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The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

I stayed here as a group of 10, the check in was friendly & fast. The apartment was clean & fresh with everything you need. Location was perfect too close to cafe's, restaurants & a 2 minute stroll to the beach, very quiet as not on the esplanade. Exceeded my expectations. I will be back!

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1 Thank LibbyP74
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback on the experience that you recently had in staying at Reef Retreat and sampling Palm Cove as a holiday destination. We are pleased to have made a positive impression! More 

Camberley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015

nice small hotel really a set of apartments. close to restaurants & sea . no food available bt not necessary really as many restaurants within a couple of minutes. rooms nice but small garden small pool. room sevice only every few days. staff very helpful. overall nothing very wrong & nothing really great but pleasant enough

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2 Thank peter c
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review, we appreciate all feedback. As you indicate we are self contained apartments, not a hotel. We do provide a mid-stay service for stays of 5 nights or longer, however towels and other room inventory items are available for exchange or replacement on request as required. With 28 restaurants within walking distance... More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 10 November 2015

We recently spent a week at this lovely resort. It provided us with everything we needed to relax and recuperate after a hectic 12months. The hotel is set in tropical gardens and catches the sea breeze. What a wonderful way to holiday! Our hosts couldn't do enough to make us comfortable. Although just around the corner from the main drag... More 

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We are pleased that you have been able to find an ideal location to relax and enjoy a carefree break from a busy life. It cost us nothing to help our guests enjoy the time that they spend at Reef Retreat and in Palm Cove. Thank you for taking the time to post a review and recommendation for Reef Retreat. More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

We stayed here for 5 nights in October at the start of our Australian adventure. We had a flatlet with an open kitchenette and sitting area in a covered veranda on the first floor overlooking the pool. It was ideal for us as it meant we could recover from the flight and get over the jet lag without disturbing anyone... More 

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Thank Jenny S
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your recommendations in relation to our location and the attraction of Palm Cove as a destination. We acknowledge problems with the reliability of the Wifi and have recently had an engineer come and test the system and redesign and upgrade the capability and location of the WiFi transponders this work... More 

Bowen, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

I stayed at the Reef Retreat during a world record attempt rickshaw ride. What a luxury to have a spa after a long day in the saddle! The staff were so friendly and welcoming, and went above and beyond to help me with anything I needed. I even did radio interviews in the foyer! The facilities were exceptional, clean and... More 

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We wish you every success in breaking your world record rickshaw ride. Thank you for taking the time to review us and provide a description of your experience in your stay at Reef Retreat. More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

We loved everything about Palm Cove and the Reef Retreat was a great place to stay. Our apartment was very clean and it was good value for money as accommodation at Palm Cove can be very expensive. The setting was cool and tropical, very private and quiet. The location is great, a short stroll to beach and restaurants. I would... More 

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation regarding Palm Cove as a desirable location for holidaying in Australia. We were pleased to read of your satisfaction with the cleanliness of your room and your enjoyment of the Reef Retreat facilities. We do pass on this feedback to our Housekeeper which she appreciates. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Absolutely lovely place to stay. Ideal location walking distance to beach and many restaurants & shops. Room had all we needed. Quiet location. Friendly & helpful staff. A relaxing feeling. Not far to travel to Port Douglas Mossman Daintree. Definitely coming back. 😊🌴🌴

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Reef Retreat and equally importantly that you enjoyed the facilities in Palm Cove and the attractions and experiences that Tropical North Queensland has for visitors. More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 29 October 2015

This was just the ticket for our relaxed weekend away. Great location. Efficient and courteous staff and a very comfortable room overlooking the tropical canopy. Loved the daybed and outdoor room. Just the place to spend a hot an humid afternoon. ....within arm's reach of the ice cold mini-bar. Thanks Jim for sorting out the hiccup with AP transfer. Prompt... More 

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for recommending The Reef Retreat as a relaxing location. It cost us nothing to assist guests if we can to resolve problems and ensure that people enjoy their stay regardless of the length of time that they are with us. More 

australia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

The Reef Retreat makes you feel like you really are on holiday in the tropics. It is situated just across the road from the beautiful beach of Palm Cove, which means you can get up in the morning and go for a swim in the temperate sea before breakfast. Unlike many apartments, these are surrounded by Palms and trees and... More 

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for your description of our facilities and the relaxation you experienced albeit interrupted by the health issues you reference. We are happy to help in any way if we can when such things occur. Thank you also for taking the time to write a review and for recommending Palm Cove as a desirable destination. We look forward to welcoming... More 

Warrnambool, Australia
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45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

We stayed at the Reef Retreat for 8 nights in a ground floor Studio Apartment. The studio apartments are probably the lowest standard at the resort, but it had everything we needed plus more (lowest standard is actually quite high). The location is just off the beach front, when combined with the way the buildings are laid out, you are... More 

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Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We look forward to welcoming you back to Tropical North Queensland and Palm Cove. Thank you for taking the time to review the Reef Retreat and comment on the experience of your stay! More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled in a peaceful rainforest setting, amongst the majestic paperbark trees you will find THE REEF RETREAT, Palm Cove. Just a 30 second stroll, 50 meters to idyllic Palm Cove beach and restaurants. Palm Cove is the jewel of Cairns Northern Beaches, a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old "paperbark" Melaleuca trees line the casual Esplanade. Just a 25 minute drive north of the Cairns International Airport. The Reef Retreat in Palm Cove is a low rise four-star boutique suite style resort set amongst a lush rainforest setting of palms and majestic Melaleuca paperbark trees offering a choice of accommodation from studios, spa suites, 1 Bedroom Suites, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartment. Every room is lovingly laid out and designed to give you all the comforts of home complete with bedroom, bathroom, living area TV/DVD Player, Ipod docks, kitchenette with stovetop and micro-wave, FREE Cable TV, FREE WIFI and spacious private balconies, with views of the pool, lush tropical gardens and the lush green mountains. The Apartment is fully self-contained with laundry facilities. The Resort offers complimentary barbeque and entertainment area for guest use and is licensed to sell Beer, Wine & Spirits for consumption on site. There is a heated salt-water pool and Spa Pool presenting an idyllic Billabong scene, FREE undercover car parking, FREE WIFI and on site guest internet station, Guest Laundry and tour desk services all within a secluded, lush rainforest setting. Reef Retreat can offer you all the personalized, home-style service and facilities that you need for a truly memorable Australian holiday. Ideal holiday getaway for couples and families ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

Address: 10 - 14 Harpa St, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Palm Cove
Price Range: $130 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Retreat Palm Cove 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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