Port Douglas is one of Tropical North Queensland’s premier holiday destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers from around Australia and the world every year.
But before you can begin to look at all of Port Douglas’ tours, activities and attractions, you’ll need to book yourself a room in this tropical paradise. There are a variety of accommodation providers to choose from around the town, from boutique beachfront apartments to luxurious resorts, all of which are suitable for a range of tastes and budgets.
Here we list 7 of our top picks for places to stay in the beautiful Port Douglas region, each with their own attributing qualities set to make your visit to this Tropical North Queensland destination the best and most comfortable it can possibly be.
Mandalay Luxury Beachfront Apartments
Location: Garrick St & Beryl St, Port Douglas
Looking out onto Port Douglas’ pristine beach, Mandalay Luxury Beachfront Apartments provides visitors with fully self-contained apartments perfect for home-style holidays. With a unique location on the foreshore, these apartments boast seclusion and style surrounded by luscious greenery.
Epitomising Tropical North Queensland’s slogan of “where the rainforest meets the reef”, Mandalay gives you the best of both worlds while blending Australian beach style with the relaxed tropical elegance found in this part of the country.
There are a collection of apartments available to rent, each varying in size and suitable for a range of budgets. From one-bedroom apartments with private balconies, two-bedroom apartments made up of a king and two single beds and two bathrooms, to two-bedroom beachfront apartment looking over the pool or garden with a two-person spa, there’s sure to be something to suit your budget and taste.
For those requiring a little more space, there are also three-bedroom apartments & beachfront apartments with full kitchens and laundries made up of two king beds and two singles, an Executive three-bedroom Apartment suitable for up to six guests, and a Penthouse three-bedroom apartment, which is the largest and most luxurious apartment in the complex accommodating up to 6 people.
In terms of facilities at the complex, there are so many that you won’t ever be left idle during your stay. You’ll find barbecue facilities available for guest use, two swimming pools with spas and a lap lane, a tennis court, bikes, beach towels, cots and high chairs. For those driving themselves to this luxurious complex, you’ll be pleased to know there is secure parking available on site!
It’s not all about the facilities though, and thanks to the friendly team at the reception desk, you’ll be able to get advice on and book various reef and rainforest tours available in and around the region.
Suitable for families, couples, solo travellers and businessmen and women, Mandalay Luxury Beachfront Apartments offers all of the things you would expect from a tropical resort while adding in the convenience of fully self-contained units complete with cooking and laundry facilities.
Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Location: 9-13 Esplanade, Port Douglas
A tropical and luxurious boutique hotel, Peninsula ticks all the boxes when it comes to a stylish, comfortable and enjoyable hotel. Everything about this beachfront location boasts luxury, from the reception area to every last detail in the room, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay that blends the tropical with the sophisticated, then this is the place for you.
Overlooking the town’s beautiful and popular Four Mile Beach, you’ll be in a prime position to sit back and relax and get out and explore all Port Douglas has to offer. With just a 40 metre stroll to dig your feet in the sand and only a 2-minute walk to reach the heart of Port Douglas, you couldn’t be more central.
Made up of 34 modern one-bedroom suites, you’ll be treated to unrivalled views of the beach and ocean while basking in the comfort of this small hotel. Providing you with a sense of exclusivity, the handful of apartments all have large and private balconies which are ideal for sitting back and taking in the impressive views.
The various suites available for occupation include Poolview, Coral Spa, Peninsula, and Oceanview Suites, each providing you with different, yet equally impressive views.
It’s the little things at Penisula Boutique Hotel that make your stay even more enjoyable. The complimentary full buffet breakfasts served poolside, daily ECO room service, fresh flowers and aromatherapy burners all combine to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
For those who look to the complex facilities first, you’ll be pleased to know the luxury continues. With tiered heated pools and a jacuzzi spa available for use by all guests, as well as undercover parking and complimentary wifi for the duration of your stay, you’ll never want to leave.
In terms of food, all suites are fitted with a kitchenette capable of preparing the basics, while the popular Hi Tide restaurant is on site and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel is the perfect getaway destination for couples, singles and groups of travellers eager to treat themselves to a little bit of luxury in Tropical North Queensland.
Ramada Resort Port Douglas
Location: 316 Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas
If you’re looking for comfort, convenience and style, the Ramada Resort Port Douglas should be at the top of your list. Comfortably nestled within the luscious Melaleuca rainforest, Ramada Resort offers guests everything they could possibly need for a beachside getaway, and if they don’t have it, you won’t be more than a short walk away from it.
