The Best Luxury Hotels in Port Douglas

With over 300 hotels and vacation rentals in Port Douglas, it’s hard to find the perfect place to stay. We’ve taken a look at the best luxury hotels Port Douglas has to offer to help you make the right decision when booking your accommodation.


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  1. Sheraton Mirage
  2. QT Port Douglas
  3. Shantara Resort Port Douglas

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

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A five star hotel in a five star location. Back in the 1980s, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort was the Queensland destination of choice for the world’s celebrities. The hotel received a multi-million dollar renovation back in 2016 and the results are clear to see. The pink hot tubs are gone, replaced with muted earth tones and elegant, uncluttered guest spaces. With its sprawling tropical gardens and pools, it’s a great example of North Queensland tropical style. The resort is a haven for relaxation, but it’s also a popular location for corporate events and destination weddings.

Accommodation

Plenty of options. The Sheraton provides guest rooms and studios with a choice of lagoon or garden views, as well as premium rooms on the lagoon edge with direct poolside access. If you really want the most luxurious room that the hotel has to offer, the stylish Presidential Suite comes with a marble bathroom and its own private balcony with views out over the lagoon pool.

Families and larger groups can also choose from two, three, and four bedroom villas in the hotel grounds. With multiple bedrooms as well as spacious living areas, these provide a relaxing home base during your trip to Port Douglas. Neither the rooms nor the villas are fully self-catering, though, with kitchen facilities limited to a mini-fridge. However, the hotel offers 24 hour room service.

All rooms and villas are air-conditioned withindividual climate control, which is pretty much essential in this part of the country. Free high-speed wireless internet is also available, so you don’t have to leave your emails unchecked, and cable and satellite televisions can also be found in all room and suites.

Amenities

Plentiful. The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is home to several different restaurants, including Harrisons by Spencer Patrick, winner of more awards than any other restaurant in Port Douglas. Make your dinner reservations in advance, because it fills up fast. The Feast Restaurant and Bar opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving up international and Australian dishes made with local ingredients, while the Daintree Lounge offer slight meals along as well as a well stocked bar. For more casual eating and drinking, visit the Lobby Cafe for coffee and snacks, or enjoy a cocktail or meal by the pool at the Lagoons Bar.

There’s more to do at the hotel than just eat and drink, though. Guests can swim in and relax by two hectares of lagoon pools. They’re filled with salt water, so it’s like having a private piece of the ocean. It’s especially convenient if you’re in one of the rooms with swim-up access. For a more traditional lap pool, head over to the Mirage Country Club. Hotel guests get free access to the club, which includes gyms, tennis courts, and an 18 hole tropical golf course.

 

Location

The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, like a lot of Port Douglas hotels, is located to the south of the town, just off the Port Douglas Road. The sights and sounds of Macrossan Street are about two miles away, so you can walk in along the beach if you’re feeling energetic. The hotel also offers car and bicycle hire services if you prefer not to walk, and shuttle buses are available too. Reef and rainforest tour operators can be found all over Port Douglas, but the hotel is notable close to GBR Helicopters, which offers scenic aerial tours as well as full-day and half-day trips out to the reefs.

While you’re a little way from town, there is still plenty to do on the hotel’s doorstep. The resort is about as close to Four Mile Beach as you can get without actually being in the water, so it’s easy to stroll over for some sunbathing or a dip in the ocean. It’s also only a short walk to the Mirage Country Club, where you can enjoy complimentary access during your stay at the hotel. It’s the perfect place to get in a round of golf or a quick workout at the gym.

Price

One of the more expensive hotels in Port Douglas, although given the hotel’s five star rating and facilities that isn’t really a surprise. Booked through the hotel website, prices during the peak season can reach upwards of $500 per night for a double-occupancy room. If you plan to eat at the hotel’s restaurants, that can also be fairly expensive. Again, this won’t be a surprise for Port Douglas’ most rewarded restaurant, but Harrisons in particular offers gourmet dining at gourmet prices.


QT Port Douglas

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Like the rest of the QT family of boutique hotels, QT Port Douglas offers something a bit out of the ordinary. The hotel is a designer take on the tropical North Queensland style, filled with unique little touches that give it a memorable character. A stay at QT Port Douglas is one that you won’t soon forget, for all the right reasons.

