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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...
Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Private and luxurious, this 34-room hotel is geared mainly towards couples and newlyweds. Expect modern self-contained apartments across from Four Mile Beach and a superb pool. Rates include buffet breakfast and airport transfers...
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.
Malanda Lodge Motel
This motel is out of town and a bit dated, but has clean rooms and facilities and an à la carte restaurant. If it feels as though the solid brown-brick walls of your room are closing in, escape to the grassy gardens or the lovely refuge of the pool.
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.
Central Point Motel
Across the street from Outback at Isa, this friendly motel has a tropical atmosphere and well-equipped kitchenettes in all the sunny rooms.
Hibiscus Resort And Spa
Balinese influences of teak furnishing and fixtures, bi-fold doors and plantation shutters – as well as the occasional Buddha – give this stylish resort an exotic ambience...
Pink Flamingo Resort
Flamboyant fuchsia-, purple- and orange-painted rooms opening to private walled courtyards (with hammocks, outdoor baths and outdoor showers) and a groovy mirror-balled al fresco bar make the Pink Flamingo Port Douglas’ hippest digs...
The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses & Wildlife...
Boutique eco-accommodation doesn’t get much better than the Canopy. This is a tree-house feast, and all the wildlife in the area is invited...
Eden House Retreat & Mountain Spa
Amid the gardens behind this historic 1912 homestead in the village centre are romantic cottages with large spa baths and raised beds, and family-oriented villas. Nonguests can book into the full-service day spa and highly regarded restaurant.
201 Lake Street
Lifted from the pages of a trendy magazine, this new apartment complex has a stellar pool and a whiff of exclusivity...
Port Douglas Motel
No views but bright rooms and a great location.
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...
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Not to be confused with the separately located Marina Mirage, Port Douglas’ original luxury resort is surrounded by five acres of swimmable lagoons...
Comfort Hotel Acacia Court
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...