This resort is more than just a place to rest your head, it’s made up of flourishing rainforest gardens, free-flowing waterways filled with large barramundi and lily ponds, it’s also a popular visiting spot for local wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for the mesmerising Ulysses butterflies and more! Made up of tropical themed hotel rooms you’ll be able to relax, recharge and rejuvenate during your stay at this popular Port Douglas getaway.
There are a variety of rooms available to rent, each suitable for different party sizes and holiday budgets. The Hotel Rooms are simple and sophisticated, each made up of a king bed or two single beds catering for up to four people while the Deluxe Hotel Room is a larger room type with more space to relax.
Moving up the ladder, the Standard One and Two Bedroom Apartments offer larger dwellings with separate bedrooms, a full kitchen and dining area with a sofa, while the Deluxe One and Two Bedroom apartments offer that extra bit of room with a larger, full kitchen.
Catering for solo travellers, couples, families and groups, you’ll find the perfect room for you at Ramada Resort.
While the beautiful water of the Pacific Ocean is enticing, sometimes all you want to do is dive into a pool away from currents, waves and marine life. Luckily, Ramada Resort’s pool makes you feel as though you’re swimming in a freshwater swimming hole with a few added benefits of being at a resort.
The tropical lagoon-style pool features a waterfall and a swim-up bar to give you the most relaxing and enjoyable experience. Other stand out facilities at the resort include the luxurious and relaxing day spa, which is perfect for those visitors looking to unwind without having to venture too far around town.
If all of that swimming has you hungry then you’re in luck because Ramada Resort’s aptly named Tree Bar and Grill restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Overlooking the pool, this relaxed dining option is a great and convenient place to grab a bite to eat all day. However, if you’re eager to get out and explore some of the town’s best eateries then you’ll be pleased to know you’re just a short stroll to some of the village’s best cafes, restaurants and bars on Macrossan Street.
For further exploration opportunities, the 24-hour reception desk doubles as a booking desk, so you can plan and book yourself onto day trips out to the reef or the rainforest, or sign up for some fun, local activities. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Port Douglas, if you’re using Ramada Resort Port Douglas as your base, you can’t go wrong.
Shantara Resort Port Douglas
Location: 27/31 Davidson St, Port Douglas
One of Port Douglas’ most luxurious accommodation options, Shantara is an adults-only retreat and the perfect place to escape the world and relax in pure tranquillity. Providing guests with a romantic, secluded, private and comfortable getaway in one of Queensland’s most popular holiday destinations, Shantara Resort has everything you would need and more for the ultimate rainforest and reef getaway.
Located just moments walk from the popular Four Mile Beach, you’ll be able to take in some of the town’s best attractions while also being close to the popular dining strip on Macrossan Street.
With five different apartment types to choose from including the Studio Pool View, One-Bedroom Pool View Apartments, Studio Pool Deck Rooms, One-Bedroom Pool Deck Apartments and the Shantara Honeymoon Apartments, you’ll be able to relax knowing you’re staying at one of the best places in the region. The studio rooms are perfect for those staying for a short amount of time. With a king bed, kitchenette and spacious bathroom, you can choose to have views of the pool or direct access to the pool from your deck.
The one-bedroom apartments are great for giving you that little bit of extra room with the bedroom separate to the living and dining areas. Offering the same outlook options as the studio rooms, these apartments are comfortable, open plan units perfect for visitors who enjoy a little bit more room than your average hotel room. Similarly, the two-bedroom apartments cater for up to four people comfortably, with two separate bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, dining and lounge area for your comfort.
The last room option is the Shantara Apartment, an exclusive dwelling ideal for celebrating special occasions. There are only four of these apartments available in the whole complex, each with their own private balcony, hot tub and direct access to the pool. Inside, this is the same layout as the one-bedroom apartment but gives you that added luxury and privacy.
The luxury isn’t just reserved for the rooms at Shantara Resort, the facilities throughout are also worth bragging about. Complete with two lagoon-style pools, both of which are heated in the winter months, an air-conditioned gym, undercover entertainment areas with barbecues, free wireless internet, and 24/7 on-site management, this resort has everything you need and more.
To top this wonderful property off, all apartments have access to a free laundry and daily room service. Those looking to stay at Shantara Resort should be aware of the three-night minimum stay, however, upon request, they may accommodate two night stays.
If you’re chasing a resort with a range of great facilities and luxurious and comfortable rooms, be it to celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon or just a getaway, Shantara Resort is the place to be.
Verandahs Port Douglas
Location: 7 Davidson St, Port Douglas
Located just minutes from the city centre, Verandahs offers convenience, comfort and privacy for one of the best beachside getaways in Queensland. In operation since 2002, Verandahs has shared their beautiful slice of paradise since 2002, welcoming guests from around the state, country and world.
