This colonial-style resort offers a romantic escape on Australia’s idyllic Palm Cove.
The Reef House scores a trifecta with its elegant accommodations, outstanding beach setting and elegant spa. The former residential home of a Cairns bookmaker, the property dates back to the 1950s, lending the hotel a rich sense of character. Although the Reef House is now well-appointed with modern amenities and contemporary creature comforts, elements like the original pool and Brigadiers Bar keep the resort’s proud history alive.
Guest room and suite options run the gamut, from king-bed studios and ocean-view rooms to spacious suites and spa apartments. All are decorated in a pleasant, tropical-modern style, and even the studios come with niceties like private balconies or terraces with hanging sofa swings for two. If you feel like splurging, the 4-bedroom Villa Casablanca is a must. A kitchen, barbecue facilities, plunge pool and private outdoor pavilion with a day bed are just the beginning of its indulgences.
The Reef House Restaurant sets a romantic table for al fresco meals overlooking the Coral Sea, while Brigadiers Bar welcomes guests for complimentary Brigadier's Punch every evening during the "Twilight Hour." The on-site day spa takes relaxation seriously with pampering massages, body treatments and nurturing skincare therapies. Weddings on the beach are a specialty here, and three pools, a tour desk and venues for small incentive groups and executive retreats round out the facilities.