I recently discovered a hidden gem in Palm Cove when I received the opportunity to meet with the General Manager of Mango Lagoon Resort and Wellness Spa.
I was surprised to find out that the property has been there a long time as I wasn’t overly familiar with it!
My good friend, Ian Stone from Posh Photography joined me on the tour and gave me permission to use his photos because they are of course a lot better than mine! As a side note, if you come up to Far North Queensland and want some family photos taken, Ian is fabulous – I highly recommend him.
Palm Cove is the often, overlooked resort area nestled halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas. If you are looking for a Far North Queensland escape where you get to unwind but also see everything the region has to offer, then Palm Cove is the perfect base. 30 minutes by car will get you to Port Douglas in the North or Cairns CBD in the South. Palm Cove is very laid back and has over 30 restaurants in a 1Km stretch. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a lazy brunch or a romantic dinner.
Mango Lagoon is just a 5 minute stroll from the stunning Palm Cove beach which gives it the peace and tranquility that the properties located on the esplanade sometimes lack. That was definitely one thing I noticed as we inspected the resort – it was so peaceful and quiet. All I could hear was the sound of the waterfalls from the pools and the call of birds.
Speaking of pools, there are four to choose from at Mango Lagoon, one of which is a 50 metre lap pool (rare to find in the area) for those of you who want to stay active while you are holidaying. There’s also a pool with a gentle bank to walk into the water – perfect for children or those less mobile.
The name Mango Lagoon comes from the fact that it was originally a Mango Plantation. The property hasn’t lost that heritage – at the right time of year (September/October) the mango trees at the front of the property produce more mangoes than the resort can handle. This, of course, is much to the delight of the local wildlife (and guests). This is a great time of year because it also coincides with the annual Reef Feast held in Palm Cove in the first week of October. This event showcases the Far North Queensland relaxed lifestyle, live music and local produce. The event has a range of activities including the Longest Lunch, Taste of Palm Cove and a Market Day. A must visit for foodies!
Where to eat
On the subject of food, one thing I found unique about Mango Lagoon is that their onsite cafe is actually run as an independent business. Rachel is the owner and resident chef and works closely with the resort staff to ensure a symbiotic relationship that benefits both parties. They serve traditional café style meals for lunch and dinner but they also offer guests a unique service – picnic baskets. Plan the perfect day out at the beach or the rainforest and take a beautiful picnic lunch with you!
Want to save money and make your own meals? You can order online with Coles supermarket and they will deliver to your door.
Whilst the Mango Lagoon does not currently hold a liquor licence, they are working on it which will be fantastic – I’ll meet you by the pool with a mango dacquiri! In the meantime, guests are of course allowed to have their own alcohol in their apartments.
Holistic Flow Spa is another independently owned business at Mango Lagoon. Run by one of the instructors from Demi International Beauty School, it gives more advanced students opportunity to obtain practical work experience. This ensures that the prices for spa treatments are kept very reasonable. A one hour full body relaxation massage starts at AU$100 and a 90 minute full body remedial massage starts at AU$150! Locals are of course welcome to book in too.
So we’ve covered the facilities and location but what about the rooms? Every apartment at Mango Lagoon Resort has a unique style as they are independently owned. All between 110 and 130 sqm making them very spacious. Every apartment has views of both a pool and gardens. Some ground floor apartments even have direct pool access. The really fantastic feature about a lot of these apartments are the dual key layouts. These apartments are perfect for families or small groups travelling together. You can have a studio hotel style room, a one bedroom apartment or a two bedroom apartment. Most apartments also allow you to close off the bedroom so if you are entertaining, you don’t have to clean up the bedroom. Not sure about you but that’s a bonus in my books! Click here to check out the latest deals.
Worried about COVID-19? As an added safety precaution, Mango Lagoon have a new COVID19 policy. All recently vacated rooms are left for 3 days before any staff enter to clean. If the room is required sooner, a proper local sanitation service is engaged to ensure the safety of staff and guests.
Things to do
After you’ve unwound and enjoyed the facilities at Mango Lagoon, you will want something to do. It’s easy to think that Palm Cove is too far away from anything but that’s simply not true. Palm Cove itself has plenty of activities – kayaking, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, jet skiing to name a few. In addition to the activities at Palm Cove, all the local tour companies offer pickups from Mango Lagoon and all the other Palm Cove hotels and resorts. There’s even a guy that will bring fishing rods and bait to you if you want to go fishing off the pier. Check out more things to do in and around Palm Cove. Us locals generally consider Palm Cove as our Northernmost suburb in Cairns.
I was very impressed with my time at Mango Lagoon. I encourage you to come and enjoy some Tropical weather and unwind in Palm Cove. It ticks a lot of boxes for your stay in Far North Queensland. Mango Lagoon has the perfect balance of relaxation and options for things to do. Be sure to check out the great deals they have on at the moment.