With a laidback and relaxed tropical atmosphere, Verandahs is unlike anything else and its prime location close to some of Port Douglas’ best attractions makes it a top pick for travellers eager to get away.
Made up of 20 fully self-contained two-bedroom apartments, Verandahs gives you all the comforts of home-living while still enjoying that getaway feeling. Each room has two bathrooms, a full kitchen, private laundry and balcony to take in the beautiful tropical views and ocean breeze.
Serviced weekly, Verandahs offers guests the chance to completely get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and live in paradise on your own with your partner, family or friends.
Verandahs’ small size means there will never be too many people around at once, this is important when it comes to relaxing by the pool. With a large lagoon-style pool in the heart of the complex, you’ll be able to relax and cool off in comfort without hoards of people trying to find a seat or splashing around in the water.
Verandahs Port Douglas is a great option for people who don’t mind doing it themselves on holiday. You’ll have the ability to cook food yourself or stroll down to the popular Macrossan Street to grab a bite to eat if you’d rather be treated.
Peppers Beach Club
Location: 20-22 Davidson St, Port Douglas
A tropical Queensland getaway in a prime Port Douglas location, Peppers Beach Club is an open-air resort filled with state-of-the-art facilities, modern and comfortable rooms and luscious greenery, simply adding to that highly sought after tropical feel.
Offering guests a range of room options such as spa suites and luxurious one, two or three bedroom suites, Peppers Beach Club knows how to holiday right.
The spa suites feature, as the name suggests, a spa on the balcony for your private use while looking over the beautiful lagoon pool. With the makeup of a king size bed or twin single beds, the spa suite is an ideal quick getaway room for those looking to treat themselves. Taking the luxury a little further, the Spa Deluxe Suite offers all of the same features as the Spa Suite, however, it provides direct access to the pool.
The one, two and three bedrooms all offer similar features, with separate bedrooms, dining areas and kitchens, for that extra bit of space. The rooms are differentiated by their views with one bedroom options offering direct pool access and direct water access with the Lagoon Deluxe Suites.
These features continue over to the two-bedroom options, however, there is another room available with a private plunge pool which provides the ultimate luxury escape. This plunge pool option is also available in the form of a three-bedroom with interconnecting rooms.
With all of the facilities you would expect from one of the popular Peppers Resorts, this Beach Club doesn’t disappoint. The resort features an on-site gym, tennis court and bike hire, a large lagoon pool with sun lounges, child care, and one of Australia’s leading day spa, Exclusive Spa.
You can relax, work up a sweat, explore and lounge all in the one place, without ever having to leave the resort – how great is that?
The resort also houses a great restaurant, perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sublime Bar & Grill serves breakfast from 7 am until 10 am and opens their fully licensed bar from 10 am to midnight daily.
Peppers Beach Club is perfect for families and couples looking to escape, with all of the facilities available to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Location: 76 Davidson St, Port Douglas
Perfect for those adventurous, relaxing and indulgent getaways, Mantra PortSea is in a prime location just metres from the beach. The perfect family-friendly hotel with a range of features and facilities, Mantra PortSea has everything you need and more for a tropical Queensland getaway.
Made up of modern, spacious and comfortable rooms, you’ll want to book ahead of time to secure a room at this highly-sought after hotel.
There are four different room types to choose from at Mantra PortSea, each with their own features and facilities. The Hotel Room is a basic one bedroom option catering for up to two people with tea and coffee making facilities and Foxtel for your enjoyment.
The one-bedroom Studio Lagoon View room can accommodate up to three people (extra rollaway bed required), features a kitchenette and views of the lagoon pool, while the Studio Garden View room replicates that but offers views of the hotel’s gardens.
Lastly, the 2-bedroom Apartment is the ultimate option for families looking for a comfortable stay, with the room catering up to 5 people. This apartment, or dual key studio, features a kitchenette, a balcony overlooking the garden and a lounge and dining area for your comfort.
The facilities available at Mantra PortSea are seemingly endless and are so entertaining and relaxing you’ll find it hard to actually leave the resort to explore Port Douglas. If you’re looking to work up a sweat and get active you’ll be able to take full advantage of the tennis court (charges apply), fitness room and bike hire, or if you’re looking for a relaxing sweat session the onsite spa is the place to go.
If all of this activity isn’t your holiday style then don’t worry, Mantra PortSea comes complete with a lagoon pool, plunge pool and waterslide as well as a swim-up pool bar – talk about convenience!
With barbecue areas available for guest use as well as a breakfast room to start your day, you’ll never want to head home after the convenience and comfort experienced at this Port Douglas resort.
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