It’s absolutely freezing in Melbourne right now which inspired a last minute sneaky trip to Port Douglas last week to soak up some sunshine. I booked into Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas on the strength of friends’ recommendations and good online reviews.
The deciding factor was the lagoon pool at Peppers and its proximity to the centre of town compared to some other resorts. The pool certainly lived up to expectations. It’s huge and deep enough so you can swim laps if you want while the sandy bank is great for little kids as there is no steep drop to stress about and they can play happily making sandcastles in the shallows.
Accomodation is in the form of apartments which are spacious and well equipped. Our apartment had two bedrooms one with a king size bed and the other with two singles. A shared bathroom (shower only) was kitted out with copious amounts of Appelles toiletries. The main living room had a great kitchen with a full size fridge and freezer, proper oven and an enclosed balcony with a barbecue. It was well equipped with basic crockery and cookware and basic things like dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent were also thoughtfully provided. The apartment was cleaned daily allowing me to indulge in my love of fresh towels (simple pleasures!).
On the downside the wifi wasn’t working very well during our stay and despite requesting an apartment on the ground floor and close to the pool when booking we were given one at the very back of the complex on the first floor. Despite these small niggles, Peppers was perfect for a week long stay in Port Douglas. It managed to be family friendly while still offering a luxury getaway. I am not a fan of giving up the good things in life just because I have children in tow and at Peppers I didn’t have to.
Gourmet Travel Tips
- We flew to Cairns with Virgin from Melbourne and then hired a car to get to Port Douglas. Due to Peppers central location we didn’t use the car at all during our stay so we would have been better off getting a transfer from the airport.
- We spent our time lazing by the pool, walking along Port Douglas’ beautiful 4 mile beach and checking out the restaurants and cafes in the area. On previous visits to Port Douglas I’ve also headed to Mossman Gorge and into the Daintree rainforest for day trips.
- My tips on where to eat and drink in Port Douglas coming up!
Details: Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas, 20-22 Davidson street, Port Douglas, Queensland
Damage: Budget breaking. We paid $2,900 for one week in a two bedroom apartment.