Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas review

Australia’s most iconic beachfront resort, Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas, is the perfect base to explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Writes Lisa O’Brien.

If you love being immersed in nature, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas is a stunning five-star beachfront resort in Tropical North Queensland, positioned within Australia’s first eco-certified destination. This is where two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites meet: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland (the Daintree).

Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas
Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas

But with 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens – including two hectares of sparkling saltwater lagoons to swim in, an 18-hole golf course and five-star amenities – you may never want to leave or go exploring.

Inside, there are 294 rooms and 55 villas – and 53 rooms have balconies with exclusive swim-up entry. Here you can wake to Australia’s first floating breakfast right outside your bedroom. How cool is that?

Floating breakfast at Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas
Floating breakfast at Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas

Golf

Tee off at the Mirage Country Club’s 18-hole golf course designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson and renowned architect Michael Wolveridge. Bordered by the Coral Sea with a panoramic mountain backdrop, the Mirage Country Club also features an aquatic driving range, fitness centre, three tennis courts, a 25-mere lap pool and pro shop.

Activities

If golf is not your thing, you won’t be lost for diversions. Take part in one of Sheraton’s ‘Signature Experiences’ focussing on the rich cultural and culinary history of Port Douglas. This might mean sunset sessions with music, snacks and cocktails by the main pool. Or perhaps a rum-tasting class at the resort’s Daintree Bar.

The sandy swimming lagoon at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Dining

The resort features a whopping seven restaurants and bars showcasing the very best of locally sourced and Australian ingredients. The standout is its signature restaurant, Harrisons, which is Port Douglas’ most awarded restaurant. Here, you can revel in the unique flavours of Tropical North Queensland in dishes produced by acclaimed chef Spencer Patrick.

Spa

For those seeking rejuvenation along with their relaxation, there’s also the on-site Kaia Day Spa with treatment rooms for singles and couples

In 2019, Port Douglas was awarded the nation’s first Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination certification. This reflects the region’s dedication to sustainable practices, and the resort is committed to operating a community-minded property that works hand-in-hand with its location and stakeholders.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas is Tropical North Queensland’s largest premium playground – and your biggest decision will be whether to bliss out here for days on end or find the energy to expore the lush bounty on your doorstep. Rates start from $420 per night.

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