We booked one night at the Novotel Oasis as our overnight flight arrived at Cairns International Airport and we thought it best to see Cairns before driving to Port Douglas the next day.
The Novotel entrance foyer looked good, and as our room would not be ready for a few hours we walked through the lush tropical gardens, sat by the beautiful pool and enjoyed lunch at the pool restaurant. Indeed, we thought we had picked a winner.
Allocated a room on the 5th Floor we soon were glad our stay was one night. Upon leaving the lift there was a very strong mildew smell as we walked along the passage to our room. The room had recently been renovated, new carpets, large flat screen TV etc etc, however the mildrew smell still penetrated the room. Not Pleasant!
Excellent pool and tropical gardens, good breakfast.
Less than 10 minutes south of Port Douglas is the gay resort of Turtle Cove.
It's laid back - accommodates 60 people in 3 different styles of accommodation - the absolute beach front chalets (7 in total) or rooms in the single block towards the rear of the property - upstairs with sea views, downstairs garden views. A swimming pool, bar/restaurant and games room. Plus the added attraction of two secluded beaches that whilst not private, are only accessed through the property.
It's totally idyllic. The restaurant is surprisingly good (considering that unless you have your own transport, you're a captive audience), staff amazingly friendly and there's a laid-back, non-precious approach. It's been here 17 years: it shows in places, but in many ways that's the attraction. This is not a over-designed, over-clinical 5 star resort with all modern amenities. Whilst there are plans by the new owners to improve the rooms and public spaces (some of which are required), it is the slightly shabby element to the place that has its attraction.
It's all very laid back. Admittedly, whilst we there, there were only only a handful of guests (it can get very busy at certain times of the year - the Mardi Gras Chill Out for one) and which provided a very different experience, staff were extraordinary friendly, helpful and engaging. Food was good, drinks reasonably priced considering captive audience (and we played a number of games of pool in the bar).
And the beach and sunsets, the sunrise, the icy cold pool all great extras. And if the beach didn't appeal, there is always the lawn fronting the beach chalets for lazy days in the sun.
Reception will also arrange car hire, spa and massage treatment in Port Douglas, airport transfers (Cairns) and any organised tours required.
We picked up this room on a last minute site and only paid A$79 a night for our one bedroom apartment. Patrick the owner was really friendly and the apartments were clean and although very basic, great value.
Our apartment was a one bedroom at the back of the property facing the pool (rm 118). We had a king size bed. There was also a sofa bed in the lounge area. The apartments have a small kitchen but are fine if you are eating out most nights. This apartment was only really big enough for a couple.
The pool area is smallish but very pleasant and we had the pool to ourselves almost all week. There was no real noise other than the birds in the trees opposite that seem to go crazy for an hour early each evening. I could hear the band at the pub across the road on one evening but it was not loud noise.
We found the location brilliant with restaurants and 4 bars only steps away. The supermarket was across the road. It took about 7-10 mins to walk to the beach.
When we stayed Patrick was in the middle of renovated and updating the rooms.
The location is the main benefit of the Newport. You dont need to get in the car or even rent a car.
As we had camping gear and it was a bit cheaper the next door Dougies backpackers we stayed here at Pandanus Caravan park camping out in the rainforest, and it was great fun staying here and would recommend it to anyone. It has it`s own swimming pool at the front as you come in and the showers and washing facilties are all in good working condition and clean(well except the odd frog in the shower, but hey it is the tropics).
The only thing thats a bit putting off is that the cooking facilties are a little worn and torn so if your a bit crafty like we i use to go next door to Dougies backpackers and cook my meals.
I have stayed at this Park a number of times. It's cheap and clean. Being one person I hate spending huge amounts of money on a room that you hardly use.
There is an area where you can put your caravan or mobile home.
Then there is a camping area at the back.
Then there is the units at the back of the park. This is where I stay.
It's a lovely quiet park.
The park is about 2 minutes walk from the 4 Mile Beach. You can sit outside back of the units where there is lawn and nearly see the water.It's about a 5 minute walk from the main street.
The rooms are basic but clean. Double bed, 2 singles.
Small kitchen, with stove and microwave. Fridge and utensils.
Linen is avalaible to hire $10 for 4 sheets/2 pillowcases and 2 towels.
The gardens are well kept and some lovely tropical trees and shrubs.
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