For location you really couldn't ask for more: this is situated directly on Williams Esplanade with the swimming enclosure almost opposite. To get to the front desk of Paradise on the Beach you walk through a tourist information area which is very useful for booking trips or asking touristy questions! This is an idyllic location and we were extremely pleased with the convenience of the setting.
We had booked a one bedroom apartment at Paradise on the Beach almost a year ahead, and got 7 days for the price of 5 through an Australian tour agent. It seemed to be an exceptionally good rate compared to other hotels and apartmens in Palm Cove at this time of year.
We were very pleasantly surprised on arrival at the size of our apartment (significantly larger than the studios we caught a glimpse of, so book a 1-bed apartment if you can!). We had a kitchenette (hob, kettle, sink, fridge - but no toaster), dining area, living space with sofas and TV, balcony, good sized bedroom and bathroom.
The pool was refreshing (not too cold but cooler than the sea which was around 30 degrees most days!), clean and fairly quiet. There is also a spa. We found everybody to be friendly and helpful.
It is worth noting that our room was on the 3rd floor and the pool is on the 2nd. There is no lift to the 3rd floor. This was fine for us but possibly not for the less mobile. I am sure this would not be an issue if you were staying on the 1st or 2nd floors anyway.
I would definitely recommend Paradise on the Beach, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found the accommodation to be of a very good standard. Apart from the more upmarket spa resorts I am sure this is one of the best on Williams Esplanade. All the restaurants are nearby and you have a huge choice of food types.
One tip I would give others is that some of the trips you can go off and explore on your own. We booked Kuranda and Green Island through the tour guide but went to Cairns Tropical Zoo independently (it costs around $4 return per person to get there from the bus stop right outside the hotel and works out a lot cheaper than with transfers as a package from the tour operators). Green Island trip was fabulous and I would thoroughly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 34 beautifully appointed studios and suites situated in the beach resort town of Palm Cove. Walk across the road and your on the beach. Restaurants, bars and boutique shops are a short stroll down the Esplanade. Peaceful and tranquil pool area with a fully equipped BBQ in the court yard. ... more less
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