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“Fantastic, beautiful room set in tropical setting & beach around corner!!!!”

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The Reef Retreat Palm Cove
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Palm Cove
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Australia
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“Fantastic, beautiful room set in tropical setting & beach around corner!!!!”
Reviewed 1 August 2010

Recently stayed at the Reef Retreat for our 10 night honeymoon and enjoyed this place immensely. A beautiful modern little apartment set in a gorgeous rainforest setting and very quiet for us honeymooners. We had a ground floor apartment with a spa in the room with a fantastic large verandah with kitchen & relaxing lounge chair & table outside! Sensational to eat breakfast in Palm Cove's open air. Around the pool is a heated spa which we used to unwind after a long day and just above this is a fabulous large BBQ area. The hosts Clive and Mary were so friendly & helpful with every question we had on what to do, which tours etc. Clive has excellent local knowledge and nothing was ever too much trouble. They really made our trip - We wouldn't have seen half the things as advertised on the brochures if it wasn't for Clive & Mary. We had some excellent recommendations and a great time at Palm Cove. Oh and its so close to the beach! You just turn left & you can see the beach - a 10 second walk. Definitely would stay here again without hesitation. Its a little gem in the heart of a beautiful place.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Kaunakakai, Hawaii
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Reviewed 24 June 2010

The Reef Retreat was everything we wanted and much more! We picked it out randomly on a travel booking website without prior research, because we wanted somewhere close to Cairns but not right in the city. We were SO lucky! Too bad we only had three nights to spend there. Palm Cove is just a bit north of town, but has the best beach in the area, and the low key atmosphere of the place is enchanting. If you like relaxing and calm, this is the place for you. Sarah was so accomodating and friendly, and full of information to help us get our bearings. The room was spacious and grounds were immaculate, and we loved using the gas barbeque next to the gorgeously landscaped pool area. The room had a full kitchen on the lanai with all dishware and cookware, and the bathroom had a whirlpool bathtub, which we enjoyed nightly. Grocery store was just down the road. My husband and I agree that staying at the Reef Retreat made this part of our Australian vacation special indeed!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

This was one of the nicest places I've ever stayed. It's steps (literally) from the beach, corner store, and the few restaurants in Palm Cove.

The managers, Clive and Mary, and their daughter Sarah, were welcoming and the most helpful staff we encountered in Australia.

Upon our arrival, Clive had already pulled up the weather reports to help us plan which day was best to visit the reef. He also warned us about the jellyfish and how we should stay within a protected barrier to avoid being stung. He was up front and honest about receiving a commission for each tour booked. Try getting that at another place. When tours we wanted were full, they kept calling every other tour operator in town until we found one that worked.

One morning our tour bus was late, and Sarah actually came downstairs at 6:30 a.m. to tell us that the bus driver had called. She had obviously been woken up by the call and was kind enough to let us know. What service!

The room is spacious, with a TV, sofa, kitchen and bathroom, and you have access to a swimming pool and hot tub. Not like it matters anyway because you are so close to the ocean can hear the waves from your room.

The only complaint you could possibly have is that the birds are chirping loudly in the morning in this tropical paradise.

FYI, this is a rented apartment, so it is cleaned only once every few days, if that matters to you. The pictures on the website are very true to life. Internet and phone rates were reasonable.

I am saving up my money so I can return again some day, and hope that the same family will be running the place

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

We stayed here for only a week but wished it had been longer!

The hotel was lovely and the rooms were extremely spacious & clean. It was very secluded with trees & had a lovely swimming pool and jacuzzi which we virtually had to ourselves when we stayed. The owners were brilliant and extremely helpful - would help us with any local information we needed to know.

The location was also great; less than half an hour car/bus ride from Cairns centre & airport, and just off the beach of Palm Cove. It was also very close to all the shops & restaurants within Palm Cove.

We would definitely return & would recommend this hotel to family & friends and anyone thinking of staying there.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Yandina, Australia
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

Thanks to Clive and Mary Managers of the Reef Retreat we had the most pleasurable honeymoon one could want.Mary organised our room for a Honeymoon Arrival.The spa rooms and pool area made you feel very relaxed as if you were already amongst the rainforest.Very helpful with any questions we needed answered.Can't wait to return to Reef Retreat.So close to all restaurants and shops and beach.Two Doors down and your at the Beach 20 Metres.Palm cove area is one of the last true beach experiences in North Queensland and would recommend Reef Retreat without out the high accommodation fees others charge.Thanks Again Clive and Mary for such a wonderful time in your resort. Richard and Maria

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire UK
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2010

The Reef Retreat exceded our expectations. We picked it out fairly randomly on-line. We were late arriving but the room key had been left for us and the room was easy to find. Room bigger than we expected and really did have good views of the garden area. Staff helpful when planning and arranging trips etc. Easy car parking. Plenty of space in the studio room.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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brisvegas
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Reviewed 19 January 2010

The title says it all! thanks to Clive & Mary for been so helpful with our tourist needs. The complex is spotless, the pool is relaxing, the setting is one of been a hide away but only 50 metres to the beach and the main strip of Palm Cove. This is the ideal place to stay, away from the tourist traps, it has a sense of peace & calm.
Thankyou so much for making our christmas holidays relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2009, 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 Luxury Hotel in Palm Cove
#2 Romantic 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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