Fodor's Expert Review The Reef House

99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland, 4879, Australia

This centrally located small resort, once a private residence, feels positively quaint, and that's a good thing when you're looking for a low-key escape in this resort area. Gigantic rooms have red-tile floors and beds draped with mosquito netting, expansive terraces or private patios (some with large spa tubs), large flat-screen LCD TVs, and minibars; some have separate lounge rooms and small kitchenettes. The well-regarded on-site restaurant pre-dates the hotel and serves modern Australian cuisine with Asian influences and big buffet breakfasts. Light lunches are served al fresco at the Poolside Cafe. There's a tranquil guest lounge, and Brigadier's Bar, operated on an honor system (you sign for the drinks you pour yourself). There's also a lovely beach just across the street, but if the ocean doesn't call you or it's stinger season, there are three pools (one saltwater) in the resort complex, as well as two hot tubs and a day spa.


  • large, well appointed rooms
  • complimentary sunset punch and canapes
  • free in-room Wi-Fi and movies


  • pools can be cold
  • breakfast is pricey
  • grounds relatively small


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Phones: 07-4080–2600


69 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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