Coral Sea Resort
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Today was due to be the day we went to Brisbane, our early flight was cancelled a few days ago so we were moved to the afternoon. Our transfer was at 1.40pm and check out was at 10am so we had a lazy morning packing and left our bags behind reception. While we were doing this the owner lady came out to show the reception man something in the paper …
A fabulous day! After breakfast we were picked up by the bus and taken to the marina for our trip to the Whitsundays.
We boarded the boat and set off. First stop was Hill Inlet and a bush walk to the lookout point. Fantastic views over the white beaches and blue blue sea. Back on the boat for morning tea and biscuits and off to Whitehaven …
Although the rain had disappeared the following morning it was still very overcast and a good time to escape 'Backpacker Heaven' and head all of 5km up the road to the Big 4 Whitsunday Adventure Caravan Park with all the trimmings. The boys had been nagging to go here from the beginning but Dad was being conservative!!!
This park had a …
Airlie Beach 10th March 2010
We stopped overnight at Townsville with nothing to report apart from torrential rain and a very gloomy motel room!! Only thing worthy of mention here was our conversation with a shop assistant in the liquor store who told us that the terrible weather was unusual for this time of year and according to her …
Taxi came at 7.10am to take us to our seaplane trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Shortly after first take off, we landed at an island to pick up another couple, so there were then six of us. After flying over the many Whitsunday Islands we landed alongside a moored pontoon to wait the arrival of another seaplane and more people …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach
What a superb resort ! My husband, son and I spent 3 glorious nights at this establishment. We found smiling , helpful staff who did their best to be non-intrusive yet efficient. The location cant be beaten. Its only a short stroll under the flowering Pionciana trees into the small township of Airlie Beach. There is a huge variety of resturants to suit all budgets and at the time we were there ( Schoolies week ) a very lively entertainment scene. We chose only to eat at the resturant once for a buffett breakfast which was dissapointing for the $16 / head. The resturant is slightly pretentious but with such a lot of choice in Airlie we didnt feel the need to have meals there. The entertainment was one singer and keyboard which suited the venue . As we had an afternoon shuttle booked to the airport we asked if we could have a later checkout which was not a problem or at any extra cost . We could use the pool and facilities whilst they looked after our bags until the shuttle arrived. We devoured the Italian antipasto platter ($30) which was great value prior to leaving.
stayed here for 4 nights
stayed in a coral sea suite - the room was amazing - very spacious with lovely views
the hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the centre of airlie beach which has plenty of shops and restaurants.
if i was returning to airlie beach i would definately choose this hotel again
Great Pool and Location
Best hotel in Airlie Beach - but the standard isn't that high !!
Decent views from the rooms of the harbour.
Lovely big pool right on the ocean front.
Hotel itself is 4 star at very best ; nothing particularly special. Situated about 400 meters from the centre of the resort - probably a good thing to be just outside of all the bars etc.
Very very disappointing. Presented as an expensive 4 ½ star hotel, you expect much better. 20 mn walk from Airlie Beach, the hotel and its pool are inviting. Think twice.
So it's a 4 star hotel, but don't expect anyone to go the extra mile for you. I stayed with 3 others at the Coral Sea before debarking on a Catamaran cruise in the Whitsunday Islands. The hotel was nice, but the staff were less than accomodating. We decided to splurge on this hotel, which by the way is the most expensive in town. We stayed one night and paid a pretty penny. We were traveling with only a few pieces of luggage (backpacks) for conveinence purposes and arrived in a Taxi, and felt as if the staff treated us like second class guests from the get go. The room was nice, as was the view, but the food was highly overpriced and you have to walk into town or take a cab to enjoy other food alternatives. Similarly, the bar was overpriced and it took 15 minutes to make a simple mixed drink which was nearly unpalatable. No wonder that the restaurant was nearly empty every time we went by.
The Coral Sea Resort is really the only hotel worth staying at in Airlie Beach. It's close enough to be in walking distance of everything yet far enough away for a bit of peace and quite at night. The Restaurant has beautiful food, I think I personally put on 10 kilos whilst I was there piggy our on deserts every night. Our room although a little tired had the most magnificent view and was rather large (I think we were put in one of the basic rooms because it was there busiest time and completely booked out). The front reception staff were always willing to help. I really did love this hotel, the location, the staff, the location..... If you do go to Airlie Beach be prepared for a beach side town with "allot" of backpackers who party all night and sleep all day. Proserpine Airport is in the middle of a sugarcane field, literally and if you didn't know all about sugarcane before you get on the bus that takes you to Airlie Beach you will when you arrive at your hotel. Make sure that you go to Whitehaven beach in the first few days because you will want to go back, it should be one of the 10 wonders of the world. And stay away from a Restaurant called Shipwrecked (just trust me on that one)..
We choose this hotel based on positive reviews on this site and we were NOT disappointed. We spent 4 nights at the hotel during the peak time between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Simply the Best
We stayed in the 3 bedroom penthouse and the service that we received was second to none they even changed the inhouse movie for us. The water sports were great overall it was the best 4 nights of our holiday
Arranged our wedding at this great hotel.
Everything went very smoothly, great staff, very accommodating, fantastic scenery and backdrop for photos.
Very memorable, time, and fantastic food as well.
Can't recommend high enough.
Loved Whitehaven Beach and the Torpues coloured water.
Great, Great and Fantastic. The night life in the Village Town of Airlie Beach is a must. The Airlie Beach Lagoon is huge with all Nationalities bathing in the sun. The Islands are all available via a cheap water ferry. The natural bueaty of the landscape abounds and it is all there for wildlife lovers, marine, bird and animals (Human). Accommodation staying at Coral Sea Resort was a little expensive. However, we found much fairer priced packages whilst there. My friends and I will arrange a Bareboat Charter next year and sail the area at a much slower pace allowing two weeks next time. A long drive, but, well worth it. Great, Thankyou