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Aug 20

Home by the sea” at Elandra Mission Beach!

Posted on August 20, 2008 by


I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go away for a night to Elandra resort Mission Beach, on the weekend and all my partner and I can say is WOW!

On Monday the 28th of July at about 10:30 am, my partner and I set off from sunny Palm Cove and headed south in the car with the GPS set for Mission Beach, as it did not recognize the resort address.  We meandered down the Bruce Highway south of Cairns and enjoyed the scenery and did a couple of scenic stop offs along the way.  At about 2 pm we found the resort, there is a trick to getting into the driveway.  Elandra is like a hidden secret hidden away from the prying eyes and sticky beaks.  No wonder celebrities would chose to stay here.  Always best to call reception and ask for the correct roadway.

This resort looks so welcoming and has a great sense of serenity calm about it.  Wondering through reception allowed us to take in the African inspired jungle themed décor.  The view over the pool was amazing taking in the horizons and Dunk Island. 

After being greeted by the warm and welcoming yet professional staff that run this fine establishment, we were offered our luggage to be taken to our room, which is  most appreciated if you happen to find the footpaths and stairs challenging.  This also gives you time to soak in the atmosphere.  It is all about relaxed five star service, in a sophisticated yet relaxed environment.   Believe me you’ll feel like a movie star after staying here.

After settling into our terraced split level,  suite for about an hour or so we ventured up to the large resort pool. So nice to stay at a resort that doesn’t cater to children and families, it is more for couples for a romantic getaway or companies seeking a great conference venue with the idea that staff stay on for a bit of rest and relaxation afterwards. 

After a refreshing swim in the pool and selecting the ideal pool lounge in the afternoon sun it was time make a quick side step to the bar for a couple of pool side cocktails, my compliments to the knowledge and very capable staff at making such delicious refreshments. 

As the sun was going down we made our way back to our suite for the evening, they are homely yet stylish with simplicity being the key here.  White décor and timber lime washed furniture is complimented with African inspired pieces throughout.   We then decided to do the late afternoon stroll down to Lugger Bay.   It was well worth the walk it takes a very leisurely 30 mins walk.  From the beach and its stunning white sand you can see the islands off the coast.  

After having a swim and walk along the beach we headed back up the same track to our room.  After a complimentary late check out and a well earned relaxing sleep in with the sounds of the ocean and the sun coming up over the water it was time then unfortunately to pack up and leave this beautiful place.
So after having to regretfully check out after only an overnight stay and saying goodbye to the friendly staff it was off home to sunny Palm Cove again.  My self and my partner will be back in the future for a much longer stay
I would highly recommend that you stay a minimum 2 to 3 nights or even a week to truly unwind and relax.  The resort has all the spa services you will need and a great restaurant, they also have a well stocked library of books also.

The new owners of the resort have really gone beyond the Horizon to create a true home by the sea Elandra.

Looking forward to our next stay,
Elandra bookings & information

Lachie  Knowles
The Tour Specialists
Palm Cove

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