Opened in 1996 at a cost of $220 million, it boasts a two-level boutique casino, four restaurants, a nightclub and (wait for it) a fully enclosed rainforest dome that houses numerous exotic birds, marsupials, reptiles and a fully grown freshwater crocodile (honest!). See separate entry.
I confess little excitement in blackjack tables and roulette wheels, so I was more interested in what the hotel itself offered.
My room, on the fourth floor, was lavish and spacious, complete with spa bath. I liked the all-around slatted windows that allowed a typically diffuse natural tropical lighting effect without compromising security or privacy. The décor was bright and cheery and the ample bed superb. I slept like the proverbial!
As you would expect, there is a range of dining options available, which I will deal with separately, and the obligatory outdoor pool, gym, sauna etc.
As brief as it was, I enjoyed my stay at the hotel and could not raise any substantial criticisms. If you are used to above-average accommodation and have the where-with-all, then the Sofitel Reef Casino should be on your list.
See the website: www.reefcasino.com.au
Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Sofitel Reef Casino.
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