The Best Resorts in Port Douglas – The 2020 Edition
There is an incredible choice of resort accommodation in Port Douglas. For a small Australian town, with a resident population of under four thousand, Port Douglas certainly knows how to accommodate its visitors. From five-star luxury resorts, with on-site spas and swimming pools the size of lagoons, to more economical resorts catering for the backpacking crowd – Port Douglas has them all.
What’s the difference between a resort and a hotel? On a resort, you’ll have all the amenities you need, including restaurants, bars and spas, set out in superb landscaped surroundings or all the facilities to do your own catering. So after an idyllic day spent lazing by the pool, if you don’t feel like going into town for dinner or drinks, you don’t need to.
It doesn’t really matter what you’re looking to spend on your accommodation; you’ll soon find something to suit your taste and budget. Check out these twenty-four best resorts in Port Douglas, and you’ll begin to understand just what we mean.
the best 5 star resorts in port douglas
Want to spend your holiday in Port Douglas in the lap of luxury? If the answer is yes, then you’ll be easily tempted by these five-star resorts in Port Douglas. They’ve all got everything you could possibly wish for to make your dream holiday a reality. If you’re on a budget, keep scrolling down, and you’ll discover some great, but much more economical options.
From the professional welcomers to the twenty-four-hour room service, the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa screams, in a very quiet and refined way, super deluxe. The resort sits in luscious tropical gardens and is centred by an enormous pool with several elegant fountains.
You won’t be limited to a room with a view of the gardens either. At the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort, you can choose between rooms with a spa bath or one, two or three bedroom apartments some of which have direct access from the terrace to the pool. There are plunge-pool rooms, penthouse suites and three bedroom villas too.
The Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort boasts one of the best restaurants in Port Douglas on-site, the Aluco, plus a cocktail bar by the pool. If you want an evening in, then there is a twenty-four-hour in-room dining service seven days of the week. The resort also houses one of Port Douglas’s top spas, the Vie Spa. Who could want for anything more?
2. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
If you flew over the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in a helicopter, you’d be wowed by its oasis-like appearance. Surrounded by palm trees and extensive tropical gardens, even if you don’t fly in, when you arrive there, you’ll soon realise you’ve landed in paradise. Although it appears to be isolated and far from the main hustle of Port Douglas, it’s located right on Four Mile Beach and within a leisurely strolling distance of the town centre. If you’re a golfing fan, you’ll be in seventh heaven, as the resort is right next to the Mirage Country Club eighteen hole course.
The spacious rooms and villas at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort all have a fresh white décor, and either look out onto the pool or overlook the lush gardens. One of the in-house restaurants, Harrison’s, has won more awards for their gourmet cuisine than they serve hot dinners. The Feast, another first class restaurant at the resort, serves up some great Australian and international fayre on an outdoor terrace. There are also two bars in the resort. One, the Daintree Bar, which supports both local breweries and talented local musicians, and two, the Lagoon Pool Bar which you can swim to and enjoy a cocktail while still immersed in the pool.
3. Niramaya Villas and Spa
The Niramaya Villas and Spa Resort in Port Douglas is the place to stay if you want a tranquil, get away from it all holiday. The accommodation consists of independent, five-star luxury villas built in an open and airy Balinese-style, with private patios and plunge pools, secluded in almost forty acres of grounds. The resort is close to both the Mirage Country Club, the Palmer golf course and Four Mile Beach.
At the Niramaya Villas and Spa Resort, you’ll dine in style under the wood and glass roof of the Chapter One restaurant who serve gastronomic delights prepared from all fresh ingredients. If you like to keep fit and active during your holiday, apart from swimming laps in the pool, the resort has a fully equipped gymnasium. In the gym, you can work off any overindulgence or head for the sumptuous day spa where you can have treatments to get any accumulated toxins cleansed from your body.
4. Peppers Beach Club
Peppers Beach Club is a contemporary resort only a short walk from the Port Douglas Esplanade and Four Mile Beach. While the resort has everything you need on-site, it’s also close to the town centre if you want to go shopping or have a night out. One of the Peppers Beach Club’s most stunning features is its ocean-style pool with artificial white sand beach backed by palm trees. If you’re a beach lover and in Port Douglas during stinger season, stay here, and you won’t feel as if you’re missing out on your beach time.
