Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to search for when looking for accommodation in Port Douglas. Whether it is a Port Douglas Resort, Port Douglas Hotel, Port Douglas Apartment or Port Douglas Villa.
Terms used for accommodation in Port Douglas and indeed, Australia can vary from region to region, country to country. Whether you are searching for a Port Douglas resort, Port Douglas hotel or Port Douglas accommodation, the following definitions should help to make your choices easier.
Hotel and Resort Deals
When booking accommodation be aware that Port Douglas is a seasonal destination. High season or Peak season is typically is school holidays and in the winter months of June to September. Lower season or Off-Peak, when prices and deals are more forthcoming are from November to May. In high season, it is better to book ahead, especially on tours. Lower season you might be able to pick up discount deals on tours nearer the time of your departure or whilst ‘in situ’ in Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas Resorts
In Port Douglas the word ‘resort’ is used in the names of many of its accommodation offerings. The size of Port Douglas resorts and the facilities they offer are all of a high standard but vary in their sizes and facilities. You can pick up resort deals in Port Douglas depending on the time of year that you wish to travel. Travelling outside school holiday times will give you the best cheaper resort deals on visiting Port Douglas. Be aware also, what accommodation places include. Some do include internet access, where for others, this is charged as an extra.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
This Grande Dame Resort in Port Douglas’s is the Sheraton Grand Mirage. It’s not only the largest but the oldest and is THE resort that put Port Douglas on the tourist map. Now sporting a brand new facelift she boasts a gym, two restaurants, two bars, a gift shop, coffee lounge, golf course and 24 hour concierge service.
Shantara Resort & Spa
This is a boutique style resort with an emphasis on rest and relaxation. Being an adult only resort, the noise of children will be a distant memory. Guests have the choice of two pools and there is also a spa service available.
Pool Resort Port Douglas
This Port Douglas resort consists of ultra chique 3 bedroom, two storey apartments lining the length of the long sleek swimming pool. Most apartments have swim up pool access.
This Wyndham Port Douglas resort is located in a luxuriant, leafy rainforest setting and offers spa, gym and heated pool. With a trickling stream stocked with barramundi, it’s hard to believe you are only 5 minutes away from the centre of Port Douglas. The pool is warmed in the winter, but is one of the coolest pools to wallow in in the hot tropical summer months. For children, there is an amusement arcade area, which is fun and will take them away from their iPads.
Port Douglas Smaller Size Resorts
This term tends to apply to the smaller resorts that also wish to promote a more intimate atmosphere.
Port Douglas Sands Resort
This is a family friendly resort has a large lagoon style swimming pool and is located only a 10 minute walk from Port Douglas. There is a poolside breakfast/café if you don’t fancy catering and they even offer a wading pool and sandpit to keep your children occupied.
Mantra Heritage Resort
Located right in the heart of Port Douglas you literally are a stone’s throw from the main Macrossan Street. In the other direction is only a few minutes walk to the sands of Four Mile Beach. This is a smaller style resort with a lagoon tropical pool.
Mantra Aqueous on Port
A medium style Port Douglas resort with swim out rooms and apartments. You won’t use up much shoe leather, as it’s only a short walk to the beach and the shops and restaurants of Macrossan Street.
Mantra Portsea Resort
This is a Mediterranean style tropical resort with a swim up pool bar and only a few minutes walk to Four Mile Beach. With a lagoon style pool and a tennis court this is resort oozing European style and located only a km from the centre of Port Douglas.
Shantara Resort & Spa
This Port Douglas adult only resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Located only minutes from the main town of Port Douglas, the Crystalbrook Marina and Four Mile Beach you’re not far from anywhere. Relax in one of their two lagoon pools in this intimate and friendly resort.
Reef Resort comprises of villa accommodation in a street layout. Reef Resort boasts a host of facilities including 4 pools, gym, tennis, children’s playground and bbq facilities. Ideal for all the family.
These villas comprise of spacious, recently refurbished apartments located only 200m from Four Mile Beach and the heart of Port Douglas.
Port Douglas Hotels
Hotel and Resorts are one and the same in Port Douglas. It is purely a marketing term and the largest hotel in Port Douglas, Oaks Port Douglas Resort, has 160 guest rooms and is more resembling a resort in size and feel.
Oaks Port Douglas Resort
This is ‘The’ retro chique hotel of Port Douglas. With 160 guest rooms this is the largest style of hotels from the eclectic Oaks Resort range of hotels.
Port Douglas Boutique Hotels
The smaller boutique hotels usually have more of an intimate and luxury feel and offer more of a personal experience.
Pavilions Boutique Holiday Apartments
If you slept any nearer to the centre of Port Douglas you’d be in the road. The Pavilions Boutique Holiday Apartments are located just off of Macrossan Street and the restaurants, bars and shops. All rooms have a spa bath and private balcony and there is a heated or cooled lap pool for your morning dips or day sunbathing.
Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Located in prime position on the beach this is the perfect intimate adult only Port Douglas accommodation. There are sea-facing rooms where you can look out across the Coral Sea to the sunrise. There is internal lift access and with HiTide restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, you won’t have far to roam. Located also a minutes walk from the restaurants and bars of Port Douglas this is the perfect Port Douglas boutique hotel.
Reflections of Port Douglas
Reflections offers boutique spacious open living with rooms in a rainforest setting located only 50m from the beach. If you wish to visit in the winter months, no problem, they have a heated swimming pool!
Mantra in the Village
This boutique resort is located in the heart of Port Douglas and only minutes from the Crystalbrook Marina. Turn the other way, and you are only 5 minutes walk from the golden sands of Four Mile Beach.
