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Coral Sea Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Airlie Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stunning accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

First of all... definitely book a Coral Sea Spa Suite. Without a doubt the most beautiful room and view. My Fiance and I were blown away by the room. Secondly the breakfast was simple but effective since the weather is so warm. Thirdly the service was exceptional. We had an early morning tour so the resort kindly organised to deliver our breakfast the night before. The spa on the balcony was beautiful and the resort leaves plenty of products for the spa including candles which just topped our stay. Thank you to the Management of Coral Sea Resort, you blew us away and won't hesitate to stay with you again and recommend you to all of our friends and family.

Room Tip: Coral Sea Spa Suites
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

The tourist information lady laughed when I asked for a no-party and kid-free hotel in Airlie Beach! But she hit a winner when she suggested Coral Sea Resort and it was perfect.
I was able to enjoy the beauty of the whitsundays at a reasonable price and in lovely surroundings.
The hotel is a very short and pleasant walk (3 minutes) to the lagoon, shops, restaurants, but far enough away not to be disturbed by the backpacking crew.
My room was spacious and I had booked a sea view, which was amazing (see photo) and enjoyed a glass of wine with the sunset every night. The room was comfortable and had all ameneties. Only complaint I would have is I couldn't tell if my room was locked when I was inside. The reception told me this was normal and the room was locked, but travelling on my own, I found this a bit disconcerting. There was no chain for the door, so I literally couldn't tell if someone could just walk in.

Staff were very helpful and leant me towels for my day trips, even after I'd checked out.

I'm really glad I picked this place and not one further up the hill as it was so easy to get around. If you're not looking for major party or travelling with your kids, this is a good place for you.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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East Hampton, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

We were booked into a garden view room but ended up with an ocean view. It was beautiful, overlooking the pool and then the sea. Everyone was very helpful and we enjoyed our one night stay. We had a coffee by the pool and dinner looking out at the sea. Breakfast had the same view. The breakfast was not very special, but the view helped a great deal.

Room Tip: Definitely choose an ocean view!!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Coral Sea is a older hotel that is well maintained and the staff are well trained. We had unit 33, which is on the third level over the pool with excellent ocean views, just what we wanted. On site there is a small bar and nice sized restaurant which looks over the pool and ocean.There is a pier, next to/associated with, the property that has jet skis rentals and boat trips to the reef and whitehaven beach.

The location is Coral Sea's greatest asset. Most of the hotels in Airlie Beach are on the hills or are in high activity areas. Coral Sea is a short walk to the shops and cafes yet seperate and quiet. There is however no beach attached to this property.

I liked it for what it was, but if you are looking for a property/hotel that isn't 30 years old and has is a step above, you may not find it in Airlie Beach. The Pinnacles is certainly a step up in quality yet it comes with a hill that you have to be part mountain goat to love.

Room Tip: The view is key at The Coral Sea. High on the pool side is the best location.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Stayed for 4 nights on a couples holiday to see the attractions in the area. We did manage to see the Great Barrier Reef but unfortunately due to a cyclone we didn't get to see much else.

Rooms:
We had a double room with "garden view" (side of a building). They were nicely decorated - I'd read on other reviews that they were dated? From our experience this isn't true, its just the style they have gone with. They were clean, well maintained and with modern fittings. There were two queen sized beds in the room. Small criticisms would be: 1. the TV was attached to the wall but the bracket was buckling under the weight - why not have the stand on the floor or on the decorative chest? 2. The rooms were nicely decorated so I'm not sure why they would then put cheap plastic bins and no smoking sign on the desk? Small points but just stuck out to me.

Hotel:
Can't fault anything about the general appearance of the hotel. Clean, well maintain, fantastic views, short walk into town so easy to get to but away from the noise. Pool was a decent size with views overlooking the ocean. Lots of greenery around the pool and hotel complex in general. Gym needs updating, equipment was old and not very good - often didn't work properly.

Staff:
Friendly and helpful. You are only usually allowed 20 mins of free internet a day but due to the cyclone they were very accommodating and generous with the codes for the internet. A great show of customer service. Reception had a good knowledge of restaurants in the area and the shop likewise knew about all the tours, activities and sightseeing spots in the area. All staff genuinely very keen to help

Restaurant:

The location of the restaurant is superb. Over looking the pool and the ocean views. I was a little disappointed they closed the restaurant on the Sunday evening for planned repairs when a cyclone was hitting. Could this have been delayed until after the cyclone when people were more likely to venture out? Staff tried their best to compensate though and came round with the local Domino's takeaway menus.

Breakfast was a continental buffet, but you can pay extra to upgrade to a hot breakfast. If I'm honest I was a little disappointed by the buffet. Just felt that the quality was lacking a bit which is often the case with buffets. The bread was just standard store bought bread, no brown or whole grain bread, no healthy option for the cereals - all very sugary (even the muesli). They also have a selection of cold meats, cheese and fruit as well as a daily pastry. They offered gluten free bread too, but often took a long time to arrive. As a four star hotel I would expect a cooked breakfast to be included in the price too, however I do like that the chef cooks it from fresh to order.

Bar snacks:
At first they seemed on the expensive side, but once they arrived they were actually good value for money. The food was nice and the portion size for the chicken wings was huge - could have easily fed 3 people!

Overall I enjoyed my stay despite the hurricane. The pro's definitely outweigh any cons and I would recommended others the hotel to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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44 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Hubby and I recently booked a couple of nights in this hotel. We travel a lot to Airlie Beach but always book into average accommodation before going out sailing for a week. But thought we'd try this hotel that we always look at when sailing by.

Booked a spa room with balcony overlooking the ocean. Very lovely room, clean and very airy with louver doors and window shutters, a fabulous big door opening out onto the spa on the balcony.

A very nice continental buffet breakfast was included in the nightly tariff and we sat over looking the pool and bay. Nice pool and garden area, very relaxing.

Only one tiny complaint and others may think this is totally ridiculous, but the bed was so soft, we had to virtually heave ourselves out of the holes we made every night to turn over. I have never slept in such a soft bed. But that is totally a personal preference.

Just be careful of the people above you, they can see you in the spa if they happen to look downwards.

Staff we excellent, very helpful and friendly.

All conveniences are just a short walk in either direction of the hotel along the boardwalk.

Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank LadyElle000
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

I had the opportunity to stay at this hotel after the airline once again had to cancel our flight out. I was fortunate to get an ocean view room right by the waters edge and the view was fantastic. Check in was quick and efficient. The layout of the room was good and had a large verandah with an outdoor spa. Restaurant staff were helpful and friendly. Would certainly stay again.

Room Tip: ask for an ocean view room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vunasalu
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Property: Coral Sea Resort
Address: 25 Oceanview Ave, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Airlie Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Airlie Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Airlie Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Sea Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach resort village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes; lies the Coral Sea Resort. A stroll in the opposite direction crossing a separate boardwalk with the sea below is Abel Point Marina, your direct access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Coral Sea Hotel Airlie Beach
Coral Sea Airlie Beach
Coral Sea Resort Hotel
Coral Resort Sea
Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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