The modern accommodation at the Peppers Beach Club comprises of spa suites with a private Jacuzzi on the balcony, pool views and high-tech kitchens. If cooking on holiday doesn’t grab your attention, there’s the swim-up to, or walk to, Sublime Bar and Grill for a buffet breakfast or a la carte lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has an extensive, Mediterranean-influenced menu for the resort’s in-room dining service.
the best 3 and 4 star resorts in port douglas
Lowering the star rating to your choice of resort in Port Douglas, doesn’t mean lowering your standards. Most of the four-star resort accommodation in Port Douglas easily rivals their five-star competitors and often costs either marginally or considerably less.
5. Paradise Links Resort
Not sure whether you want a four or five-star resort in Port Douglas? Then compromise and check out the Paradise Links Resort which has four and a half. The deluxe, one and two-storey colonial-style villas of the resort are shaded by tall palms and full of every creature comfort you could possibly desire.
The Paradise Links Resort has two lagoon-size pools, several tennis courts and two public use barbecue pits. While the resort is self-catering and has no on-site restaurant, it’s close proximity to town means you won’t go hungry even if you don’t want to cook.
6. Cayman Villas
The Cayman Villas is a four and a half star rated complex of luxurious self-catering apartments at the very centre of Port Douglas. From their location on Mowbray Street, it would take you under five minutes to walk to where all the day and nightlife action is happening on Macrossan Street.
The superb apartments have a contemporary design both inside and out, open-plan lounge and dining areas with panoramic windows, and deluxe American-style kitchens with a breakfast bar. As well as a beautiful communal infinity pool, the apartments have spa baths to aid the holiday relaxation process.
7. Hibiscus resort and spa
The Hibiscus Resort and Spa is a complex of self-contained, Balinese-inspired apartments right in the heart of Port Douglas. The superior apartments range from studio size to three bedrooms, and all have private patios or balconies and kitchenettes.
In the tropical gardens of the resort, there are two heated pools and the building where the Hibiscus Day Spa is housed. In the spa, you’ll find a variety of Bali-style treatments available including salt scrubs, mud wraps and Vichy showers. A stay at the Hibiscus Resort will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and feeling like new.
8. Mai Tai Resort
The Mai Tai Resort is a luxurious, adults only, boutique resort on the edge of the Mowbray National Park and fifteen minutes drive from the centre of Port Douglas. The superb accommodation caters for only twelve guests at any one time, so if you’re looking for some undisturbed peace and quiet in a retreat-style location, this is the place for you.
You’ll need to book your stay well in advance as the resort has only four double rooms and one two bedroom villa with a plunge pool. All have private patio areas, and the deluxe rooms are fitted with outdoor, Balinese-style showers as well as internal bathrooms. Buffet breakfasts are served on a terrace overlooking the rainforest with a backdrop of mountains, and there are incredible views of the forest canopy from the poolside.
9. Oaks Resort Port Douglas
The Oaks Resort is a modern complex, with a central pool surrounded by a garden of palm trees, located a few hundred metres from Four Mile Beach and ten minutes drive from the main street of Port Douglas. The resort is ideally situated for golfers who wish to use the course at the Mirage Country Club.
The resort offers one or two bedroom, self-contained apartments with a kitchenette and either a garden or pool view from the balcony. The interiors are fresh with a simplistic décor of neutral whites and greys and minimally furnished. The resort’s facilities include a restaurant, swim-up pool bar, gymnasium, spa and tennis courts.
10. Reef Resort
The Reef Resort offers its guests two-storey, one, two or three bedroom, villa accommodation with all mod-cons in fifteen acres of tropical gardens. The resort is less than a five-minute drive out of town along the Port Douglas Road so is quiet, but conveniently located for shopping or catching the boat to go on a cruise.
One of the best features of the Reef Resort is its two stunning lagoon pools. Surrounded by rocks and fern-type greenery, they both have waterfalls and are mini-oasis of peace where you can lounge away the hours while working on your tan. The resort also has an on-site gymnasium, pool bar-restaurant, barbecue area and a gaming room.
11. Freestyle Resort
The Freestyle Resort in Port Douglas is a centrally located complex of light and airy, self-contained apartments on Davidson Street. The two-storey blocks, finished externally with dark cedarwood, sit in a garden of flowering shrubs and face onto the sizeable swimming pool and lily ponds.
The internal décor of the apartments at the Freestyle Resort is comfortable but stylishly up to date. Choose between either one or two bedrooms, all of which have individual balconies or patios depending which level they’re on, mezzanine-level bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen with separate dining area.
