The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas might be one of the country’s most iconic beachfront resorts, but it’s also one of the most revolutionary when it comes to sustainability.
It’s hard to shake the feeling that places like Port Douglas should only exist in novels or on green screens. A gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest some 55 minutes north of Cairns, a visit to this laidback coastal town is an entrée to a world where aquamarine waters abundant with marine life and palm-fringed coral cays meet emerald rainforest. How best to experience this fragile ecosystem in a way that’s luxurious yet protects and preserves the local environment for generations to come? It all starts with a booking at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas.
This iconic beachfront accommodation now has even more reasons to visit.
A sprawling five-star resort on a 1.8-kilometre stretch of Coral Sea beachfront, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas is as celebrated for its innovative take on sustainability, community and culture as it is for its world-class amenities. Nestled within 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens, the property is home to Mirage Country Club, where a picturesque 18-hole golf course, an aquatic driving range, three tennis courts, a fitness centre and a 25-metre lap pool lie in wait, while its wealth of iconic pools and highly lauded restaurants invite detailed exploration. Go ahead and immerse yourself; you’ll not only be treating yourself but our planet too.
Leading sustainable practices
As a guardian to two of the world’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonders, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas pulls no punches when it comes to environmental responsibility. Keeping up with Port Douglas’ impressive feat of earning Australia’s first ECO Destination Certification, the hotel’s ongoing investments in water conservation, energy efficiency, use of local produce, waste management and recycling initiatives (and more) have seen the resort recognised as a finalist in the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Industry Excellence Awards for Sustainable Tourism Excellence.
Some of the initiatives you may not notice as you relax in the Port Douglas air? A mulching system, an onsite organic waste composting system, a water-saving irrigation system and a pool management system involving ocean-harvest water, eco pool linings and a new filtration system that offsets 300,000 litres of water loss daily.
Stroll the short distance to the white sands of the beach, the same water used in the hotel pool.
The Good Travel initiative
This is truly a resort stay that allows you to make a meaningful difference to the local environment. It’s all part of Sheraton’s Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy program, an initiative that encourages guests to immerse themselves in local citizen science projects.
Here, marine conservation comes alive through the ‘Save the Reef’ project, created in partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and led by a marine biologist. A presentation about the impact of ocean pollution is followed by a group beach clean-up; data is then entered into a system used by researchers working to make a lasting impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
Participate in a citizen science project to help local marine conservation efforts.
Dining at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
Will it be a floating breakfast, a fine dining experience by the water, or casual fare in the comfort of your sun lounger? Here, where there are seven onsite restaurants, the answer can only ever be “All of the above, please”.
Joining signature epicurean restaurant Harrisons – where North Queensland bounty is curated with a touch of acclaimed chef Spencer Patrick’s British heritage – is the highly anticipated Lagoon House Restaurant, the new jewel in the property’s culinary crown. Showcasing Asian-inspired fare, each dish is made to share and is packed with bold flavours. Take a seat by the open kitchen to watch the talented chefs in action.
Prefer al fresco Italian, barista coffee and pastries, a buffet or poolside bites? Don’t worry, they’re all ready to serve. What’s more, Daintree Bar even serves signature cocktails and tasting flights that highlight locally distilled rum.
Start the day with breakfast at Lagoon House Restaurant.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas room options
There’s little more pleasurable in life than being able to swim out into a gargantuan pool from the convenience of your room. Yet while Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas is known for its swim-out rooms (all 53 of them), the property’s 295 resort rooms and 55 villas offer an array of accommodation styles, ranging from a garden view room to a four-bedroom villa.
Designed to reflect the relaxed luxury of its surrounding environment, each room and villa includes a Sheraton Signature mattress, a spacious marble bathroom and a wealth of high-end amenities and facilities.
Stay in one of 295 rooms and villas.
Featuring two hectares of palm-fringed pools (made up of eight saltwater pools and one freshwater option), there’s an idyllic waterside scenario for every guest. Dreaming about cocktails at a swim-up pool bar, or fantasising about spending a fun-filled day with friends in a poolside cabana? How about ordering your burgers and fries via a mobile app so you never have to move from your sun lounger? This is the hotel for you.
Voted number two in the Best Hotel Pool category in the Travel+Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023 competition, sustainability is just as important as great design. Not only are the saltwater pools filled with water harvested directly from the ocean, but the filtration system and eco-lining also offset daily water loss, reducing reliance on fresh town water.
Take a dip in your choice of sparkling pools.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas events
If you’ve started pondering whether everything that happens in the town happens at the resort, you’d be correct. Offering 18 flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, bringing people together is at the core of Sheraton’s DNA.
Gatherings by Sheraton, a range of signature experiences designed to explore the rich cultural history of Port Douglas, brings guests, visitors and locals together to share in the joy. These include a rum masterclass featuring local sugar cane, mingling on Main Beach with Sheraton Sunset Sessions and an Italian feast under the stars that pays homage to the cane cutters who arrived in the region over 100 years ago.
Join in Sheraton Sunset Session.