Inside Australia’s best luxury hotel: Why this dreamy adults-only hideaway is a ‘must visit’ for thousands

A luxury wellness resort overlooking an idyllic beach in Far North Queensland has been crowned Australia’s best. 

The Reef House Boutique Hotel and Spa is in the dreamy Cairns suburb of Palm Cove and earned the title of the best Five Star Luxury Accommodation in the country at the the 2024 Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin. 

The adults-only hotel’s rooms, restaurants and bars are mere metres away from the stunning Palm Cove Beach which recently placed number one on Conde Nast Traveller’s top 34 Best Beaches in the World list.

The opulent rooms wrap around a sparkling communal pool surrounded by tropical palm trees and sun loungers. 

Visitors can relax and recharge in one of the hotel’s 67 suites, some of which feature a king-sized four-poster bed, a huge spa bath and views out over the picturesque beach. 

The Reef House Boutique Hotel and Spa sitting metres away from an idyllic palm tree-shaded beach has been named the best luxury stay in Australia

The Reef House Boutique Hotel and Spa sitting metres away from an idyllic palm tree-shaded beach has been named the best luxury stay in Australia

It is in the dreamy Cairns suburb of Palm Cove and earned the title of the best Five Star Luxury Accommodation in Australia at the the 2024 Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin

It is in the dreamy Cairns suburb of Palm Cove and earned the title of the best Five Star Luxury Accommodation in Australia at the the 2024 Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin

The incredible adults-only hotel's rooms, restaurants and bars are mere metres away from the stunning Palm Cove Beach

The incredible adults-only hotel’s rooms, restaurants and bars are mere metres away from the stunning Palm Cove Beach

Guests can enjoy more than 20 complimentary experiences as part of their beachside escape, from cocktail-making classes to yoga sessions on the sand and aqua aerobics. 

There are also daily punch, canape and poolside sorbet sessions for guests as well as bikes to explore Palm Cove and a guest library to enjoy free of charge. 

The Reef House Directors Malcolm Bean and David Horbelt started the gem together 13 years ago. 

They said it was a great honour for the boutique hotel to win a national award which they attributed to the signature experiences guests are offered and high repeat visitation rates. 

The opulent rooms wrap around a sparkling communal pool surrounded by tropical palm trees and sun loungers

The opulent rooms wrap around a sparkling communal pool surrounded by tropical palm trees and sun loungers

Guests at The Reef House Boutique Hotel can enjoy more than 20 complimentary experiences from cocktail-making classes to yoga sessions on the sand and aqua aerobics

Guests at The Reef House Boutique Hotel can enjoy more than 20 complimentary experiences from cocktail-making classes to yoga sessions on the sand and aqua aerobics

Visitors can relax and recharge in one of the hotel's 67 suites some of which feature a king-sized four-poster bed, a huge spa bath and views out over the picturesque Palm Cove beach

Visitors can relax and recharge in one of the hotel’s 67 suites some of which feature a king-sized four-poster bed, a huge spa bath and views out over the picturesque Palm Cove beach

‘The Reef House’s vision to provide the best luxury tropical escape based on exclusiveness, experiences, service and memories is resounding with guests who flood TripAdvisor with positive reviews praising the way staff make them feel,’ Mr Bean said. 

‘Our repeat visitation has soared to 25 per cent with guests who want to be pampered while they take time out for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation in a place where they know the staff by name.’

Mr Bean said the secret to Reef House’s success is its high staff-to-guest ratio ensuring everyone who stays ‘feels like a VIP’ when they’re on holiday. 

The Reef House hotel’s neighbouring Palm Cove beach was described by Conde Nast Traveller as ‘the epitome of a tropical paradise’. 

The Reef House Directors Malcolm Bean and David Horbelt started the Palm Cove gem together 13 years ago

The Reef House Directors Malcolm Bean and David Horbelt started the Palm Cove gem together 13 years ago

The Reef House hotel's neighbouring Palm Cove beach was described by Conde Nast Traveller as 'the epitome of a tropical paradise'

The Reef House hotel’s neighbouring Palm Cove beach was described by Conde Nast Traveller as ‘the epitome of a tropical paradise’

They said it was a great honour for the boutique hotel to win a national award which they attributed to the signature experiences guests are offered and high repeat visitation rates

They said it was a great honour for the boutique hotel to win a national award which they attributed to the signature experiences guests are offered and high repeat visitation rates

It beat out jaw-dropping beaches from all over the world including those in Hawaii, Fiji and France.

Its incredible sandy shore is shaded by leaning palm trees and 500-year-old melaleuca trees.

The inviting blue waters are popular for swimmers, fishers and kayakers. Whales and dolphins are often seen from the jetty.

The township of Palm Cove, home to just over 2,000 people, is considered by locals and visitors to be one of Tropical Northern Queensland’s most ‘glamorous beach villages’ thanks to its collection of world-class, restaurants bars and spas.