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“Rainforest Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Rainforest Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

My husband and I were very lucky to stay in Numinbah Lodge (Mountain Veiw Lodge) for three nights. It was definitely paradise in the rainforest!
The resort is in a true, virgin rainforest location and extremely private. If your looking for a resort out of the way, Crystal Creek is perfect. I've stayed in a few properties that state they are private but you can see other houses in the distance or they are located on small acreage - howerver Crystal Creek is truly remote!
The lodge was open plan and when I walked in, it took my breath away! One side of the lodge is floor to ceiling windows looking out to the valley and the rainforest, the furnishings are homely and inviting and I loved that there were tea lights everywhere. It was quite romantic.
In addition, there was a good size kitchen, large deck, BBQ and the plunge pool!!
The resort offers meals (a set menu, brought to your lodge) but we cooked our own dinners as it is a little bit too far to drive into town for dinner. Plus sitting on the deck looking out was just amazing - the view is just stunning.
The pool is solar heated and Large enough to have a good swim around in. There was nothing better than resting of the wet edge looking out to the rainforest and watching the birds and the very friendly goanna.
We walked down to Crystal Creek - if you have seen the photos of the hammocks over the stream - then its exactly the same in real life!
The creekside cabins are along the stream and looking from the outside seemed very quait and private.
We had a massage booked through the resort. The massue came to the lodge and gave a very relaxing massage. We also did a bush walk and checked out the Games room which had stacks of DVds and plenty of information.
We will be back one day and we woulD highly recommend!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

As a retreat, this is perfect. We were left alone to the degree we wanted-we didn't want crowds, entertainment and noise you'd find at a resort. With a little pre-planning and self-catering was a breeze.
Luxurious lodge with all the mod-cons and the most amazing bath with an equally amazing view from it!
The staff we had contact with were helpful, friendly and polite.

Probably not the place for you if you're not content with your own company. The perfect place for you if you need a complete break from the world!
The walks, the trees, the stars and a very comfy mattress induced total rest and relaxation.
We'll be going back one day!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

The perfect place to stay for a romantic getaway. Soooo private. We stayed here in the luxury rainforest lodge for 2 nights and didn't want to leave. Everything was 10/10 from the bed to the bathroom and the full equiped kitchen. The heated pool was a lovely addition. Nice and clean. Worth every dollar we spent. Will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed 3 nights for a long weekend in "Booyong" - a rainforest canopy bungalow. It was wonderful. Spa bath overlooking the rainforest, log fire, barbeque outside on the deck, beautiful soft bath robes, slippers. We had the option of eating inside or out with 2 table & chair settings.
Waking up to whip birds calling, we didn't want to leave. It was very easy to forget you are only about an hour & a half from Brisbane.
We chose to bring our own breakfasts and ordered two lunches & two dinner hampers. We had brought food for the 3rd night, but we needn't have bothered - the two dinner hampers would have easily covered 3 nights for us. The quality of the food was very good.
Their website does warn about access to the property in that there are some creek crossings - even with the rain these were not an issue in the slightest for our typical sedan.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

We stayed at Tamarind and enjoyed every minute. The accommodation is very well appointed - King Size bed, plenty of room, well fitted out kitchen and spa and instructions on how to operate everything.
The food is delivered daily (dinner and breakfast) and is very easy to manage. I'm a bit of a microwave sceptic but the meals have been designed for easy heating, and the food could have been straight from a restaraunt kitchen. If anything, there was probably a little too much for us (we ended up with left over breakfasts) but better to be full than starving. Murwullimbah is only 15 minutes away, so you could eat in town, but then you have to drive home. We found eating in (even "cooking" ourselves) to be excellent and less stressful than waiting in a noisy restaraunt.
There is 3G coverage on site, and Digitial Free-to-air TV, but we found we just used the video library so we could "drop out".
I did the lookout walk and found it quite hard work - the path is not in great condition so I would recommend taking good boots, water and a walking staff. And taking your time (especially if it is warm). But then, had a dip in the creek after it and was well worth it.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at the Rainforest Lodge at Crystal Creek for 3 nights and I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Everything is thought of to make you stay as comfortable as can be. Five star Luxury set in a beautiful rainforest. Congratulations to the owners . This place deserves to be number 1 for accommodation in this area. I can't wait to go back.
Eddie Crupi

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Im sitting in the lounge room of Satinash, Glass Terrace room withthe fireplace going and having just completed my bacon and egg breakfast (or should i say breakFEAST). What a magnificent place this is. It is quite cool here during this time of year so we havent ventured out too much yet, but with everything at your fimgertips there is no need to. We have been out of our room twice so far out of our three day visit (today is the third day) and both times was to go to the games room for a selection of entertainment. We had a lot of fun playing ping pong but what has been my favourite was the outdoor shower - Bliss! It is so very private here...Second to this would have to be curling up with the blanket and lying on the sunlounges on our deck listening to see how many bird calls I could hear an any one time or perhaps the relaxing couples massage by Roy...The food has been amazing, we will have enough left over for a picnic today after enjoying the beef hamper last night. We are hoping to do some exploring today and go and visit the orchard as well as the creek and see the hamochs. We definitely recommend this place and will be trying to get back during summer, maybe then we will venture out and enjoy all the rest of what this place has to offer.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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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