If you want to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Forest,Port Douglas accommodation options provide plenty of variety to suit most budgets.  That’s good news, as Port Douglas is a great place to base yourself to enjoy tropical adventure. Most of the accommodations we visited, were centrally located. That means just a short walk to the Marina.  Very convenient if you’re booked on a dive and snorkeling cruise.

Port Douglas Beach boutique

Handy Hint: If you’re basing yourself in central Port Douglas, choose the quieter eastern side of town. We stayed for a couple of weeks in Port Douglas and enjoyed numerous local tours, but we also chose a variety of Port Douglas accommodation options.

Shantara Interior Port Douglas is great for couples

As a Travel Designer, my recommendations are based on places I’ve actually seen for myself and can recommend at the time of my visit. Skill is needed in matching travelers budgets and accommodation needs. Couples may not want to stay in a family resort and families require child-friendly accommodation with kitchen and playground facilities. So folks, here’s my list for Port Douglas Accommodation Options:

Thala Beach Lodge is an eco retreat near Port Douglas

1. Port Douglas Apartment Accommodation for Families

Cayman Villas Port Douglas

If you’re are staying in Port Douglas you may wish to be fairly central within walking distance to shops, restaurants and supermarkets. A lot of us want peace and too and the Cayman Villas are perfectly located for both.

Cayman Villas are a centrally located Port Douglas accommodation option

Their 2- and 3-bedroom apartments are well designed, spacious and stylish. This resort has three main buildings, each with three levels. There is no elevator, but there is a heated swimming pool in the middle of the complex. Heated Pools are a great facility for children especially in the more moderate winter months between May and September. (Price Indication: A$300-450 per night per room per apartment.)


Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

First impressions are very important, right? This one consistently ticksd all the boxes when it comes to presentation and general maintenance. Actually, we noted that most of the Port Douglas accommodations put a great deal of effort in maintaining the greenery and buildings to a high standard.

Peppers Beach Club with family apartments close to town centre Port Douglas

Peppers gave a very good first impression with it’s beautiful large pools which are surrounded by sand. Couples are also likely to stay here as well, as there is a bar, a grill restaurant and a gym. The ground floor rooms have direct access to the pools and it’s a very short walk into town. There is complementary guest parking and a 24 hour reception service. Elevators serve the majority of rooms.


Mandalay & Shalimar Beachfront Apartments

These sister properties are managed by one Company and are only 100 metres from the Port Douglas beach. The resort has two pools, one of which is heated.

Mandalay Port Douglas accommodation option is a boutique apartment for family travellers

There is a well maintained tennis court, BBQ facilities and childrens playing area. There is no complimentary wi fi, gym or spa facilities. The 1-, 2-, 3- bedrooms apartments are spacious and modern. (Price indication: A$300-450 per night per apartment.)


Mowbray by the Sea Port Douglas

Mowbray is located with close access to the Port Douglas beach (sorry, no photo). It’s also very close to the central village (5-10 minutes walk). Mowbray caters for a family or two couples together. It has 3 levels, a heated lap pool, Formerly managed by a corporate company, it is now owner-operated. The personalised attention by the owner is already paying off with facilities being updated and guest services (such as complimentary wifi) enhanced. The apartments are roomy with a balcony attached. As with most apartment options in Port Douglas, full kitchen facilities are included. (Price indication: A$200-350 per night per apartment.)

Garrick House Port Douglas

Garrick House is on the preferred side of town and is now an owner-operated business. The apartments are a different level down from the previous properties I’ve mentioned and this is reflected in the lower price range. Perfect for those folks on a strict budget.

Garrick House has a great location close to Port Douglas beach

Options include Studio, 1- and 2-Bedroom apartments. The 2-bedroom apartments are on the third level and accessed by stairs. Garrick House has a small (currently) unheated pool and offers complimentary wifi. The owner is very approachable and helpful. Price level: (Price indication: A$120-200 per night per apartment.)


2. Port Douglas Couples Retreats

Shantara Resort Port Douglas

Shantara is a privately owned dedicated couples-only apartment resort within a short walking distance from the village. This three-level property has 2 pools but no restaurant or bar. There is a separately owned award-winning Health and Spa that we can also personally recommend.

