Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa

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Palm Cove, Kewarra Beach, QLD
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Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is a private boutique beach retreat, boasting a strong focus on environmental sensitivity with superb cuisine and world class service. Just 20 minutes drive from Cairns. read more
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Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club

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Paradise Palms Drive, Kewarra Beach, QLD
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This family-friendly apartment is located in Kewarra Beach (Northern Beaches), close to Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Tropical Zoo. Area attractions also include Kuranda Koala Gardens and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. read more
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We were very happy with our 10 nights at the Paradise Palms resort in December/January. The rooms are spacious and extremely well equipped. A full sized fridge, toaster, microwave and oven, all necessary dishes and food preparation supplies, a dishwasher, and even a washer/dryer in the bathroom! We were able to do all of our grocery shopping at the nearby Coles and prepare breakfasts and dinners at the apartment, as well as packed lunches for all of our days out. With the price of convenience food in Australia, this saved us a fortune! Having come from the USA and staying for such a long stretch, it was also wonderful to be able to do our washing and not worry about rationing the clean clothes. Two sinks in the bathroom was a great treat, the shower was lovely, and the view out over the rainforest from the balcony on which we ate our meals could not have been more perfect. The roadway out front is extremely quiet because the resort is well back away from the main drag (the Captain Cook Highway) and the little road in front of the hotel leads only as far as the clubhouse. The playground is SUPERB!!! Absolutely wonderful. My son is nearly 8 and loved every minute that he spent out there. There are a variety of play structures for the older kids, three awesome big play houses, a baby play area, a toddler area, and the most fun bounce pillow imaginable! The pools were also great, with a larger lap pool up top that was good for swimming or exercise, and a really warm family pool down near the hotel that we used for our evening swims before bed. Laying in the warm pool as you gaze up at the night sky with palm trees all around -- this was heaven for a Midwesterner in the middle of northern wintertime! We found our room to be VERY quiet right up until our last two nights. I'm not sure if there hadn't been anybody above us until that point, or if the new residents were simply a whole lot louder. I could hear the endless scraping of chairs on the ceiling, it seemed to last hours, and every scream/shout from the small children, as well as running across the room at all hours of the night. Honestly, I don't know how it could be remedied, but if there were a way to not have the chairs scrape the floors with every move, that would be a huge bonus to anybody staying in the apartments below. It was maddening! But luckily, only for two days. I would not recommend this resort to people who will not have or hire a car. Part of its charm is that it is well away from the hustle and bustle, but if you won't have access to a vehicle, you also won't be able to go anywhere without paying huge cab fares or relying on coach pickups from your various tours. The resort is a good 30 minute drive from Cairns city. Now, with all of the praise, why only 3 stars? I would have given it 4 or 5, but there are some very very basic amenities lacking here. First, if you book on a special rate (and who doesn't?), you will receive NO services whatsoever with your stay. You get the room key and that is that. We went out and bought some cleaning supplies so that we could clean as we went, since we were there for 10 nights. However, something that struck as as absolutely ridiculous is that they will not allow you to swap towels. I have stayed at other self-catering resorts and there is a specified time of day in which you can bring your dirty towels to the laundry and have them traded out for clean. Instead, we were washing our towels constantly in the little washer/dryer which used a TON of water and power. It would have made a lot more financial sense for the resort to allow us to swap them at least a few times. Now, the kicker is this internet deal. I understand that it is less common in Australia to offer free internet at a hotel (though it seems a bit cheap!) than in the US, where it would be unheard of to stay someplace and NOT have internet access in your room. However, they actually charged more for internet access at the resort than at the local places in
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Jan 11th, 2008