Mantra on the Inlet
Any nearer to Port Douglas’s main street, Macrossan Street and you’ll be in the central reservation! Boutique modern rooms only a few steps from the action in town and 5 minutes from the waving palms and rippling waves of Four Mile Beach.
Located only a few minutes walk from the south end of Four Mile Beach these apartments have all that you will need for a stay away from home. With its beautifully landscaped pool area, complete with BBQ facilities you can soak up the tropics in their Port Douglas boutique apartments.
Port Douglas 5 Star Resorts / Hotel
There is no set grading system for resorts and hotels in Port Douglas, or indeed, Australia. The system that is most closely followed is the Trip Advisor circles grading, but hotels will still grade themselves as to whether they are 4, 5 or even 6 star establishments.
A 5 star grading not only refers to the size of the hotel and the standard, but also to the facilities available and the service (24 hour).
5 star hotels and resorts in Port Douglas:
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
With conference facilities, full concierge service and 24 hour porterage and room service. The Sheraton is able to host banquets, weddings and conferences with ease.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
With conference facilities, full concierge service and 24 hour porterage and room service. The Pullman is a premier resort facility able to host banquets, weddings and conferences with ease.
Peppers Beach Club Resort
With conference and banqueting facilities and 24 hour service this smaller style resort is the ultimate in small style sophistication.
Apartments and Villas in Port Douglas
Apartments offer the luxury of home away from home. With full facilities you have the flexibility to self cater or wander out to one of the many eating places in Port Douglas. For longer stays, it’s great to be able to keep up with clean clothes with your own laundry facilities . If travelling as a family, staying in an apartment in Port Douglas gives you the freedom to work around your family’s routine.
Located on a quiet street a few minutes walk from the centre of Port Douglas. Offering traditional Queenslander style accommodation. Comprising of self-contained 1 bedroom apartments it’s the perfect getaway for couples.
Saltwater Luxury Apartments
Located in the heart of Port Douglas next to Macrossan Street you are literally a very small stone’s throw from the surrounding bars and restaurants. Within steps of the night life and also only 5 minutes walk to the shimmering sands of Four Mile Beach. These apartments are elegantly furnished with a modern tropical feel.
Nautilus Holiday Apartments
With a heated pool and spacious living areas these Port Douglas apartments are located only 5 minutes walk from the centre of town and a 5 minutes walk from the sands of Four Mile Beach.
Villa San Michele
These Port Douglas apartments are located in the heart of Port Douglas. Designed with a unique Mediterranean influence you’ll think you are in a European destination.
Central Plaza Holiday Apartments
Central Plaza Apartments are located only a 5 minute walk from central Port Douglas. They boast a heated pool and outdoor spa. With discounted motorbike and scooter hire and free tennis court use and only 5 minutes from the blue waters of Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea these are apartments that can give you an active lifestyle too
Coral Sea Villas
These modern tropical apartments are only metres from the beach and a hop and skip (with no jump!) to the main shops and restaurants of Macrossan Street.
Port Douglas Meridian
This is adult only Port Douglas accommodation offering a haven of relaxation and privacy. Relax in their studio or 1 bedroom apartments or laze by the heated lagoon-style pool or in the Jacuzzi.
Port Douglas Outrigger
Choose from a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments or the penthouse! You can wallow in their heated pool or walk down the leafy street 5 minutes in to town or to the beach.
Port Douglas Retreat
These tropically landscaped studio apartments are located only a 5 minute walk from the restaurants and bars of Port Douglas and a short 5 minute stroll to Port Douglas’s Four Mile Beach. With a heated swimming pool this a great place to stay in Port Douglas for couples or single travellers.
The White House Apartments
There are 9 airy apartments of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms located in a small complex only a 5 minute stroll to the heart of Port Douglas. The apartment balconies overlook the park and you are only a short stroll from the shores of the Coral Sea and Port Douglas Four Mile Beach.
Garrick House Holiday Apartments
Only one street back from Four Mile Beach, these studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are ideally located. Laze by the landscaped pool and waterfall on the sundeck.
Reef Club Resort
Reef Clubs resort is located only a 10 min stroll from the throng of bars and restaurants of Port Douglas and only 5 minutes walk to the world famous Four Mile Beach. These Mediterranean inspired self-contained apartments are accessorised with earthy tones, cooling terracotta floors and timber louvered shutters – ideal for the tropical climate. Choose from one and two bedroom apartments.
Macrossan House Boutique Apartments
These Port Douglas Apartments are located in a private and secluded oasis only a few steps from Port Douglas shopping and restaurants. All their 1 bedroom apartments are also only a short stroll from the beach and ideal for the perfect couples getaway. Along with the pool there is a spa and BBQ area so you can make the most of your new tropical home.
Motels / Motor Inns
Having use of a car is a great way to be able to explore your amazing surrounds. From the Daintree Rainforest, to the Atherton Tablelands, from Cairns to Kuranda, the world is at your feet.
Being able to do this literally from outside the front door of your Port Douglas accommodation is the height of convenience.
Motels in Port Douglas have parking spaces outside your door, which makes for easy access to the car for elderly visitors, baby and equipment loading and just for ease of accessibility.
Port Douglas Motel
Located in the heart of Port Douglas this Port Douglas Motel is only minutes away from the restaurants, shops and bars of Macrossan Street. In the other direction, is a two minute walk to the sandy shore of Four Mile Beach.
Lazy Lizard Motor Inn
About 10 minute walk from the centre of Port Douglas the Lazy Lizard Motor Inn offers spacious studio suites with kitchenettes – ideal for self-catering.