We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

Travellers' Choice award winner
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Professional photos
The Reef Retreat Palm Cove
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

489 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 447: English reviews
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I first came to Palm Cove 20 yrs ago. It was a quiet resort town near the reef and a great place to relax. It was an easy 30 minute drive from Cairns and a good spot for both couples and families. When we decided to go for a snorkle trip this year, we chose Palm Cove... More 

Helpful?
Thank Robert S
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for your comprehensive review and description of your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back! More 

Blackpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice place to stay appartments good just needed a bigger fridge. Good size pool.Just a short stroll to the beach and some lovely places to eat. The setting is tropical and peaceful lovely to hear all the different birds day and night.

Helpful?
Thank Cimber2015
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. More 

Glasgow
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We'd a fantastic stay at Reef Retreat..great welcome at reception. Took the time to take us up and show us our room. We took up the offer of help and advice in booking trips to local attractions. The retreat is well placed in Palm Cove just a couple of minutes walk to the beach and so close to the best... More 

Helpful?
Thank irnbrukid
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and description of your experience of your stay at Reef Retreat and Palm Cove. More 

Warrnambool, Australia
Level Contributor
45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we have stayed at the Reef Retreat and certainly not our last. Location wise it is excellent just 30 seconds to the beach and easy walking distance to all the cafes and restaurants in Palm Cove. Because of a mobility restriction we stay in a ground floor apartment with a walk in shower. I would... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Paul H
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving a comprehensive review describing your enjoyment of The Reef Retreat and Palm Cove as a destination. Thank you also for raising the issue of the hand rails to the Spa Pool Deck and Common area deck. We have purchased new hand rails and are in the process of getting them installed. We look forward to welcoming you... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to stay, close to the beach and all amenities in Palm Cove. Apartment was spacious and well equipped for our needs. Nothing was too much trouble and we were sorry to leave but the next bit of our adventure called. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and we would love to go back.

Helpful?
Thank Sue1951
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We look forward to welcoming you back and hope that you enjoyed the next phase of your adventure! More 

Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location just a minute walk to Palm Cove waterfront. Tranquil surroundings, amazing pool & spa. Massive room size, comfortable King Bed with two outside areas. Had a few issues with air-con and TV, but were quickly fixed and nothing that would stop us from recommending to friends. Avoid the high costs of the waterfront location and step into this... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lucy M
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation to friends. We are pleased that you enjoyed Palm Cove and The Reef Retreat! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say!! Wonderful location, wonderful accommodation, excellent service from Jim and Joanne who gave great advice on local tours and places to see If you are in the area I would recommend the train up to the rainforest (Kuranda) and catch the Skyrail back

Helpful?
Thank Steve M
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and all that the region has to offer for a stay in Tropical North Queensland. More 

Daviot, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely studio apartment with all facilities needed. The pool area was good although mainly in the shade. The owners were very helpful and there were lots of places to eat nearby. Palm Cove is a delightful resort without too much commercialism.

Helpful?
Thank Susan H
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and recommendation. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The complex is excellently located off the Main Street in Palm Cove for all restaurants and of course the sea! The staff were really helpful on the reception as we had lots of questions. They contacted tour companies for us and printed out boarding passes etc as required. The facilities were clean and tidy and the BBQ/rest area was well... More 

Helpful?
Thank ben301604
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

We are pleased to have been able to assist and make your stay memorable. Thank you for leaving a review of your experience. More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have purchased from scoopon a deal to stay at Reef Retreat Palm Cove and not expecting anything but we are blown away with the location, service and hospitality. The owners are lovely, place is well-appoint and very kid friendly. My girls loved the spa and the pool. The only thing that needs improvement is the tv reception in the... More 

Helpful?
Thank qkatch8
Jim and Joanne T, Manager at The Reef Retreat Palm Cove, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and recommendation - we are pleased to have been able to meet and exceed your expectations! More 

161 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (104)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (17)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (18)
Viewed
Room/Suite (25)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
Other (41)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (57)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (17)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (13)
Viewed
Room/Suite (20)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
Other (4)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Palm Cove hotels
0.3 km away
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
0.2 km away
Mantra Amphora
Mantra Amphora
#8 of 12 in Palm Cove
856 reviews
0.1 km away
Sarayi Boutique Hotel
Sarayi Boutique Hotel
#9 of 12 in Palm Cove
286 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 km away
The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery Collection
0.7 km away
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa
0.4 km away
Peppers Beach Club & Spa
Peppers Beach Club & Spa
#4 of 12 in Palm Cove
1,560 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled in a peaceful rainforest setting, amongst the majestic paperbark trees you will find THE REEF RETREAT, Palm Cove. Just a 30 second stroll, 50 meters to idyllic Palm Cove beach and restaurants. Palm Cove is the jewel of Cairns Northern Beaches, a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old "paperbark" Melaleuca trees line the casual Esplanade. Just a 25 minute drive north of the Cairns International Airport. The Reef Retreat in Palm Cove is a low rise four-star boutique suite style resort set amongst a lush rainforest setting of palms and majestic Melaleuca paperbark trees offering a choice of accommodation from studios, spa suites, 1 Bedroom Suites, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartment. Every room is lovingly laid out and designed to give you all the comforts of home complete with bedroom, bathroom, living area TV/DVD Player, Ipod docks, kitchenette with stovetop and micro-wave, FREE Cable TV, FREE WIFI and spacious private balconies, with views of the pool, lush tropical gardens and the lush green mountains. The Apartment is fully self-contained with laundry facilities. The Resort offers complimentary barbeque and entertainment area for guest use and is licensed to sell Beer, Wine & Spirits for consumption on site. There is a heated salt-water pool and Spa Pool presenting an idyllic Billabong scene, FREE undercover car parking, FREE WIFI and on site guest internet station, Guest Laundry and tour desk services all within a secluded, lush rainforest setting. Reef Retreat can offer you all the personalized, home-style service and facilities that you need for a truly memorable Australian holiday. Ideal holiday getaway for couples and families ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

Address: 10 - 14 Harpa St, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Palm Cove
Price Range: $133 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Retreat Palm Cove 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotels.com, Odigeo and Agoda so you can book your The Reef Retreat Palm Cove reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Reef Retreat Hotel Palm Cove
The Reef Retreat Palm Cove Queensland
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Palm Cove
#2 Luxury Hotel in Palm Cove
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm Cove
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from The Reef Retreat Palm Cove staff and other travellers.
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from The Reef Retreat Palm Cove staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Rooms on the upper level are great.”
 of 5 bubbles Sue1951, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in a ground level room and were right next to the pool, excellent!”
 of 5 bubbles LucyM762, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Talk to staff before booking to get what you want”
 of 5 bubbles andreamI8690NT, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask if you want a view, level floor. State what you would like”
 of 5 bubbles rlgarland, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Had Room 7, upstairs with a view to the beach at the back.”
 of 5 bubbles , 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay