Which Port Douglas accommodation is more your style?
Whether you’re looking for don’t-lift-a-finger luxury or wallet-friendly family digs, consider this Port Douglas accommodation guide as your jumping-off point to the best places to stay in and out of town.
Enjoy renovated luxury: Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas
The Sheraton is grand indeed after a bonza $42 million renovation in 2016. The 294-room hotel bags an absolute beachfront possie on Four Mile Beach, surrounded by 130 hectares of green space.
The real kicker is the hotel’s 14 saltwater pools, which account for two of those hectares. That’s a lot of liquid relaxation potential – like, two football fields worth. Better still, you can rent a private poolside cabana to make a day of it.
The Sheraton keeps boredom at bay with tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course, and also has on-site dining and bar options. It’s a 40-minute walk or five-minute shuttle if you want to head into town.
Step onto a private beach: Thala Beach Nature Reserve
The treehouse theme continues at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. This eco-retreat is built on high stilts and is hidden on private beachfront property almost fully enclosed by a national park.
The owners offer complimentary nature walks, information sessions run by the local Aboriginal community, and a tour that educates about the nutty goodness of Thala’s bountiful plantation of coconuts (plus tastings, of course).
The isolated locale also means epic stargazing opportunities.
Light and breezy rooms come with sea and forest views and have polished timber floors throughout.
Get right in the action: Mantra on the Inlet
You don’t get more central than Mantra on the Inlet, where the town centre is at the door and the calm Coral Sea is across the road.
Colonial-style architecture injects this boutique 25-room resort with charm, and luxuries include a heated outdoor pool and spa.
At hungry o’clock you can eat at one of the many restaurants lining Macrossan Street, or gather friends around the on-site barbecue.
Choose a standard hotel room or splash out on a spa suite with a whirlpool bath and timber balcony.
Relish the full resort experience: QT Port Douglas
QT Port Douglas has pretty much has everything covered so you can switch off and zen out without needing to worry about anything except which cocktail to have next. And given there’s a swim-up bar, that doesn’t even require leaving the pool.
As well as a lagoon pool, hotel facilities include a day spa (with optional champagne), tennis courts and a gym. In the balmy winter months (because this is the tropics) there’s an outdoor cinema.
Food comes in the form of a bazaar-style marketplace with a flamboyant mish-mash of international cuisine. Light meals are also served at Estilo bar, where the beats are smooth and house rum is the tipple of choice.
Rooms are fresh and funky with designer wares, and some are kitted out as serviced apartments.
Get away from it all: Cow Bay Homestay Bed and Breakfast
You’ll find Cow Bay Homestay tucked away in the tranquil Daintree rainforest, a 90-minute drive from Port Douglas.
The building has natural timber finishes and is set on poles to let tropical breezes swirl throughout. From the deck, you can look out over Daintree National Park and Alexandra Range while listening to birds chirp away. The eco-oasis is off the grid so uses battery and solar power.
With just two guest rooms, Cow Bay B&B is all about privacy and seclusion, letting you shut out life’s bustle and feel at one with nature.
Enjoy laid-back simplicity: Safari Lodge
If you carry on north, you’ll hit Cape Tribulation’s Safari Lodge, where things get even more remote. No tellies, no phone pings – just you and your thoughts against a damn fine backdrop of dense greenery.
You can saunter through the rainforest to reach the quiet Myall Beach or simply cool your tootsies in the pool.
Accommodation options include camping, dorms and private rooms, and there’s an onsite café.
Treat yo’self: Silky Oaks Lodge
There’s more tranquillity to be found in Port Douglas’s neighbouring town of Mossman, cut through by the crystalline Mossman River. Silky Oaks Lodge brings holiday vibes with verandah hammocks and spa baths, plus activities like canoeing, yoga, and guided rainforest walks.
To top it off, there’s the Healing Waters Spa, where you can be pampered with Vichy therapies and massages.
Oh, and did we mention the restaurant is in a treehouse? Yep, you can dine out wrapped in a rainforest – and it’s as awesome as it sounds.