Skinny Dips Resort and Spa

18-24 James Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia | Hotel
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This hotel, located on 18-24 James Street, Cairns, is near Reef Encounter, Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventures, Deep Sea Divers Den, and Cairns Dive Centre.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSkinny Dips Resort and Spa Cairns

Reviewed by javastoryteller

Comfort and Convenience

Reviewed Jul 18, 2014
by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

No longer called the Skinny Dip, the hotel is known as the Crystal Gardens Restaurant and Resort. It caters to visitors from China but was a fun place to stay. We only required a clean room and a clean shower. Fortunately, these were available. Breakfast is served every morning with only a small variety. Deep fried tater tots, fish sticks, or chicken nuggets were offered along with scrambled eggs, toast and usually bananas. The food was not memorable but fueled our mornings. Rainbow colored lights came on every evening and glistened in the pool. Unfortunately, the pool was too cold for comfort. However, the proprietors were very pleasant and willing to answer questions to the best of their ability, I would definitely stay again, which is the highest compliment I can give a hotel, motel, or resort.

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TripAdvisor Reviews Skinny Dips Resort and Spa Cairns

3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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