We stayed for a week in November in a spa apartment. The apartment was spacious, very private, light-filled, breezy, quiet at night-time, and well appointed with a huge spa bath, balcony amongst the trees, king sized bed and kitchenette on the balcony. The pool is simply gorgeous and so quiet. The photos don't do it justice as it is surrounded by towering paperbark trees which provide dappled light all day. The service improved 10 fold when Clive returned from holiday. He's friendly, enthusiastic and bubbling with information; almost the opposite of the service when he was absent. Hiring a car was easy as the reef had a hire car in their carpark.
I know some reviewers have found the appartments dark. With the plantation shutters open (something you can't do with aircon on) and being an apartment on the end of the building, we had few problems with light. If it was slightly dark a couple of times, we turned the lights on (!). In terms of noise, because we had an apartment on the front corner, we heard occasional traffic noise during the day but this is a tiny town so it's not bad. At night-time with the shutters closed and fan on, we didn't hear a thing. We also got little noise from the pool - an occasional teenager being excited - and heard nothing from neighboring apartments. Unlike other reviewers we were surprised with the low level of bugs for the tropics - a couple of ants inside for a brief visit. Weekly servicing was all we needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a peaceful rainforest setting, amongst the majestic paperbark trees you will find THE REEF RETREAT, Palm Cove. Just a 30 second stroll, 50 meters to idyllic Palm Cove beach and restaurants. Palm Cove is the jewel of Cairns Northern Beaches, a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old "paperbark" Melaleuca trees line the casual Esplanade. Just a 25 minute drive north of the Cairns International Airport. The Reef Retreat in Palm Cove is a low rise four-star boutique suite style resort set amongst a lush rainforest setting of palms and majestic Melaleuca paperbark trees offering a choice of accommodation from studios, spa suites, 1 Bedroom Suites, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartment. Every room is lovingly laid out and designed to give you all the comforts of home complete with bedroom, bathroom, living area TV/DVD Player, Ipod docks, kitchenette with stovetop and micro-wave, FREE Cable TV, FREE WIFI and spacious private balconies, with views of the pool, lush tropical gardens and the lush green mountains. The Apartment is fully self-contained with laundry facilities. The Resort offers complimentary barbeque and entertainment area for guest use and is licensed to sell Beer, Wine & Spirits for consumption on site. There is a heated salt-water pool and Spa Pool presenting an idyllic Billabong scene, FREE undercover car parking, FREE WIFI and on site guest internet station, Guest Laundry and tour desk services all within a secluded, lush rainforest setting. Reef Retreat can offer you all the personalized, home-style service and facilities that you need for a truly memorable Australian holiday. Ideal holiday getaway for couples and families ... more less
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- The Reef Retreat Hotel Palm Cove