Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove
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Thursday Yesterday we left Wellington, New Zealand and flew for 7 hours, arriving in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. We are at the Sea Temple Resort at Port Douglas, on the top of Australia, a beautiful place in the tropics on the coastal plain on the edge of the rainforest. We were on our own today and Mark and I spent a good deal of the day at " …
End of the school year and a little tropical time out was just what the doctor ordered.
Plenty of swimming in the baby pool with my kids who loved the waterfalls cascading over rocks and drinks by the pool.
Floating around the big pool with family is my daughter's idea of bliss!
Little adventures …
We slept in until 10am and decided to make bacon and eggs but we cremated the bacon set off the fire alarms and stunk out the apartment block, so we had scrambled eggs on toast with every fan and air con unit on full blast to get rid of the smells! We left the bacon on the grill as we had a wedding to get ready for.
James and Sam moved to the …
Ok, so we came here to hit the Great barrier reef so lets do it!! There are an amazing amount of tours, cruises, snorkels, dives, pontoons - its just so confusing! The lady at our apartments booked us on a family orientated one and boy did we lurve it!
Weather conditions were near perfect, no wind, no waves, no big tides. We boarded our …
We flew from Fiji to Cairns (via Sydney!) We decided to stay north of Cairns in Palm Cove to continue with the relaxing resort vibe we had in Fiji. We stayed in a lovely small hotel with a very provincial feel. It was right across from the beautiful white sandy beach of Palm Cove. We did our great barrier reef tour from Port Douglas, it went to the …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove
We enjoyed staying at Sea Temple, but found it a bit of a walk for the kids to get to the beach swimming area (we thought we could just swim at the beach in front of the resort). The kids spent most of the time at the resort pool, playing under the waterfall.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove
Beautiful sea temple
We stayed at the sea temple for 3 nights. The rooms are gorgeous as is the entire hotel. the staff was very helpful although a few of them could have been a little more knowledgeable. the location is a 10-15 minute walk to the main area of palm cove which was not to bad as it gave a chance to walk off dinner.
I woould stay there again if i ever go back.
Stayed for 5 days in Feb, thought it was a fabulous spot to relax, yes the sea is unswimable, yes palm cove is sleepy, however the staff were very friendly and helpful, the penthouse apartment was spacious and well equiped. Had a quick look at the angsana and the outrigger resorts and thought the sea temple far superior. Breakfast was very good, did'nt have dinner in the restaurent. Would go back in the area again.
Have just spent a couple of nights here in a 2-bedroom apartment. Whilst the ambience within the hotel is pretty nice (very Bali-look with lots of natural stone and wood) and the pools pretty pleasant, the general attitude of the staff is not as friendly as in most Australian resorts (with the exception of the very pleasant barman). There are some very sour faces at reception.
Go with someone else if you can.
We were staying for 5 nights in the Sea Temple and wouldn't book again.
We met the owner of teh Sea Temple Penthouse and he showed us around the Penthouse. Wow! What a mind blowing place. He spent Millions of Dollars on teh interior so if you plan your trip to stay in the Sea Temple, book directly with him since he is much cheaper than the booking through the Sea Temple. We will keep his card. His website address is palmavilla.
Poorly Constructed and Lousy Beach
Booked three nights at this "new" resort, which has apparently been open for a few months now. The apartment we rented was supposed to be one of the "upscale" units, however the poor construction and cheap fittings were evident thruout. Noisy plumbing and 4 AM jet traffic into the airport made sleeping impossible. The worst thing was the horrible beach area; falling down trees and narrow, beach with an ocean that CAN'T be used for months at a time, due to killer jellyfish and sharks.
"Service" at this supposed five-star resort was miserable, with lazy and rude staff everywhere on the property.
Who needs this? Guam is better!
Stayed seven days, everything is wonderful. Get a one-bedroom suite, much bigger than the efficiency. Have absolutely no complaints: grounds, service, room, all amazing--and this from a fussy traveler who doesn't hesitate to give bad reviews!
I thought this place average. Four star at best. Yes it is designed well with its use of wood and stone. But that doesn't make a good hotel. I found the service typical for Australia, not a lot of it and when there was, it was all attitude. For the most part this hotel is for families, there were a lot of them there. The atmosphere was not geared for a quiet relaxing retreat, with babies, kids and parents carrying on. There were some couples and some singles, but dont expect to sit around the pool to enjoy some quiet reading and sleep, becuase you will not get it. The u shape design of the hotel complex helps confin most of the noise and it doesn't escape.
We stayed in the Sea Temple for 2 weeks right after it opened in the middle of August. The location is amazing right on the beach at Palm Cove and it is actually one of the only resorts in Palm Cove that is directly positioned on the beach. We stayed in a 2-bedroom suite and the appartments are gorgeously outfitted with all the latest amenities and equipment. We loved the jacuzzi bath. Also the Spa was excellent. They use Comfort Zone products from Italy, which apparently will only be used at the Sea Temple resorts in North Queensland. And then the cuisine, it was absolutely fabulous. Great chef and great service, very personable and after our 2 weeks we knew most of the staff by name and they certainly knew ours. We cannot wait to be back at the Sea Temple, certainly again in 2005.
As Americans living in Australia for a year, we are fortunate to be close to many vacation destinations most people can only dream about. Add the Sea Temple at Palm Cove to the list! If you find yourself in north QLD, my advice would be to leave Cairns airport and drive north not to return until your flight departs. Although Palm Cove is only 30 minutes away it feels like much more when you leave the crowds, strip malls and traffic behind. Cairns did nothing for us.The Sea Temple, however, ranks right up there with the top hotels we've ever stayed. The suites are roomy with top of the line everything, from kitchen appliances to bedding. I can't say enough good things about the resort. It is BRAND new so a few things (like concierge knowledge) have room for improvement, but you really have to look hard for something to complain about. Palm Cove is an ideal place from which to explore all the area has to offer (rainforest, cape tribulation, barrier reef, Port Douglas, etc.). My only regret was only having 5 days to work with, but hey, the Whitsundays beckoned.......