Unfortunately no one told me how insanely expensive australia is! this hotel would have been a nice experience had we not felt like we were being held financially hostage . It's not in a convenient location so every time we leave a bus costs 32$ one way into port douglas The restaurant here is mediocre and shockingly expensive!! 30$ per person for breakfast at least 50$ per person for dinner without drinks. We live in nyc and Santa Barbara California and are accustomed to pricey food and entertainment. But, paying 600$ for three of us to snorkel and 550$ for 4 of us to see crocodiles is a joke. My advice, don't go to australia. It's pretty but not that interesting and twice the price of anywhere I've traveled. P.s. The Great Barrier Reef looks kind of dead and there are poisonous jelly fish ! DONT BOTHER!
- 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