10 Port Douglas resorts so heavenly you may never want to leave

Prepare for the ultimate pamper at these beachside resorts in Tropical North Queensland.

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Sandy beaches fringed with palm trees, brilliant blue waters and lush rainforest are what Port Douglas is all about. Sound dreamy enough for you?

Up the ante on your trip to this Tropical North Queensland paradise by booking a room in one of these resorts.

Our picks of Port Douglas resorts

Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

1. Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

Imagine spending your days swimming or lounging around this lagoon swimming pool. If that doesn't sell you on Peppers Beach Club, we don't know what will. When you're done moseying around the pool, rent a bike to explore the lay of the land or a snorkelling kit to explore the lay of the sea at the nearby Morey Reef.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Luxurious features: Lagoon swimming pool, poolside bar and kitchen, fitness centre, complimentary guest parking and in-room massages.
  • Why do we love it? The pool is Peppers' showstopper. Make the most of it with one of the Lagoon Deluxe Suites. They have private swim-up pontoons to get you in the water, fast.

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Oaks Port Douglas Resort

2. Oaks Port Douglas Resort

Modern and airy, Oaks sits on the more affordable side of Port Douglas resorts yet it doesn't scrimp on quality or luxury. It offers one- and two-bedroom apartments for intimate getaways and you can make the most of your balcony by ordering breakfast as you take in the garden or pool views.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: Low-range
  • Luxurious features: Outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and balconies with garden or pool views in every room.
  • Why do we love it? The staff are heavily praised for their friendliness and helpfulness. If top-quality service is what truly makes your holiday, the Oaks will bowl you over.

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By The Sea Apartments Port Douglas

3. By The Sea Apartments Port Douglas

Practically overlooking Four Mile Beach, By The Sea lives up to its name. These apartments are open, airy and modern with kitchenettes and barbeques to make the most of those steamy summer days.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: Low-range
  • Luxurious features: Heated outdoor pool and views of Four Mile Beach or the rainforest from each apartment.
  • Why do we love it? By The Sea goes above and beyond to please with dozens of complimentary extras for guests. This includes bike hire, Netflix, golf clubs hire, beach chair hire, inflatables hire, picnic basket hire and a bottle of bubbles for special occasions.

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Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

4. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

Nothing is ever too far when you stay at Sheraton Grand Mirage where the beach is your front yard and the forest your backyard. Inside this mammoth complex are lagoon pools, a fitness centre and an 18-hole golf course.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Luxurious features: Saltwater lagoon pools, golf course, fitness centre, poolside cabanas with full service, separate lounges and marble bathrooms in every room and private balconies.
  • Why do we love it? The Sheraton is home to two hectares of outdoor lagoon pools. Take a wander across their boardwalks and through the tropical greenery and consider yourself dead and gone to heaven.

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Ramada Resort Port Douglas

5. Ramada Resort Port Douglas

Reminiscent of tropical destinations Bali and Thailand, the Ramada has a different take compared to other resorts in the area. The feel is less modern and more traditional, with wooden lounges and timber awnings that are bound to transport you far away.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: Low-range
  • Luxurious features: Sauna, waterfall pool, swimming pool, beauty centre and buffet breakfast daily.
  • Why do we love it? The Ramada embraces its tropical surrounds with themed rooms featuring plantation shutters, barramundi in its ponds and Ulysses butterflies in its gardens.

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Freestyle Resort Port Douglas

6. Freestyle Resort Port Douglas

One of the top 20 winners of the 2019 TripAdvisor Award for Top Hotels for Service in Australia, expect nothing less than friendly, personalised service throughout your stay.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: High-end
  • Luxurious features: Outdoor saltwater pool, spa, grassed courtyards, tropical gardens and free guest parking.
  • Why do we love it? There's special something about staying in a family-run business. Freestyle has been managed by Jason and Anne Moore for over 10 years and is committed to making every stay there a memorable one.

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Paradise Links Resort

7. Paradise Links Resort

If your idea of the perfect resort getaway is to tee off on the green then look no further than Paradise Links Resort. This resort has self-catering apartments and villas and is neighbours with the 18-hole Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course. Fore!

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: Low-range
  • Luxurious features: Lagoon style swimming pools with sun lounges, tennis courts, barbeque areas and a nearby golf course.
  • Why do we love it? Even if you're not the golfing type, there's nothing stopping you from jumping into one of those pools or enjoying the view over the green from your room or villa.

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Shantara Resort

8. Shantara Resort

After a long day exploring the Daintree or snorkelling the reef, sink into a rose petal filled bathtub at the Shantara Resort. Or, better yet, book a treatment at its day spa. It's open out of hours by appointment – because one never knows when one needs to be pampered.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: High-end
  • Luxurious features: Day spa, breakfast hampers, gym and swimming pool.
  • Why do we love it? Put this one on your romantic getaway: Shantara is an adult's only retreat. This means peace, quiet and bubbles all holiday long.

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Reef Resort Port Douglas

9. Reef Resort Port Douglas

This resort has everything active families need to keep everyone entertained and happy. From two lagoon pools and a gaming room to a junior reef club, kids will be well looked after while parents and carers lie poolside.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Luxurious features: Lagoon pools, bike hire and on-site cafe.
  • Why do we love it? This resort sits on 15 acres of tropical garden, making it feel like you're worlds away from everything else.

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Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort

10. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort

With the famous Four Mile Beach on your doorstep and the largest lagoon pool in the Southern Hemisphere in your backyard, you can't go wrong with a stay at Pullman Port Douglas. After a long day exploring the area, send the kids (if you have some) to the pool while you settle in for a date with the in-house spa.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Luxurious features: Pool, private balconies and courtyards, restaurant and spa.
  • Why do we love it? On top of the magnificent lagoon pool, you mustn't pass up a meal at the Aluca Restaurant and Bar. It's a crowd pleaser with dining right by the pool.

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For costs, low-range is stays of $100-200, mid-range is for stays $200-300 and high-end is for stays $300+ based on a stay on 17 September 2020.


Where should I stay in Port Douglas for resort-style accommodation?

The majority of Port Douglas' resort accommodation can be found along the coastline overlooking Four Mile Beach.


What are the best family resorts in Port Douglas?

According to TripAdvisor, which is based on user ratings and reviews, the best family resorts include:


Which Port Douglas resorts offer packages?

Holiday packages boast extras on top of your accommodation. This could be in the form of free tours, food and wine on arrival, buffet breakfasts and access to kids' clubs. Packages can be booked direct or through dedicated package booking sites such as TravelOnline and My Queensland. Popular resorts that constantly offer packages are:


What are some of Port Douglas' 5 star resorts?

Popular 5 star resorts in the area are:


What are some of Port Douglas' golf resorts?

The two main golf courses in Port Douglas are Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and the Mirage Country Club.

Paradise Links is attached to Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course. However, if that's booked out, Port Douglas Plantation Resort and pprovider_link id="4009" title="Nimrod Resort" external="https://hotels.finder.com.au/Hotel/Nimrod_Resort_Apartments.htm"] are nearby.Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas and Oaks Resort Port Douglas are the closest resorts to the Mirage Country Club.

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