Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Triton St, Palm Cove, Queensland, 4879, Australia
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 29% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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so called relaxing

by TripAdvisor Member Johnny2456

looking forward to heading to warm weather from melbourne, we were very excited to be staying at the sea temple palm cove, to which we have heard many great things.
Upon arrival, we had to carry our own luggage into the resort after the reception girl had looked at us to see we were struggling and not offered to help. There was a british girl (can't remember her name - same one who looked at us with luggage) working on the desk who didnt' even seem to want to know who we were. our room wasn't ready on arrival (check in a 3pm) which we were ok with as it was 12pm, but were sent to the pool bar to wait for the room in which we were told - she would contact us as soon as it was ready - 3 times WE had to go to the reception to ask her if the room was ready to which was replied 'we are doing the best we can, but we are busy so you will have to wait' =- we waited and asked another gentleman on reception (terrance i think) who was prompt an helped sort our room out as soon as possible and even helped with our bags to the room.
we tried avoiding her throughout our stay as we had another difficulty with her after asking about the local area which she was very short and not very helpful at all - just throwing a map at us and pointing down the road.

Our stay was enjoyable however, the room cleanliness was definatley not 5 star, dirty tiles, missing cups, broken lamp on bedside and after calling reception to have a glass sent up which took nearly an hour.
i would like to stay at sea temple again but would like to see some improvement on service (most staff are friendly apart from initial arrival staff) but the property is very beautiful and hidden away from other resorts ensuring total privacy.

Possible the nicest hotel in Palm Cove - PEACE & BEAUTY

by TripAdvisor Member princessvontrapp_7

Palm Cove is a beautiful little town with a great beach. There is the esplanade (a small cobble stone road), which separates a bunch of new and old hotels (10?) from the beach.

It is a relaxing atomshpere and a great location to venture out to Port Douglas (beautiful drive) and Cairns (boats leave there to the reef - go with TUSA!).

Then there is the 14 months old Sea Temple resort, next to the Angsana (we had to check out of the Angsana due to construction noice next door). Angsana & Sea Temple are currently the only 2 hotels "directly" by the beach (there is a lot of construction going on). Still, there are no ocean view rooms - trees obstruct the view; there were also no beach chairs put out. (This might have been due to the recent storm, and because it rained for 26 days straight before we arrived - then stopped :-)).

When we came to the Sea Temple, I have to say, it was a Ritz Carlton like experience. AND, we paid a FRACTION of the price we paid at Angsana (which is in need of upgrades). Like at the Angsana, we were upgraded to a 2BR "room", i.e. you get a kitchen, washer/dryer/dining area/sofa, huge bathroom, balcony to pool...and all decorated with modern Asian style furniture (very spartanic but beautiful).

Service was exellent, food good but overpriced (think Hawaiian prices for Palm Cove dining), great pool, pool service. The Spa was ok, not the best massage I ever had. We really loved the Sea Temple though. In the evening, it's a 5 minute walk to the esplanade with many restaurants. If it rains, they have umbrellas.

I looked at all the other hotels, and the Outrigger looked great too but busier - good if you want to be in the middle of it all (restaurants up front might be noisy for ocean view rooms). Good location and ocean view rooms. It's close to the stinger net, that protects the ocean swimming area at certain times of year.

If you go, don't miss the Tropical Zoo where you can hold a koala bear! And, the sea kayak trip to Double Island was wonderful - the lady who runs it is very funny and interesting.

There are currently lots of Sea Temples under construction, including Cairns (feels big city) and Port Douglas (looked great; maybe more rain?). We got the vibe that the locals were not so happy about that.

Very relaxing

by TripAdvisor Member Liz1953

We recently stayed at Sea Temple while on tour and can say this resort has exceptionally relaxing atmosphere. The decor is contemporary and comfortable, with matching service and polite staff in all areas. The buffet breakfasts are excellent with a variety of choices for all tastes. The dinners we had were pricey but delicious. The resort is within a safe walking distance (1/2 mile) too many other restaurants in the Palm Cove area. But, if it rains, as it did during our stay, the hotel is a fine back up. The pool was really large and inviting, and most rooms enjoyed this nice view. The resort has a beachfront location, which is a short leisurely stroll, but if the 'stingers' are present, we were told to avoid going in the water. The Internet service was disappointing, as they only had Windows 98. After all, it is 2006. If your destination is Palm Cove, then this resort is great and I would highly recommend it; but if your time is to be spent visiting Cairns, I would stay there as the commute is too long.

