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Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Oak Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 May 2014

We loved Thala Beach - with each lodge and the restaurant up in the canopy, it was great to watch and hear the parrots and other birds flitting around. The accommodation is spacious, comfortable and beautifully designed, the staff are lovely, we loved the location, and the overall ecofriendly ethos. Fabulous :o)

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

What a wonderful week we spent within the beautiful surrounds of Thala Beach Lodge. This place has it all there for a couple looking to relax and distance yourselves from civilization for a while. Sprawling property with various walks, interaction with native fauna and flora, always smiling and helpful staff, wonderful food and drink as well as a secluded beach to lounge on.

Would definitely (and already have) recommend to others. Carefully considered resort with conservation high in priority. Terrific stay.

Room Tip: Sounds of the rainforest and surrounding bush are abundant at night at all parts of the resort.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Absolutely delightful hotel about 20 minutes outside of Port Douglas. If you're looking for some tranquility, beautiful views, and want to get a way from it all this is a great place. Was greeted by a tiny gecko in my bathroom who stayed with me for the duration of the visit.

Pros
- Lovely grounds with some gorgeous views.
- Bungalows are a nice size, and have large bathrooms.
- Two pools, and private beach (sadly the water is off limits during Box Jellyfish mating season).
- Restaurant is delicious (had three dinners there and they were grand!), and the views from the restaurant are top notch.
- Service with a smile! All of the staff were pleasant, and very helpful.

Cons
- Be prepared for bugs - after all, you're in the tropics.
- No wifi in rooms, but there's free wifi (sluggish) in the main part of the hotel.
- No room service.
- Menu is a little limited, food is delicious, but there's not a ton of variety.
- Pillows were dreadful, they were so flat I had to pile three on top of one another.
- Front desk will arrange travel for you if you want to get into Port Douglas ($8.00 each way).

If you're looking for luxury, a ton of amenities, or something in the middle of it all - this is not for you.

Room Tip: Ask for a bungalow close to the main part of the hotel unless you don't mind walking.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We spent 4nights recently in this place, should have been 5 but cyclone Ita intervened!
We had a wonderful time. Pools and the lodge area were very clean and comfortable. Staff helpful though not intrusive or over-bearing. I had problems walking so was pleased to see that the staff were always available to 'ferry' you from your room p the inclines to the lodge. This wasn't provided just for the infirm, but made very clear it was for anyone at any time. Restaurant food brilliant. On the day before the cyclone hit, staff were busy moving all furniture from the open areas upstairs to down below, but were always on hand to help with luggage into taxis etc. no complaints at all. Saw no cockroaches, but loads of geckos.
Not a place that caters for children. No fitness centre or similar, though you got fit walking about the site and up and down to the fantastic beach!

Room Tip: Go for the more expensive tree tops room where views are to die for.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We recently stayed at the Thala Beach Lodge for the first time... and we were not disappointed. Think of Thala Beach Lodge as camping in style....with fine dining, a cabin with air conditioning, mini-bar, beaches and trails, and two secluded hilltop swimming pools in which one may cool off. We found the staff to always be cheerful, courteous, and welcoming... the expansive open air restaurant has beautiful near-360 degree views of ocean and mountains, and since there is almost always a nice breeze blowing, it didn't seem to ever feel hot and humid as it can in the lowlands of Cairns and Port Douglas. We stayed in Eucalypt Bungalow #8 which was a beautiful paved (uphill) trail walk along the cliffs to the main pool and lobby. The room had a distant partial view of the ocean - we could always hear the waves crashing - but we didn't have the full ocean views of some of the Coral Sea Bungalows, which were quite a bit more expensive. Rooms are "cabin like" on the side of the hill...not opulent, but comfortable. I would suggest that the bathrooms/beds needed to be updated a bit to get the 5-star rating, but that didn't detract from our wonderful relaxing experience. Great rainforest and waterfall sightseeing nearby...

Room Tip: Jungle rooms are not view rooms and may be next to parking lots or other less attractive features...
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Had a great stay at Thala. The accommodation was a nice change from the standard hotel. The grounds were amazing and trails provided a great opportunity to explore. Beautiful beach and pool areas. Food was amazing for both dinner and breakfast. One of the highlights was taking a Nature Walk with Brett the Head Gardner. We saw the resident Osprey pair feeding, had fresh coconut from the plantation and learned about other plants, birds, lizards and spiders. Very cool!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Nick C
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Loved it here! Slept so well with only the birds interrupting complete tranquility. Service generally very good and attentive. A problem we encountered was transport to Port Douglas, the hotel depends on the service of an airline shuttle bus and it can be unreliable, meaning you are pretty much marooned at the lodge or have to pay $55 cab fare one way.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Address: Private Road | 5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia (Formerly Thala Beach Lodge)
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas > Oak Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Oak Beach
Price Range: £133 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thala Beach Nature Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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