You know when you're a bit stressed and need to think of something that makes you happy? Niramaya is that happy place for me. We stayed for 10 nights in November and it seriously was not long enough.
I was moved to tears when we were first shown our villa, it truly was that beautiful. The pictures on the internet did not do it justice. Shutting the gate, we entered a whole new world of tranquility, not to mention luxury. The setting on the edge of the rainforest was perfect and made the villa even more quiet and private than the others that face the main driveway.
The open plan was unique and helpful in allowing the air to circulate. We ended up not using the second bedroom we booked for bubs, just because it felt a bit odd having her 'down the path' from us. The master bedroom was massive and was able to accommodate the portacot easily. The bathrooms were stunning, even the views from the loo!
A few things to keep in mind if travelling with a toddler: there are stepping stones over a small pond water feature inside the front entrance and there is a steep, rocky drop off at the edge of the garden where it meets the rainforest.
The glorious pool has a glass fence, stunning daybed inside a Balinese thatched hut and was used multiple times a day. The outdoor shower was ideal as well. Worth noting that the pool pump does not turn on until 10am ( a long wait for us melting southerners waking early in the heat!) and switches off again at 6. I didn't think it would be an issue, but by 7 the water surface was covered in insects, so we couldn't swim at night.
Free wifi was a great bonus and all the amenities were spot on. Certainly didn't mind, nor need the villa serviced anymore than the standard every four days.
The reception girls were lovely, as were the meals and staff at Rasa Restaurant who treated us like royalty.
I could not recommend Niramaya highly enough to anyone looking for a luxury escape, just writing this has me tempted to google some deals so I can get back there again ASAP!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Niramaya Villas and Spa is a 5 star resort situated in Port Douglas Far North Queensland consists of 53 Villas of 1, 2,3,and 4 bedroom all with own plunge pools, outdoor dining with gas fired BBQs. Main suite has its own dressing room, bath, separate shower and outdoor shower. The villas are fully equipped with a full kitchen, laundry, and overlooking golf green or lake or rainforest. The are all in a private garden setting with own secure garage with electric gates. The is a full reception with 35 metre pool, tennis court, gym, spa, golf green. ... more less
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