A Place in the Rain

by TripAdvisor Member Numbat

March is still wet season in north Queenslandand it rained every day of our stay. The humidity is amazing and if, like us, you turn off the air con and open the door be prepared to have wet walls and floors.

We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment, which had all the mod cons. It is all still quite new, so it looks very smart and everything worked well.

It was very quiet (low occupancy) when we were there, so we had plenty of space, but I suspect the pool area, which looks lovely, would get very congested in peak periods.

The little interaction we had with the staff was good.

It is the hotel furthest away from the centre of action in Palm Cove, so it was a bit of a walk to restaurants and shops. This was a problem when it rained.

If you want to tour the Cairns, Port Douglas and hinterland areas, then Palm Cove is a pretty good base. if you want to 'stay put' and not wander too far from your hotel, then Cairns or Port Douglas are probably better bets.

The BEST place in Palm Cove

by TripAdvisor Member Alysta

We're so happy with our choice. The Sea Temple measured up in every way. The staff were wonderful, the room service prompt and delicious, the facilities beautiful. It definately felt like we were staying at the best place in town. Actually this is not just a feeling - we checked out the other so called 5 star resorts in Palm Cove and they were shabby at best. So thrilled we picked Palm Cove. The brochures and website don't do it justice. You just have to see for yourself.

Well what a view!!

by TripAdvisor Member Elizabeth14

We made a telephone reservation to this hotel several months in advance, particularly stipulating that we wished to have a sea view room & we were advised that the only such rooms left which faced the front were the penthouse suites. (The Sea Temple as with all the accomodation in Palm Cove is not high rise but at least we thought we could have a nice view of the front). Anyway, the penthouse suites were AUD 610 per night (no breakfast), but we thought hey, let's push the boat out for a few nights & it's bound to be lovely as well as having a great view. Imagine our disappointment when we arrived mid afternoon to find our penthouse suite overlooked the bins at the back & a large corrugated iron roof of their restaurant at the front. (Both bedrooms & bathrooms plus kitchen were nice but the living area was not up to much, having stained lounge chairs for a start). The reception staff were decidedly not interested & denied that they said we would have a suite at the front, even though I was very specific on the phone & thought I was paying extra for a room at the front - I find it difficult to believe that they charge the same for the suites which face the front as the one we got, but that's what they said!!!! Needless to say, we didn't waste our money - told them we weren't staying (they were full so couldn't give us any other rooms) - went on to a proper 5 star place where we had a beautiful apartment overlooking the front (& it was much cheaper). If you're willing to take the risk, then pay a lot, take pot luck with your accommodation at the Sea Temple, but you could easily end up extremely disappointed & there are plenty of different levels of accommodation all along the esplanade with plenty of balconies with stunning views.....

wonderful experience

by TripAdvisor Member goossens

Stayed for 7 nights during April. Arrived in the middle of Cyclone Monica and have never seen rain like it (and we're from the UK!)
We had been upgraded to a rooftop penthouse with outdoor spa. It was an apartment with two bedrooms and was stunning and very well equipped. The staff in the hotel were fantastic and very helpful. Just one very surly female in the restaurant. Everyone else was great. Lovely intimate hotel, food only ok but plenty of choice of restaurants in Palm Cove. Only one criticism that the rooms could have been kept cleaner. Would definitely recommend staying here. Almost certainly nicest hotel in Palm Cove.


by A TripAdvisor Member

My family and I stayed in a 2 bedroom Penthouse apartment for 4nights/5 days. We checked in 3 hours before normal check in and this wasnt a problem. The people at the front desk were really helpful and took our bags up to the room and parked our car while we settled into the apartment. The apartment was very spacious. Stains on the floor and furniture was a bit disappointing for the price we paid. Although the spa and bbq on the roof was fantasitc and we made great use of it. Loved the day bed on the large balcony!
Pool facilities and beach access was great. Weather was perfect, sunny every day! Only a short beach walk up to the main drag. We were very happy we stayed at palm cove rather than port douglas. Much smaller and not as many people. Very relaxed. Loved the shopping and restaurants. I give Chocdee 5 stars - food was fantastic! We ate at the sea temple restaurant. Food was bland and the mixed up the order. Service was fantastic though. Cocktails and wine is expensive but very nice. I would deffinitly go back, it looked like the nicest resort in Palm cove. I recommend Posiden dive/snokel crusie they were fantastic and good value for money. Overall a fantastic stay.

