For a truly luxurious holiday, this Five-Star waterfront hotel cannot be beaten. The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns is an airy oasis from the thriving city of Cairns.
Standing elegantly on the edge of the Marlin Marina, backed by the vibrant city of Cairns and framed by a breath taking mountain range, the Shangri-La Hotel is the ideal base for a holiday of exploring the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina offers 256 rooms and suites over five floors of quiet opulence. All rooms have a private balcony, each with its own stunning view of the marina, the hotel gardens, or the thriving city.
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina encapsulates the true meaning of luxury. The hotel not only has all of the expected amenities of a Five-Star property - an elegant restaurant, two bars, two swimming pools and a 24-hour fitness centre - but also offers an extended, almost extravagant range of services. As well as in-suite massages and a complimentary shoe-shine service, and; if you go out onto the reef and catch your own fish, the hotel chefs will prepare it for you to eat to your taste.
Food, drink & entertainment
North Food & Wine is the Shangri-La's waterfront restaurant. Admire views of the Marlin Marina, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, while you are served delectable Australian cuisine, infused with Mediterranean and Asian influence. For an afternoon treat of boutique beer and Spanish tapas, visit Bá8 bar, or while basking around the pool, nibble appetisers and sip cocktails from the pool bar. The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina also offers 24-hour room service, and is within walking distance of a plethora of eateries around the esplanade and in the city.
Sport, games & activities
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina has a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, as well as two swimming pools - one for children - and table-tennis. The Cairns esplanade is a ten minute walk away, and is a hub of activity, whether that is swimming in the lagoon, playing volleyball, or taking part in the free exercise and yoga classes.
The hotel is also perfectly placed for the guests wishing to take full advantage of the almost endless list of activities centred around the kaleidoscopic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, or an exploratory trip to the ancient tropical rainforest surrounding Cairns. Rooms in the Shangri-La Hotel also are equipped with games consoles.
The rooms and suites available at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns are varied in size, view, occupancy and amenities, but even the most basic suite available is a 350 square foot haven of luxury, including an in-room electronic safe, internet connection, a flat screen TV with in-house movie channels, mini bar, iron and board, separate bath and shower, a pillow menu, and, of course, a stunning view. All rooms and suites are decorated with local artwork, celebrating the tropical climates of Cairns.
Perched on the tropical North-East coast of Australia, Cairns is bursting with culture, wildlife, and world-renowned natural beauty spots.
The city boasts not one, but two World Heritage-listed areas; the Great Barrier Reef, and the world's oldest tropical rainforest. The city itself dates back to 1876, and has grown rapidly from its origins as a small sugarcane exporting town to the buzzing, lively city that it is now.
Cairns provides the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef on Earth. If you want to dive into warm waters and explore a kaleidoscopic underwater world, then Cairns is the perfect destination.
If you are looking for a more relaxed Cairns holiday, which still includes the option to snorkel over the reef or admire the ancient rainforest, then the secluded haven of Port Douglas is a perfect destination. Fronted by the golden sands of Four Mile Beach, and enclosed by an emerald cluster of tropical greenery covered mountains, Port Douglas is the ultimate Australian escape.
Due to Cairns' tropical climate, it naturally has a monsoon season. To avoid the heavy rainfall, visits are best planned between June and October.
Although this is Australia's winter, daytime temperatures still average in the high twenties, so no need to worry; you can definitely leave your thermals at home.
Between the tropical rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian outback, and the city itself, would-be adventurers will never find themselves bored of exploring Cairns.
The range of activities available on the Reef alone is almost endless, from boat trips to explore coral islands and cays, to whale watching, to exhilarating helicopter rides to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above, to guided scuba-diving on the opulent reef - allowing you to get up close and personal with the 1500 species of fish that live there.
On lazier, languid, beach days, make sure to visit Cairns' esplanade. In this hotspot you will find not only a beautiful swimming lagoon, but barbecue areas, a range of sporting pitches and parks, and daily free exercise and yoga classes in and around the lagoon.
Cairns has a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bistros, which together provide an unmissable opportunity to experience a globe of cuisine in one city.
Cairns' specialities lie in fresh seafood and Asian cuisine; for an exquisite taste of both, try Cherry Blossom Japanese Restaurant, which has been serving fresh seafood and sushi to locals and tourists alike since 1987.
To drink, try a smooth, creamy flat white in one of Cairns' many esteemed coffee houses, or drop into the Blue Mango Cafe Wine Bar for a delicious cocktail accompanied by smooth live jazz.
Other than its twelve cinemas and two theatres, Cairns has a full range of nightlife options for everyone. Watch movies and sip cocktails from the pool in Gilligan's on Grafton street, or party the night away at any of the bars and clubs on Spence street.
For something different and spectacular, take a Cairns Harbour sunset cruise, or enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner that you will never forget in the breath taking setting of the rainforest.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.