Adults only Accommodation in TNQ including Port Douglas & Palm Cove

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Nothing is bliss quite like adults-only accommodation and it’s a great option for a relaxing holiday regardless of if you are child-free or just having a break from your kids.

There are several dedicated adults-only resorts in Tropical North Queensland including the highly rated Reef House in Palm Cove (, The Peninsula Boutique Hotel in Port Douglas ( and the LGBTQIA+ Turtle Cove Beach Resort (book direct).

In addition, there are plenty of options below that are primarily adults (due to only having rooms that cater for 2) or have adult-only or quiet areas within the resort. I have marked which type or resort it is clearly in the heading to help you find suitable options.

Cairns – No Adults Only Accommodation

Cairns is the busy hub of tropical north Queensland and the airport you will arrive at from interstate to get to many of the adults only resorts below.

While there are currently no adults only resorts in the city of Cairns itself there are plenty of options a short drive, ferry transfer or private flight away!

You could consider one of the luxury all-ages resorts in Cairns or read on for all the adults only resorts in the regions around Cairns.

Palm Cove Adults Only Accommodation

Palm Cove is a relaxed tropical town on the coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas with lots of restaurants and bars. If your looking for adult only resorts in Queensland, Palm Cove offers some great adults only accommodation alternatives to the more popular town of Port Douglas.

The Reef House in Palm Cove – Ages 16+

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  • Entire resort is Adults Only (16+) for a tranquil experience
  • Winner of ‘Best 5 Star Hotel’ in the 2022 Queensland Tourism Awards
  • 2022 Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Aware Winner
  • Guest leave rave reviews about the great service
  • Room options with spas, balconies & ocean views or book the Brigadier King Spa Room on to have all three!
  • Relax by the pool or participate in wellness activities

The Reef House is a boutique adults only accommodation located in Palm Cove. It has won plenty of awards and has lots of postive reviews across different websites.

Alamanda Palm Cove – Adults only pool

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Absolute Beach Front Adults only Pool
  • Adults only beachside pool
  • Absolute Beach Front Resort in the heart of Palm Cove
  • 2022 Travellers Choice Award from Trip Advisor
  • Popular in House Restaurant with beach views and tropical vibes

Alamanda is the best of both worlds, right next to the restaurants and bars but without a road between it and the beach like the other resorts in town. An absolute winner for the location and while the resort is all ages it has an adults only beach front pool!

Getting to Palm Cove & The best tours for an adults only holiday

For the ultimate treat on a special occasion or child free trip book a private day tour:

Palm Cove to Port Douglas Adults Only Accommodation

Turtle Cove Beach Resort – LGBTQIA+ Adults Only 18+

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  • 2022 Travellers Choice Award from Trip Advisor
  • Many repeat visitors
  • Clothing optional beach
  • Dedicated party weekends (check out their website for dates)
  • 18 + Adults Only

Not to be confused with the dedicated child-friendly turtle beach resort, Turtle Cove Beach Resort is a one-of-a-kind space in a lush tropical location.

Turtle Cove Beach Resort describes itself as “catering to the Adults Only Resort LGBTQIA & ALLIES community and providing a safe, friendly, enjoyable and socially inclusive Adults Only location in paradise!”.

This private and welcoming resort has many repeat visitors, great Tripadvisor and reviews and offers up a few more cheeky experiences than other resorts such as its private clothing optional beach. If you’re looking for a party holiday it’s also worth checking out their events page as they often have dedicated party weekends such as full moon parties and other festival events with DJs, artists and shows.

It’s also in a convenient location where you can access reef and Daintree rainforest tours or go on day trips in your own rental car.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve Resort – Predominantly adult guests

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  • Open air restaurant in the treetops with beautiful views and the chance to spot wildlife
  • Private individual bungalows and suites available
  • Wildlife and nature lovers paradise – surrounded by tropical forest

Thala Beach is a beautiful eco-certified resort on a private nature resort. Families are welcome at Thala Beach, however, their accommodation is primarily maximum 2 in a room and many of the rooms are private villas meaning it is a predominantly popular choice with adults, honeymooners and couples looking for a special nature based holiday.

