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On Tuesday morning we again woke up quite early and got a jump to our day. We found a cute outdoor restaurant in Port Douglas and both enjoyed an incredibly fresh "Brekky", as they call it. It was by far the best meal we had in PD during our stay. After, we drove up to Daintree Rainforest and spent a few hours bush walking through Mossman Gorge - …
We have had a lovely day in Port Douglas. We have decided against going off to the Great Barrier Reef which we may or may not regret. The weather has been quite windy which could make a whole day at sea quite uncomfortable as there is no shelter. I think we saw some amazing fish and coral in the Whitsundays and a lady on that trip had done diving …
... with the Lorikeets which we chose to do and that was exceptionally good ( the Lorikeets were lovely but it was the food which pleased me). We got a Spotters Guide and it was amazing just how much we saw in the time we were there.
I have to add that all this activity goes on in 26 deg in the most pleasant environment. It is Australia but there are no flies, at this point no Mosquitos but I understand this will change when we go further north.
... in the sand as we walked hand in hand down the beach. I don't know how many times I said, we really need to get going... But we ended up staying there for quite some time... Long enough that is to see another first... A topless jogger along the beach... I mean the sunshine and the water... yeah the sunshine and the water.
After popping my eyes back in my head and getting a quick jab in the gut by the misses, ...
... so we expected and were prepared for the worst. To our surprise, the bloody Pajero lasted without skipping a beat and trust me I have never rocked, jumped and flown around a car as much as on those three days on the island! God forbid what this car managed to withstand! Ivo is definitely a convinced Pajero fan since a couple of weeks. Fraser Island was absolutely stunning with beautiful beaches, sand dunes, lakes and natural pools. We also saw a couple of dingoes, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Regal Port Douglas
My wife and I stayed two weeks at the Regal. We found the position to be excellent. We were able to walk to most places with the beach only a few minutes walk and the shops, restaurants just around the corner. The pool area is small but we prefer to walk to the beach than spend our time around a pool. We stayed on the top floor and used the stairs several times a day. We are both in our 50's and did not find it difficult although if you do have some disability that may be a need for concern. The staff were very friendly and helpfull. We would stay there again.
Whats all the hype about????
Stayed here for six nights. On arival with our two year old daughter we were told that we had been put in room 36a wich was on the top floor and had excellent views.
Sound's ok, till you find out that there is no lift and we had to carry a two year old and her buggy up three large flights of stairs two or three times a day in very hot conditions. Oh! make that five flights of stairs if you use the underground parking facility.
This was only part of the problem. As we had arrived in Cairns on a seven hour overnight flight from Singapore and drove another hour or so to Port Douglas we were quite tired. When we got in the room all we wanted to do was get some sleep, however, what we weren't told was that there is bulding work going on in the shops below the rooms and you could not sleep for the noise as it was vibrating through the floor.
After complaining we were told that it was only for the day and we could use another room to get some sleep. I questioned this as major renovations do not last one day. I asked to be moved to another room because of the stair-no-lift situation but was told that they were fully booked.
The noise did not last just one day as i had expected but conitnued through-out our stay, addmittedly at a slightly reduced level. We just went out to avoid it.
The pool and area is cramped and small and only gets the sunlight for about three hours in the morning so you can forget about sunbathing and the photographs on the website are taken cleverly to show area's that seem bigger than they are.
Port Douglas on the other hand is beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay there. I never usually take the time to write a review about something but I used other peoples views on this site to book this appartment and felt let down. So if you are thinking of staying here, i hope this is of use to you and to all you other review writers...........you must be so easily pleased.
Excellent Location and Apartments
We stayed in a two bedroomed unit. The rooms were each self contained, connected by a private hallway, so secure for families.
The staff were excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. They also arranged babysitting, and the lady who came (Shirley) quickly placed our three year old at ease.
The location cannot be beat. A short stroll to Four Mile Beach, and right on Macrossan for access to all local amenities.
Would definitely stay here again, if we were lucky enough to return.
The Regal on Macrossan is fantastic if you're staying in Queensland. The apartments are well located at one end of Macrossan Street, the main street through Port Douglas. Only a couple of minutes walk away are lots of shops, bars and restaurants, plus the beach.
Really friendly and helpful staff. We rented a 1 bed apartment with outdoor jacuzzi and it was beautiful. Large, clean, well equipped lounge/dining room/kitchen area with hob, microwave, toaster, washing machine, tumble dryer, and everything we needed. Big bedroom with plenty of wardrobe space. Enormous bathroom with a very spacious shower cubicle - no bath but we did have the hottub outside.
