Palm Cove Is Perfect For A Relaxing Break
I spent a long weekend in Palm Cove recently. Itís still the same relaxed calming place I remember. Life had been hectic so the plan was to do as little as possible.
Hereís what I got up to:
Fly in: Midnight Thursday. Iím lucky to have ďconnectionsĒ so my family picked me up and we headed to the resort. But you can organise a hire care, taxi or limo from their airport, or even a helicopter if thatís your James Bond dream.
Arrive 1am: Palm Coveís gorgeous Island Views three-bedroom apartment, have a cuppa and head to bed.
Day 1 Friday: Get up not too early and head off for a walk along the beach with my sister and her husband. Then itís a fully cooked buffet breakfast at the apartment thanks to my dad and the boys.
Itís my birthday tomorrow, but we have plans, so we are heading up to Thala Beach Resort for lunch.
The views are spectacular and after lunch we head down to the beach and the quaint Beach Shack.
Seriously, if youíre up that way this would be a great spot for a Sunday arvo kick back with the bar and hammocks at your fingertips.
After a long lunch and bushwalk weíre back home and preparing dinner. Dadís homemade lasagne is always the best. Now itís time for mags and crosswords, while the boys play the Wii. Early nightÖitís been a busy day!
Day 2 Saturday: Another brekky on the balcony. There are plenty of options to head out and eat, but we are taking full advantage of the scenery and the complex.
Mum, my sisters and I leave the guys to do whatever they do and we hit the shops. A new dress and a pair of shoes later, which I might wear out to dinner tonight, and we need a break and stop off for a coffee at Apres.
My sister is heading off for a massage, so we walk her there Ė catch up with people I know from a faraway land - and continue on our way back to the apartment for lunch and a relax by the pool. My afternoon is spent reading on the on the day bed on the balcony.
Later that afternoon dad, my sister and her husband head into the Cairns night markets for a massage. We all have the full body massage and foot spa for $15 from Carleyís Chinese Massage and feel refreshed for dinner tonight at Beach AlmondÖmy brother-in-law has been dreaming about the chilli crab since we all visited last time. And it doesnít disappoint him!
After a few vinos and dinner, we head to NuNu for dessert and a cocktail to round out another perfect day in paradise.
Day 3 Sunday: Up late last night calls for a sleep-in, but we still take a walk on the beach. Thereís a wedding in the chapel and bride arrives by helicopter. Today we are heading to Port Douglas to the markets and a picnic by the sea.
Youíve got to try the sour cream and chives macadamia nuts there, they are to die for.
We do over the shops and then head to the park nearby for a deli lunch of bread, dips, cheeses, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and a selection of meats. The weather is warm with a slight cool edge, but itís a great day.
We have our last family dinner tonight, so itís time for siesta. After a little nap, the boys are off for a swim down the beach, so the girls decide itís time for an ice cream and stroll to the jetty. There are always people fishing there so you are guaranteed a good chat to the locals.
We grab a coffee from Coffee Haven on the way back and head to the apartment to prepare our huge family roast dinner. The facilities in the room at second to none, everything you need is there. Itís another fantastic night on the balcony. Iím sure that balcony has heard some stories.
Day 4 Monday: We are heading home today, but we donít have to leave straight away, so we end up at Chill Cafe for our last cuppa in Palm Cove, this time anyway.