Tur­tle Cove to re­cap­ture glory

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

TUR­TLE Cove Re­sort has been re­stored to its for­mer glory and is aim­ing to re­claim its man­tle as “the best gay re­sort in Aus­tralia”.

“Fly­ing Dutch­man” Bert Ger­brands, who is em­ployed by the own­ers Jac­inta and Kelvin Banks to run the re­sort, wants the world to know it had lost some of its shine in re­cent years but is now push­ing to again be one of the prime des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try for the “pink dol­lar”.

In pre­vi­ous years it proved pop­u­lar as the pre­ferred re­cov­ery spot for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional par­ty­go­ers af­ter Sydney’s Gay Mardi Gras.

The idyl­lic beach­front re­sort is be­ing mar­keted as a gay hol­i­day spot and has re­ceived a ma­jor facelift and re­fur­bish­ment since the new own­ers took over in 2010.

“We are do­ing our best to lift its rep­u­ta­tion back up to where it used to be when our guests ab­so­lutely loved it and spoke very highly of it and our aim is to make them proud to come and stay with us again and to let them re­lax and un­wind in to­tal pri­vacy,” Mr Ger­brands said.

“We don’t stand on cer­e­mony here ei­ther and of course peo­ple have to re­spect each and the other guests, but they are free to say what they want, do what they want and look how they want - in other words they are here on hol­i­days to have a re­lax­ing time and we will do our best to fa­cil­i­tate that.”

The re­sort fea­tures a pri­vate beach where guests can laze away the days on one of the many ham­mocks strung be­tween palm trees while sip­ping on their fa­mous Tur­tle Cove Tea, a mix­ture of five spir­its and a dash of Coke.

Het­ero­sex­u­als are also wel­come to re­ju­ve­nate the soul at Tur­tle Cove and soak up the re­lax­ing sur­rounds.

Top spot: Tur­tle Cove

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