This hotel is beautiful and the privacy of your own cabin is amazing. We loved the rock pools and the beach was stunning (even though November/December it is unswimmable due to those nasty box jellyfish).
Port Douglas is overpriced in general and the hotel was also very expensive. We did not even eat the Ospreys (Thala's only resaturant) because of how expensive it is. Some of the other hotels in Port Douglas feature ktichenettes or BBQs which I think would be a huge asset for Thala.
The shuttle into town is $16 AUD (round-trip, per person) or $50 for a cab...so I would say that getting to/from Port Douglas is a little bit pricey too. I believe that the shuttle comes back fairly early too (If I remember correctly it's 8 or 9pm) so staying out in Port Douglas isn't really an option unless you want to take a very expensive cab.
I was also under the impression that there would be a bit more activity at this resort. The website and brochures indicate things like "nature walks" and various other eco-activities. Unfortunately this wasn't a reality, This made things get a bit boring at night time.
Although our cabin was beautiful and even featured a bit of the oceanview it was a challenge to get to/from the building. I am in my mid-twenties and I found the steep-inclines coupled with the extreme heat to be a bit of a test on my endurance and balance. I couldn't imagine being physically challenged and staying at this hotel. There are golf carts available but the one time we called for a pick-up (we had luggage) it took over 25min for the cart to arrive.
The service from some of the staff was great - others seemed confused and unwilling to help.
I would reccommend ths hotel in the non-jellyfish season for people who love a great beach, tranquility and sleep.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Thala Beach Hotel Port Douglas
- Thala Beach Resort
- Thala Beach Lodge