Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
The Kewarra was fabulous. The staff are terrific, the accomodation beautiful and the grounds spectacular. The pools are hidden in lush vegetation and even when the resort is busy you seem to be alone in the grounds, whilst the individual bungalows give you total privacy. I would recommend this resort to anyone who wants to get away from it all, however you can do a multitude of day trips with the guidance of the staff. The meals appear to be expensive but are worth every penny although bar meals are also available. I would whole-heartedly recommend Kewarra.
Just got back from a trip down under and stayed at Kewarra after flying in from Hong Kong. Even though we arrived at 4.30am, ther was someone there to pick us up.
Upon checking in we were given a welcome drink and felt instantly relaxed. After some sleep we explored the resort and found it to be just as advertised on the website. Walking through the palm trees down to an empty beach was like something out of a dream.
An abundance of wildlife is visible around the resort, strange birds and insects and small lizards. However what made it extra special was whilst returning to our room, we happened across a 6 ft long Goanna wondering through the foliage!
We only ate in the restaurant once, but the meal was very nice if a bit overpriced. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful especially one waitress who was great fun, but I've sadly forgot her name
I can recommend like others booking trips with Kim, as it was all sorted in 5 minutes, unlike other trips we booked later on in the holiday. We did the barrier reef and Kuranda train trip. The barrier reef is well worth the money for what you get, and quicksilver made it a day to remember. The Kuranda train trip is ok but if your sat in the wrong seat you won't get to see much. Kuranda itself is a nice little town so if you can get yourself to the skytrain cable cars by bus or car then I'd suggest taking this up to Kuranda. You'll get to see more and you can jump on and off at various points for some great photos.
All in all well worth the visit and I would recommend it to anyone.
Solitutde-perhaps too much, overall excellent service
Cairns was one of our stops during our honeymoon in mid-February. The weather was fantastic this time of year, and the water at the Great Barrier Reef was 29C (over 80F). First of all, we were greeted at the airport by a driver and a town car, when arrived at the hotel, about 40 minutes later, the front-desk had been eagerly awaiting our arrival. A quick check-in and we were escorted through a maze of tropical plants and trees to our bungalow, over the lagoon. To our surprise, there was a bottle of chilled champagne and a fruit basket for us, with compliments from the hotel. Throughout the time we were there everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Internet access is available in the lobby for a nominal fee. For dinner, they suggest you make reservations at their restaurant, we didn't go there.
In the morning, we enjoyed the Hot Breakfast, very nice, not a large selection, but we enjoyed the selection of fresh fruits. We had the hotel book our excursions to the Great Barrier Reef (Quicksilver, worth every penny!) and the Kurranda Rain Forest (interesting, wouldn't go again except to purchase Mango Wine). To get downtown we took the bus, although it's a good 45 min drive there.
The hotel is very nicely done, with 2 pools, not many people swimming there, but a bit too far from the city. In the evenings we would get a bit bored, itching to go out, but no where to go. Food choices were slim, so we ordered Domino's one night, they delievered! I would definitley recommend staying here if you want to be alone and don't plan to leave your hotel. Otherwise, do what we did, and stay for a few nights and then move into the city of Cairns and stay there a few nights (we moved to the Sofitel Hotel and Casino for one night).
Somewhere close to heaven
We stayed for two weeks at Kewarra Beach and loved every second of it.
It is amazingly satisfying to stroll down from your cabin among the trees to a sumptuous open-air breakfast amid genuine rainforest sights, sounds and smells, attended by some of the friendliest folk on the planet.
Literally a 2 minute walk through specimen trees and you can saunter along miles of white sand and bathe in clean blue water under tropical skies.
With the Great Barrier Reef and many other points of interest within easy distance, it's a great place to be.
The real thing is even better than their website...
Stayed for 4 days at the end of June 04. Prior to our stay I had visited their web site several times and couldn't wait to get there. When we arrived it was even better than we had expected. No walls everything open plan and set in beautiful gardens. The staff were very friendly especially the waitresses and the food was excellent. Some of the mouds are better situated than others, our only grumble was that when we looked out of our balcony all we could see was lush greenery but, we were actually situated only 15 feet away from the service road and in the mornings the traffic noise was an issue. However during our short stay we were very impressed, the pools and the beach are lovely and as the time we visited was 'winter' season there were very few people around which made it even more special. Saying that however as we found to be 'the norm' in Australia there were people staying there from all over the world - UK. Canada, USA, Germany, Japan. Overall we loved it and would like to go back.
A rainforest hideaway
Stayed here Jan 2004. The resort is a rainforest! Trees and flowers spilling over rock pools with waterfalls. It will take you a while to walk back to reception because you will stop to observe birds, lizards, and butterflies on your way. You can even feed the fish in the lagoon!
