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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our initial view of the hotel was not the one we ended up thinking. We arrived from the airport in torrential rain, thunder & lightening to a flooded hotels VERY wet receptionist & total chaos ......& we did wonder on our choice!! However, we were eventually checked in & upgraded to a Coral Sea Bungalow & after dinner taken by...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family stayed here for three nights and loved it. After several weeks of busy travel, it was the perfect spot to explore at a more relaxed pace and take in the natural beauty of this special spot in the world. Our cabin was secluded, clean and comfortable and walking to and from it was part of the experience, breathing...

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Red Bluff, California
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

This is a little unusual but a place you won't want to miss, built on a hillside looking over the Coral Sea and in the middle of a tropic zone. Because it's built on a hillside the staff will pick you up in a golf cart to go to eat or hit the pool. Great dining and service with special...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much Bill B for choosing Thala and for your terrific review. It was a real pleasure to look after you and your family and we hope to see you again soon. Johan Klindt General Manager

New York City, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is simply fantastic + stunning! I spent a full week at Thala by myself + had a once- in -a -lifetime experience. Please, please, please partake in all walks, star-gazing, Aboriginal evening and an absolute must is to sit in the dining room + be entertained by their glorious birds + butterflies. Every employee is knowledgable, lovely +...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Wow, Rachel J, we're so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed every aspect of your visit to Thala. As you experienced, our staff are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic in sharing our wonderful piece of paradise with our guests. Thank for choosing to visit Thala and for your lovely review. We do to see you in tropical north Queensland again....

Midland, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tricky one to review. There are so many good things to say about this place but I'm not sure I'd go back to this place if we were ever back in the area. To start with the good. The staff are excellent, very nice people. The place has a great location and the beach is beautiful. In...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much Mikey88 for choosing Thala and for your terrific review. We're really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed our friendly staff, location, bungalows, beach, swimming pools, Ospreys Restaurant and were able to spot much of the wildlife that calls Thala home. As you point out, Thala is a nature reserve and, as with much of Australia,...

Laguna Woods, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved EVERYTHING about this hotel! The grounds were lush and gorgeous. We stayed in one of the remodeled cabins. Our room was spacious and well-appointed with a large porch for relaxing. The staff excelled in hospitality and local knowledge. The views from the dining room were spectacular. The buffet breakfast was terrific, and the dinners were excellent. We took...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much Wendy L for your fabulous review. It makes our hearts sing to hear how guests like yourself have found Thala to be a perfect fit for their relaxing holiday. We look forward to seeing you again next time you visit north Queensland. Johan Klindt General Manager

Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful night here (wished it was for longer), felt like we had been away for ages, the staff were friendly and helpful (although an email responding to asking for a late checkout was a little abrupt bordering on rude). Our room was pleasant, really suited to the setting, felt very relaxing as soon as you walked in,...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much ianandjade for choosing Thala and for leaving your wonderful review. We do hope to see you again for a longer visit next time. Johan Klindt General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a brief 2nt stay and it was a wonderful oasis. Claire at the front desk is an absolute superstar (notice her celeb status on trip advisor!) so helpful, friendly, witty and kind with everything. She also is a wonderful first aider when you pass out paying the bill ( no fault of their own just dehydration) Rooms, food,...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Oh dear janemeans we're sorry to hear of your medical issue but are delighted that the ever-resourceful Claire was able to help out! She's certainly a superstar and we're so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your 2 night visit to our wonderful oasis. We hope to see you again. Johan Klindt General Manager

Chicago, IL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pluses- gorgeous expansive grounds, quiet private beaches with shade, chaises, and hammocks, unique swimming pools, multiple hiking trails, lots of wildlife. Rooms were clean & spacious, well appointed. Great for couples! Gracious staff. Claire at the front desk was exceptionally helpful. The negatives – far from town or anything else; if you don't have a car, you have to...

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much majorcubfan for choosing to stay at Thala and for your wonderful review. We're so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed our gorgeous expansive grounds, multiple hiking trails & wildlife, our spacious clean bungalows, and yes indeed, Claire on Reception is exceptionally helpful. As we're located on a private-access beach 45mins north of Cairns and 15mins...

manchester
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotels setting is beautiful- a very secluded beach and away from the crowds in Port Douglas.The rooms need modernising to jusify the high prices they charge. However- breakfast was excellent throughout and service first class. We ate dinner once and this was delicious

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you mmsaf for visiting Thala and for leaving your lovely review. All our bungalows were refreshed in 2015 with new soft furnishings, bathroom & light fittings, artwork, TV sets. timber floors were polished and all bungalows painted. As an eco resort set in a natural setting, the lack of crowds away from Port Douglas that you enjoyed are indeed...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a family owned 58 hectare nature and wildlife reserve 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Get there from Cairns via a spectacular 45 minute drive along Captain Cook Highway. Elevated on stilts, 83 eco designed timber bungalows are discretely concealed within the forest canopy, blending in with the natural environment and feature ocean, mountain or forest views. Panoramic views are enjoyed from open-sided Osprey's Restaurant across the forest canopy and beyond to the Coral Sea. Guests and visitors dine amongst birds in the surrounding treetops, whilst enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly and attentive service. Granite boulders, waterfalls and overhanging trees create natural swimming pools blending discretely within the environment. Paths wind through rainforests and woodlands, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, passing through habitats for endemic birds, wildlife and flora. Guests enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by onsite rangers including tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours. A completely organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique coconut odyssey tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the 'tree of life'. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Address: Private Road | 5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia (Formerly Thala Beach Lodge)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas > Oak Beach
Price Range: £118 - £306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thala Beach Nature Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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Thala Beach Hotel Port Douglas
Thala Beach Resort
Thala Beach Lodge
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“The Coral sea Bungalow had a wonderful view & was close to reception too”
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 of 5 bubbles ClaireR582, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms look great!”
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“Some of the rooms are a bit of a walk from reception so ask when booking”
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“Ask for rooms close to the car park if you don't want to have to ring for transport every time you want to go out.”
 of 5 bubbles maryrS7265ZJ, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Upgrade to a Sea view room”
 of 5 bubbles yoredspike, 18 Dec 2016 | Read review
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