Kewarra Beach Resort

Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach 4878, Australia
(4.5 star hotel)
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Even Better than before

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 27, 2011

We enjoyed our first time at Kewarra Beach Resort so much that we decided the first chance we got we would return. Our second visit proved to be even better than the first time which was fantastic.
They have completely refurbished the main restaurant, receptiona nd public areas, and the look is brilliant, open plan and tropical. We enjoyed dining at Kewarra every night the menu had sufficient variety to entice us back for 4 nights in a row ! Caring and attentive service and excellent wines to accompany some of the best food we have ever tasted anywhere in our travels around the world.
We chose Kewarra again because it is a place thet we could unwind and totally relax without a worry in the world. We took advantage of their new spa facilities which were awesome.
The added touch with the provision of complimentary internet and FREE ipads for guests use was much appreciated.
We will return that's for sure and would highly recommend Kewarra Beach Resort to anyone planning to visit the Cairns region of north Queensland or the Great Barrier Reef.

Unique Quality: The single most outstanding element about Kewarra was the incredible staff, they just could not do enough for you, highly attentive and very professional. The gardens and the private beachfront just make this place very special.

Directions: Kewarra Beach Resort is situated a short 20 minute drive north of Cairns on the Northern Beaches.
Don't let that put you off because all the tours in the region will pick you up and you are away from the crowds and touristy area of Cairns City

The best property we experienced in Australia

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 11, 2010

Having read some of the earlier reviews about this property I felt compelled to share our experiences about this beautiful property which is under new ownership and management since some of the earlier reviews were wrtten...
My wife and I had the pleasure of spending 5 glorious days at this delightful hideaway. Initially we were considering the city of Cairns which is a 20 minute drive south from the resort, however we were not keen to stay in a built up suburban area while visiting this part of the country and came across Kewarra Beach Resort on the internet. It proved to be the highlight of our visit to Australia, from the very moment we walked into their welcoming foyer we knew we had made the right choice. We were greeted with a refreshing tropical cocktail and made to feel as though we were being welcomed into a long lost friend's home. The individual private bungalows were beautifully appointed and each offered privacy and comfort. They were all sensitively built in a rainforest on the edge of a tropical lagoon. The wildlife and amazing variety of birdlife was incredible and we even had resident Kangaroos who visited us in the evenings. The property is located immediately on private beachfront and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being able to wander through stunning gardens onto an uncrowded tropical beach that we fell in love with. The food and service was on a par with the very best we have experienced anywhere in the world, and we travel extensively. The Staff were always attentive and extremely professional. Our tours in the region were all booked by the receptionists who were incredibly helpful, and their local knowledge paid off as we went on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and a full day rainforest safari that we will remember forever. Although all the tours to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding Rainforests pick up at the resort we did find that it was handy to have a hire car for the days that we wanted to explore on our own, they had a very good car hire service at the resort. We have already started to plan a return visit to Kewarra in a couple of years and we would highly recommend this charming private beach resort to anyone planning to visit the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north Queensland region.
Kewarra has just undergone a major refurbishment of all their accommodation and we understand that they will be closing for 2 months from April 2010 to undergo another multi-million dollar renovation due for completion in June 2010, with this in mind we can't wait to return.

Unique Quality: The fact that this property is on it's very own private beachfront, with a safe stinger enclosure for year-round swimming is a huge plus, but equally as important it is not in a crowded touristy area, it really is like having your very own private tropical hideaway. The attention to detail in terms of the cuisine, accommodation and attentive service all position this property as a genuine boutique experience. We were looking for an authentic Australian experience and were certainly not dissapointed.

Directions: 20 minutes drive from Cairns, the property is perfectly located to explore the region. Kewarra is, without question, the best situated resort in Queensland from which to access all the must do experiences of North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.

Kewarra Beach Resort - save your money

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 10, 2008

Our recent stay at one of the beachfront mouds at Kewarra beach resort was a motivation to warn future travelers of what they can expect. First of all, the staff is exceptional (except for one female bartender) and the location is unique, but there are issues of which one should be aware. They are expensive for what you receive - you pay for coffee, phone calls, water, etc, etc, etc. There is nothing really complimentary although I didn't use the shampoo, but probably would be charged if i had. Secondly, a king bed is two twins pushed together and not at all comfortable for two people. The mouds have individual water tanks that last only about 5 minutes, so don't expect to shower long, let alone can two people shower back to back - poor for as much as one moud costs. Finally, there is not a consistent easy way to get around if you don't rent a car, so expect to pay high prices for so-so food at the restaurant, although there is a bar menu which has a decent club sandwich - but of course you must pay $10 extra for room service....

Unique Quality: The location is great if you want a secluded, relaxed time.

Directions: Northern Cairns Beaches

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Okay, mixed feelings.

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 6, 2007

This resort is located on Kewerra Beach, approx 30 minutes drive north of Cairns. I have mixed feelings regarding this resort; as probably I have been too spoilt.I have stayed in numerous resorts like Kewarra, and I wanted to try this particular hotel .

We were greeted warmly on arrival and led to our beachfront bungalow. We were very disappointed when we opened our door, for $420.00 AUD a night we basically had a very ordinary furnished bungalow with a very average bathroom.

The bungalow consisted of a bed, bedside tables, cabinet with mini bar, coffee and tea facilities, and a chair. There was another small room attached which housed the wardrobe and led to the bathroom, which consisted of a very small vanity unit, shower over the bath and a toilet. There was also a small veranda with table and chairs at the entrance to the bungalow. This is no way luxury accommodation which they advertise on their website. It’s basically a 3 star with a 5 star location.

