We stayed here for a few days in the middle of a three week tour around Australia, so to find ourselves in a large one-bedroom apartment with a washer/dryer was a fantastic and welcome surprise. The living area had plenty of room for multiple roll-away beds if needed, however on the first night I was confused that there were no drapes to cover the large wall of windows leading out to our large balcony overlooking the courtyard. Being concerned that the sun would wake our daughter early, we squeezed the roll-away into the small bedroom. I finally figured out the next afternoon that there were large sliding plantation doors around the outside of the balcony instead.
The restaurant on property was very good and we ended up eating there a couple times because we were in Palm Cove over Christmas and on Christmas Day all of the restaurants, and the hotel, were offering overpriced Chissy Lunches (in excess of $160 per person) and then closed for dinner. Luckily the pool bar was open during the day and the main restaurant open for a less pricy set menu in the evening.
Our included buffet breakfast met the Australia standard. Based on all the places we stayed I think there is a basic required breakfast menu that all hotels have to offer of eggs, sautéed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, bread and pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit, and deli meats and cheeses. The quality of the items varies from hotel to hotel though - for instance canned fruit vs. fresh. (It is fresh fruit at Sea Temple.)
The hotel is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the main drag along the beach where all the local restaurants are. During the heat and humidity of the summer and "green" season (read rainy), this can be an inconvenient and uncomfortable proposition. We were told there was no regular shuttle service. However one evening we did manage to hijack a guy with a golf cart who appeared to be offering some kind of informal shuttle...but we never found out how to actually hail him for a specific trip. The distance from the main drag may be a blessing however. We like quiet rooms and I have no idea how loud the noise from the people and cars on the street could be and to what hour of the evening and all the hotels along the drag are right on the street.
There are three pools in the beautifully landscaped courtyard and one is a lagoon pool with a graded entry, which is great for families with young toddlers. The largest pool has a lot of shallow areas spread out around the perimeter making it fun for kids. I was not aware of any activities for kids offered by the hotel, but there is a lot to do in the area.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. WiFi is only available in the lobby. It is free using a password that changes frequently so you have to request it from the front desk.
My only minor complaint was regarding the air conditioner in our room. While it definitely had the most effective cooling capability of all the hotels we stayed at during our trip, there was a big long vent pointed directly at our bed so temperature management was a bit challenging.
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