Angsana Resort & Spa Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove
Tel: 61 74 055 3000
Concierge.com's insider take:
Part of the prestigious Banyan Tree chain, this romantic beach resort ten miles north of Cairns is big with honeymooners. This isn't the place to bring a boisterous group; most guests are intent on being couple-y. Those wanting extra privacy can book the lavish Angsana Suite, with its private deck, barbecue, and pool—but the other 66 Asian-colonial-style suites are all plenty idyllic, with gargantuan lounges, wooden shutters, and wide balconies overlooking the three saltwater swimming pools. At the Far Horizons beachside restaurant, the food's elegant but the mood's relaxed—and there's a palm-shaded bar for canoodling over preprandial beers or cocktails. The spa, with its alfresco pavilions and couples' treatment areas, is staffed by gentle Thai therapists on rotation from Banyan Tree Phuket. (Massages are more relaxing than therapeutic, unless you request extra-firm pressure.) Love-bunnies who actually feel like leaving the property can book scenic flights, cruises, dive trips, or day trips to the chic shopping mecca of Palm Cove.