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Palm Cove
Catriona at Palm Cove

Sebel Reef House & Spa

Thursday, July 22, 2004
Catriona makes a splash in the spa capital of Queensland when she has the ultimate pampering session.

Palm Cove in tropical North Queensland is a secluded beachside village full of old melaleucas, coconut palms and lush gardens.

Sebel Reef House and Spa, with just 69 rooms, has cleverly blended tropical relaxation with luxury and sophistication.

Reef House was built in 1958 as a family home for a local bookmaker. A local pool builder who was indebted to the bookmaker offered to build him the best pool in North Queensland to pay off his debts. He kept his word. Today there are three pools — two freshwater and one sheltered saltwater, plus two Jacuzzis, and it is all surrounded by colourful tropical plants.

In 1970 it was purchased by a syndicate and opened as a restaurant with three accommodation suites in the garden.

Brigadier The Hon. David Thomson purchased Reef House in 1972 as a private residence but visitors were still welcome. They were treated as personal guests and in the tradition of an officers' mess, signed chits for drinks. That tradition continues, as does the history and ambience of the house.

There are a range of room types and sizes. Brigadier rooms, designed to capture the charm of the original house, are studio-style rooms with balcony or terrace, complete with swinging double lounge. They have a kitchenette and shower only.

Verandah rooms are larger studio-style rooms, designed for indoor/outdoor living. They have a kitchenette and large covered verandah with beautiful wooden furniture.

Verandah Spa rooms are perfect for a romantic escape. Similar to Verandah rooms, they have the addition of a private double spa on the verandah.

Family rooms are ideal for four to five people. They have a main living area with king bed and separate bedroom with two single beds.

Suites offer the epitome of tropical luxury. They are large enough to accommodate families and they overlook the pools and gardens or Palm Cove Beach and the sparkling Coral Sea.

The interior features fresh white wicker furniture with splashes of vibrant colour and cascades of light netting give a beautiful soft touch.

The spa has three treatment rooms with a staircase leading to the Serenity verandah, and two dual treatment rooms with two Vichy showers and a carved melaleuca massage table.

Operated by ESpa, luxurious treatments are supplied by Li'Tya — natural products embodying the Australian earth and spirit. Ancient Aboriginal medicines and massage techniques, combined with aromatherapy and herbalist principles, all enrich, nourish and cleanse.

Cuisine focuses on the use of prime local produce with Mediterranean, Asian and traditional influences to make up a modern Australian dining experience.


Palm Cove in Queensland's north


Sebel Reef House and Spa rooms start at $280 per couple per night. A 90-minute Mala Mayi Body Treatment costs $195 per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Sebel Reef House and Spa
Palm Cove
99 Williams Esplanade
Palm Cove 4879
Ph: (07) 4055 3305

Qantas: 13 13 13

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