The Reef House

The Reef House offers luxurious accommodation in Palm Cove, Distinctly different to other hotels. This boutique resort is known for its sophisticated yet easy going atmosphere. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Palm Cove, The Reef House is located just steps from the white sandy shores of the Coral Sea.

Palm Cove is a cosmopolitan beachside village situated 25 minutes drive north of Cairns International airport. This Palm Cove accommodation has the Great Barrier Reef right on their doorstep, making it the perfect location to explore the reef and the beautiful Daintree Rainforest.

The Reef House in Palm Cove is nestled amongst tranquil tropical gardens and ancient towering Paper Bark trees. The colonial-style architecture is designed to capture the romance of the tropics and the splendour of a bygone era. Candle-lit corridors and fresh white wash walls give way to three pristine pools and two spas. The Reef House Restaurant offers unsurpassed ocean views and an inviting seasonal menu sourced using local products.

A rich history is reflected throughout the resort, particularly in The Brigadiers Bar. In true style, the service is personalised and unobtrusive, with every guest enjoying VIP treatment from the moment they arrive. With only 69 rooms The Reef House maintains the relaxed feel of small, sophisticated hotel and is sure to make your Palm Cove holiday a memorable one.


The Reef House has 69 spacious guest rooms set in a tropical paradise.

All Rooms Feature

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Balcony or Veranda
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • In room safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Daily Serving

Brigadier King Studio: Elegantly designed to capture the charm of the original Brigadier's house, these studio-style rooms feature a balcony or terrace with a swinging double lounge. A kitchenette is located inside, and the bathroom has a shower only. These rooms overlook pristine pools and tropical gardens. Size is 34m². Bedding is 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

Verandah King Room: Opening onto a wide verandah, these rooms capture the stylish elegance of tropical living. They are also studio-style, although more spacious than the Brigadier rooms, and are designed for indoor/outdoor living. They feature a large covered verandah with a variety of wooden furniture and a kitchenette. These rooms overlook pristine pools and tropical gardens. Ocean views are subject to availability. Size is 53.5m². Bedding is 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

Verandah King Spa Room: Perfect for honeymooners or a romantic escape, these spacious rooms are similar to the Verandah Rooms, with the luxurious addition of a private double spa bath on the Verandah. These rooms overlook pristine pools and tropical gardens. Size is 66m². Bedding is 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 3 Adults & Children.

Brigadier King Spa Studio: Popular for honeymooners, these room types have a lovely ocean front aspect and direct access to the beach. Inside you will find a spa bath and your patio or balcony has a unique romantic hanging double 'love' swing and is the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon drink and let the world drift by. Size is 44m². Bedding is 1 King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

Ocean View King Room: Offers Coral Sea views from the furnished verandah and an oversized lounge area. Size is 50.5m². Bedding is 1 King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

1 Bedroom Spa Apartment: Features views of the tropical gardens and the swimming pool. The apartments feature a private spa bath. Size is 50.5m² Bedding is 1 King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

2 Bedroom Ocean View Spa Apartment: Offers stunning views of the Coral Sea & Double Island, features a central living area & fully equipped kitchen. Size is 66m². Bedding is 1 King Bed + 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 4 Adults & Children.


Reef House Restaurant: Offers a choice of both intimate waterfront dining inside and spacious decking outside. Local produce and fresh caught seafood feature regularly among the chef's specialties, making dining one of the most enjoyable experiences of your stay.

Brigadiers Bar and Lounge: This delightfully themed cocktail bar and lounge recaptures the charm and elegance of times gone by, when it was customary to relax, every afternoon, while sipping a cool, refreshing gin and tonic in the shade of the verandah. In the true tradition of an Officer's Mess, guests help themselves to drinks from the bar and sign a chit which is later charged to their account. Also continuing a tradition, candles are lit each evening at twilight hour, denoting an opportunity to meet with other guests and enjoy a complimentary glass of Brigadier's Punch.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Day Spa
  • Tour Desk
  • Luxury Concierge Services
  • On-site Duty Manager
  • Beach Lounges
  • Guest Laundry
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Lift to some rooms
  • Porter Service
  • Room Service
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Outdoor Heated Spa
  • Health Spa
  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Complimentary Car Park
  • Complimentary use of DVD player


The following activities are free of charge:

  • Aqua Aerobics in the heated mineral pool
  • Stretch and Breathe classes with qualified yoga instructor
  • "Reef House Mixology" interactive cocktail classes
  • Unlimited use of our vintage style cruiser bikes & fishing rods
  • Guest book library
  • Board games
  • Adults sketch kits
  • CD & DVD library

Day Spa

Reef House Spa: The iconic and award winning Reef House Spa offers a beautifully appointed seaside escape, where each element and experience is an intimate journey offering an enchanting Spa Wellness sojourn. We use Waterlily an Australian Spa Collection formulated exclusively for Exquisite Day Spas using the purest Aromaceuticals and Phytonutrients to create a performance driven sensory journey.

Additional Information

Children: 0-2 years of age are free of charge in existing bedding
Check In: 2.00 pm
Check Out: 11.00 am
Reception: 24 Hours
Address: 99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Qld 4879

Special Deals View All

4 Nights, Welcome Drink, Daily Refreshments, Free WiFi, Use of Bikes & Fishing Rods

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Palm Cove Village
Bridadier King Studio
Bike Hire
Reef House Restaurant
Brigadier Lounge
Brigadier Bar
Bridadier King Studio
Verandah King Spa Suite
Ocean View King
Brigadier King Spa Studio
Brigadier King Spa Studio
2 Bedroom Spa Apartment