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...Well, we got to Port Douglas and hit the pool..like IMMEDIATELY!..well impressed with the hotel...not as impressed with the creepy crawlies however! I woke up the other morning to find Sarah (eyes agog) looking over me telling me not to move..I obviously did completely the opposite and jumped ten feet off the bed! On my pillow was a green bug …
Maggie had booked a place for all of us to stay in Port Douglas. We arrived to the Portsea Resort and Ash and I almost fell over. It was quite the change from the carpark that we had spent the last couple of nights in. Not only were we staying in something more than 2 x 3m big, we had access to a spa/shower, a choice of 4 pools, 2 spa's and a bar …
The next week was spent in Melbourne. The first two nights in the St. Kilda area, then 5 nights with friends Tim, friend from Kandersteg, Switzerland,and Sue (his lovely expectant wife!) This was followed by two or three days driving to Adelaide, via the famous Great Ocean Road and the Grampians Mountain range. Melbourne 31/01/05 We flew to …
... streets lined with historic buildings. The water looked very inviting, but we were still in croc country. We learnt a lot at the James Cook Museum about The Endeavour’s coming aground here. There were fascinating accounts from Cook’s diary and first hand accounts from the traditional inhabitants during the weeks spent repairing the boat.
The road sign warnings about cassowary crossings throughout the ...
... crew came round all the time to offer us different options when we were on the reef. We ducked out of the snorkelling, me for obvious reasons and Alan because he didn't want me to photograph him in a lycra suit! On the platform we went in the semi submersible and out to see the reef. It was amazing!!!! Returned to have a fabulous lunch on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mantra PortSea Port Douglas
We decided on this trip to stay at the portsea for a week in late Oct 2004 and what can I say?? Prior to going there I had read one or two negative reviews on this site about the portsea, which had given us cause for concern however - the resort surpassed all expectations! The Portsea is definitely the more upmarket of the two sister resorts next door to each other.
We had a great time and can't complain
The hotel is in a perfect spot away from the main street but within 15-20 min casual walking distance. Its close to the beach as well, and the pool is as interesting to look at as it is enjoyable to swim in.
The only issues are some rooms I guess are moldy (we didnt have this problem), the service is really non-existent, the breakfast and meals are not at all any good, and moving around the hotel with large bags/luggage is a major problem.
But personally I believe the issues are a small price to pay for life in Port! This is a great place for a vacation.
Great, friendly staff
Our family, including two teenagers stayed here in June 2004. We all loved it. It was clean, the staff were helpful and very friendly and the pool area was amazing.The whole experience contributed to a fabulous family holiday. Thanks Portsea!
Cheap and cheerful !!!
We stayed at Portsea for 4 nights in November 2003 to catch some sun and relax for a few days amd really enjoyed ourselves. The complex is clean, tidy and spacious but does not offer the services that you would expect from a 4* or 5* hotel. We had a large studio apartment with very well equipped kitchen, lounge area and bedroom. The bathroom had a jacuzzi bath which was great.
Portsea did the job for us and we would stay there again but I would say its more suited to independant travellers not those who wantt o be pampered in luxury !!!
My husband, parents and parents-in-law, all stayed at Portsea in Mid March 2004. My husband and I stayed for 8 nights, our parents, 5 nights. Our parents would not reccomend it, due to lack of service, we hardly saw any staff exept at breakfast (yes very crude arrangement) and the pool bar. And they were shocked to find they had to pay extra for towls, amenaties etc. Also one of the rooms had a really loud waterfall right ouside the balcony! Though I must say they are all used to REAL RESORTS where staff are at your every whim and you dont have to leave if you dont want. My husband and I, on arriving was pleased with the general "layout" of the resort (hardly call it a resort!) and the pool. However, when we walked into our room, the smell of mould was awful. After looking around our room, we discovered the air con was FULL of mould. Hmmm how nice blowing cold mould filled air in the room.
My friend and i stayed there for & nights and loved every minute. Loved the lagoon , you'll never get anything like it, aswell as the in pool bar. The place had a relaxing atmosphere , even walking through corridors had a great feel. Staff were happy to help with inhouse stuff and in arranging our activities. Recommended to anyone who wants to retreat to top, relaxing escape.
We stayed here for 5 nights in December 2003. I was a little concerned before we left based on the variability of the other reviews I read here; it turned out that I needn't have been. While it is true that all extras right down to the toiletries in the bathrooom were charged for, and that they don't do a full service on the rooms everyday, our towels were changed daily and we didn't find making our own bed a problem. I was also pleased to see that the cost savings through not providing the extras were passed on to us: the hotel was a good $50pn less expensive than the others we considered in the area. The staff were friendly, breakfast was good, our top floor room was clean and comfortable, and the pool area was very attractive (if a little hard to get a sun lounger). Can't comment on the rest of the food because we ate out everynight. Overall, a great place to base yourself if you want to explore a fantastic part of Queensland. If you want to lie by the pool all day on a 'resort holiday', there may be better options for you.
We were a little disappointed with our stay here. The resort was lacking any kind of amenities that is expected when you are on vacation and at a 'resort' for that matter. They called it a self-contained apartment. No free internet access, and only one computer at that. You had to pay for any additional cleaning duties, and that included beach and bath towels. Inside the apartment was decent, and in fairness, the pool atmosphere was nice. We enjoyed the pool restaurant, but the menu was limited and so were the hours.
We had the most fantastic week in Port Douglas, stayed at the Portsea resort and would thoruoghly reccomend it to anyone looking to stay in the area
Portsea Resort, Port Douglas, Queensland is an attractive resort with beautiful swimming pools. However some advertised features were not available in July 2003. It advertises a restaurant, but none was available except a pool snack bar and a rather crude out-of-doors breakfast arrangement. No porters appear to be employed and guests have to cart luggage up/down many stairs to get to rooms. Our 3 night stay was in an unserviced room. Daily cleaning was an extra $55 per time and this was not clear at time of booking. Our room was beside the pool filter, so rather noisy and it lacked comfortable furnishings - except for the bed which was king size and soft. It is important to check this venue thoroughly before booking. It was a great disappointment to us! It is listed as a 4.5 star resort and charges are commensurate with that level, but is struggling to meet this standard of luxury.