The hottub on the balcony is completely private. There are louvred shutters so you can either let some light in, keep it completely closed or slide the shutters back and let the light in.
The staff can also advise on and book trips, and organised the airport shuttle from Cairns. I would definitely recommend
We stayed here for a few nights, and found it as others have said - clean, convenient, and spacious. We also were upgraded to a one-bedroom unit, and loved having the extra space and a washer/dryer in the unit. The management was very helpful and accommodating. The ONLY downside is that there is no elevator at present and dragging suitcases up three flights of unairconditioned stairs was not much fun. Less than a block to shopping, restaurants, post office, etc. We liked being close to things and were very glad we had decided against the larger places out of town.
Wonderful staff, perfect location - Will stay here again!!!!
I did a LOT of research to find a great place to stay in Port Douglas. Some of it was based on reviews from this site. Anyhow, we are SO glad we chose this property. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with any questions or needs we had. We had to take a night flight and didnt arrive until very late, but the manager was nice enough to go out and buy milk and cereal so we would have something to eat in the morning. The rooms were clean and comfortable with a large living area. We had a huge balcony overlooking the pool with a grill, very large glass table, and a jacuzzi. To tell you the truth, the jacuzzi went unused as it was really too hot outside for a hot jacuzzi to be appealing...and it was an odd one as you had to lie down in it as if you were lying in a bed - so you might want to skip this option. The pool area is small but lovely, with a little island in the middle and a three story waterfall. It was never crowded. And the location of the Regal is perfect - it is on a quiet street away from any bars, but all you have to do is walk out, turn the corner and you are in town. We never had to worry about shuttles or taxis to town. We will definitely be staying here again!
What a lovely place to stay....
By far one of the best Apartment hotels that we stayed during our 3 week tour of the East coast of Australia. The location is absolutely unbetable compared to any of the other Hotels in Port Douglas. We were really impressed with the prompt email communication we had with the staff prior to arrival and their friendliness. Not only did they book airport trasnfers for us but upon arrival we were given a detailed guide on Port Douglas and the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef and all at no extra cost or comission to them in any way!. We were upgraded from a studio to a 1 bedroom apartment and the indoor Jacuzzi was a real treat. Rooms are so clean and furnished really well. The room had a washing machine and a dryer plus very well kept kitchen with plenty of crockery. Extremly good value for money and the manager himself helped us with our luggage and told us that they are in the process of installing lifts which I am sure will be an added bonus for guests to carry their luggage up and down.
I would not recommend the studio though as it is a little crammed for 2 people but would be ideal for the single traveller. In our opinion it is worth paying a little extra for the one bedroom apartment as the apartment is 4 times the size than the studio. Their website is accurate and gives adequate information for guests prior to arrival.
My third stay in Port Douglas in four years but my first time at the Regal Port Douglas. Stayed here for 12 nights in January this year an we were upgraded to one of their honeymoon suites, #39, and it was fantastic! We had a huge and I mean huge private roof terrace with a jacuzzi hot-tub, every evening we spent up there just gazing at the stars! The location was superb, we were on the top floor so we had privacy and peace and quiet and a marvellous view of the village and yet we were in the centre of the village, the shops, restaurants and bars are all 2-3 minutes stroll away, you really get to savour the charm and atmosphere of the place, if you stay at one of the 5 star hotels a few miles out it is not the same at all, believe me, and you have to rely on taxis or shuttle buses. The staff at the Regal are all extremely pleasant and helpful!!!!
Without a doubt our best stay here, we relaxed and had a great time and it was a bit of a wrench to leave, so if you get the chance stay here, you will not be disappointed!
PERFECTION IN PARADISE
Thank you "The Regal" for making our stay in Paradise so perfect!
This is a wonderful hotel in the perfect location. The rooms are huge and spotlessly clean with every convenience you require.
The management team were very welcoming and willingly answered our questions on trip to the Barrier Reef and gave us some great tips on places to eat. (Try "On the Inlet" at Sunset - Fantastic!)
All the guests we spoke to here agreed that this must be one of the gems in Port Douglas.
We can't wait to return here and will recommend this place to everyone travelling to Northern Queensland.
Relaxed easy living
Had a week there and it is an excellent place to stay. We had the top floor (honeymoon suite) which has a very, very large outdoor area that includes an outdoor spa. It also has an indoor spa bath. Furnishings etc are of a high standard and the resort was well maintained. It also has an excellent pool area. Reception staff were very helpful and friendly. It is well located being a few minutes walk from 4 mile beach and close to numerous restaurants.