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Review of Marlin Cove Holiday Resort

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Marlin Cove Holiday Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Trinity Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, South Australia
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Loved It”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2010

Very hard to fault this resort. It;s not five star - but you are paying 5 star either. It was everything we expected and more. For anyone wanting to be away from the hustle and bustle of Cairns itself and still be within a short drive/taxi fare from the airport it is ideal. Local bus into Cairns travels past resort and is a cheap and effective way of visiting the city for the day. All tours pick up from the resort and car hire is a 5 min walk away. Front desk staff (Steph) went out of her way to assist us with tour bookings and advise - even allowed us to check in early which we didn't expect to be able to do. The rooms are simple yet clean and plenty of room for 4 adults. Gym is very basic, however it is a beautiful location for a morning walk/run (not that we did any). Lagoon pool is in a fantastic setting and cleaned of leaf debris daily, BBQ's are within the pool grounds and we spent many hours in and around the pool. Trinity Beach itself is a wonderful spot with a nice beach and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. The Blue Moon Bar & Grill is a must visit as their meals are exceptional - a bit pricey but it is very high class quality food. The resort restaurant is only open Sat nights but it is well worth the visit as the food was great and the prices were pretty good too - host (Kerry) also went out of her way to make us feel welcome. 2 bedroom unit we had was well presented and had everything we needed, full size fridge, dishwasher, plenty of relaxation room and full kitchen. Local supermarket is a 10 min walk away and if you spend over $30 they will give you and your shopping a free ride home. In summary, it was everything we were hoping for and exceeded our expectations. WE WILL BE BACK.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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2 Thank neilandfiona
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marlincovehr, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 2 December 2012
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Thank you so much for your review of Marlin Cove Resort, we appreciate your comments.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2010

These are really spacious apartments. We had a 2 bedroom apartment. It was clean and comfortable and roomy with 2 bathrooms. The lagoon pool was superb. Our boys loved it. This is also a place where there appears to be some permanent residents staying also, which for me makes it lose some of its "holiday feel" . Location from Trinity Beach was about a 5 minute walk, where there are some restaurants and a tavern. not a huge selection, but ok for a few nights stay. Probably the only let down was a lack of a compendium and unwillingness by the lady at reception to actually supply one. We find it really helpful being able to read where to go, places to eat, where you put your rubbish, where the doctor is, how to work the tv, where to avoid being eaten by crocodiles etc etc. After asking twice and being told one would be sent over - I'm still waiting! Overall a good comfortable stay, but lacked the personal service we experienced in other places we stayed in the region.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CantabKev
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marlincovehr, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 2 December 2012
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Thank you for your honest review of Marlin Cove Resort, we appreciate the feedback.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2010

Our family recently stayed at the Marlin Cove Resort for 8 nights as part of our 2.5 week holiday in Cairns & Port Douglas. We had a 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom upstairs unit overlooking the beautiful lagoon swimming pool and couldn't have asked for more. We found the managers to be exceptionally friendly and helpful at all times ensuring our stay here was absolutely perfect.

The property is a short walk back from the beach in a quiet residential area (tip: walk along the path beside the lake for a pleasant shortcut to the Blue Moon Cafe and beach) and has plenty to occupy a family when staying put between days of sightseeing. There is a lovely tennis court, kiddie playground, lap pool & sauna and well as the large lagoon pool complete with white sandy beach and bbq areas.

Our immaculately clean apartment was well equipped with all the mod cons including a dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, full size oven & electric hob, washing machine & dryer. The furnishings in our unit and quite a few others have apparently been updated recently to comfortable leather couches, flat screen tv, dvd, air conditioning in both bedrooms and the living area. We also enjoyed a number of meals on the covered balcony overlooking the pool. A nice option to have in the middle of winter!

During our holiday we stayed at Clifton Beach (Palm Cove), Port Douglas and Trinity Beach and whilst it wasn't at all unpleasant, Trinity Beach was our least favourite destination. There isn't a heck of a lot to do here and the ambiance of this seaside suburb just didn't do it for us. I felt the development of the highrise properties on the Beach Rd is ugly and there must be some sentimental value as to why the scruffy coffee shop/restaurant on the corner hasn't been bowled over years ago. Must be their nice coffee? We did enjoy a fabulous evening at the Tavern which was very family friendly, cheap and had a great outlook over the ocean.

In summary, if you are looking for property which is excellent value for money (especially during the "high" season) and don't HAVE to be on the beachfront, then Marlin Cove Resort is a great option worth considering.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nzers
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marlincovehr, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 3 December 2012
Good Afternoon,

Thank you so much for your comments and feedback on Marlin Cove Resort. I have passed these along to the team here. Also, thank you for uploading so many photos of the Resort for the benefit of future travelers.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2010

We spent a week here, with our two teenage sons and also 2 1/2 year old. For a self-catering holiday it was excellent value for money. The staff were very friendly and helpful, with good advice on what to do. Our unit was nice and clean and big enough that we didn't feel like we were crowded in, like you can feel at some resorts. The pool area is absolutey beautiful, our little one had a great time, his brothers enjoyed it to. The beach is a easy walk down the road and really nice. We would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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marlincovehr, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 3 December 2012
Good Afternoon,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive comments of Marlin Cove Resort with the TripAdvisor community. We hope to see you back up this way again in the future.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2010

We had the most amazing stay at Marlin Cove Resort from start to finish. The resort managers Derek and Kerry were delightful and attended to our every need, the resort grounds are beautiful and are kept in immaculate condition not to mention the lagoon style pool which is simply devine!! The units are very comforable, modern and well kept and above all the value for money is unbeatable - and this close to the beach. I cannot sing enough praise about the resort - AN ABSOLUTE MUST STAY!!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BenLovesTravel
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marlincovehr, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 3 December 2012
Hi BenLovesTravel,

Thank you so much for your lovely review of Marlin Cove Resort. We couldn't agree with you more, the lagoon pool is one of our favorite parts of the Resort! I have passed your comments on to the team here, and I'm sure they'll be as pleased as I am to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us.

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mareeba
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2009

Great resort the facilities can't be faulted, the staff are very friendly, good cheap rates i would recomend this resort to anyone

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mulcahy
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marlincovehr, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 3 December 2012
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your lovely comments, and we hope you enjoyed your stay at Marlin Cove Resort.

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bris
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2009

great staff ,nice pools,service was good and would love to come back and would recommend this hotel to friends and family.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank abbie22
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marlincovehr, Guest Services Manager at Marlin Cove Holiday Resort, responded to this review, 17 September 2009
Hi there,

Glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We'd love to see you head back up this way.
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Additional Information about Marlin Cove Holiday Resort

Property: Marlin Cove Holiday Resort
Address: 2 Keem St, Trinity Beach, Queensland 4879, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Trinity Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Trinity Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Marlin Cove Holiday Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marlin Cove Resort at Trinity Beach is nestled on the far north coast of Queensland. This unique Trinity Beach resort is located on the Northern Beaches of Cairns and only a few minutes' walk to the beautiful Trinity Beach, restaurants and shops. The resort offers a huge saltwater lagoon pool with sandy beach, lap pool, spa, sauna, four bbqs, full size tennis court, games room and more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Marlin Cove Holiday Hotel Trinity Beach
Marlin Cove Quest Hotel
Marlin Cove Holiday Resort Trinity Beach, Cairns Region, Australia

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