On top of a hill overlooking the crisp turquoise water lies the hotel reception. Among the tropical forest, the rooms are individual wood cabins sprawling from the top of the hill down to the beach (except for the jungle rooms towards the parking). My wife fell in love with the place. Perfect for nature lovers, you’ll love hearing the sound of the waves as you fall asleep at night. The pristine beach has that natural feel of an untouched spot. The food at the restaurant is fine and very good. We stayed for 5 nights and had dinner every night there. I could not convince my wife to try one of the restaurants at Port Douglas. The price is totally in line with the quality of the food served. Congratulations to the chef! Only regret is to have some specials sold out on one or two nights.
Staff is so nice. Ned the porter and Erin at the restaurant were so nice and helpful.
Definitely, cleanliness can be improved. Cupboard was very dusty. Being an eco-lodge should not prevent the management and owners from washing the curtains, cushions and bed cover.
- 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