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The Reef Retreat Palm Cove
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Palm Cove
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“Beautiful apartments and brilliant owner”
Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

We can't recommend the Reef Retreat enough, after arriving from a long overnight journey on Christmas Day the owner Clive was extremely helpful in getting us into our room early and going through all the additional options for tours, places to visit and info. The apartment itself was beautiful, so clean and spacious, it was like a little bit of paradise! The pool and BBQ area were great, and a lovely place to socialise, and the location was perfect to 2 steps from the seafront and a cafe/store. Amazing value for money too, would recommend 100%!!!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clive and Mary R, Owner/Managers at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
Many thanks for posting your review SK we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Christmas here in Palm Cove and that we were able to arrange an early check in for you following your overnight flight.

We appreciate your kind comments and hope to welcome you back.

Clive & Mary
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

I returned last week from my holiday at this resort. I found it very pleasant, quiet, clean and comfortable - just what I was looking for to have the rest I needed from Sydney. Enjoyed the warm spa pool immensely. Clive, Mary and Gerri were very helpful with their advice and choice of local tours that I enjoyed. No need to mention that this resort is in a very beautiful place in northern QLD. All conveniences are close by, along with the local and regular bus to Cairns. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy yourself.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Clive and Mary R, Owner/Managers at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
Thank you Mira M for taking the time to share your experience. We are pleased that your expectations were met and that you were able to relax and unwind in this peaceful location.

We hope to welcome you back.

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Swindon
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

We stayed in mid November and used the Reef Retreat in Palm Cove as a base to travel around North Queensland and we couldn't have picked a more ideal spot. It was just the place to comeback to and relax after a day exploring, peaceful and serene - Clive was very good at sorting out the internet access for us so we could check with family arrangements in Melbourne. Good restaurants and we loved our studio apartment, bonus point there is the use of a washing machine and dryer - very handy when you are away for 3 weeks sightseeing. If we had the chance to visit North Queensland again we would certainly book in here!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Just read some reviews on this resort and see that most of them agree with our assessment of the place. Couldn't believe there was even 1 negative post - I guess there's always 'the one' who can't be happy no matter what.

We’ve been waiting for years to make our escape to Tropical North Queensland and this year we finally made it.

We chose the more laid-back location of Palm Cove and found ourselves at The Reef Retreat, a really beautiful little gem. Nestled among groves of paperbark trees the resort gardens are just gorgeous and units are reached by meandering stair/walkways that weave themselves around the exterior of the building, creating a real tree-house feeling. A word of warning: there are no lifts and our third floor unit meant quite a few steps to climb, so if you want to stay here be prepared for some exercise or request a ground floor. We were on the top floor and climbing up through the gardens as if you're ascending into the gardens never got 'old'.

The pool and barbeque area are totally secluded and you feel like you’re in your own tropical garden – there’s very little sense of being in a ‘busy’ resort.

Rooms are very clean and nicely appointed. The kitchen in our studio-style apartment was ‘outdoors’ on the balcony which featured timber shutters to close it in if needed – really cool! Even though we were there in winter the temperature was extremely mild (warm even) and we didn’t get out of thongs and t-shirts the whole time we were there. Another nice feature was the spa bath and generous bathroom.

Our hats go off to the Management and staff of the Resort who were seriously some of the nicest and most obliging people we’ve ever encountered – absolutely NOTHING was too much trouble.

Oh, have to mention the ‘reception’ area as well – it’s literally a tropical deck and you’d happily sit there all day while waiting to check-in!

I’d highly recommend a hire car for a stay in TNQ – there’s so much to see and do, and you’ll kick yourself if you don’t have wheels.

Palm Cove is super fantastic if you’re looking for something really laid-back. But don’t mistake laid-back for backwards! Palm Cove is the choice of the ‘uber-beautiful people’ so it’s full of trendy outdoor eateries and boutique accommodation, eclectic gift shops and boutiques. And prices match accordingly.

We want to go back real soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

If you are looking for a nice hotel, this is the one! The staff is very friendly and helped us with the tour booking! The best thing: the swimming pool! Wooow, it's like if you were in a lagoon, clean and warm water. It's very peaceful and quiet. The rooms are big and the beds very confy! Close to the hotel you will find some restaurants and cafes. But as the room has a full kitchen, if you want to buy something to cook, you need to take the bus and go to Coles, 10 min away. They also have a place to BBQ if you are in the mood!
I would go back, for sure!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

After researching it is so nice to actually get it right. The right time for us to come for a quiet time before Christmas, an excellent location,THE right place, quiet: although almost empty, fabulous unit, pool, amenities, location & service. Reef Retreat is exactly what it is advertised & reviewed to be!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Had a very pleasant 4 nice stay at this hotel. The staff were very warm and the nice balconies allowed a great outside breakfast or dinner in a very relaxed setting. Would definitely go back there. The pool and the surrounding trees give a nice relaxing setting.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Reef Retreat Palm Cove
Address: 10 - 14 Harpa St, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Palm Cove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Palm Cove
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm Cove
#2 Luxury Hotel in Palm Cove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Retreat Palm Cove 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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