Accommodation

Colourful, quirky, and designer. The spacious resort rooms each come with a private balcony, from which you can enjoy views out over the lagoon pool or the tropical gardens. If you have a bigger group or just need more room to stretch out, the resort also has one and two bedroom villas available. These provide a lounge area and kitchenette as well as the bedrooms, so they are great self-contained base camps for your Port Douglas expeditions. They’re still fully serviced, though, so you can expect to be well taken care of throughout your visit.

The grounds are just as carefully designed as the rooms. The highlight is the lagoon pool, fringed with palm trees and sunloungers and home to a central island that you can swim out to for a little more solitude. Like everything else at this resort, it has a couple of unique touches: you can’t miss the giant rubber ducks. The gardens mix tropical plants straight from the Daintree with angular modern sculptures, so it’s a perfect place to get a couple of quick holiday selfies.

Amenities

Characterful. The main place to eat at the hotel is the Bazaar, which offers a modern and international take on buffet dining inspired by market stalls and street food. Guests can choose from a huge array of dishes. Breakfast and dinner are available each day during the high season, but Bazaar stays shut on some evenings between December and mid June.

For something lighter, head to the Estilo bar. Go for the locally sourced small plates and tapas, but stay for the cocktails. The bar specialises in rum, but they’ll make just about anything. Locals come here as well as hotel guests, so if you want one of the outdoor booths by the pool you might need to reserve it. The Estilo is also the perfect place to retire to after one of the hotel’s Moonlight Cinema screenings, held regularly throughout the winter.

QT is also home to spaQ, a spa that offers massages, facials, exfoliation and other health and beauty services. If you’re visiting with a special someone, look into their couple’s packages, or go as a group to take advantage of their social spa-ing treatments. For self-care of a different kind, head to the on-site gym. This also includes an indoor lap pool if the outdoor lagoon pool isn’t quite your speed.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the Qtique gift shop. It stocks a very carefully selected range of items from some of Australia’s best contemporary designers. If you want a souvenir that’s a bit more unique than a t-shirt or a fridge magnet, you’ll find it here.

Location

Very accessible, right off the Port Douglas Road with plenty of free parking for guests. Like a lot of hotels in Port Douglas, QT is south of the main part of the town, and about two miles to Macrossan Street. Even if you haven’t hired a car or a bicycle, Port Douglas’ shuttle bus services make it easy to get around.

The hotel is only a short walk from Four Mile Beach: just cross the road and head towards the water. It’s one of Port Douglas’ most iconic locations, and you could be forgiven for spending your whole trip relaxing on its warm sands. The hotel also backs onto the Mirage Country Club, so you can get in a round of golf on a great resort course without having to drive.

Price

At the more expensive end for Port Douglas, but far from the highest prices in town. Through the hotel website, a double-occupancy room in peak season will cost around $300 per night, with villas costing more. Members of the Priority Guest Rewards program get a discount on room bookings as well as on dining. Speaking of dining, breakfast and dinner at the Bazaar are also relatively expensive, although breakfast maybe included in your stay depending on the package you select.

On the subject of packages, QT Port Douglas has a lot of them to choose from, including accommodation and meals as well as other more unusual holiday services like spa treatments and travel photography sessions. The lineup changes from time to time, so check back regularly to see what they’re doing next.


Shantara Resort Port Douglas

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The Shantara Resort Port Douglas is an exclusive four-star getaway for adults only. Whether you are visiting PortDouglas 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 studio rooms are ideal for singles and couples enjoying shorter stays. Optionally, you can choose a room with direct access to the pool. If you want more space in which to stretch out, Shantara also has one and two bedroom apartments to choose from, with the two bedroom option available with either one or two bathrooms. Like the studio rooms, you can also choose a one bedroom apartment with direct pool access. For the most luxurious accommodation available, though, look no further than the Shantara Apartments. These romantic one-bedroom apartments come with a private timber deck with direct pool access, as well as a private courtyard with a hot tub.8

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, that can 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 CookHighway, 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 PortDouglas.

Price

Fairly expensive if you go by the upfront 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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