As we mentioned before in our Perth O’clock article, most Indonesians are familiar with the capital city of Western Australia. However, as a country with large land area, it should come as no surprise that there are a few places we may have overlooked on our trips to Australia.
A small port city, Cairns is located in Queensland and is well known for its breathtaking nature sites like the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, which is about a two-hour drive north of Cairns. Not only that, Cairns also offers a happening café scene perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with array of bustling local markets that sell a range of jewellery, leather goods and Aboriginal art.
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A tropical getaway, Cairns is naturally the perfect destination to relax with family or friends as a melange of beach resorts can be found all over the town. If you are already sold on the idea of visiting the small coastal city with its surrounding islands and natural sites for your next holiday, but still don’t know where to stay, fret not. Here are the top hotels in Cairns, Queensland, that would be the perfect stay for your end-of-the-year holiday.
Located 10 minutes away from the local airport, Hilton Cairns boasts a great waterfront location and splendid greenery, which makes it the perfect base to explore the amazing wonders all around. For accommodation, Hilton Cairns offers modern rooms and suites that come with king-size beds, pristine bathrooms and spacious balconies with stunning views of Trinity Inlet. Step outside your room and take a dip in a lagoon-style outdoor pool, tone up in the fitness centre, or try the spa’s signature massages to unwind and destress. The hotel also provides al fresco dining at Mondo restaurant and delicious Italian cuisines at Simply Italian—the choice is yours!
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
Do you plan to lounge and gaze at white docks and yachts surrounded by natural wonders and the deep blue ocean? Then Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, would be a perfect fit. Located in The Pier, the hotel offers 255 spacious guestrooms and suites with living rooms, studies, king-size beds and gorgeous views of the garden or ocean. From the children’s pool to the fitness centre to table tennis, the hotel offers many facilities to rejuvenate. Meanwhile, for dining, visit the stunning waterfront restaurant North Bar and Kitchen, which specialises in modern Australian cuisine.
The Reef House, Palm Cove
The Reef House Boutique Resort and Spa invites those travellers who want to spend their days off at a beachside cosmopolitan village. With its 67 rooms and suites, guests will find comfort in its colonial-inspired atmosphere that houses comfy king-sized beds and even in some rooms an attached spa, perfect for evenings of relaxation. Don’t miss out on pampering yourself at The Reef House day-spa experience, where stunning rituals are incorporated with latest spa techniques. Nestled under 300-year-old Melaleuca trees, Reef House Restaurant serves delicious Asian cuisines, such as crispy skin wild-caught Barramundi, Thai Red Curry, Pilaf rice, and a crispy Asian salad, all dressed with nam jim.
Pullman Cairns International Hotel
Located in the heart of the city, Pullman Cairns International Hotel is strategically located close to shopping hubs, world-class restaurants and, of course, natural attractions. For accommodation, the hotel offers 40-square-metre rooms and suites that boast upscale décor, amenities and private balconies overlooking the harbour or the hinterland’s stunning views. With more than 10 private spa suites, Vie Spa at Pullman Cairns offers range of massages, skin therapies, facials, and beauty and relaxation treatments for everyone. Elsewhere, savour the delights of a nightly seafood buffet that includes local dishes, salads and vegetarian options at Coco’s Restaurant.
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Take time to slow down and appreciate the beauty around you: the sunshine, the blue ocean and the majestic natural attractions found in Cairns. Congratulations, you are in paradise.