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The Reef House, Palm Cove – An Adults Only Retreat

Welcome to The Reef House, an adults only boutique hotel experience like no other. Nestled in the heart of beautiful Palm Cove overlooking the Coral Sea, this luxury tropical retreat offers the ambience of a relaxed beach house, the warm attentive service of a private home, and the exceptional attention to detail you’d expect from a 5-Star property.

This stunning, colonial-style retreat is rich in history, as one of Palm Cove’s first properties built in 1958. Once operated by Brigadier Thomson as a private residence where visitors were hosted as personal guests, today many of the Brigadier’s intimate traditions carry on including complimentary twilight canapes & punch hosted by the hotel’s General Manager.

Your escape to tranquillity and indulgence begins from the very moment you arrive at The Reef House. You’ll be welcomed with a gin-infused drink and cold towel to help you slip straight into holiday mode. Your bags will be whisked away to your room while you enjoy a private tour of the hotel. And when you reach your beautifully appointed room, you’ll arrive to the sounds of curated music, the signature scent of coconut and lime, and a welcome gift – a bottle of premium sparkling wine and local chocolates.

The luxury, complimentary inclusions continue throughout your stay, with a spectacular array of The Reef House traditions and experiences right at your fingertips. Relax by the adults only tranquility pool and enjoy the butler service delivering you cool towels and local tropical sorbet. Indulge in a vibrant, interactive cocktail making class hosted by the in-house Sommelier. Reconnect and rejuvenate your mind and body with beachfront yoga. Jump on a vintage style cruiser bike to explore ore the nearby village of Palm Cove, or simply unwind by immersing a book from the guest library.

For next-level indulgence, treat yourself to a spa wellness sojourn at The Reef House Spa. From massage treatments and facials to complete spas rituals, this acclaimed temple of wellness will have you glowing inside and out.

And finally, at the end of a day of pampering, it’s time to savour the tastes of North Queensland’s freshest produce accompanied by an exceptional array of wines at the Reef House Restaurant. Offering an unmissable dining experience under the stars, right on the sands of Palm Cove beach, this exquisite culinary journey will stay with you long after your holiday ends.

The Reef House, Palm Cove is an adults only resort. The property does not cater to children 15 years and younger.

Why we love it

  • Award-Winning Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • Stunning Palm Cove Beachfront Location
  • Luxury Signature Inclusions
  • Adults Only Boutique Hotel

Resort Facilities

  • Luxury Concierge call prior to arrival
  • Gin infused welcome drink & cold towel upon arrival
  • Concierge porterage & tour of the property
  • Curated room arrival with music, oil burners & local chocolates
  • Refresh with a cold towel at 11am every morning around the pools
  • Pool Butler service from 12pm
  • Brigadier’s Lounge Honesty Bar, a tradition originating from Brigadier Thomson’s Officers Mess
  • “Reef House Mixology” interactive cocktail classes twice a week
  • Local tropical sorbet served around the pools at 3pm
  • Aqua Aerobics in heated mineral pool twice a week
  • Stretch & Breathe class twice a week
  • Beachfront yoga
  • Relax in the adults only tranquillity pool or heated mineral pool
  • Unlimited use of vintage style cruiser bikes & fishing rods
  • Exchange your book at the guest library, play board games or try adults sketch kits

Room Features

Verandah King Room
Enjoy 53sq. metres of space and exquisitely unique artworks. These luxurious rooms feature a stunning four-poster King bed or bespoke carved bedheads and white plantation shutters looking out onto a private balcony. There is a dining set, mini kitchenette, separate luggage and vanity room, large LCD TV, ceiling fans, air-conditioning and more! The bathrooms feature a shower over the tubs and, on the first and second floors, boast double vanities or a powder room! Sink into comfy linen armchairs, access Wi-Fi or watch a DVD. These rooms can comfortably accommodate 2 guests.

Brigadier King Studio
Ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway, this beautifully-appointed room is nestled in tropical gardens. The accommodation has a beautiful colonial style south pacific décor with a room size of 35sq. metres. Modern comforts include coffee and tea making facilities and a flat-screen TV with premium channels, among other deluxe amenities. Enjoy the tropical garden or pool views while relaxing on your unique hanging double love swing on your private patio or balcony. This contemporary room is nothing but a peaceful and relaxing retreat.

Verandah King Spa Suite
Upgrade your stay to the glorious Verandah Spa Suite. With 66sq. metres of space, a private furnished balcony and outdoor couple’s spa, these rooms offer the chance to really indulge and unwind! Make the most of the tropical breezes with the outdoor entertaining area. This space includes a bar fridge and microwave and looks over tropical gardens. Sink into your deluxe King four-poster bed and observe the tasteful, unique interior artwork. These rooms feature, a large LCD TV, ceiling fans, air-conditioning and spacious shower-over-tub bathrooms with double vanities on the first and second floors. They accommodated 2 guests.

Brigadier Spa Room
Let your love bloom in your Brigadier Spa Room. Offering views across the Coral Sea, a private balcony with the resort’s signature ‘love seat’ swing and a deep King Spa bath inside, this is the perfect place for those looking to indulge and unwind! Sink into your plush King bed and drift off to sleep listening to the breeze and the tide, then wake to enjoy the splendour of your surroundings, including the South Pacific-inspired décor. Brigadier Spa Rooms boast 50.5sq. metres of space, free Wi-Fi, digital concierge services and exclusive access to the Honesty Bar (with daily House Guest privileges!). Feel refreshed under the rainfall shower, make use of the deluxe aromatherapy amenities and curl up together to enjoy a selection of books and DVDs from the resort’s collection. These rooms are ideal for 2 guests.


Resort Location

The Reef House is set on the Esplanade in Palm Cove, 25-minutes’ drive north of Cairns. There is a beach directly in front of it as well as many others nearby. Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Beach and Clifton Village Shopping Centre are all within 5km of the resort and the Great Barrier Reef and Cattana Wetlands are within 15km.



Things To Do

The rainforest meets the sea in beautiful Palm Cove. Travel inland to explore Mossman Gorge, the ancient Daintree Rainforest or Cape Tribulation—the journey takes between 45-minutes to just over 2-hours and the drive is one of natural tropical splendour. The Reef House is an easy drive away from the Skyrail station. Ride gondolas up the hills over the Kuranda Forest Reserve and explore the Atherton Tablelands beyond. The Great Barrier Reef can be easily accessed from the Palm Cove Jetty, just 3-minutes away and golf lovers can have a swing at the Oceans Edge Health Club, 1.5km away!


A little piece of luxurious heaven. Not far out of Cairns, beautiful beach and centrally located to all the attractions we wanted. Breakfast was overlooking the ocean, comfortable bed and outstanding staff—truly perfect!


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