Shangri-La Hotel Cairns Marina
Shangri-La Hotel Cairns Marina

Shangri-La Hotel Cairns Marina

Whenever I’m daydreaming about taking a holiday it’s always to tropical destination. As Mr GG and I flew into Cairns admiring the gorgeous ocean dotted with islands and reef, I had already slipped into holiday mode.  I was looking forward to checking into the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel Cairns, and basking in the far North Queensland sunshine.

Shangri-La Marina View Suite

Shangri-La Marina View Suite

The Shangri-La Hotel Cairns Marina is located right on the waters edge at the Marina. Yes, the name is a clue to the location. What I wasn’t expecting was a gorgeous view of the marina from our suite. I find water views so relaxing, and when we entered our room I was immediately drawn to the balcony.

Shangri-la Cairns Marina

Shangri-la Cairns Marina

Brett & I watched the boats and yachts come and go.  People strolled along the esplanade and we had a birds eye view of all the seaside activities. It had been an early flight so we thought we would take some time to enjoy our surroundings and relax a little. As I melted down into my chair on the balcony with a glass of red wine there was no where I would have rather be in the world.

The skies were impossibly blue, the temperature was just perfect. We were sitting on our private balcony at the Shargri-La enjoying a gentle sea breeze. Best of all, I was sharing a beautiful moment in this gorgeous hotel with my amazing husband.

Shangri-la Delux Marina View Room

Shangri-La Delux Marina View Room

When we finally came in from the balcony I fell on the bed and I sank into the linen. I warned Mr GG that I may never move from that spot.  The linen was sumptuous thick Egyptian cotton, covering a goose down quilt. WOW! So comfortable!

Shangri-la Bathroom

Shangri-la Bathroom

No matter how much I protested, my restless husband kept wanting to explore.  I think he may have been a dolphin in a past life because he was needing to swim. No amount of fawning over the bed covers, or pleading for another five minutes was going to stop him from finding the pool.

Shangri-la Pool Area

Shangri-la Pool Area

Have you ever seen such beautiful, clear blue skies?

My job was to lie on one of the cushioned recliners and bask in the sun while Brett swam.  It’s not a difficult job by any means but a girl can get a tad thirsty in the tropics.

Shangri-La Pool Bar

Shangri-La Pool Bar

Thankfully the rehydration station wasn’t far from my lounge.  There were quite a few cocktails to choose from but I settled on something fruity and fresh and returned to my position by the pool.

It wasn’t long before Brett was drying off and talking about travelling further afield. The Shangri-La Hotel Cairns is situated on the Cairns esplanade. It’s ideally located alongside restaurants, bars and the beautiful Cairns Esplanade.So thankfully our further afield was about 100 metres away.

Cairns Esplanade Pool

Cairns Esplanade Pool

We took a lazy stroll to the beautiful Cairns Esplanade and the lagoon. The Esplanade is Cairns focus point. We have visited here before with the children and we just LOVED it! The Esplanade lagoon is a huge pool filled with sea water from the Trinity inlet. The lagoon has varying depths, shaded areas and a lovely flat grassy area to throw down your beach towel.  We found on our previous visit that we barely moved from this location.

So many activities are located on the Esplanade! Free Yoga and Zumba are available in the mornings, the markets are held each Saturday and live entertainment is a weekend affair with local entertainers keeping the atmosphere buzzing into the night. Cairns restaurants are all located within walking distance to the Esplanade.


Hubby took another swim in the lagoon before we made our way back to the Shangri-La.  Our central location has meant that we had no need to hire a car.

Shangri-la Reception

Shangri-la Reception

 

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

Pierpoint Road
Cairns Qld, 4870
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Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

 
Hubby and I are enjoying Tropical Far North Queensland and will be bringing readers our feature series on the area thanks to our FNQ Sponsors Shangri-la Hotel, The Marina 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. I haven’t been to Cairns since the halcyon days of the 1980’s. I keep meaning to take a drive North with the kids from our home in the Whitsundays; this spot does look gorgeous and well worth the effort. On the 2015 Bucket List. Enjoyxx

  2. Heaven on earth, Julie… I loved Cairns!

  3. I’m always dreaming of tropical destinations too. I think it’s because they’re so relaxing and what I crave most in a holiday is an opportunity to lie in the sun and do nothing – it never happens at home! I do love Cairns and have been there many times but never actually stayed in Cairns, always on the Northern Beaches. It looks like you found a really good hotel xx

  4. sigh… how decadent and relaxing! Looks perfect.

  5. I wake most mornings wishing I was in a tropical destinations, the sunshine and warmth is my happy place. I heart Cairns and have been there a bunch of times, I tend to keep going north to Port Douglas. Your adventures do look amazing. I’m jelly, really jelly! Soak some rays for me please. 🙂

  6. omg that pool looks amazing!

  7. Everything here just looks lovely 🙂

  8. I could do with a few days R&R after the past week. Tropical is always a winner although having lived on a tropical island for nearly 3 years, it wasn’t all hotel and resort treatment.
    Have a wonderful day Julie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  9. I’ve not been to Cairns but I’ve heard it’s lovely. It’s certainly on the list of places to visit!

  10. I want to stow away in one of your larger suitcases next time you schedule a trip to the tropics!

  11. What a beautiful hotel. I have been to Cairns and this seems to capture the relaxed and beautiful vibe perfectly!

  12. I’m gonna do the same thing that Liz ! Going to the paradise in a suitcase ! Looks gorgeous Julie 🙂

  13. I have a friend up in Cairns and I’m always thinking that I should go up and visit her!

  14. Looks amazing Julie, fantastic pictures! How could you not have a fantastic time? 🙂

  15. So many of the hotels in Cairns feel like they are stuck in the 80’s but this one looks so lovely and modern! Will make a note for our next stay

  16. It looks lovely. I saw it when there and gazed from afar. Sans kids, I’d definitely think about staying there, so very central.

  17. A really nice hotel with a breathtaking view. You can always expect excellence at every Shang property.

    • I do agree Richard! It’s nice knowing the accommodation booked is going to be of a high quality, you always have that confidence with the Shangri-La

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