There aren’t too many hotels with swim-up bars in Cairns which is surprising. However, I did manage to find 5 that are worth checking out. Hopefully, it’s nice and sunny when you arrive! Before I show you the top hotels, here’s a quick overview.

Romantic Hotels with Swim-Up Bars

Family Hotels with Swim-Up Bars

  • Fitzroy Island Resort – Two-Bedroom Suite is good for small families. For larger groups, they have a Penthouse Apartment. This resort is a great option if everyone enjoys snorkeling and water activities. 
  • Peppers Beach Club & Spa – They have 2-3 Bedroom Suites with private spa baths for families. 

Luxury Cairns Hotels with Pool Bars

Cheapest Pool Bars

1. Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Being 5-star, you can expect to pay a bit, but it’s in a very good location in Palm Beach. The pool here is huge which makes the swim-up bar more enjoyable. If you can afford it, have a look at the penthouse as it has a private jacuzzi on the rooftop! Take a few drinks here and it’ll be better than the swim-up bar.

  • Guest Review: The pool and bar was fantastic – Great food and drinks. The location was good. There were great restaurants nearby. 
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: One-Bedroom Penthouse
  • Address: 123 Williams Esplanade, 4879 Palm Cove, Australia

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2. Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

This resort is in one of the best locations in Cairns, just a short walk from the Esplanade. Clean pool, a nice man-made beach area, and more importantly an easily accessible swim-up bar. If you have a small family, the Deluxe Family Suite is a good option. 

  • Guest Review: The property is well located with an impressive lagoon pool and good food options. The staff were friendly and helpful.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Suites
  • Address: 122 Lake Street, 4870 Cairns, Australia

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3. Cairns Colonial Club Resort

The rooms look fairly basic here. But if you’re not staying indoors much, then it won’t matter. Most of the fun is outside in the beautiful pool. They have a family-friendly poolside bar, a small sandy area, and plenty of deck chairs for guests.

  • Guest Review: A very busy and popular hotel with families during school holidays. Absolutely beautiful, clean and nice vegetation through out.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Superior Rooms
  • Address: 18-26 Cannon Street, 4870 Cairns, Australia

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4. Fitzroy Island Resort

If you don’t want to spend a fortune going to the Great Barrier Reef with one of those tour boats, this might be a good option. It’s the only resort on Fitzroy Island. There are some excellent snorkeling spots just off the resort. And if you need a rest, there’s a lovely pool with a swim-up bar. Just don’t expect the wi-fi to be great.

  • Guest Review: The island is beautiful. Great snorkeling on the reef right off the beach, rainforest walks, and the walk to Nudie Beach is a highlight.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Room: Penthouse Aparment
  • Address: Fitzroy Island, 4870 Fitzroy Island, Australia

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5. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

This resort is an hour’s drive from Cairn but it might be worth it. Certainly one of the more luxurious options on our list, you’ll love the new Lagoon House Pool Bar. Just remember that the rooms are quite pricey – over AU$500 per night.

  • Guest Review: The staff were lovely and very accommodating. Although, parts of the resort looked tired and rundown.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Room: Presidential Suite
  • Address: Port Douglas Road, 4877 Port Douglas, Australia

Check Rooms Official Site

Cairns Hotel Map

Best Cairns Rooms

Cairns HotelsBest Rooms
Peppers Beach Club & SpaOne-Bedroom Penthouse
Novotel Cairns Oasis ResortSuites
Cairns Colonial Club ResortSuperior Rooms
Fitzroy Island ResortPenthouse Aparment
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port DouglasPresidential Suite
For all new cities, I go overboard on my itinerary, just to see every major attraction. Countries I've visited include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand. Mostly Asian countries. Next target - Europe!


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