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After Accor Hotels acquired quite a large portfolio in Australia, we began to see the brand domination in the country. Since then, they've become the largest international hotel chain in Oz and now they're adding M Gallery's Reef House Palm Cove to their list of hotel havens.
Originally built as a family residence in 1958, the 69-room beach resort overlooks the Coral Sea. It will be brands sixth Australian property located in the tranquil, yet glamorous town of Palm Cove, about 30 minutes north of Cairns. A palm lined esplanade not only gives the town its namesake, but denotes your arrival to, what many consider, Eden.
Settle in and get ready to be pampered. The beach over the road provides a good view and the tropical setting is completed while sipping the complimentary, house-made 'Brigadier's Punch' under candlelight on the Plantation-style front porch. Along with the happy hour, guest rooms include a tropical breakfast to start your day right.
A little slice of Africa has jumped continents and headed to Australia with Queensland's newest luxury tents of the Jabiru Safari Lodge. Trade the rhinoceros for a 'roo' and elephants for emus with this eco-lodge.
Located just about an hour inland to the tropical north Queensland town of Cairns, Jabiru is smack in the middle of the Atherton Tablelands, more specifically, the Mareeba Wetlands. Being in the center of all of this bushland gives two perks; lots of animals and limited cellphone service. Come here to relax and catch some of the native wildlife either from the porch of your tent or daily safari tours.
With a choice of the Deluxe Safari Tent or the Eco Safari Tent, you won't leave disappointed, since each of the five tents have all the comforts of home like fridges, lights and private bathrooms. If you prefer to feel like you are 'roughing' it a bit more, go with the Eco-Tents as those have solar power and gas stoves.
Formerly a Hyatt Regency, the rebranded InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is tucked away in the yacht marinas of Hope Island on the Gold Coast. Along with close proximity of the famous beaches of Surfers Paradise or the tranquil hinterland, the 5-star resort features lagoon, garden and golf course views for its guests.
Housed in a vintage-styled 1940s Queenslander home, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time and into a plantation style mansion. You can take your pick of any one of the 243 rooms styled in colonial decor and featuring polished hardwood floors. If you prefer a private balcony, the homestead rooms are the ones to nab as they offer views of the marina or golf course.
Nothing beats a new hotel, especially when it is in a town called Surfers Paradise. Hilton's house got a little too tight and they had to build a whole new tower to attract new guests. The two-month old Orchid Tower of the Hilton's Surfers Paradise Hotel is not only designed beautifully on the outside, but boasts some of the best service and amenities on the Glitter Strip.
Hilton's new tower soars above one of the most iconic beaches in Australia, aptly named Surfers Paradise, and is just one block to the beach. This new tower is home to the Executive Rooms for the hotel and private residences. Celebrity chef, Luke Mangan, has also made this hotel a new outpost for his culinary delights with the first Salt Grill available in Oz. Not only does he offer his expertise, he has ventured to set the menu for all aspects dining in the entire hotel.
We’re big nature lovers. So long as the nature we’re talking about is experienced under controlled, well-maintained circumstances—you know, like a luxury African safari, or a guided reef dive. That’s why, when we were at the Australian Tourism Exchange earlier this summer in Adelaide, we were excited to hear about the Cairns Wildlife Dome at the Pullman Reef Casino Hotel Cairns.