We go away a fair bit and don't write reviews except when we think it may help others. So lets start with the positives. We wanted a long weekend escape and considered Fiji, Vanuatu, but then thought why not go local?
Fitzroy Island provided us with that perfect quick escape and we really felt away from it all, so if that's what you're after then definitely consider Fitzroy.
Nice room (once we sorted things out) great pool and pool bar with knowledgeable bartender , great snorkeling and we thought pretty good value despite some earlier reviews. $5.50 for a james Boags Premium at the pool bar is pretty good we thought.
Now for a few negatives or things to improve. We booked an ocean view suite months ago and when we arrived were given room 101. This room looks straight at the back of the lap pool, is dark and musty and there is no view. In my opinion should only be assigned as a last resort. I went back to the reception and was told this was the room assigned to me and the hotel was full. I asked management (if you check reviews on tripadvisor) if we booked months ago why assign us probably the worst room in the place as a first option? And i don't believe the resort was full either. Management had a change of heart (and attitude) and we ended up in room 322 with a great view and lovely doors you open right up to wake up to the lapping sounds of the ocean, beautiful.
Another small thing was the fact the foxys bar closed at 5pm on Sunday. There are not a lot of choices so why close the bar? The views of the sunset from Foxys are stunning and a must do. Luckily Saskia is an excellent bartender and handled the situation very well. She contacted her manager and explained that there were several people wanting to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset at Foxy's and she convinced management to open up a bit longer. So we did get to enjoy a cocktail watching the sunset.
We would definitely go back but would make sure we were assigned a decent room before we got there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and coral beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The walking tracks through the rainforest, up to the summit and to the lighthouse offer a fabulous view over the Great Barrier Reef. Located only 29 km off the coast of Cairns, the island is a listed National Park and has only one resort. Just 45 minutes by boat, Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef from land and sea, making it the perfect accessible base for snorkeling, diving and exploring the reef and rainforest. Ferry transfers to and from Fitzroy Island depart daily and tickets can be pre-booked from Fitzroy Island Resort. The affordable 4 star Resort offers a range of contemporary accommodation including Suites, Beach Cabins and Studios. The resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim up bar, dive store, indoor cinema, Foxy’s bar and a general store. Discover the vibrant corals and marine life, forest birds, butterflies and the startling white sulphur-crested cockatoos. Create memories to last a lifetime. Pure tropical island magic…. Activities include:- Dive School- Aqua Jets- Mini submarines- Glass bottom sea kayaks- Kayaking- Snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fitzroy Island Hotel Fitzroy Island