Best Port Douglas accommodation for your beach-bound stay

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Hidden among Port Douglas's low-rise developments are a mixed bag of accommodations that'll rest you up for your big day ahead.

Five-star resorts manned by big-name brands line the road along Four Mile Beach while affordable inns sit within the heart of the city. For something more unique, head inland and stay in one of the cosy boutique hotels in the depths of the rainforest.

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How did we pick these Port Douglas hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Port Douglas hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

Where to book Port Douglas accommodation

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Oaks Hotels and Resorts
Oaks - Port Douglas
Yes
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Booking.com
Booking.com - Port Douglas
Yes
Pay when you arrive at the property
No
Wotif
Wotif - Port Douglas
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Expedia.com.au
Expedia - Port Douglas
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Lastminute.com - Port Douglas
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Family Port Douglas accommodation

Family accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes in Port Douglas, so you're bound to find something to suit the whole gang.

If you're looking for a cheap getaway with self-catered facilities and easy access to the beach, check out the 1970s-inspired Port Douglas Motel. Consistently ranked among the best accommodations in Port Douglas on TripAdvisor, a triple room with a kitchenette and swimming pool access here costs under $110 per night.

For a few extra dollars, you can upgrade your family stay to the mid-range Lazy Lizard Motor Inn. From organising tours to providing free-of-charge bikes for the brood, the owners are determined to make your stay the best it can be.

Then, for a real treat, Paradise Links Resort is a fantastic option for a luxury family stay. Comprising spacious apartment suites, this resort has perfected the balance between self-catered facilities and 4-star hospitality.

Our top picks for family hotels: Port Douglas Motel, Lazy Lizard Motor Inn and Paradise Links Resort.

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5-star hotels in Port Douglas

In Port Douglas, 5-star hotels tend to come in the form of beachside resorts featuring outdoor pools, spacious suites and private balconies. Saying this, you won't find any in the town itself, as most pride themselves on their access to the stunning Four Mile Beach.

This idyllic location comes at a small price in the form of a 20- to 45-minute walk to Macrossan Street, which is home to a glut of restaurants and bars.

Resorts like Peppers Beach Club are closer than others, so it's ideal for families with bubs or guests without private transport.

The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is a good walk away but offers a complimentary shuttle service for its guests into town. Plus, it's one of the only hotels with a sandy beach and two lagoon pools.

Sea Temple Resort and Spa comes equipped with handy boardwalks that lead guests through the mangroves and straight onto the sand. If you'd rather swim in the freshwater, opt for one of the ultra-luxe swim-out apartments.

Our top picks for 5-star hotels: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort and Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas.

Best for luxury: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Best for luxury: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa

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Best for beach access: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
Best for beach access: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

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Boutique Port Douglas hotels

Boutique hotels are a rarity in Port Douglas, but they're not impossible to find. Couples looking for a touch of serenity during their vacation are guaranteed just that at the adults-only Peninsula Boutique Hotel. Tucked away in the quieter side of town, guests have easy access to restaurants, bars and the beach from their suite.

If luxury is key during your vacation, Niramaya Villas and Spa should also be top of your list. Each private apartment is enveloped by age-old rainforest, made even more picturesque by the on-site lake.

Eco-conscious travellers will be glad to know that there are several green-fingered boutique hotels sitting just outside the main Port Douglas area. Places like Thala Beach Nature Reserve provide exquisite treehouse accommodation made from sustainable materials and surrounded by acres of rehabilitated forest.

Our top picks for boutique hotels: Peninsula Boutique Hotel, Thala Beach Nature Reserve and Niramaya Villas and Spa

Best for adults-only: Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel - Adults Only Haven
Best for adults-only: Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel - Adults Only Haven

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Alternate Port Douglas accommodation options

Travelling to Port Douglas in a group? There's a huge array of private villas and beach houses listed on Airbnb and Stayz that could be right up your alley.

Most properties come with fully equipped kitchens. Some even have a private pool. Plus, you'll have the added bonus of local knowledge from your host.

Camping in Port Douglas isn't difficult either with Pandanus Tourist Park and Tropic Breeze Caravan Park situated within just a few kilometres of the city centre. Both have powered and non-powered sites.

Frequently asked questions about Port Douglas hotels

Which hotels are beachfront in Port Douglas?

There's no truly beachfront accommodation in Port Douglas as Four Mile Beach lies behind a protected strip of the rainforest. However, hotels that get you closer than others include Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa, Peninsula Boutique Hotel and Mowbray by the Sea.

Which Accor (ALL) hotels are in Port Douglas?

Accor maintains seven hotels within five kilometres of Port Douglas:

Which Port Douglas hotels have private pools?

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa offers some of the most luxurious private pools around with swim-out facilities and plunge pools in select rooms.

Otherwise, most high-end hotels offer guests private use of their on-site swimming pool. Oaks Lagoons has a swim-out pool and Ramada Resort has a pool that seamlessly transitions into its rainforest background.

Where can I book flights and accommodation packages to Port Douglas?

Expedia, Wotif, lastminute.com.au and occasionally Luxury Escapes can all organise your flights and hotel in one handy package.

For more, check out our best sites to book holiday packages guide.

Which sites let me book Port Douglas accommodation with free cancellation?

These sites let you make a refundable booking for your trip to Port Douglas, so there's less risk of losing the cost of your stay or deposit. Some sites only offer free cancellation on select Port Douglas hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay.

Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether each Port Douglas hotel is non-refundable.

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Which sites let me use a coupon code to book Port Douglas accommodation?

Using one of our coupon codes at these sites will save you money on your Port Douglas stay. Some may ask you to pay for your stay upfront rather than on arrival in order to apply the code to your Port Douglas booking, but the same cancellation policy does apply so if you are able to cancel, you'll be able to get refunded.

Which sites let me book Port Douglas accommodation without a credit card?

If you don't have a credit card to make your Port Douglas booking, but would like to reap the rewards of one, compare credit cards that offer hotel rewards here.

Which Port Douglas hotel booking sites have rewards programs?

Get access to cheaper prices, collect points toward free stays and get extra perks like Wi-Fi or breakfast if you book your Port Douglas accommodation on sites like these:

  • Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
  • Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
  • Trip.com: Trip Coins is Trip.com's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
  • Hotels.com: Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
  • Expedia.com.au: Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).

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