The Shantara Resort is tucked away in the secluded town of Port Douglas, forty miles north of the bustling hub of Cairns. Placed between The Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is the perfect destination for would be explorers who prefer a quiet getaway over a busy city break.
With only 54 rooms and apartments over 3 floors, the Shantara Resort is a small oasis of adult-only, multi award-winning calm; providing a perfect setting for a romantic break, be it a honeymoon or an anniversary.
As one would expect from a property of this calibre, the facilities are not just standard, run-of-the-mill facilities. The property has not one, but two lagoon-style swimming pools, own of which is heated, and one of which has access to a secret barbecue deck. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a day spa, a gym, free secure parking, amongst many other amenities.
Food, drink & entertainment
As well as all apartments being equipped with a kitchenette, the Shantara Resort also offers a catering menu from which guests can order meals and chocolate hampers. If you'd prefer to dine out, Port Douglas is a hub of varied culinary delights, boasting over 60 restaurants and cafes. The region's main specialities lie in fresh seafood, Asian, Mediterranean, and modern Australian cuisine. For a delicious slice of Port Douglas' culinary offerings, try visiting Macrossan Wharf and Grant Street dining precincts.
Sport, games & activities
Aside from the two swimming pools, day spa and gymnasium, the Shantara Resort offers in-room massages, and a discounted pass to a local yoga centre with your stay. The magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is on the doorstep of Port Douglas, and there is an almost endless list of activities based around it. Behind Port Douglas, the world's oldest rainforest is just waiting to be explored; and for a more lively experience, a visit to Cairns shopping district and esplanade is always a must-do.
Guests can choose from five different styles of apartment, ranging from studio rooms, to the much sought-after Shantara Apartments. Many rooms come with the option of direct pool deck access, and all have a private balcony or patio. All rooms are stylishly decorated and come with luxury amenities such as flat screen TV, complimentary laundry facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and an in-room safe. The four stunning Shantara Apartments also have a private deck, complete with the epitome of a romantic getaway - a jacuzzi.
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.