Luxury Hotels in Cairns

The gateway to the oceanic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the quintessential tropical paradise. The stunning natural beauty offers crystal clear blue waters, palm fringed beaches and a whole string of picture-perfect tropical islands surrounded by white sand and gently lapping waves to soothe body and mind, with the perfect luxury accommodation to explore from or relax in. Immerse yourself in sheltered snorkelling spots on the islands, take the plunge on the reef itself on a scuba dive or sit back and take it all in whilst staying dry in a glass bottomed boat; either way you will be left with unforgettable memories of the abundant marine life and unique beauty of the world’s largest coral reef.

Inland is equally beautiful, with the Atherton Tablelands just a drive away to discover vast ancient rainforests filled with lush greenery, incredible wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Take this chance to experience the uniqueness of Cairns from above on a hot air balloon ride, or swim under waterfalls and let your cares wash away before returning to your 5-star hotel accommodation.

Below are currently available listings for Luxury Hotels in Cairns. Click on a hotel link below to view further details, view prices, or to make a booking.

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Shangri-La The Marina – Cairns

Located in the heart of Cairns, Shangri-La The Marina is a 5-star luxury hotel that is an elegant haven for guests. It is opposite the Reef Fleet Terminal, where most of the tour boats going to the stunning Great Barrier Reef depart from.

The spacious rooms feature contemporary styling that reflects the hotel’s oceanside location. Natural light streams through the glass sliding door which leads to a private balcony. The comfortable beds have 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a choice of pillow types, while the bathrooms are modern, with a walk-in shower. Guests have access to an electronic safe, complimentary internet and satellite tv.

The large, 24-hour fitness centre is well equipped for a wide range of workouts, with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment. Outside is a large swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and the Poolside Bar. There is a dedicated children’s pool and table tennis equipment is available to enjoy in the afternoon.

At The Backyard, diners can enjoy local Queensland produce sourced by the restaurant’s executive head chef. The dining spaces have a relaxed, tropical vibe and feature a patio which overlooks the water, large BBQ garden with food fresh off the smoker and a one-of-a-kind container bar.

Pullman Cairns International

For 5-star luxury at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, look no further than the Pullman Cairns International. Located opposite the Cains Zoom and Wildlife Dome, this luxury hotel is a short walk from Chinaman Creek and the Reef Fleet Terminal.

The light, spacious guest rooms have been designed to have either a contemporary or classic feel, depending on the room type. The styling is sophisticated, and the comfortable beds are fitted with premium linens. Each room features large glass sliding doors that lead out to a private balcony and guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, an in-room safe and quality bathroom amenities.

At the Pullman Cairns International, guests can enjoy a range of wellbeing facilities. Vie Spa is an award-winning spa where qualified therapists offer a range of nourishing treatments. The well-equipped gym has a range of equipment and after a workout any sore muscles can be soothed in the sauna. Outdoors, the large lagoon style pool is perfect for soaking up the Queensland sun.

The hotel is home to Coco’s Kitchen + Bar Cairns. The menu centres around the idea of pure, clean flavours, and features fresh, local fish and seafood. In the evening diners can enjoy a signature cocktail and high tea is available on weekends.

Hilton – Cairns

Set among tropical greenery and overlooking the water, is the Hilton Cairns. This luxury hotel is well positioned for travellers looking to explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It is walking distance from the Reef Terminal and is a 10-minute drive from the Cairns Botanic Gardens and Cairns Golf Club.

With floor to ceiling windows, each guestroom has wide views and plenty of natural light. The well-lit, contemporary rooms feature a large TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and private balcony. Stepping into the ensuite bathroom, guests will find a large mirror, wide vanity, and rain shower.

On the ground level there is a large, lagoon style pool. Surrounding the pool are lounge beds, perfect for relaxing while enjoying a beverage or snack. To rejuvenate the body and soul, guests can visit the spa for a nourishing treatment, while those looking to be active can visit the well-equipped fitness centre.

To start the day, Café Sunrise serves a scrumptious breakfast in an inviting tropical setting. At Mondo on the Waterfront, diners can enjoy an award-winning restaurant which serves a range of dishes to suit every palate. For those looking to end the day in a social setting, Gin Social is open each evening, serving premium beverages and good tunes.

Cairns is a premier location for a beach getaway. After securing your luxury hotel, you may be wondering what kind of experiences are available in the surrounding area. We’ve compiled a list of seven itinerary highlights that can help turn any trip to Cairns into a memorable holiday.

1. Explore the Cairns Aquarium

At the Cairns Aquarium, visitors are guaranteed to be able to get up close to animals that are native to Queensland. There are daily talks about the state’s ecosystems, animal presentations, live diver feeds and touch’n’talk shows, as well as a 10m deep reef tank and 20m deep underwater tunnel. You can also tour the Turtle Hospital or organise to dive with the aquarium’s sharks. During your visit, enjoy a gourmet meal at Dundee’s Café and Restaurant, which is situated next to a 70,000L saltwater aquarium.

2. Go on a Helicopter Tour

From Cairns there are a range of exciting helicopter tours which provide guests with spectacular views of the region’s stunning natural environment. Choose to fly over the ocean, rainforest, or both, depending on personal preference. Different routes include views of the Barron Gorge Falls, Daintree National Park, Great Barrier Reef, Mission Bay, Crystal Cascades, Mt Yarrabah, and Green Island.

3. Day Trip to Great Barrier Reef

The jewel of the Queensland Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, is one of the natural wonders of Australia. Given the wide range of tour options, there is something for everyone. To get out there you can go on a sailboat, dive boat, ferry, powerboat or even helicopter or sea plane. Some take guests out to floating pontoons or islands, while others using mooring balls to sit out in the water. You can snorkel, scuba dive, go on a glass bottom boat, do a guided island tour, or go fishing.

4. Sunset Sail in Cairns

On the Spirit of Cairns, a 26m luxury catamaran, guests can experience a premium dinner service with spectacular views of the Trinity Inlet and Cairns waterfront. Enjoy a drink out on the deck as the sun sets, then indulge in delicious local produce and fresh seafood. Depending on the night of the week, the meal is served either buffet style or as a three-course set menu.

5. Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

North of Cairns is the small town of Kuranda, a picturesque mountain village inside the oldest living rainforest in the world. The best way to see the landscape and move between Kuranda and Cairns, is by taking the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway one way and the Kuranda Scenic Railway the other. The Skyrail is 7.5km long and takes visitors over the rainforest, while the Railway winds its way through using the 37km path that was constructed back in 1891.

6. Waterfall Tour

Within the World Heritage Rainforest there are incredible waterfalls to explore. There are tours which take visitors through the forest to see the falls and swim in some of the natural pools around them. Josephine Falls has a natural waterslide, Milla Milla Falls is stunning, and Dinner Falls has a large natural pool behind in. Lake Eacham is also included in many of the tours and is unique because is in the crater of a dormant volcano.

7. Visit Palm Cove

North of Cairns is the small beachside town of Palm Cove. A peaceful, tropical place, it is perfect for forgetting about the rest of the world and enjoying nature. The sandy beach is lined with palm trees and the calm waters are nice and warm at the right time of year. Overlooking the beach are many high-quality restaurants, such as Temple of Tastes, Reef House Restaurant, Vivo Palm Beach and Nu Nu Restaurant.