This is a great hotel with great staff but............be warned, if you are a townie and not used to bugs and critters, you will be in for a surprise. Lets start with all the positive stuff, of which there is plenty.......We had booked for 3 nights for my wife's birthday as part of our Oz tour. I had emailed the hotel ahead and told them it was her birthday and we were delighted that we were given a free room upgrade plus a bottle of bubbly in the room. A lovely welcome! She was also given a free 'birthday cake with candle' upon request. Superb. The food was fabulous and we found that we could survive on starter and dessert as the servings were so big. Breakfast was good and the highlight was the feeding of the parrots in the trees. The setting is lovely and a walk down to the beach revealed a superb, isolated setting.
We went to the coconut talk which was interesting, though given by a guy who believed that coconuts and all their derivatives were the answer to all the worlds ills. Don't waste you time going to this. Instead take the bus to Port Douglas which great, especially the Sunday market. I wanted to attend the stargazing but it wasn't on due to cloudy conditions.
But.....the bugs. Obviously Thala is set on the edge of a rainforest and therefore is full of wildlife. It is just we didn't realise quite how much. After dark, cane toads are everywhere, spiders the size of my hand and other bugs worthy of a bush tucker trial. We were lucky that our upgraded room was close to the hotel complex but the other rooms - eg Jungle rooms - are a walk/golf buggy ride away in the semi darkness and wouldn't be fun trying to negotiate. But the worst problem we had were the geekos in the room. Normally this wouldn't bother us but these were much bigger than usual and scuttled noisily everywhere whilst we TRIED to sleep. The hotel staff where very reassuring and tried to calm us down, but, after we had spent the 2nd night with the lights on (I know, what a couple of lightweights!!), we decided to check out 1 day early.
Even then, the hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful in making a phone and fax available for us.
So. The hotel and the staff are great and so is the food. If bugs and critters don't bother you, then you will really enjoy Thala. If they do bother you then reconsider going to the rainforest!!
As my wife constantly said at the time........."I'm a Princess, get me out of here!"
- 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