My review of Reef House is tricky; I normally set the bench mark as Four Seasons Dublin and Hotel Widder in Zurich. Reef House is neither. As I walked up the open, but covered walk way to check-in, I felt my tension going away and my smile increasing. I did not have those feelings at the Four Seasons or Hotel Widder.
My visit was at the end of March and for 3 nights, pay for two which raises the value stakes considerably. I have visited Reef House on three previous occasions with the last visit around 5-7 years ago, I think. I gave up on Reef House and for my North Queensland experience, started going to Silky Oaks up on the Mossman River. Would I go back to Reef House this year absolutely.
Let me get to the real pluses: The restaurant is first rate, had all dinners and all breakfasts and one lunch at Reef House. The food was excellent, and better than Hotel Widder, Four Seasons and Silky Oaks. Portion size at dinner and lunch was ideal and the quality, presentation and freshness of each meal was noteworthy The buffet breakfast was adequate. The Nespresso coffee machine was a dual server and the coffee was, as to be expected, good with essentially not wait time. I did observe the full breakfast and it looked a significant step up from the buffet breakfast. Commendably there were two hot components that accompanied the cold components of the buffet breakfast. The dinners were so good at Reef House I did not bother to go to the other nearby restaurants.
Both pools are well maintained and nicely separated and crowding was never an issue. The feel of Reef House is excellent, it is hot and humid and everything seems to slow down, the vegetation is lush and reasonably well maintained.There is still an honour bar, albeit now limited in its offerings, during my previous visits the honour offerings from the bar were more extensive, whether the current offerings is due to the Mecure policy or some "duds" ripped off the system, I have never asked. Such a limited honour bar offering still does convey a homely effect and is nicely supported by some complementary nibbles as the sun goes down.
I am fairly sure my room was 201 [on the ground floor, on the western end at the end of the corridor].It was an excellent room, had a spa, outside area with sink and fridge and great privacy and only one common wall, although the folks upstair could be heard if in heavy shoes. The room was clean and the airconditioning worked well and without intrusive noise. Now here comes the but... the room looked a little tired and the vegetation could have been trimmed a little, just cleaned up. The televison was awkwardly placed but did have some soothing music. The bathrooms were also a little tired but certainly were clean and well stocked with good products.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Reef House, the vibe within Reef House created a lovely tranquility for me, the restaurant, the position of Reef House to the beach and those magic views of the Coral Sea easily overcame my few minor buts.
Get into your shorts, Tshirt, thongs/sandals and let Reef House magic work for you also
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 25 minutes north of Cairns in the secluded Palm Cove, an upscale boutique beachfront experience awaits guests at Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery Collection.The resort offers a warm, personalised service for all guests and together with its comprehensive range of resort facilities, The Reef House is the perfect getaway for couples seeking romantic bliss or simply a holiday in sheer relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reef House Hotel Palm Cove
- The Sebel Reef Hotel
- Sebel Reef Hotel