5 ways to relax in Port Douglas

Port Douglas Four Mile Beach

Relaxation is one of the key components of any good holiday. No matter how much adventure and excitement you're looking for on your next getaway, there'll always be a need to fit in some indulgent time to yourself. And what better place to turn off your phone and abandon your watch than Port Douglas?

Just an hour's drive away from Cairns, this tropical paradise is flanked by the Coral Sea on one side and forest on the other. Warm days, clear blue skies and sunshine as far as you can see epitomise this region, making it an obvious choice when it comes to planning your great relaxing getaway. So book your tickets, lock in your holiday accommodation and dive into the following serene activities.

1. Dive into paradise

Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, presenting you with the perfect opportunity to dive into this natural wonder of the world. Slip on some flippers, a mask and a snorkel and cruise through the azure waters to spot the marine life that lies beneath, or treat yourself to a scuba diving lesson to help get up close and personal with the colourful coral and friendly fish here.

There are many companies offering tours around the deep blue sea, so take your time to pick the best one for your needs.

2. Make the most of your accommodation facilities

You could have one of the most relaxing holidays ever without leaving the grounds of Mantra Aqueous on Port. That's thanks to the gorgeous hotel spa rooms and one- and two-bedroom spa apartments, the latter of which are decked out with separate living and dining areas, full kitchens, en suite bathrooms, cable television and iPod docking stations, just to name some of the indulgent features. Make the most of your own private spa on the balcony, or step things up with a two bedroom swim out apartment, which gives you a private swim-up deck from which you can access the pool. The award-winning accommodation here is second to none and gives you the chance to truly unwind and pamper yourself.

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3. Get a massage

Nothing says 'relaxation' quite like a massage, and thankfully Port Douglas is blessed with a large bounty of spas. Treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, go for hot stone therapy or opt for a mud wrap to revitalise your skin and make your muscles feel like new again.

4. Recline on the beach

Grab a towel, some sunscreen and a good book and head to Four Mile Beach for a day spent lounging around in the sun. You can walk here in less than five minutes and spend hours walking along the soft, sandy shores and picking the best spot to lay out your towel. During stinger season there's a net in place to help protect swimmers from these creatures, letting you roam leisurely through the waves free from worry.

5. Dine out

Take a night off from cooking and let someone else do the hard work at one of Port Douglas' best restaurants. Enjoy seafood from the award winning 2 Fish Restaurant, which takes the flavours of the tropics and puts them on your plate. If you can't get enough of ocean flavours, pay a visit to On The Inlet. Locals and tourists alike love the location and food at this Port Douglas establishment. For something spiritual and soulful, try Flames of the Forest, which offers an Aboriginal Cultural Experience and a Rainforest Dining Experience. A meal here is far from ordinary and you'll find yourself feeling like you've been transported to a whole new world.

Port Douglas Hotels

Mantra Aqueous on Port
Mantra Aqueous on Port

Deluxe hotel rooms and apartments, some with private swim-up pool decks offer a great base for...Read More »

Mantra Heritage
Mantra Heritage

Every room provides total comfort and entertainment with the golden beach and dining...Read More »

Mantra in the Village
Mantra in the Village

Located just metres from restaurants, shops and pristine beaches, contemporary apartments...Read More »

Mantra on the Inlet
Mantra on the Inlet

Colonial style resort rooms are central to town, the beach and provides easy access to two of the...Read More »

Mantra PortSea
Mantra PortSea

Close to the beach in the heart of Port Douglas, walk from these modern apartments to Macrossan...Read More »

Peppers Beach Club
Peppers Beach Club

The resort's elegant open-air design is reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa. Indulgent facilities and...Read More »

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