I'm in the wrong hotel. I'm in the wrong kind of hotel. It's not the hotel's fault. My travel agent should have put me in a hotel in Port Douglas because I have been on excursions since arriving and other than the bungalow, reception and restaurant I have not been able to enjoy any of the other facilities of this huge estate. Therefore my review can only be about what I have experienced where the basics are involved and I can assure you they were to the highest standard!
The. Bungalow - Eucalypt Class. Colonial style decor in a bungalow on stilts, at treetop level. Classic design, Aicon which does the job inside while it's 33 degrees outside with 85% humidity. The huge balcony out back was well furnished. It even had an ash-tray and matches for us smokers! The bathroom - huge. Dressing Area -it has a dressing area! The bed - huge and very comfortable. Hardwood floors. Well furnished.
Reception - the friendliest staff on earth. Simple as! Had answers to all questions, no matter how stupid, added local knowledge and personal experience. Huge thanks to Frankie who drove me around on the golf buggy the night I arrived, jet lagged to hell - and back! He was delighted to transport me what turned out to be stupidly short distances, because it was dark and raining heavily and I was new. Anyone who comments that they love their job is a credit to their employer - I found one!!
The Restaurant - I am a foodie! I like to cook and eat fine food. I like to try new things but I also expect the classics to be served well. Not disappointed here and indeed impressed. The menu is on their website and I can highly recommend Lamb Ribs and Smoked Duck as mains. There are also specials on offer each evening I found. I went of to find out that they are very special! The Seared Scallops, the Tempura Oyster, the Eye Steak, the Prawns with Polenta. Quirky combinations were beautifully presented. And speaking of presentation the staff on the restaurant floor were just what I needed. Patient, well informed of the menu, knew their wines and treated me, a single guest, like a mate/friend. Little by way of formality was needed by me, I'm essentially on an activity holiday, yet they made me feel special and a bit posh! I was delighted to meet Chef, Catherine and thank her for the wonderful tastebud moments and interesting combinations.
PS. Perfect place for a romantic holiday but that's not why I was staying here. Bad Trailfinders!
- 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