12. Port Douglas Sands Resort
Stay at the Port Douglas Sands Resort, right on the edge of Four Mile Beach and a sedate thirty-minute stroll into town, for a home from home experience. The resort’s spacious apartments can accommodate from two to six guests and have large balconies overlooking the pool area. The kitchens are equipped with everything from ovens to washing machines, and the living area is complete with a TV and DVD player so you can stay in to watch a film or two if you want.
The Port Douglas Sands Resort, even though it is self-catering, has some great facilities. There’s a poolside cafeteria where the continental breakfast, included in your reservation, is served, barbecue pits for guest use and an area where there is entertainment in the evenings.
13. Bay Villas Resort
While the Bay Villas Resort may have villa in the name, the resort is actually several blocks of apartments rather than independent villas. Considering their central location, just five hundred metres from Macrossan Street, for four-star accommodation, they are very competitively priced. The resort has studio apartments suitable for solo travellers or couples, plus two and three bedroomed ones large enough to accommodate families or groups if you’re travelling with friends.
Whatever room type meets your holiday requirements, they are all fully fitted out with modern furnishings and have all the essential equipment you’ll need for self-catering including a dishwasher. Most have balconies with a pool view too. There are two saltwater pools, one of which is heated, but there is no pool bar or in-house restaurant at the Bay Villas Resort.
14. Dreamcatcher Apartments
If you enjoy staying somewhere unique on your holiday, check out the Dreamcatcher Apartments on Reef Street in Port Douglas. The multi-coloured complex of twelve studio apartments has a style all its own which is very different from your standard holiday hotel.
Although reasonable in price for four-star accommodation in Port Douglas, the apartments are all luxuriously furnished in an individual way, so no two are exactly the same. Some are decorated in colonial-style, others are more contemporary. The boutique resort also boasts a swimming pool, landscaped gardens and on-site laundry facilities.
The Ti-Tree Resort is a sprawling complex of two-storey, white buildings surrounded by well-kept lawns and gardens. The resort is right next to Four Mile Beach, and approximately an hour’s walk or a short drive from Port Douglas centre.
The three-star accommodation at the Ti-Tree Resort comprises of one or two bedroomed apartments all of which are ideal for a self-catering stay in Port Douglas. Complete with kitchens and laundry facilities, all apartments have a spacious balcony which is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a drink or two in the evening. There is a communal barbecue pit with a dining area nearby where you can eat what you’ve grilled. The resort also has a swimming pool with jacuzzi and several tennis courts.
16. Pool Resort
If you like minimalist architecture and interior décor along the same lines, you’ll love the Pool Resort on St Crispins Avenue in Port Douglas. The building’s clean lines are fronted by an immense and very spectacular swimming pool just under two hundred metres long. If you can manage to drag yourself out of this beautiful, ultra-modern resort, you’ll find Four Mile Beach on your doorstep and Port Douglas centre around a ten-minute drive away.
Internally, the apartments of the Pool Resort are super sleek and sophisticated. There is a choice of three different styles of apartment, ones with a private plunge pool, others with pool views or the ultimate luxury or a swim-out with direct access from the terrace to the pool. Many of the apartments have vistas of the hinterland as well as pool views so when you stay there, you’ll see the best of both worlds.
17. Tropical Nites
Secluded by gardens, the Tropical Nites is a quiet resort of townhouses within easy walking distance of Port Douglas centre, the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and Four Mile Beach. The two-storey apartments are all self-contained and have ovens, dishwashers and washing machines installed.
All of the apartments at the Tropical Nites have either an enclosed terrace or large balcony perfect for taking meals outdoors. There is also a shared barbecue and entertainment area for guest use by the resort’s swimming pool.
18. Portsea Resort
There is a choice of accommodation styles at the Portsea Resort in Port Douglas. The resort, which is a fifteen-minute walk from the town centre, offers both hotel rooms and self-catering apartments. All rooms are spacious, have en suite bathrooms, are finished in a contemporary style and have air-conditioning and televisions. The apartments range in size from studios to two bedrooms all of which have hi-tech kitchen installations.
The Portsea Resort has an on-site spa, the Portsea Day Spa, a swim-up pool bar for daytime drinks and snacks, gymnasium and tennis courts. Although there is no in-house restaurant, the resort has a breakfast room where there is a continental buffet available in the mornings.
