Douglas region shines in Tripadvisor awards

Tuesday January 27 2015, 2:20pm

Hotels in the Port Douglas and Mossman area have dominated in travel website Tripadvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice awards, with establishments across the region featuring in all but one of the awards’ categories.

Silky Oaks Lodge in Mossman came in at number 6 in the ‘Best Hotels’ category, also ranking 11th in Most Romantic Hotels and 14th in Best Luxury Hotels. 

Freestyle Resort in Port Douglas ranked 19th in Best Hotels while Port Douglas Motel came in at 11 in Bargain Hotels.

Pink Flamingo Resort in Mossman was a standout, featuring at 15th on the Most Romantic list, 22nd on the Bargain Hotels list and 23rd on the Small Hotels list. 

The Douglas Shire region is obviously a favourite for love-struck travellers, with Mai Tai Executive Villas ranking 17th, Peninsula Hotel ranking 23rd and Best Western Lazy Lizard Motor Inn ranking 24th. 

Families also valued the region with Paradise Links being placed at 16th and Mandalay Accommodation coming in at 18th in the Best Family Hotels region. 

The only category in which the region didn’t score a Top 25 placing was in the ‘Service’ category. 

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website and its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are highly valued because the honours are decided by travellers themselves.

Jason and Anne Moore have operated Freestyle Port Douglas for more than a decade and were particularly gratified by the third honour to complement their previous 2013 Top 25 Hotels for Service in Australia award. 

TripAdvisor’s site shows more than 96 per cent of all traveller feedback ranked Freestyle Resort Port Douglas as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

“We strive to ensure our guests’ experience with us is the best it can be, so we really appreciate their feedback and feel very honoured they want to recommend us,” Jason said.

“We think of our guests as friends and family visiting our home, and treat them accordingly, and it is wonderful to know they appreciate it.

“The excellent presentation of Freestyle Resort is also down to the amazing team of people, local service providers and contractors, who help us keep it running like a well-oiled machine and looking magnificent. Our complete refurbishment of the apartments last year has added to the attraction of choice in the Port Douglas market.”

 “Port Douglas has again reaffirmed its position as one of the best holiday destinations in Australia and the world, with so many properties nominated by travellers,” Jason said.

 “When you have so many visitors eager to sing our praises, it’s no wonder we love what we do, and more and more people to come here to experience it for themselves.”

Freestyle Resort Port Douglas, with 31 quality newly refurbished & self-contained apartments, immerses guests in tropical North Queensland style.