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My stay at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in tropical Cairns

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My stay at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.

Sally Matheson checks into 5-star luxury Riley Resort in tropical Far North Queensland shares her take on the elegant property located in central Cairns. 

It had been a while since I had been on a plane and the sunshine on my window seat was enough to get me giddy. When I arrived in Cairns, I was in my usual hurry but there is always something about the tropics that slows me down. I was delighted when the taxi cruised along Cairns esplanade for a mere ten minutes before arriving at my destination. I normally head straight to Port Douglas when exploring Far North Queensland, and the 45-minute drive is stunning, but exhausting after a 3.5-hour flight from Sydney.

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

I am blown away by the tropical elegance when I enter the reception area at Riley on Crystalbrook. The design of the hotel is very on-trend with modern fresh whites and timbers, with pops of green flora throughout. While the reception area sparkles, the pale blue pool glistens out the front, begging for my attention. I am instantly reminded of the international holiday feels I’ve been longing for this year. It has immediately ticked off all my expectations of a quick dash for some luxury in the tropics.

The hotel is surrounded by emerald-green mountains of Rainforests that meet the Great Barrier Reef. Inside, subtle white coral art and sand featured interiors, acknowledge the region nicely…

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
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My room is very inviting but as soon as I check out the view, I chuck my bags on the bed. Then head straight down to the pool and sample the cocktail list. I lie in the sun on my poolside lounge and find the Cocktails as delicious as they sound. I pretend I am a mysterious person with no children on holiday with my book. It is hard to concentrate on the book after the cocktails and I remember the oversized bath and “bath butler” treats in the room!

Unwinding in a warm bubble bath of essential oils and sampling fine chocolates, with the aircon blaring, I can confidently say is also up there with drinking cocktails by the pool at the Riley.

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

I am surprised but glad I make it for dinner! The dinner at Papercane restaurant is modern Asian fusion, the type of fare that feels wonderful in the tropics. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and it was definitely a highlight to watch locals exercising on the esplanade, the soft warm breeze against my face, and soothing sounds of a live DJ giving out friendly smiles. The hotel is located amongst the buzz of Cairns CBD and the night markets close by are worthy of a wander. Lux Nomades hot tip though, is to get yourself a car and ask reception where the magic waterfalls are…. if hiking is your gig, you are in heaven!

For more information and bookings visit https://www.crystalbrookcollection.com/riley

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