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Fitzroy Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fitzroy Island
Canberra, Australia
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“Beautiful island, fantastic staff”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

The resort is modern, well maintained and well serviced with friendly staff and lots of activities for both couples and families. It's also good value and has everything you could want for a relaxing tropical holiday. It's also a down-to-earth resort where you can let your hair down and have fun.

We initially booked a standard double room and found it to be a typical, modern hotel room with minimal light and space - fine for a big city, but not what we wanted on a tropical island. The friendly reception staff upgraded us (with additional charge) to an ocean suite. This was well worth the extra as the room contained a kitchen, lounge area and balcony with ocean views. We were on the ground floor at the end of the resort (132) and although you look out to the ocean, the view is limited because of the beach-side cabins (which didn't seem worth the extra as you're still back from the beach), but it was still great having ocean glimpses and hearing the waves lapping the shore. Best to book 232 or 332 for the view and being at the end of the resort. The rooms are off long gangways and you can sometimes hear the guests and staff, so an ocean view room is highly recommended to give you the additional space toward the lawns/ocean so you're not facing inland.

The main restaurant (Zephyr) serves a good buffet breakfast and a delicious a la carte dinner with buffets 2 night's per week. Foxy's Bar is great for coffee, lunch, afternoon drinks and reasonable dinners, with pool tables and seating overlooking the ocean. The hotel pool is impressive and pleasant to swim in, but it's a shame the spa is linked to the pool and isn't heated. More tables and chairs are needed around the bar near the pool and it would have been good to have lunch available at the main restaurant as well as Foxy's.

Still, the beaches and the ocean are fantastic, with incredible snorkelling off the main beach offering a huge variety of coral, fish, turtles etc. The on site dive centre has great trips out to the reef around the island. Nudey beach is stunning, but less impressive for snorkelling. The walk to the lighthouse and summit are also incredible with great views to little Fitzroy Island (10m through the scrub at the lighthouse), to the outer reef and overlooking the resort on the way back. It's very steep and a bottle of water is essential on a hot day. We didn't do the turtle tour but it looked fun. Note that snorkel and kayak hire are run by a separate company and aren't included or discounted for resort guests.

The highlight of the resort for us though was the staff who made us feel special from the day we arrived. Special mention goes to Shanno at Foxy's, Kath, Sean, Jade, Tommy and Stef. You guys really made the holiday and we miss you already. We can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Choose ocean view for the extra space and light. Well worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Spent 4 nights in a suite, deal with boat transfer and breakfast included. (Used a deal with Groupon, making the value for money perfect!)
The service and food at the restaurant were very good, the location perfect and beaches are superb!
Great for family, with swimming pool, cinema room, activities around the main beach, and again nothing to complain about the service.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

I got a package which included ferry transfers, dinner and breakfast at the restaurant for two and a one bedroom ocean view room. Was good value I guess when you add up how much the food costs on the island and the transfers.
Checking in was a hassle. Had to line up with the day visitors at the check in deck, so they can get their return ferry voucher. Check in is at 2pm but one ferry gets there at 12 and one is later around 3pm. Some people got their room at 12pm. We had to wait untill 2 after being told we could get our room at 1. Got the keys to our room around just after 2 in the end.
The rooms where nice, but we had these ugly cabins in front of our room. If you where on the ground floor they would of totally blocked your view. The bed wasn't very good. Fans where noisy and a down light was hanging out in the bathroom, shower taps where loose. The laundry appliances where not in the laundry cupboard as well, which was weird. No one took bags to the rooms or anything, which i expected from a resort.
The weather wasn't that good, so I guess I didn't see the island or the resort in its glory. The pool bar was closed most of the time. The other bar was some what old, could do with a face lift.
The other outbuildings for the staff bring the resort down, few areas with rubbish piled up everywhere.
The bush walks where good, be good if you could access the other end of the island.
The food at the restaurant was great. Most of the staff where friendly and nice.
The resort is new, but its showing signs of disrepair. A large part of the resort is not used. Could move the general store here, maybe a cafe etc.

Room Tip: Get a room close the the pool so your not looking over the ugly cabins.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights here and was very enjoyable though the weather was not really fantastic... This is a little island and I would suggest to join a small Turtle tour which we can learn and see sea turtles under recovery from injury. Also walking several different trails was good exercise and the view was great.
Food was good but a little expensive but this is still within usual island pricing.
Service was also nothing wrong and we were treated very well.

I've been to Green Island too. For those who aren't nuts about diving, Fitzroy Island is the preferred choice, I would say!

Cheers Taka

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

We took our 4 mo and 2 year old here with us... Got a great deal on group included breakfast was great. Fine dining resauront ended up only being slightly more than focus and worth every penny.. Food was fabulous. Loads of great hikes and things to do. Turtle centre was very cool too. Have to live the relaxing day by the pool my hubby was taken by the swim up bar.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Redland City, Australia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Surprised to find a modern resort, with well finished and contemporary rooms. We had a one bedroom self contained room with kitchen and lounge, with a ground floor view to the back of the beachfront room in front of us.
The room was outstanding except for the tropical musky smell from being kept closed with AC on.
The resort pool and beach were nice, the coral sand was almost tolerable in bare feet.
Unfortunately the foreshore was heavily eroded from bad weather.
Regardless even in the in-climate winter weather we had for our stay, it was lovely in the water and the nearby snorkeling was very lovely.
It is a 45min boat transfer each way, and if you don't travel in boats well, take precautions for motion sickness in bad weather.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a studio which was great but lacked a view. It was really clean had a powerful shower. It also had an air conditioner and overhead fan. We went on the glass bottom boat to look at the coral and that was good. The turtle rehab tour was exceptional. We dined at Foxys which was good. They gave us a huge fish each. If you want fine dining go to zephyrs, we didn't. There were only two negatves for me. One was the ferry ride. I was so sick. If at all unsure take tablets. The other negative was paying $5.00 a day for internet. I had only wanted to confirm my flight booking for that day. Very friendly staff though and nothing was too much trouble.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Fitzroy Island Resort
Address: The Esplanade, Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Fitzroy Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fitzroy Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fitzroy Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 99
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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