Top of the list to experience next time I’m in TNQ Thala Beach is the perfect way to combine a relaxing resort holiday surrounded by nature and within easy distance of other places to day trip to.

Port Douglas Accommodation adults only

Just a 40 minute drive from the Cairns airport, the resort capital of Australia Port Douglas has some great adults only accommodation options to choose from.

Shantara Port Douglas – Adults only Resort

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  • Adults only studio and Apartment Accommodation in Port Douglas
  • 2022 Winner of Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award
  • Hot tub and/or pool access rooms available
  • 2 Bedroom Options available (Adults Only)
  • 2 Lagoon Pools both heated in winter
  • Walking distance from centre of town and beach

Shantara resort in Port Douglas is entirely adults only and has fantastic reviews from thousands of travellers.

It’s in a convenient spot, within walking distance from the beach, town, bars and restaurants as well as the option to book apartments with all the facilities you need to cook your own meals.

For the ultimate treat book one of just four special ‘Shantara Apartments’ ( to have both pool access + private courtyard hot tub!

*Note, despite the confusing ‘couples only’ text on the front of the website I checked with the resort directly and they said solo adult travellers are also more than welcome to stay and enjoy this adults only resort.

Peninsula Boutique Hotel

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  • 2022 Winner of Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award
  • Adults only hotel over the road from beach and close to main street of town
  • Onsite restaurant with views open for breakfast and dinner
  • Complimentary continental breakfast included
  • Offstreet parking – great choice if you have rental car for exploring

The adults only Peninsula Boutique hotel is in a great location across a small road from the beach and right in town so its the best of both worlds! Enjoy being close to local restaurants and shops and then return to the peace and quiet of your adults only hotel a very short walk away.

Its tiered pools mean you can find your own quiet corner to relax, read a book and enjoy a child free environment.

Meridian Port Douglas – Ages 16+

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  • Adults only 16+ Hotel
  • Studio & Apartment Accommodation in Port Douglas
  • Walking distance from town, the beach, restaurants and bars
  • Heated Lagoon Pool
  • Rooms upgraded with new furniture
  • Has swim out room options

Le Cher Du Monde – not suitable for children

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  • Affordable adults only resort – cheaper than most options
  • 2022 Travellers Choice Award from Trip Advisor
  • On Macrossan Street in the heart of Port Douglas
  • Walk out your door into town or easily to the Marina Bars & Brewery
  • Rooms have a spa

A relatively affordable alternative to some of the high end adults only resorts, Le Cher Du Monde is in a fabulous location with everything you need right on the doorstep.

Cape Tribulation & Daintree Accommodation for adults

Silky Oaks Lodge – Ages 10+

Silky Oaks Lodge is a premium luxury lodge that reopened after a full renovation at the very end of 2021. It’s in a really special location, surrounded by rainforest which means the pool and the restaurant feel like you in a tropical oasis.

With only older children over 10 welcome this is the closest option to an adults only luxury lodge in the Daintree rainforest.

Daintree Wilderness Lodge – Ages 10+ Only

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  • 2022 Travellers Choice Trip Advisor Winner
  • Older 10+ children only
  • Just 7 Cabins for a tranquil nature based experience
  • Surrounded by Daintree rainforest
  • Onsite bar and restaurant with rainforest views

TNQ Islands Adults only Accommodation

Lizard Island – Ages 10+

Accessible by charter flight only this stunning secluded Island is a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of Australias most high end accommodations.

  • All meals inclusive resort

Bedarra Island – Ages 16+

Accessible by helicopter from Cairns or boat transfer and helicopter from Mission Beach Bedarra Island boasts just 10 villas for a secluded holiday.

  • 2022 Travellers Choice Best of the Best Winner from Trip Advisor – 5 out 5 stars from guest reviews
  • Stunning all inclusive and private resort for the discerning traveller

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