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Relax in the lagoon pool at the QT Port Douglas.

Your chance to win this romantic getaway

BROWNIE points are a hypothetical social currency which can be acquired by doing good deeds, or earning favour in the eyes of another - often one's superior.

I do not know what the going rate is for brownie points, or whether they can be traded on the international stock exchange.

But what I do know is that after spending the ultimate romantic weekend for two at Port Douglas, my stock with my wife is looking rather, well, bullish.

It's a bright, warm tropical winter morning when we drive from Cairns to tropical North Queensland's world famous resort town, 45 minutes up the road, along the glorious Captain Cook Highway.

With its twists and turns next to cliffs and golden sandy beaches, looking out to the island-dotted Coral Sea, this historic 70km route was recently voted by Lonely Planet as one of the world's "epic drives." By the time you reach Port Douglas, you are almost dismayed that you are not able to keep driving.

We check into QT Resort Port Douglas, where the moment you walk in you know you are in for something more than just a typical resort experience.

At the entryway, adorned with black and white humbug stripes, there is a stand where you can grab a free glass of homemade lemonade.

 

The foyer of the QT Port Douglas.
The foyer of the QT Port Douglas. Contributed

We are guided to our room, a spacious apartment villa with a view of the tropical garden at the rear of the resort. The interior is just as quirky as the decor throughout the property: next to our king-sized bed there is a silver pineapple that opens up to reveal a scented candle, black and white paddles are nailed to the wall above a generously large couch, and a minibar offers more than just booze - there are gummi bears, a beach ball and thongs.

After settling in, we are treated to a couple's massage in QT's luxury day spa, SpaQ.

For someone who has only ever had one massage treatment in his life - and a bad one at that, involving a rolling pin (don't ask) - I am slightly nervous as I enter the massage room wearing a silken gown and slippers.

But any fears of my flesh being pounded into submission vanish immediately as the masseur gently rubs soothing jojoba oil into my back, and then seemingly sprouts multiple appendages in order to give me 60 minutes of pure bliss. It is so relaxing that I actually start falling asleep.

 

Enjoy a spa treatment during a romantic holiday for two at the QT Port Douglas.
Enjoy a spa treatment during a romantic holiday for two at the QT Port Douglas. Mark Lane

We had big plans to sample the cuisine at one of Port Douglas's award-winning restaurants later that evening, such as Flames of the Forest - an exclusive, intimate romantic experience where you dine on a six-course tropical menu in an actual rainforest under a silk-lined marquee highlighted by sparkling, handmade crystal chandeliers.

But the calming atmosphere keeps us within the resort grounds, and we go "sailing" on giant cushions in the pool, and swim up to the bar to sip pina coladas and mojitos.

QT has its own open-air movie theatre, Moonlight Cinema, and coincidentally there is a romantic comedy showing this night.

It is the ultimate date night, reclining on ridiculously comfy bean bags and sharing a bottle of wine and a luscious plate of beef nachos as we laugh and snuggle together under the big screen. We are also an audience of the Milky Way, which shines brilliantly down upon us during the movie's end credits.

The next morning we are introduced to QT's Bazaar Marketplace, a new take on the age-old brekkie buffet. Gone are the industrial bain maries. Instead there are stovetops and absolutely everything you can imagine to get your day started, such as omelettes made to order, pastries and porridge, coconut and pineapple smoothies and even cranberry and watermelon juice shots.

 

Enjoy cocktails by the pool during a romantic holiday at the QT Port Douglas.
Enjoy cocktails by the pool during a romantic holiday at the QT Port Douglas. Contributed

We are picked up from the resort later that morning to board Wavedancer, Quicksilver Cruises' 30-metre luxury sailing catamaran for a day trip to the spectacular Low Isles, about 15km off Port Douglas.

The isles - Low Island and Woody Island - are picture perfect as we sail close to them within an hour of departing port.

Low Island, a coral cay, has a red-capped lighthouse that stands over the bright green vegetation and has a resident caretaker. The walk around the island takes only 15 minutes, but it is a peaceful experience reading the deep history stretching back to 1878 of such a small piece of land.

The waters surrounding the isles are safe and warm, and it is an absolute joy to be able to snorkel around 150 different species of thriving hard coral, with enormous boulders and branches reaching out through the clear water towards sunlight.

We spy small black-tipped reef sharks chasing small schools of fish through the shallows, and large stingrays nestling in the white sand in the depths.

Upon returning to our resort later that afternoon we recline in QT's lounge bar, Estilo, with apres snorkel drinks before our dinner booking at Bazaar.

We forgo the titillating display of mini-cakes for dessert and instead retire to our villa, where a bottle of champagne and platter of chocolate-dipped strawberries await.

It is, after all, a romantic getaway, and tonight being our last night in paradise we don't want our time getting away from us.

The writer was a guest of the QT Port Douglas and Quicksilver Cruises.

WIN A HOLIDAY

MAKING time for your loved one among the "life tsunami" of kids' needs, work, household chores and budget restraints can sometimes seem impossible.

But dream no more! This is your chance to line up the babysitter or in-laws to look after the precious brood while you and your paramour escape to tropical Port Douglas.

The Weekend magazine is offering one lucky couple the chance to rekindle the passion in the Romantic Getaway competition.

The prize, worth to a maximum of $3,888, includes airfares from some locations, four nights' accommodation at the QT Port Douglas, welcome cocktails, daily breakfast for two adults, two spa treatments at spaQ, a Flames of the Forest dinner experience (wear comfy pants, it is six courses), a catamaran cruise and return airport transfers from Cairns.

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