After walking through the resort, we decided it would have been better and cheaper staying at one of the other bungalows or mouds tucked away in the gardens. Our beachfront moud was not private and we basically had other guests looking at us whilst sitting on the veranda. If you can afford it the Timara Suite looked the best of the bunch, a lovely private bungalow tucked away beside the lagoon.

The resort has two refreshing natural looking swimming pools nestled within the tropical gardens; both are ample size with a natural waterfall spa attached.

I have given this resort a four star rating due to my experience, I think for the price they could improve the bungalows interior without losing the overall natural ambiance.

Tip: A car is necessary for getting around.

Unique Quality: The restaurant has an African/ Asian feel to it but we were disappointed with the menu and wine selection. We noticed on arriving for dinner that other Japanese guests were feasting on some crayfish and when the menu arrived it was not on the list.

On requiring about what offer guests were eating they told us it was a special menu for the Japanese. ………but they would ask the chef if we could see it. Naturally, we wanted what they had, which seemed ludicrous to us that they should have two different menus. Anyway, they happened to have one crayfish left, which I ordered.

The interesting factor about this resort is when checking out Palm Cove Hotels like Sea Temple, Outrigger etc.etc. We were actually glad we stayed at Kewarra; it presented a lovely natural surrounding on the beachfront. You just have to get over that there are no 5 star trimmings but 5 stars for its natural environment.

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Amazing resort!!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 3, 2007

This resort is simply beautiful. It is about 15 min north of Cairns, tucked in among the rain forest with its own private beach. The rooms are individual bungalows and are very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and took care of our every need. Parking is on-site and free. I wish we’d had more time in Cairns; this was without a doubt my favorite place of my entire travels in Australia.

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a tropical dream

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 15, 2006

Kewarra Beach Resort is built around a lagoon and fringed by the waters of the Coral Sea. Individual guest mouds, ( the Islander word for small tropical house), are positioned beside the lagoon, scattered in landscaped tropical gardens, and hidden in the beachfronts Melaleuca trees. The rooms of the different cottages are beautifully finished and equipped with modern conveniences,like king sized beds, en-suite bathrooms (partially with gardenviews),verandahs and beautiful Australian artworks.
A fine restaurant and bar caters for the guests, and above all, a tropical , two tiered outside pool makes your stay unforgettable.

Unique Quality: The Resorts location seems to be 100s of kms from civilisation - yet it is within easy reach of Cairns, the Daintree Forest and the Atherton Tablelands. Excellent service, good (expensive) food and unparalelled location in a tropical forest by the sea. A Resort for honeymooners and nostalgic thougts!

Directions: about 20 minutes drive from the airport (Cairns) to the north

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a tropical dream

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 15, 2006

Kewarra Beach Resort is built around a lagoon and fringed by the waters of the Coral
Sea. Individual guest mouds, ( the Islander word for small tropical house), are positioned beside the lagoon, scattered in landscaped tropical gardens, and hidden in the beachfronts
Melaleuca trees. The rooms of the different cottages are beautifully finished and equipped with modern conveniences,like king sized beds, en-suite bathrooms (partially with gardenviews),verandahs and beautiful Australian artworks.
A fine restaurant and bar caters for the guests, and above all, a tropical , two tiered outside pool makes your stay unforgettable.

Unique Quality: The Resorts location seems to be 100eds of kms from civilisation - yet it is within easy reach of Cairns, the Daintree Forest and the Atherton Tablelands.Excellent service, good (expensive) food and unparalelled location in a tropical forest by the sea.

Directions: about 20 minutes drive from the airport (Cairns) to the north

Has its drawbacks

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 7, 2003

We stayed at the Kewarra Beach Resort for the Cairns leg of our honeymoon. After the spotless luxury of the Westin Sydney, Kewarra was a bit of a let-down at first. The rooms look like they have not been renovated since the Eighties when the hotel opened.

Here are some minus points about Kewarra Beach: The decor; Charging a daily fee of 5 AUSD for the use of a room safe - penny pinching in my opinion; Misleading advertising - The hotel website states "The gardens flow right onto our private beach" but it doesn't. The resort has a private beachFRONT i.e a small patch of land before you get to the beach. There is no barrier between your room and the beach. This makes charging for a room safe even more mean, since anyone can walk up to your front door (also the water at that part of the beach is not as clean as Palm Cove. More brown than blue); No complimentary bottled water - for these prices, a small bottle of water to take to the beach would have been appreciated. The staff - competent but not the happiest staff I've seen.

But on the plus side, there are things about Kewarra you would not get at a more conventional resort: The seclusion - we saw a brilliant night sky on the beach, with not a single other person about. It would not have been the same amongst the lights and bustle of Palm Cove; The unique feeling of being amongst rainforest yet having the beach right on your doorstep; The wildlife - we would constantly see butterflies when walking from our room to reception, and one morning I saw two grouse-like birds walking through the lobby; Room size - our beach front 'pipi moud' was pretty spacious.

Overall, I would recommend Kewarra if you really want seclusion and a back-to-nature feel, and don't mind paying a lot for a room looks a little dated. For something more luxurious, modern and conventional, I would suggest going to Palm Cove - perhaps the Sebel Reef or the Beach Club hotel.

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Address: Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach 4878, Australia

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Amenities at Kewarra Beach Resort

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Suites
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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