We stayed here 5 days, and thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The resort is quite large, and if you don't like to (or can't) walk far without assistance, I would ask for a room close to the main lodge or else on the buggy route (they have electric golf-buggy type vehicles for getting around the resort quickly). We stayed in room 54 which was almost at the end of the resort, not far from the beach - it took 7-9mins to walk to and from the main lodge but it was lovely and secluded which was part of the enjoyment. We were there at the end of March which is still stinger season, so we were advised not to swim in the Coral Sea, but the beach itself is ~1.5km long, and it was a lovely walk along the waters edge. There are 2 pools at the resort - a big one with several smaller pools branching off, located near the main lodge, and a smaller pool at the far end of the resort. Both were well maintained, and it was a delight to be able to access a cool refreshing pool at any time when the weather was warm and humid.
We did not have a car - there are regular shuttle bus services to and from Port Douglas if needed. This could be seen as an issue if you're used to having a car and wanting to drive everywhere to see things when you want, but this was not a problem for us. We spent one day diving on the reef, and the local dive company Blue Dive arranged pick-up and drop-off as part of their service for the day. Otherwise we walked along the beach, walked along the nature trails throughout the resort, lounged by the pool and just relaxed. This is an easy place for doing that sort of thing! There is a bird hide for twitchers, not far from the osprey nest, and there is also a wallaby lawn where you can see these marsupials come at dawn and dusk to feed.
The cold breakfast buffet was generous - lots of fresh and tinned fruit, many different breads, juices, cereals, ham and cheese. There was also quite a bit of variety on the cooked breakfast list. Lunch and dinners were generous servings. Prices were expensive if comparing to cheaper cafes in Port Douglas, but the quality and presentation of the food was very good, and the location and aspect of Ospreys Restaurant is stunning. We also had cocktails one evening down on the beach at Herbie's beach hut (also part of the resort).
I would certainly take personal insect repellent with you, and have it on at all times when walking around, especially if you go in the wet season. If you are concerned by close encounters with tropical fauna, be prepared. There are many small lizards along the paths, and frogs are common at dusk. There are also some resident Golden Orbs - beautiful and harmless but a bit of a shock if you're not used to them.
- 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