Shantara Resort, Port Douglas

Shantara Resort, Port Douglas

Loved it, highly recommend!


I ended up selecting the second most expensive option! It was an one bedroom apartment with walkin pool access. It wasn't the most expensive as I opted not to have the daily service of the room. (For a 3 day stay it was fine) Other options were a studio with pool access, apartments or studios with balcony views of the pool. Being able to just stroll out and into the pool was fabulous so worth the extra money!

The patio area, all you had to do was open the gate and you were at the pool.


The resort is located on the main road into Port Douglas close to the town centre. It's a five minute walk to Four Mile Beach in one direction, probably about 15 minutes to the Marina (where the reef and boat cruises depart) in the opposite direction. And 5 minutes to the Macrossan St, the main street of Port Douglas with the restaurants, cafes and shops. So excellent location.


It was an apartment so separate bedroom, it had a well equipped kitchen with everything you would need. 

Entrance and lounge area


Bedroom with Japanese shoji screens to close off the room. (Loved that little touch of Japan)

The bathroom had a spa bath (jacuzzi for north Americans!)

The screens to the bathroom did close for privacy!

 And there was even an extra TV in the bedroom if you wanted to watch in bed. The way the complex was built, there were 2 wings, each wing had its own pool.

You could access the patio from sliding doors both from the lounge and the bedroom, and beyond the patio to the pool.


There was a small spa in the resort that offered a variety of massages, I went for the aromatherapy and it was lovely. 

The opposite wing to where I was staying, the pool had a BBQ area if anyone wanted to use it.

Other pool with BBQ.


The staff were really helpful in giving recommendations on where to eat based on what you said you liked. (There is no restaurant, cafe or bar in this resort) There is car parking under the resort if you drive up like I did, so very convenient.

The best thing about this particular resort/apartment hotel was that it is 'Adults Only' so no children around. With it being school holidays that was fantastic, it was quiet and peaceful around it pool, it was absolute bliss!!! So if you're after a restful escape this is the place for you!