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The Reef House

Queensland, Australia


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Luxury Holidays At The Reef House

Located in the heart of Palm Cove and hidden behind swaying palm trees, The Reef House is a luxurious boutique hotel that is ideal for your next luxury Australia holiday. Rich in history and inspired by its original owners from the early 1970s, Brigadier Scott Thomson and his wife Judy, who welcomed guests into their personal home for many years and treated them as if they were a close friend or family member, guests can enjoy the same hospitality today as those who came before them. Visit The Reef House Restaurant, where you can enjoy delicious Australian cuisine with picturesque views, or spend time at the unique Brigadier's Bar with its distinctive ‘honesty’ style and delicious drinks. From check-in to departure, The Reef House goes above and beyond to offer you the perfect luxury holiday, with two lavish swimming pools, an extensive library, art kits for sketching, an array of hotel experiences, complimentary bicycles for exploring the local area, and a tranquil spa for those looking for pampering. No matter your preferences, The Reef House is the ideal destination for your next luxury holiday.

  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Boutique beachfront hotel in the heart of Palm Cove
  • Feature: Warm, personalised service and luxury accommodation
  • Rooms: 67 rooms and suites
  • Star rating: 5 Star
  • Nearest airport: Cairns International Airport
Hotel exterior
Location and transfer

Approximately 25 minutes from Cairns Airport by private car transfer


Each of the 67 luxury rooms and suites at The Reef House offer stylish, tropical-inspired interiors that evoke the elegance of a colonial beach house. Each offers a peaceful and comfortable stay with luxurious and modern facilities. Some rooms offer unique features such as a kitchenette equipped with modern facilities, a private hot tub, or furnished verandas with outdoor seating or love swing and views of the pool, gardens, and beaches.

   Brigadier King Studio:expand_more
  • Size: 49 m²
  • Room View: Garden or pool view
  • Facilities: Nestled within the gardens, the Brigadier King Studio room offers colonial South Pacific décor, a comfortable king-size bed with a hand carved wooden headboard, and an elegant bathroom with a luxury walk-in shower and Appelles Apothecary amenities. This room also boasts a spacious balcony overlooking the pool with a cosy hanging loveseat swing.
   Verandah King Spa Suite:expand_more
  • Size: 66 m²
  • Room View: Garden or pool view
  • Facilities: Boasting a stunning four poster king bed, comfy linen armchairs with unique artwork and a distinctive solid wooden coffee table, this room is pure luxury. The Verandah King Spa Suite also features a spacious outdoor entertaining patio or balcony with a modern kitchenette, dining table, and sun loungers.
   Brigadier King Spa Room:expand_more
  • Size: 44 m²
  • Room View: Ocean view
  • Facilities: The Brigadier King Spa room offers a comfortable king-size bed with a hand carved headboard, luxurious spa Jacuzzi, and a unique hanging double love swing on your private patio or balcony.
   Ocean View King Room :expand_more
  • Size: 34 m²
  • Room View: Ocean view
  • Facilities: The luxurious Ocean View King Room promises a spacious studio bedroom and living space, beautiful ocean views and an outdoor table or patio with sun lounges. The elegant bathroom features a decadent shower and bath, and luxury APPELLES Apothecary amenities.
   Ocean View King Suite :expand_more
  • Size: 51.6 m²
  • Room View: Ocean view
  • Facilities: Boasting spectacular Coral Sea and Double Island views, the Ocean View King Suite features a spacious bedroom complete with a king-size bed and beautiful balcony overlooking the ocean, separate living area with modern facilities, and an elegant bathroom.
   Reef Suite Ocean View Spa Apartment :expand_more
  • Size: 105 m²
  • Room View: Ocean view
  • Facilities: The Reef Suite Ocean View Spa Apartment offers two spacious bedrooms complete with king-size beds and en suites, an expansive living room, and a fully equipped kitchen. This luxury property also boasts a spacious outdoor entertaining balcony with dining table, sun lounges, and King spa bath.
   Self-contained Villas and Apartments :expand_more
  • Room View: Ocean or hotel view
  • Facilities: Ideal for longer stays, these self-contained villas and apartments offer a comfortable and stylish holiday home for your stay in Palm Cove.

During your visit to The Reef House, enjoy a taste of North Queensland’s delicious fresh produce accompanied by a wonderful array of Australian and imported wines. Dine at the iconic Reef House Restaurant, located under 300-year-old Melaleuca trees, and enjoy a classic Australian fine dining experience, or visit The Brigadier's Bar and carry on the tradition of helping yourself to the fully stocked bar before writing your ‘chit’ at this unique honesty bar.

Reef House Restaurant :expand_more
  • Cuisine: Popular Australian dishes and specials of the day matched with an array of Australian and imported wines
  • Setting: Intimate restaurant located under 300-year-old Melaleuca gum trees
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: No
The Brigadier's Bar:expand_more
  • Cuisine: Premium spirits, ice cold drinks, cocktail condiments and recipes to create your favourite drinks
  • Setting: Unique honesty bar
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Option: No
  • Reservation Required: No
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Hotel Experiences

During your stay at The Reef House, expect a boutique hotel experience like no other with unique signature inclusions and experiences provided complimentary for all guests. Start your tropical escape with a gin-infused welcome drink, enjoy complimentary punch and canapés in the Brigadier’s Lounge hosted by the General Manager (a tradition dating back to the 1970s), enjoy the fun and interactive ‘Reef House Mixology’ class hosted by the in-house Sommelier, or take a moment to yourself in the calming guest library, boasting a variety of books, games, DVDs, and fun sketch kits. From check-in to departure, The Reef House provides personal touches that will make you feel at home on your luxury holiday.

Luxury Beach

With the pristine sandy beach on your doorstop, The Reef House’s stunning location is ideal for your next luxury beach holiday. Enjoy the sparkling blue waters of the Coral Sea and bask in the hot Australian sun before enjoying a wealth of watersports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The idyllic beaches of Palm Cove are also the ideal place to snorkel or scuba dive and take the bright and colourful marine life through the bays and the quiet limestone sea caves.

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With romance at the heart of Palm Cove, you're sure to enjoy some special time with your loved one during your stay at The Reef House. Why not surprise your significant other with a couples' spa experience using warm aromatic oils, followed by a romantic dinner for two at The Reef House Restaurant? Offering long walks down the beach, intimate dining experiences, and romantic suites, The Reef House's island inspired design offers the utmost privacy and an intimate, romantic ambience that creates unforgettable moments for two.

Culture & History

Surrounded by two World Heritage listed areas - the iconic Great Barrier Reef, and the lush Daintree Rainforest - The Reef House offers the perfect base for those looking to explore. Fill your days exploring all the natural attractions of the region, encounter Australia's ancient indigenous culture with a bespoke tour, or spend some time wandering through the Palm Cove Markets with stalls full of local, quality handmade products, contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, and more. The Reef House is truly the ideal location for exploring all that is on offer on your luxury holiday.

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Spa Breaks

Whilst enjoying a stay at The Reef House, be sure to visit the soothing Reef House Spa for a tranquil and revitalising spa experience that will leave you feeling utterly relaxed. Allow the dedicated team to craft you a bespoke spa experience with a range of signature treatments, facial therapies, and massage treatments. Why not take advantage of the wellness opportunities at The Reef House and reconnect with your mind and body with a beachfront yoga class, melt away any stress with a relaxing stretch and breathe class, enjoy the warm waters of the Mineral Pool during an Aqua Aerobics class, or borrow a complimentary vintage style bike and explore the beautiful village of Palm Cove?


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