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What We Love

  • Balmy evenings dining al fresco while watching the moon rise over the Coral Sea
  • The award-winning Li’Tya spa, which uses techniques based on ancient Aboriginal traditions
  • Mingling with fellow guests over free punch and canapés in the Brigadier’s Bar and Lounge

What To Know

  • The Reef House is just 20 minutes’ drive from Cairns International Airport
  • Tours of the Great Barrier Reef operate from Cairns to the south and Port Douglas (40 minutes to the north)
  • Marine stinger (jellyfish) season occurs in Far North Queensland from November to May/June. Palm Cove Beach has a netted area for safe swimming


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Tropical home away from home with an award-winning spa, pretty pool and topnotch eats a short drive from the Great Barrier Reef

The Look

Across the road from a glorious mile-long strip of sand, amethyst-blue sea and four small islands dotting the horizon, towering centuries-old melaleuca gum trees stand guard at the entrance to this colonial-style hotel. Grand white colonnades frame the long timber deck leading to reception, and central to the resort is a 25-meter freshwater pool (there’s also a 20-meter saltwater pool), set amid lush gardens, swaying palm trees and blazing bougainvilleas. Daily at sunset the corridors are lit with dozens of candles as guests gather to share stories of their day’s adventures.

Bed and Bath

From the cool, terracotta-tiled floors and white plantation shutters to the rattan furniture and mosquito nets over the beds, everything about The Reef House says ‘tropics’. The rooms are large and airy, all feature king-sized beds with crisp white linen and a burst of color via tasteful throws and cushions, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, free WiFi and in-house movies. Superior Balcony Room guests can start the romance bubbling along in a couples’ spa bath on their own private and expansive verandah. For those whose bubbly days are largely behind them, family suites are also available.


The Reef House Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has more than enough variety to sustain a lengthy visit. The evening menu changes according to the season and features a five-course degustation menu with wine pairings. From the à la carte menu, the crispy-skin wild-caught barramundi is worth the trip alone. The Brigadier’s Bar and Lounge operates on an honor system (in the spirit of an army officers’ mess) and offers a library of books, board games and DVDs. There’s also the option of flopping on a comfy deckchair and dining poolside. In Li’Tya Spa, uniquely Australian treatments are carried out in restful yet state-of-the-art rooms. Don’t miss the Mala Mayi (90-minute mud wrap and full-body massage) – when it’s over you’ll feel as though you’re walking on air.

In the Area

With relaxation taken care of at The Reef House, Palm Cove Village and the surrounding area is abuzz with activities. From snorkelling to scuba diving to golf to horse trekking to white-water rafting to the latest water craze, jet-ski flyboarding, you can get as big or small an adrenalin rush as you desire. Once you’ve worn yourself out, the village has a generous serve of bars, cafes and restaurants, plus the typical tourist boutiques and souvenirs shops.

How to Get There

The Reef House Palm Cove MGallery by Sofitel
99 Williams Esplanade
Palm Cove, 4879 Australia


4.5 Very Good 1037 Reviews
Colonial elegance in perfect surrounds

We stayed in a King verandah room which was very spacious & kept meticulously clean by the daily housekeeping service. The staff were extremely courteous and the GM, Wayne always on call to assist. Numerous extras "on the house" offered to guests, such as the 5pm get togethers, the afternoon icecreams, the btle of champagne & spring water in fridges on arrival, etc.
The central location, with the beach straight across the road, made for a wonderfully laid back holiday destination.

ideal for a long weekend

3 days at The Reef House whilst attending Palm Cover Cairns for a wedding. Hotel on the beach front - and a delightful balcony room overlooking the beach. Good service and plenty of common areas to relax if you don't want to sit in your room.

The Jewel of Palm Cove
Griselda N

My friend and I had the pleasure of staying 4 nights at the magnificent Reef House. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Julien at reception with a smile and a welcome drink which we sipped by the stunning pool ,we felt very special.
Our luggage was sent to our room. Julien came back to escort us to the room once we finished our drinks.
We were pleasantly surprised when we entered our suite (423) which had a balcony with a spa, lounge chairs table and chairs and overlooked the beautiful beach.
Everything in the hotel exceeded our expectations. The pools, the jacuzzi, the food in the restaurant , especially the seafood tasting plate.
The staff were friendly, professional and very attentive, in particular one team member who stood out at breakfast in the restaurant. Karrie was amazing, always smiling and eager to please.
Reef House ticks all the boxes. We are looking forward to visiting again for another magical experience.