19. Port Douglas Plantation Resort
The Port Douglas Plantation Resort is a four-acre oasis of palm trees, blue water pools and dense tropical gardens offering its guests an intimate stay in self-contained apartments. The resort is in a quiet location just off the Captain Cook Highway and a ten-minute drive from Port Douglas town centre.
The apartments are comfortable, though not the most up to date, two bedroomed and are fitted with air-con, kitchens and individual patio areas for outside dining. There is a thatched roof hot tub at the resort as well as a heated swimming pool and tennis courts for some sporting activity.
the best Budget friendly resorts in port douglas
It isn’t always necessary to stay in four or five-star resorts to have a fantastic holiday. If you’re minding expenses or just don’t like formal, upmarket accommodation, there are some great economical and more casual resorts in Port Douglas. The following resorts, even though they’re more than half the price per night or cost the same for a week as those above do for a night, they don’t skimp on style, standards or atmosphere.
20. Dougies Backpacker Resort
Dougies Backpacker Resort is the ideal place to stay if you’re travelling on a budget. The resort has been created by ex-backpackers for backpackers, and so they understand perfectly how to make your Australian dollars stretch just that little bit further. Dougies Backpacker Resort provides a free pick-up service from Cairns three days a week. Make sure your arrival coincides with a pick-up day, and you’ll make a massive saving on the usual transportation costs of getting to Port Douglas.
Dougies Backpacker Resort is classed as a hostel, but as well as the usual shared multiple bed dorm rooms, they have double and twin bedded rooms at exceptionally reasonable prices. They also have two-person, wooden framed bungalows in the gardens or if you want to sleep under canvas, tents for camping out. If you want to prepare your own meals, there’s a large shared kitchen and a barbecue for guest use. The resort has a swimming pool and most important for anyone minding the pennies, the bar with the lowest drink prices in Port Douglas
21. Uyoung Diving Resort
The Uyoung Diving Resort is, as the name might suggest, focused towards guests who are either scuba divers or interested in learning scuba diving while they’re in Port Douglas. The very moderately priced but ultra-modern rooms in the resort all face onto the pool and have marine-themed décor plus spacious patios with garden views.
The Uyoung Diving Resort, which is only fifteen minutes walk from Port Douglas town centre, has a fully equipped dive centre manned by professional PADI qualified staff. There are two pools, one for swimming and the other for diving classes, as well as other sports activities on-site including basketball and badminton.
22. Ramada Resort
The Ramada Resort on the edge of Four Mile Beach is five minutes by car from Port Douglas. The resort is the perfect choice for more economical accommodation near the town’s two golf courses if you want to play a few holes during your stay, but don’t want to pay through the nose for your room.
The Ramada Resort has stunning rainforest-themed grounds complete with cascading waterfalls and a meandering river pool cutting through the gardens. The in-house restaurant, the Tree Bar and Grill, has an outdoor setting, but is canopied by a timber roof and has amazing vistas during the day complemented by illumination in the surrounding trees at night. The resort also offers its guests a shuttle service from the airport, an on-site fitness centre and a wellness spa.
23. By The Sea Port Douglas
If being centrally located in Port Douglas is essential to your stay, but you still want to get a reasonable price, check out the By The Sea Resort. Its Macrossan Street address means it’s a five-minute walk into the town centre and even less to Four Mile Beach. After a complete renovation, the boutique resort now offers its guests low priced four-star accommodation in one of the best locations in Port Douglas.
The By The Sea resort provides a choice of one or two bedroom suites, studios or villas which make self-catering easy as they’re all equipped with kitchens and private barbecues. Many of the rooms have incredible sea views or overlook the pool and gardens. As the resort is so central and focused on self-catering, there are no restaurant facilities on-site. They do provide, free of charge, picnic baskets for you to pack food for the beach, tables, folding chairs and just about every other piece of paraphernalia you need to spend a day on the sands plus lots more other stuff besides.
24. Pink Flamingo Resort
If you prefer to take your holiday in accommodation where there are no young children or families, you may enjoy a stay at the adult only Pink Flamingo Resort. The resort has won several awards including one for being one of the best budget-friendly honeymoon destinations in Port Douglas.
The compact and very private resort has only ten garden villas and two studios, so you’re guaranteed no noisy crowds around the large, palm-tree lined pool. The villas each have a massage cabana attached and outdoor, open-roofed baths. The resort has an on-site gym, also outdoors, and a pool bar with a barbecue.