Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Palm Cove's wide, sandy beach and dense tropical vegetation
- The property's lagoon-style main pool and children's swimming area
- Fruity cocktails galore at The Lagoon Bar
- The views over the Daintree rainforest from the resort's higher floors
What To Know
- There are extra features like private plunge pools or rooftop decks with outdoor tubs in some room types
- The Queensland sun can be intense; lather up with sunscreen before you head out for the day
- Studio rooms are traditional hotel rooms; apartments feature contemporary kitchens and more
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Flexibility is the key at Pullman’s Palm Cove Sea Temple resort; guests can choose from straightforward studio rooms or apartments with self-catering facilities and up to three bedrooms, all hewn in a palette of soothing white and beige. Indoor-outdoor living is central to the experience in tropical northern Queensland, so there are plenty of private and public spaces to lounge in the sun or shade. Diners can indulge in contemporary Aussie cuisine at Temple of Tastes restaurant or more casual fare, poolside, at The Lagoon Bar. Palm Cove’s extravagant natural beauty is on display just steps away on the wide sandy beach.
In the Area
Eco-adventurers head to Queensland for its rugged tropical beauty, rich Aboriginal history, and to explore the jewel in its crown, the Great Barrier Reef. Palm Cove, a hamlet filled with resorts that’s a half an hour outside of Cairns, boasts a splendid beach, with stunning Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest nearby. For an encounter with the local wildlife, check out Crocodile Adventures, where fearless visitors can check out the native predators from a series of boardwalks that wind over a lagoon and through the jungle.
How to Get There
The hotel facilities were quite nice and it was right by the beach (although I didn´t get to use it - it was stinger season and the “beware the crocodiles” sign was not very comforting…). It had nice swimming pools and good car park. Service from the staff was quite variable/random. Some would be very pleasing but others couldn´t really be bothered. One of the days the bar area by the pool closed for a private event and they provided no alternative plus the staff became quite unpleasant about it. The room was small and not very luxurious…but if you don´t spend a lot of time in the room the rest of hotel is fine.
The Sea Temple Resort & Spa is really looking a bit tired... could really do with a tidy up... every where you looked it could do with a clean and some maintenance carried out.. around the pool could do with pressure washing... same with the sun loungers... we booked in for a couples massage and waited 30 minutes for someone to assist us...we had to go and get the receptionist to find out what was happening.... it seemed like the whole place was under staffed.... there was a wedding party that stayed in the pent house next to us for a night and someone had left four drinking glasses on the ground not far from the lifts it took 4 days for a staff member to pick them up....the whole experience was a bit disappointing..
My husband and I stayed in a King Studio Deluxe room for 5 nights and were very pleased with our stay.
Our room, although small, was modern and well laid out and had a balcony (no view). A couple of features of the room were a little annoying- the frosted glass feature screen that serves as a wall to separate the bedroom and bathroom did not keep any light out of the bedroom when the bathroom was in use. It was extremely bright and woke my husband each time I had to use the bathroom during the evening. The noise in the private corridor to our room and neighbouring room echoed loudly whenever people were leaving/returning to their room. It’s a nice idea to add a little privacy to rooms and I imagine that this is also done for families when booking two rooms. However, through no fault of their own, the noise created from guests simply leaving their room in the early hours of the morning with luggage was enough to wake us on a few occasions.
The staff were incredibly friendly, professional and genuinely looked to enjoy their jobs. Karli from Vie Spa gives an incredibly relaxing massage and was very knowledgeable about skin products. Each experience at the spa was above my expectations and well worth the money instead of going to other massage clinics along the esplanade.
Temple of Tastes was reasonably priced and had a lovely, ambient setting. The buffet was standard for a resort of the Sea Temple’s class and was very fresh. My husband expected more tropical fruit instead of the standard watermelon and pineapple (pawpaw, mango etc.).
Location of the resort was perfect- secluded away from the esplanade and other resorts/eateries but only a 5-10 minute walk to everything. Palm Cove is a brilliant option for people wanting to experience the best of the FNQ region- on the way to Port Douglas/Mossman, a short drive away from Smithfield (that leads up to Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands) and only 25 minutes away from Cairns City Centre.
Free undercover parking, variety of pools to use (never too crowded) and a very appealing resort to look at. We will definitely stay again!
Once again we returned to this resort purely because we know we are not going to be let down. Staff need to be commended on their first class friendly service. The resorts surroundings are beautiful and offer a relaxing atmosphere. We will be definitely returning.
This was our second visit having stayed for a week four years ago.Our greeting at reception was first class and we were very surprised and grateful to receive a room upgrade.The hotel did it's best through this Christmas period in very trying poor weather conditions.Heavy rain or not we made use of the Lagoon Bar daily, ate at the restaurant,(where the food and service were consistently excellent) 4 nights out of our stay of 6 and had a fabulous Christmas lunch.It was an important and successful break for us.