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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
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Broulee, Australia
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“Superb seclusion & serenity”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

We stayed at the retreat enroute from Brisbane to home with high expectations having read about the retreat with admiration in previous years. We wer NOT disappointed ! Crystal creek delivered 'in spades' with quality accommodation, attention to detail and discreet service [if & when required].
We look forward to our next visit and to be able to stay even longer next time.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

Great place, awesome service, pictures of the place warms the heart.

Room Tip: All cottages are designed to be private, get the bbq packs - watch out the bush turkeys will eat you...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Currumbin, Australia
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

A wedding anniversary weekend in February was the reason for the trip and we couldn't have chosen better. This place is truly amazing. Whist not so far from where we live, it felt as though we were miles from anywhere. The hammocks suspended over the creek were so much fun and I could have lazed there all afternoon. We arranged to get a massage each as well, we are still talking about that, just wonderful. There is a small kitchen which allows you to get gourmet but there are BBQ packs available if you don't get time to pack an esky. The spa in your room and the gorgeous home made bath salts, the deck chair lounges on the verandah, the comfy couch, the peace and tranquility will have you wondering "how soon can we get back here?"

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

This is not a resort, apart from cleaning, you look after yourself. You can order wonderful, generous, BBQ baskets for dinner & breakfast. Believe me, there was plenty for dinner and lunch the next day and 1 breakfast basket did us two mornings. Our cabin was elevated, secluded, private and fully self-contained,We had lovely private rain forest views from our balcony and from full length windows in the bedroom and Spa bathroom, very romantic with candles at lit at night.
You could immerse yourself in the forest with only the birds and wildlife for company.
The room was great, we really had a lovely restful time. If you want to watch a movie there is a big selection at the resort and a giant flat screen TV in the room.
Take a walk through the creek and around the property, its a good fairly hard walk so a walking pole is a good idea. There are leeches YUK!! Wear long socks ,high boots & spray with RID.
I did bring a few leechy companions home as I wore walking sandals, as I thought that was sensible as it was a walk crossing creeks, big mistake.
Apart from these unwanted friends its a lovely restful place, if someone isn't screaming about leeches between there toes!!
Definitely go for a walk at night, the glowworms, phosphorescent fungus and the magnificent stars are really worth the short walk down to the creek, at the resort.
We loved our romantic sojourn at the retreat and will definitely return.

Room Tip: we just asked for privacy & elevation
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

we were treated to a couple of nights here by some friends as a wedding present and what a gift!! this place is luxury at its best. we had a huge glass retreat set in the forest. completely private and secluded. the walks are great, the wildlife is abundant, the birds are varied (take binoculars) the river is restful and the accommodation, well that was truly wonderful, from the glass walls which bi-fold open onto the large, well furnished deck. the two-way fireplace and the internally wired-for-sound audio-visual set-up. the outdoor shower and the underfloor heated bathroom. the extremely well kitted out kitchen and the complete relaxation of the place. if you can't shut down and chill out then this might not be the place for you. if you like to relax in the beautiful rainforests of northern NSW in romantic and very sexy accommodation with the feel of pure luxury, then stay here. i have no idea whet it cost as it was a gift, whatever it was, i loved it.. the games room and enormous dvd collection was pretty cool too.

Room Tip: they all looked pretty gorgeous to us.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

Perfection. What can I say? Every claim that the owners make on their website is met and more. We stayed in one of the new mountain view villas so had 100% privacy and seclusion as expected in a building that features such stunning design elements that we wanted to replicate it all in our home! Great bed, shower, toiletries, kitchen, champagne and chocolates on arrival.... The couches were perfect for lazing away on reading for hours and the huge LCD TV with great surround system and the massive DVD library made the evenings a joy catching up on all of the latest releases and old classics. There really is simply nothing that hasn't been thought of right down to the private plunge pool and retractable moon roof above the bed to watch the stars. The timber finishes are warm and timeless and the marble bathroom has to be seen to be believed. The rainforest on the property is great to hike in and of course, it's not too removed form Murwillumbah for a quick trip to town if required. But why would you remind yourself that the outside world exists when you're in paradise. While it's not cheap, I don't believe I have ever stayed in a better place and relaxed so much. If you have any desire to stay in a semi wilderness retreat for some absolute seclusion and peace and quiet, don't miss Crystal Creek!

Room Tip: The mountain lodges cost more, but if you want absolute seclusion it's the best option.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

After having CCRR bookmarked for that special occasion for a couple of years, I figured we needed to visit whilst expecting our first child, as who knows when we'd be able to squeeze in an adults-only holiday once baby arrives!

We booked the Tamarind Spa bungalow, which although by no means "cheap" was one of the cheaper accommodation options. Just prior to arriving, I worried it wouldn't be special enough and enquired about paying more to upgrade our room. An upgrade was not available for the dates we wanted due to the retreat already being booked out, but we needn't have worried - the tamarind spa room was just lovely, and met all our needs. My favourite thing about the bungalow is it sits right near the creek - waking up to the sound of the morning birds and the babbling of the creek below will stay with me forever. We also had a breakfast hamper each morning (I recommend the rhubarb and marscopone crumpet breakfast!) and dinner one night, all of which was delicious. The dessert cake with the dinner was a particular highlight (we had a chocolate cake which we warmed up and served with the accompaning raspberry coulis whilst watching a movie on the huge TV).

Although the retreat was booked out the time we were there, the layout of the retreat is very private so we hardly saw another guest. No phones, no internet, no people - it was bliss!

Service was polite but unobtrusive, exactly what you want for this kind of holiday. There was a small technical problem with our bungalow which staff took very seriously - I actually think taking the problem seriously says more about the quality of the accommodation than not having a problem at all, as I have stayed in so-called "five star" accommodation before and made to feel like a whinger when I have pointed out something I wasn't happy with - and sure enough it was solved the next day.

On leaving, I was already trying to calculate ways to return.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Address: 201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek, New South Wales 2484, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Upper Crystal Creek
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Upper Crystal Creek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury romantic getaway on the far north coast of NSW Australia, between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland. Private luxury cabin, bungalow & lodge accommodation with large sunken double spas, fireplaces and heated plunge pools. All individually set on 250 acres of genuine old growth rainforest with World Heritage National Park on three sides, assuring true peace and privacy. 8 Kms of rainforest walks, 400 year old trees, stunning creek & rock pools. Full gourmet dining menu, packages with breakfast and all meals available. Free Wifi. ... more   less 
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