18 January 2017
Airlie Beach has come a long way since the 1980’s when it was labelled a ‘backpacker town’, fast forward 30 years and Airlie Beach has positioned itself as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and has raised it’s profile with a large range of quality accommodation and great dining.
The newest deluxe hotel on the scene is the Heart Hotel and Gallery, located on the main street of Airlie Beach and in the heart of the action. The ocean view rooms on the upper levels have stunning views out over Pioneer Bay and the restaurant, The Deck is fast becoming a choice for many locals and visitors alike.
Just a short stroll from the Abell Point Marina precinct you will find the award-winning Coral Sea Resort. Nestled in lush gardens, with an expansive pool and the Clipper restaurant, the Coral Sea Resort has varying types of accommodation to suits all size parties and budgets. The restaurant and gardens surrounding the pool overlook the Coral sea and the Whitsunday islands.
Both Marina Shores and Peninsula Airlie Beach have 2, 3, 4 bedroom apartments with ocean views and views back over Lure’s home at Abell Point Marina. Resort style accommodation, there is no restaurant or in-house dining at either of these options but a short stroll to Abell Point will offer both Barcelona Tapas Bar and Sorrento’s Restaurant that provide delicious food in a stunning relaxed marina setting.
Those looking for a hotel style accommodation try the Airlie Beach Hotel. One of the oldest establishments in the town, the Airlie Beach Hotel recently received extensive upgrades and is a popular place for breakfast and lunch with the local crowd. Located on the Esplanade facing the Airlie Beach foreshore, the Airlie Beach hotel offers mid-range accommodation with two great bistros on-site, Capers and Mangrove Jacks.
Wherever you choose to stay in Airlie Beach, rest assured everything is a short distance from the main shopping and leisure precinct and most quality accommodation have ocean views.
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