Only a short walk from the boutiques and cafes of Macrossan Street and 400m from the famous Four Mile Beach, Shantara has an enviable location in Port Douglas, a pretty town that’s a springboard for seeing the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, the marina is only 700m away, from which trips depart daily. The best of Queensland is on your doorstep here too, with beaches, national parks and stunning countryside all within easy reach.
Massages, scrubs, facials – you name it, the treatments here are endless. Australian essential oils and herbal remedies are combined with the skills of Shantara’s therapists to offer a day spa that leaves you feeling truly rejuvenated. Be sure to try Flower Essences, a treatment that centres in on one particular flower; and try the range of hot stone, reflexology and deep-tissue treatments gracing the extensive menu.
Set around a stunning, sculpted pool, the rooms here comprise a range of upmarket self-catering abodes that reflect the resort’s five-star status. The tropical-styled three-storey complex is designed in classical North Queensland architecture and offers a choice of spacious studio rooms, cosy one-bedroom apartments boasting outdoor Jacuzzis or direct pool access, and two bedroom apartments for those in a group or with older children (aged over 16).
Port Douglas is a laid-back town that is perfect for idle days spent exploring its markets, gardens and shopping streets. Tours can be arranged at the hotel that set off from here to explore the Great Barrier Reef and can introduce you to diving with highly trained instructors. Semi-submersibles will also allow you to view the amazing marine habitat without getting your feet wet. The more adventurous may want to try bungee jumping in nearby Cairns, or maybe just enjoy views of the heritage-listed rainforest from the cable car.
In-room dining has never been better thanks to the options offered by Shantara. Gourmet hampers can be stocked in your room, ready for your arrival and picnics prepared in advance. Perfect for a day out, they include bushwalking packs with fresh fruit and all dietary requirements covered. You can also make use of the barbecue, with meats and marinades all provided, or have the option of a chef, should you fancy having someone else do the hard work.
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