We (family with 2 young boys) spent 3 nights at Green Island Resort and we all just loved it. Not being high season, there really weren't too many day trippers - but it was definitely so much better once they left each day. The staff were awesome the whole time - so friendly and helpful. For example, the restaurant manager offered to send us breakfast to our room if we wanted to sleep in. I loved the way so may activities were included in the price. It meant that I didn't feel like I was getting ripped off each time we did something.
The food in the main restaurant was excellent - true fine dining quality. The standout dish for us with the soft shell crab. Don't bother with the "public" food areas for lunch, just eat in the restaurant, because the quality is so much higher and the prices roughly the same as for pizzas and nachos. Some people have complained about the birds taking your food around the resort, but it seems they've removed a number of them and we really didn't find them a problem at all.
The snorkelling was good - certainly lots of fish and significant coral if you go past the bend in the jetty. You can snorkel off the jetty itself, which means you don't have to swim out to the coral. We also saw some turtles and a reef shark (harmless).
We enjoyed the glass bottomed boat trip, but the 2 drivers we had were really quite rude. This was in stark contrast to every other employee we met at the resort.
We all really enjoyed the nightly sunset drinks, at which times we met some of the other people staying at the resort. We also attended the star gazing and night-time guided walk, which were fun to do once. Overall, we all had a fantastic few days on Green Island and I highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 27 km across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Green Island Resort is luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. With just 46 suites nestled amongst the rainforest and secluded from the day visitor facilities, this world-class eco-sensitive resort offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation, first class service and unparalleled access to the Great Barrier Reef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Island Hotel Cairns