb and probably the best meals of all that we enjoyed on a 5 week trip. The breakfasts are something else with fresh fruit from their garden and other delights - their library seemed to be full of cook books! The two evening meals were as good and served in the Treetops room overlooking the Pacific and listening to tropical forest sounds.

Marie, Denise, Michelle and Michael are wonderful hosts and we were sad to leave.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2009

Lots to see and do in this area, but we liked the B&B so much we didn't want to leave. The view is spectacular and the garden, pool and open-air tree-top lounge is made in heaven. Marie is the most congenial and helpful hostess and a superb cook. (And she has no problem cooking gluten and dairy-free!) Our room was smallish, but clean and well-ventilated (important in this climate). I can't think of a better place to relax and unwind than Coral Sea Retreat B&B

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2008

We enjoyed the lovely setting with its panoramic view of the Coral Sea, the warm hospitality of the host family, and my partner says that he is spoiled forever for breakfasts. Order anything that includes the homegrown tomatoes and fresh herbs -- the flavor is spectacular. In addition, Denise and Marie clearly love preparing food and presenting it beautifully. Breakfast is served in a delightful gazebo just outside of the rooms. One night, we sat by the pool, enchanted by reflections of the surrounding gardens.
As indicated on their website, Coral Sea Retreat is a 10-minute drive from the turnoff for Port Douglas, where most traveller amenities are located. Nearby Oak Beach, however, is beautiful and virtually private.

  • Liked — The family hospitality, the setting, and the breakfasts
  • Disliked — Room is comfortable but small and sound travels easily.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coral Sea Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Address: 7-11, Bruce Ave, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Sea Retreat Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set high on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Coral Sea and surrounding rainforest, is one of Port Douglas' best kept secrets - Coral Sea Retreat B&B. Sit back relax and drink in the views. Holiday with a difference! The Tree House: 2 bedroom, self-contained unit with stunning views of the Coral Sea and rainforest. ... more   less 
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