Shantara Port Douglas is a couples only boutique apartment

We stayed in one of Shantara’s spacious apartments for five nights and enjoyed it’s lovely interiors. This property has a strong Italian influence and is maintained to a very high standard.The kitchen is also well equipped. There is a complementary wifi with a generous daily limit of 1GB. What a pleasant surprise this was! (Price Indication: A$300-400 per night per room (2 person).)


Mai Tai Resort Mossman

For travellers seeking a totally different experience with a rural and peaceful setting in native bush, Mai Tai is the perfect retreat. Anthony Roxburgh and Andre de Walsche are the owners/managers and their personal touches are everywhere.

Mai Tai Resort Mossman is a couples retreat lodge


The property has a strong Asian influence and offers four individual rooms, each with their own spacious courtyard. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the bush. At the top level of the Resort is a self-contained apartment with full kitchen, wifi and two bedroom facilities. This is definitely an adult-only retreat with a truly peaceful and tranquil setting.(Price Indication: A$250-350 per night per room (2 person).


3. Port Douglas Boutique hotels


Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas

While talking to local tour operators, we were made aware of the Port Douglas Boutique Hotel, which is located next the the local beach.

Port Douglas Accommodation options

Interesting enough there are not many hotels with breakfast or restaurant facilities in the area (most of them are further out of town). Most studio rooms are beautifully appointed facing the beach (except 4 pool view units). They are spacious and very comfortable. The hotel has a breakfast buffet included in the daily rate, which is a unusual, as most other hotels in this area, charge heavily for breakfast. (Price Indication: A$250-400 per night per room (2 person).


4. Port Douglas Eco Retreat


Thala Beach Nature Reserve Lodge

If you’re looking for ‘knock-out’ views on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas, you might want to consider the tree chalets at Thala Beach Resort…

Thala Beach Chalet with lots of privacy for honeymoon travellers

Do try to book a bungalow overlooking the shimmering Coral Sea:

stunning views from cottage number 2 at Thala Beach resort

The buffet breakfast at Thala Beach is top notch with every conceivable hot and cold option, however at the time of our stay, the same the night dining was extremely disappointing. I would strongly suggest you travel the 15-min drive to Port Douglas where there are some excellent dining choices to be had. (I voiced my concern to Management about the dinner and hopefully this ‘glitch’ can be resolved.) Although wi-fi is not provided in the chalets, there is complimentary access throughout the main lodge.


5. Luxury Port Douglas Accommodation Options

Silky Oaks Lodge Mossman

Silky Oaks is a luxury retreat set in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest, adjoining the Mossman River. Mossman is a 20- minute drive from Port Douglas or around 1.5 hours from Cairns. Silky Oaks has the perfect blend of native bush and the luxurious, private setting of individual chalets.

Silky Oaks Lodge near Mossman is a true luxury retreat lodge

Silky Oaks definitely have the ‘wow’ factor. The chalets are just gorgeous with polished wooden floors, stylish interiors and all the mod-cons. The hammocks on for verandah of each chalet, are a very nice touch.The restaurant dinner facilities are available for in-house guests only. The lodge provides a top-notch spa and health retreat and offers guided rainforest and cultural tours, bird watching and complementary cycle hire. (Price Indication: A$400-700 per night per room (2 person)


We enjoyed our stay in Port Douglas during the month of July when the temperatures were between 25-27 degrees. It was also a little less busy. BTW, our fav place for excellent coffee was the Bookshop Cafe!


Happy Travelling.


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2 responses to “Port Douglas Accommodation Options”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    wow there is quite some choice there to suit all requirements and budgets. Some stunning properties and what a great place to spend a month of NZ winter.

    • GuestNZ says:

      Yes Jan, once again, we’re reminded of how deceptive websites can be. It’s so good to be able to see these properties for ourselves. I forgot to mention that between the months November and May sea-swimming is not an option because of the ‘stingers’ (poisonous jellyfish). Great temperatures at these times.

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