The resort is very spread out and it takes a few minutes to walk to your very own bungalow. The stilted bungalows are spaced apart so they are very private - we never saw another person from our balcony. The bungalows feel tropical - with use of wood everywhere - very large in size.The resort has free transfers from the Cairns airport and the driver was very friendly and helpful. He not only took the bags to the room but also walked us around the resort, pointing out all its features. Reception brought us fruit smoothies at check-in and the manager personally greeted us. The restaurant, although expensive, has great food and wonderful service. A short walk and you arrive at a secluded beach. (Of course in the summer you cannot swim because of the jelly fish). The activities desk will organize any tours for you with pickups from the hotel.Instead of staying in touristy Cairns, I definitely recommend staying in the Northern beaches. However, this resort is very secluded, which is great if you want to get away from it all, but tough if you want to explore and are without a car. This would be a great place to rent a car. Otherwise the taxis are expensive and a bus into Cairns takes an hour (instead of 20 mins by car). The resort will give you a free lift into Cairns if they happen to be picking someone up the airport. The bus is useful for exploring neighboring beach towns, which have some restaurants and shops. Kewarra beach has nothing outside the resort. Other than this, the only real downside was the mosquitos. We were there during a heat wave and it hadn't rained in a while and they were everywhere. The hotel doesn't want to spray because it kills the butterflies and frogs, so they are exploring other treatments, but you will need DEET while walking around the resort and the restaurant is open air as well. They claim that usually mosquitos are not a problem.
Great for a peaceful holiday
Built right on beach. Rooms are cabins on stilts in a jungle, complete with birds,snakes and lizards. Walking to your room is like a mini safari. Some are set round a lagoon full of fish and crabs. Rooms are spacious and have all you need. Food is great from the resturaunt. No discos here..peace is the name of the game. It's 12km north of cairns..so it you want to visit you can get a bus (2 per hour) or taxi.
Staff are the most helpful i have known. There are 2 pools which were deserted whilst i was there, as was the beach. You can hire bikes from the reception which are good for going to some of the nearby beaches.
Well worth a visit but a week is enough, as this place is very quiet! I would suggest this would be a great place to get married.
Has its drawbacks
We stayed at the Kewarra Beach Resort which is about a 30min drive out of Cairns itself. 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. I actually considered transferring at one point to the newly opened Beach Club hotel further up the beach in Palm Cove.
Here are some minus points about Kewarra Beach: The decor - the place needs a facelift badly; 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. Not the same thing. The beach is open to the public and there is no barrier between your room and the beach. This makes charging for a room safe even more mean, in my opinion, since anyone can walk right 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 - they were competent but not the happiest workers I've seen.
As soon as we arrived we witnessed some tetchy words between the receptionist and our driver. Not a great welcome; Housekeeping - some of the bathroom complimentaries did not get replaced, wven though we had used them.
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 compared to an average hotel room.
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.
We stayed here in July 2000. The gardens are large and peaceful and the sounds of the birds made you think of tropical islands. The rooms were large and comfotable and very clean. It's about 15km out from Cairns but the local bus route passes just outside (1 every hour). Wild World is just about walkable and Palm Cove is a good 45 minute walk along the beach. Look out for the bandicoots in the gardens at night.
Falling in Love
My husband surprised me with an Australian Holiday to celebrate my 55th birthday. We fell in love all over again at kewarra Beach Resort. So quiet and tranquil, romantic walks, birds singing and me feeling more like 25 than 55. I have never felt so alive...and so loved. Thank you Kewarra
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... swill in the water and great vision. After lunch we went to another reef, Saxon Reef. I had decided to pay for another dive here as it would be longer, 30 minutes and without any of the training taking time. And I am sooooo glad I did. Only 3 of us had a second dive and 2 instructors came with us, we didn't have to link arms this time and had freedom to swim around by ourselves so long as we kept an instructor in sight. We went deeper this ...
... and then a piece of pic pipe and the arm of a Hoover to make up the instruments for the 4 competitors. The funniest part is the person with the Hoover won the comp, you couldn't make this stuff up. Day 2: trip to Fitzroy island. Caught the ferry over and wasn't disappointed. Snorkelling was super, got really close to a turtle (Catriona was really happy about this) and saw plenty of fish and coral. We did the trek to the summit ...
... some nice little stalls but overall we thought there would be more. There was also some street music going on in the background which was cool. After, we went for a walk round the main streets of town and generally just got lost. Cairns is laid out like Glasgow and is basically a square grid so it gets a bit confusing, but you always get there eventually! We wandered ...
... saw a giant barracuda that must have been more than a metre long, probably a similar size to the shark! At the next site we went for a snorkel, and again at a third spot I snorkelled too, spotting a Hawksbill Turtle whilst Nat enjoyed a second dive of the day, and despite being a shallow depth spotted multiple stingrays, lion fish and the same turtle! Dropped back at a sociable time for dinner we build double-stacked burgers and wash it down with a strong red, the Aussie ...
... rather than gondolas...
We did a circuit of the Island and luck was on our side as the weather cleared and it became quite pleasant..
The trip back was a lot less odorous...
Also the Yellow and grey Galahs kept quiet making for a much more pleasant trip..
That was our brief exposure to the fabled Great Barrier Reef..