We stayed at Thala for a total of one night before we escaped to a real five star resort in Port Douglas. We felt that we should write this review as we used trip advisor to pick it. Here are the reasons why we left and some factors that are misleading in the reviews. Firstly it is a Eco
lodge not a luxurious resort, which means that yes you are in the beautiful rainforest and the scenery is gorgeous but the bungalows have windows with wooden slats no glass so when they are open ppl can see in and as they are close together you have no privacy. It also means that if you are light sleepers be prepared for no sleep ( our main reason for leaving) the noise from the rainforest is so loud at night you cannot sleep and there is no sound proofing or escape from it. The decor is outdated, dirty and old; I walked bare foot in our room and had to wash my feet. The bed is uncomfortable and the bathroom was dirty and tired looking. We had to have someone out from reception in the middle if the night to fix the toilet that kept refilling and keeping us awake. Then there is the food I will keep it short by saying the menu is pretentious, with not a lot of variation but a lot of contrasting flavours for example you might pick the lamb as the one thing you like as my husband did but you don't like the exotic over the top accompaniments plus it's such a small portion you have to buy a £2 mars bar from the shop to fill you up! Plus the breakfast is majorly overpriced so you either pay way over what you should or travel out every morning early to eat. Port Douglas is not close, you are isolated and a captive audience it's 15-20 mins away in your own car but if you want to get a shuttle in you have to pay for it each way! The lodge is overpriced,outdated and just not worth it stay at a much nicer resort in Port Douglas and visit the rainforest on a trip and save yourself a lot of money while having a nicer holiday we are so glad we moved and would not recommend Thala to anyone!
- 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