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“If you want the best place to chill out stay at the Reef Retreat.”

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The Reef Retreat Palm Cove
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Palm Cove
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“If you want the best place to chill out stay at the Reef Retreat.”
Reviewed 16 December 2010

Palm Cove is best described as a beautiful up-market village by the sea - like a smaller and quieter version of Key West. The Reef Retreat is only yards from the beach and provides great rooms with outdoor kitchen and jaccuzi bath. Clive, Mary & Sarah made our holiday. They went out of their way to ensure that we had a relaxing time in Palm Cove. They gave us really honest and accurate advice on how to best use our time in the area, places to see, and how to get there. If you want to chill out Palm Cove and the Reef Retreat are definitely recommended.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

We only had a week but could have stayed forever. Clive and Mary were so helpful with general advice and booking trips, nothing was too much trouble. The room was excellent with everything you needed. We had requested a higher floor room, and got it. The pool and spa was quiet, and with the lush extensive plantings, this felt private and relaxing. Eating and drinking out was expensive, although the Surf Club has specials nights, which were excellent, we reccomend you check it out first. We looked at most of the hotels at Palm Cove before booking and definately made the right choice. If you are looking for a quiet small and intimate hotel of quality, this is it. Thanks Clive and Mary

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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New Mexico
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

We loved staying at the Reef. It is a very relaxing and the hosts are very friendly. What is particularly nice is they are very accommodating and don't have an attitude about answering questions about what to do and where to go. They treat you as if you deserve to be on vacation. It's such a short walk to the beach and shopping - a perfect location to chill out. The BBQ grill is great for cooking - as it is an expensive area.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

Two things could have made this perfect, location - a water front room, which this place doesn't offer but I really wanted on my honeymoon! A better choice of room for honeymooners. I think ground floor for a honeymoon couple is not a good choice, we would have loved to be on top floor over looking the pool where it is a bit more private and you can have your breakfast without feeling like you are being overlooked.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Warrington, Cheshire
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

Wow! We were recommended this hotel and boy they were right!

The hotel itself is set in a lush tropical forest it feels like you are literally in the middle of a forest but then when you coume out of the hotel grounds you are in a town!

The rooms are wonderful, well equipt and you have to climb wooden stairs and go over wooden bridges to get to them - again feeling like your in the forest canopy!

I could go on and on about how wonderful this hotel is but I haven't got the words to discribe it!

Book it - you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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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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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
#3 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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