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The Reef House – M Gallery Collection
Once the private residence of an army brigadier, the Sebel is more intimate and understated than most of Palm Cove’s resorts. The whitewashed walls, wicker furniture and big beds romantically draped in muslin all add to the air of refinement...
Peppers Beach Club & Spa
Step through the opulent lobby at Peppers and into a wonder-world of swimming pools – there’s the sand-edged lagoon pool and the leafy rainforest pool and swim-up bar, plus tennis courts and spa treatments...
Shangri La Hotel The Marina Cairns
In an unbeatable waterfront setting, towering over the marina, Shangri-la is Cairns’ top hotel, a super-swish five-star that ticks all the boxes for location, views, facilities (including a gym and pool bar) and attentive service...
The Hotel Cairns
There’s a real tropical charm to this sprawling bone-white hotel, built in a traditional Queenslander plantation style...
Charming boutique resort has 24 one-bedroom apartments, all with kitchens, balconies and laundry facilities.
Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
A replica of Michelangelo's David greets you in the foyer of this central boutique high-rise. It's quietly stylish, in a soft-focus, terracotta-urns Mediterranean kind of way, and the welcome and service are intimate compared with the big hotels'...
Bali comes to Cairns at this low-rise complex: waking up among the authentic wood furnishings and ceramic pieces, you may be taken with the sudden urge to have your hair beaded.
Discovery Cairns Hotel
The folks here have done an excellent job refurbishing this hotel, and some rooms have extras such as wine glasses and tasteful pictures on the wall. Superior rooms look out onto saltwater pool number two...
The crisp, white interiors of Reef Palms’ apartments will have you wearing your sunglasses inside. All rooms have kitchen facilities; larger ones include a lounge area and a spa. Good for couples and families.
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Smart rooms with modern appliances in a Zen-inspired complex. Water flows calmly in rivers that end in lovely swimming pools. There’s an on-site wellness centre and plenty of tucked-away places for relaxation.
201 Lake Street
Lifted from the pages of a trendy magazine, this new apartment complex has a stellar pool and a whiff of exclusivity...
Pullman Cairns International
The grandaddy of Cairns' five-stars, the Sebel's exterior looks a little dated but it has a fine location, colonial charm and surprisingly contemporary rooms with city, mountain or harbour views...
Acacia Court Hotel
A stroll along the foreshore from town, this waterfront high-rise’s beachy touches, including bright aqua bedspreads and a choice of ocean or mountain views, make it great value for money...
Bohemia Resort Cairns
Bohemia Resort caters to a new breed of hippies seeking comfort, in tall adjoining buildings composed of hotel style and family rooms that are cleaned daily. Dorms are bunk-free zones. There's a tranquil pool and all en suite rooms have a balcony.
Double dip here in the two pools, and relax in the smart apartments with kitchenettes, bathrooms and balconies.
Coral Tree Inn
A decent midranger in a nifty spot close to the centre, Coral Tree Inn has the goods to keep the comfort-conscious happy without breaking the bank...
Roydon Beachfront Apartments
Conquer the shopping mall frontage of this condo block and you'll find yourself in a sea of spruce greenery and immaculate grounds. The vision is flawless to the point of futuristic and the colossal apartments benefit with as-new innards...
Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows Campground
Has campsites, cabins and contemporary bungalows that enjoy widescreen ocean TV. It's palm-shaded, beachfront paradise, except when the horse flies are out in force.
Villa Vaucluse Apartments Of Cairns
Mediterranean decor meets tropical influences, with central atrium, secluded saltwater swimming pool and sumptuous self-contained apartments.
Comfort Inn & Suites Trinity Beach Club
This has friendly owners and clean, self-contained rooms with balconies or courtyards and pool views. The outdoor hot tub fits 10.
Getaway On Grafton
Snap these snazzy apartments up as quick as you can. Only a handful is nestled into this tiny and unassuming block, and all are equipped with furnishings and mod-cons that look like they arrived yesterday...
Southern Cross Atrium Apartments
If you find yourself in one of these cool, modern self-contained apartments you’ll thank yourself. Enjoy the designer kitchen in the studios, and direct access to the lap pool (one of three) from ground-floor apartments...