Review: The Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple

The Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort was one of only a few chain properties in the area and looked like the best. They had a promotion for a wellness package which included bed and breakfast, two 60-minute massages, a picnic lunch and some welcome amenities.

Our four-night stay cost about £800 but this was offset by 11% cash back from TopCashBack and about 3000 LeClub Accor points worth £50ish. As a Gold member we got an upgraded apartment, welcome drinks and more points. Check out my tip for getting Accor Gold via the Ibis Business card here!

We arrived early – very early! Clear roads and a quick check in process for the car meant we were at the hotel by 8am. The staff could not have been more welcoming, checking us in, offering a cold glass of juice and taking us to breakfast. Obviously our room was not ready, but they prioritised cleaning our one and called us when it was ready. In the meantime, we were able to relax in the pool.

Our room was a Penthouse Apartment. It was essentially a small flat comprising a kitchen-living room including a dishwasher and washing machine. This was especially welcome given how humid Hong Kong had been. The hotel provided eco-friendly waging powder which was a nice touch.

There was a spacious living room

An outdoor seating area

A decent bathroom and very comfortable bedroom

And an over the top roof terrace complete with BBQ area and hot tub we didn’t use.

The selling point of the hotel is the huge pool. Many of the rooms have direct access which is great.

The hotel gym was small but well equipped.

I liked that they had a room for machines and a room for weights.

The hotel is next to Four Mike Beach which is pretty spectacular.

There was hardly anyone there and whilst it is not a beach for swimming, it was the perfect place for the picnic.

The restaurant was good, and there was a reasonable breakfast offering. Coffee came in the form of the flat nespresso capsules and you could pay AU$4.50 for a ‘barista’ coffee but I have no idea why anyone would.

We only ate in the restaurant on one night, eating out in Port Douglas another time and cooking ourselves in the apartment. There were a couple of supermarkets in town, and there is loads of parking around the resort by the accommodation so doing a shop for a long stay wouldn’t be an issue.

As part of the package we had two spa treatments. I had a massage which was absolutely fabulous – a great way to spend an hour.

After 4 nights it was time to head south to Canberra and we were sad to be leaving. I would highly recommend the hotel – particularly to families where the mix of full service hotel and self catering accommodation, plus a huge pool and massive beach would provide everything needed for some relaxation.

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