2nd rate Service at The Sea Temple

by TripAdvisor Member sydneysider

Only stay at the Sea Temple if you really enjoy serviced apartment style accomodation. Yes, you can cook a complete meal in your apartment, however if you go on holidays to not cook then the apartment style may not suit as the resort forgoes some of the more hotel style touches that many of us enjoy. For example, there is no mini bar or 24 hour room service here. In addition, what room service they did offer was rudely expensive, $19 for a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich!
As a result of this resort being centred on guests that will largely look after themselves service is a little amateur and casual. Maybe its the tropics but I do expect a certain level of professionalism (that was lacking!) in a resort/hotel claiming to be luxurious and charging the rates they do.
In my opinion the apartments sit about the 4 star level. They are functional and trendy but not luxurious.
Also, a special note to couples thinking of staying at the resort...this is a very popular destination for young families and as a result we found there were quite a few streaming and yelling children early in the morning.

Also, Palm Cove is quite sleepy with limited dining experiences. If I should return to Cairns I will stay in Cairns city.

Ideal for a family holiday

by A TripAdvisor Member

The Sea Temple was a great choice for our family holiday. Our 2 bedroom apartment was spacious and modern, with full kitchen and laundry facilities and an enormous balcony area which could be closed off with shutters for additional privacy. The kids' pool was a hit with our daughter and although plenty of children were staying, the noise from the pool areas was not a disturbance from our third floor location. The layout seemed to protect the resort from the high winds which made the beach unpleasant at this time of year.

Amazing treatments are available at the Sea Temple Day Spa (although Palm Cove isn't short of a selection of upmarket spas - you only have to walk along the beach to collect a swag of brochures). The gym is small but well equipped.

Wonderful friendly staff and a terrific restaurant meant we didn't have to leave the resort. The breakfast buffet was a little disappointing for the price and we preferred to breakfast in our room, but otherwise the food was great.

Highly recommended for a relaxing break, although Palm Cove itself has limited attractions outside the resorts.


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Travel Queensland

by Julesunder

Couple mid-20's starting in Cairns in early Aug. We plan on traveling south and evenually stopping in Surfer's paradise. How is the best way to travel down the coast of Queensland? Bus or Train? and when I say best I mean cheapest without being a horrible experience. We want to be able to stop in mission beach, airle beach and other beach towns along the way. We don't plan on back tracking. Thanks :)

Re: Travel Queensland

by Travmad

I have taken the bus in the past from Cairns south stopping off at loads of places. It was a good experience, cost effective and easy. Another option, some people pick up rides from other travelers from the posts in hostels, going in the same direction.

Re: Travel Queensland

by earthflyer

The buses on the East Coast of Australia are very good and reliable, everybody is using them. Greyhound and MacCarthy i think are the main buses on your route but i'm sure their are a few others.

Re: Travel Queensland

by earthflyer

The buses on the East Coast of Australia are very good and reliable, everybody is using them. Greyhound and MacCarthy i think are the main buses on your route but i'm sure their are a few others.

Re: Travel Queensland

by Anne12

I wouldn't do train. I would consider bus fares and accommodation etc and then think about hiring a campervan.
The Wicked Campervans are very reasonable prices and they have agencies in many places around Aussie land.I think you will be able to hire in Cairns and drop off where you finish.They have an agency in Cairns, give them a ring or email them, you can google there site, I think it's simply way you can stop at many places along the coast from Cairns to Surfers.
You can get different types of campers from Wicked.You will see many of them as you travel.
If you need any info on Cairns area, I am happy to help.

Re: Travel Queensland

by lou31

I have taken the bus from Townsville to Mackay and return several times. It is the same one that goes all the way from Brisbane to Cairns.

Buses are generally less expensive, slower but really depending on what you expect they are not that bad. I found the seats comfortable and they have videos to watch. Lots of backpackers though. They use the buses more than most.

You will be able to stop in places like Bowen, Airlie Beach, Mackay etc


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 Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove

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Address: Triton St, Palm Cove, Queensland, 4879, Australia