What We Love About Shantara Resort Port Douglas (2019 Guide)

The Shantara Resort Port Douglas is an exclusive four star getaway for adults only. Whether you are visiting Port Douglas on honeymoon or just looking for an opportunity to reconnect, Shantara’s tropical surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.

Accommodation

Comfortable and stylish. The hotel’s studiorooms are ideal for singles and couples enjoying shorter stays. Optionally, youcan choose a room with direct access to the pool. If you want more space inwhich to stretch out, Shantara also has one and two bedroom apartments to choose from, with the two bedroom option available with either one or twobathrooms. Like the studio rooms, you can also choose a one bedroom apartmentwith direct pool access. For the most luxurious accommodation available,though, look no further than the Shantara Apartments. These romantic onebedroom apartments come with a private timber deck with direct pool access, aswell as a private courtyard with a hot tub.

All rooms and apartments at Shantara can be self-catering. The studio rooms have kitchenettes, while the larger apartments have full kitchens. To help you with your self-catering, the hotel offers a variety of breakfast hampers to choose from including cooked and continental options as well as tropical fruit. Laundry facilities are also freely available for all guests, as is free wireless internet in all rooms.

Amenities

The Shantara Resort is built around a pair of landscaped lagoon pools that encircle the apartment buildings, complete with tall palm trees and islands for sun loungers. Both are heated during winter to keep them warm and tropical all year round. It’s easy to spend a lot of time here, especially if you have direct poolside access from your room. Alternatively, head to the gym to work out in air-conditioned comfort.

The resort’s headline feature, though, is the Shannara Day Spa. Here you can experience relaxing massages, including specialist options like hot stones and aromatherapy, as well as a range of beauty treatments. Travellers might be especially interested in the spa special Jet Lag Recovery treatment. This relaxing leg and foot massage is designed to take away the aches and pains of a long flight, setting you up to make the most of your time in Port Douglas.

What you won’t find at Shantara is a restaurant. The kitchen facilities available in all rooms make it easy to cook for yourself, though, and the resort is within easy walking distance of a lot of great Port Douglas restaurants. Alternatively, take advantage of the barbeque equipment available at the resort and enjoy dinner by the pool. Either way, it’s easier to take charge of your own itinerary when you aren’t tied to a hotel restaurant timetable. With so much to explore around Port Douglas, thatcan be a very good thing.

Location

Quite central. The resort can be found at the north end of Davidson Street, putting you just a few minutes away from everything Macrossan Street has to offer. Self-catering isn’t a problem when you are so close to the best bars and restaurants in Port Douglas. Four mile beach is equally close if you decide to swap Shantara’s tropical lagoon pools for the real thing, and just a little further gets you to the stunning views available from the Trinity Bay Lookout.

The location also makes it easy to find. If you are arriving by car, you just need to follow the road from the Captain Cook Highway, and the hotel’s secure basement parking makes this an attractive option. They can also take care of transfers to and from Cairns Airport if you prefer to let someone else do the driving. Guests can choose to travel in by shuttle bus or treat themselves to a private two-person limousine ride to Port Douglas.

Price

Fairly expensive if you go by the up front price. During peak season, a studio room for two adults will cost just under $600 when booked through the hotel website. The hotel also advertises a minimum stay of three nights, although shorter stays are available on request.

However, this really is just the upfront price. Shantara also offers to match proven online prices when you book through their website, meaning that your stay can be substantially cheaper than advertised. As an incentive, guests who book through the website also get $25 each in credit for the Shantara Day Spa. Shantara also runs regular promotions, so make sure to check back regularly for new deals.

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