Mercure Harbourside Cairns
Mercure Harbourside Cairns

Mercure Harbourside Cairns

Good morning readers and welcome to the glorious view from our suite at the Mercure Harbourside Cairns. It is another beautiful day in tropical North Queensland.  From our balcony we can see jogger making use of the Cairns Esplanade for their early morning exercise regime, couples walking the dog, and cyclists riding by.

Mercure Harbourside Cairns View

Mercure Harbourside Cairns View

The Mercure Harbourside Cairns has just completed a 3 million dollar refurbishment which included a new pool area, lobby and an upgrade of all harbourside rooms. The hotel has been given a new lease on life, and is certainly a jewel in the ACCOR Hotel chain’s crown.

Superior King Room

Superior Ocean View King Room

We are staying in a Superior Ocean View King Room. The room has the most expansive views over Trinity Bay. I’m sure you can tell by the crisp white linen that I was in “bed heaven.” Is it strange that a comfy bed, puffy pillows and white linen can have me in raptures? “I never want to leave,” I tell hubby solemnly. He knows I mean it, but he also knows I am easily bribed with food.

Pool Area Cairns Mercure 2

Pool Area Cairns Mercure

The pool area is a focal point for the bar and restaurant, and is located on the Harbourside of the hotel. The hotel has been designed with plenty of full length windows which make the most of the beautiful views.

Breezeway to Teshi Restaurant

Breezeway to Teshi Restaurant

We have a busy day planned with Executive Chef Markus Strieby. Markus with be taking us on a tour of Rusty’s Markets.

Blue Mango Cafe & Wine Bar

Blue Mango Cafe & Wine Bar

First things first, there is time to enjoy a buffet breakfast downstairs. After my Paleo experience I loaded up on a healthy tropical fruit platter, and added a collection of seeds and nuts and coconut.

Fruit Platter w Nuts & Seeds

Fruit Platter w Nuts & Seeds

I have been absolutely loving the sweet tropical Queensland fruits and the variety on the buffet was fantastic. Also on the buffet was a sign advising guests that there were gluten free cereals, breads and organic spreads available.

Brett's Buffet Breakfast

Brett’s Buffet Breakfast

Mr GG loves a good buffet breakfast and there were loads of items on the menu that he couldn’t wait to pile onto a plate.  The eggs were perfectly poached  and he enjoyed the gooey yolk with crispy hash browns, roasted spiced potato, fried rice and lashings of bacon. Each time I partake in a buffet breakfast with my husband I regret the lack of breakfast space my stomach affords, compared with his.

Morning Juice - Juicing Station

Morning Juice – Juicing Station

I noticed hubby struggling to juice an orange at the juicing station and offered a hand. He had been attempting to remove the peel by first quartering the orange. I took over the juicing duties and asked for his fruit selection. In the mix we had oranges, pineapple, apple, celery  and a decent amount of chilli and fresh ginger. It was going to be hot, but it looked like a great vitamin hit.

Hubby downed his juice and announced. “I am going to be so healthy after this!”

I just looked at him confused.

“What do you mean?” I asked. “Do you mean, you feel we should try to be more healthy when we get home?”

“No!” he answered.  “This juice is so healthy, I’m going to be so healthy when I finish the glass.”

“Really!” I said. “Have you forgotten about the plate loads of bacon and eggs, hash browns, rice and potatoes you just consumed?”

He looked at me and said, “I think you underestimate the power of the juice.” as he calmly smothered a second croissant in butter.

To celebrate the completion of the refurbishment, Mercure is offering an amazing deal!

For just $115 pp guests will enjoy this all inclusive Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast Package at Mercure Cairns Harbourside!

The package includes the following:

Overnight Accommodation for 2 in a Standard Ocean View Room
Full Buffet Breakfast Daily for 2 People
3 Course Dinner for 2 in Teshi’s Restaurant overlooking Trinity Bay

Exclusive offer!

Hurry  and take advantage of this great offer.  You could be enjoying a Gourmet Getaway in tropical North Queensland and enjoying all the decadence of the Mercure Harbourside.

Mercure Harbourside Cairns

Mercure Harbourside Cairns

Mercure Cairns Harbourside

209 – 217 The Esplanade (entry via Lake street)
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Mercure Harbourside

Mercure Harbourside

This story is part of the Gourmet Getaways Tropical Far North Queensland feature series. Thank you to our FNQ Sponsors Mercure Harbourside Cairns and Tigerair. As always the opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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  1. A stay at a tropical hotel sounds so good…here in New England, I wearing a coat instead of a bathing suit.

  2. Ohhh nice! Love that warm sunshine! That rate is a steal with breakfast and dinner!!!

  3. “I think you underestimate the power of juice” – best quote of the day. 🙂

  4. This does seem extremely good value for money. I’ve had a holiday at Trinity Beach and really loved it. It has a great, relaxed and low-key vibe about it along with a gorgeous beach xx

  5. Oh how I would love your life for a week or month. All the wonderful places you visit.
    Have a super week ahead Juli.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  6. Tropical holidaying and lots of buffet food in the morning? Seems like an ideal location 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. We stayed here nearly ten years ago for a conference, it looks a lot more spruced up since then. Such a relaxing atmosphere in Cairns..would love another conference to give me the excuse to return 😉

  8. I like Mr. GG’s logic…Kind of like the Diet Coke cancels out the chocolate cake theory =) And I love the views from the Harbourside…and their offering of organic goodies! Another heavenly trip for Miss Julie =)

  9. Hehe now that would be great if a juice could undo sausages, eggs all sorts of other things too! 😀

  10. Such gorgeous pictures! You visit the most amazing places Julie.

  11. How do you saw this swimming-pool and this stunning breakfast? It’s not fear ! Here is raining the whole day and it’s cold !!! Lol!
    Love this place and I’m agree with Mr. GG, un croissant is so healthy 😉 I’m glad to see you in the video. Enjoy it 😉

  12. That sunrise shot! Amazing! 😀
    Take me to paradise now!

  13. What a nice place! And what a great post. Sounds like a terrific time you had. Love the pictures! Thanks so much.

  14. What a wonderful place to getaway to, I love the tropical photos 😀
    Feeling the heat through my screen!

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. What a beautiful view to wake up to. Will have to check this one out!

  16. Haha, I’m a bit like your husband – surely having fruit at the same time negates the buttery croissants and crispy bacon right?

  17. Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel :

    Oh, looks good, love a juicing station, and a marvellous view. I wish I were back in Cairns and Port Douglas and in real holiday mode again, this Christmas business is too frantic.

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