This unique 'hideaway' lives up to all the superlatives used in the Trailfinders/Bloomfield brochures - and the many accolades provided in the Reviews below. A unique 'resort' doesn't really fully describe it. Yes, it has a location, character, set of 'facilities' all it's own: it's remoteness, it's peace and tranquility, it's superb outlooks and panoramic views too. The multi-medial transportation that gets you to Bloomfield Lodge, the sense of history as you look out over Weary Bay towards the impressive coral reefs and the site where, all those years ago, Captain Cook, one of Yorkshire's finest, had the ultimate 'good fortune' to run his ship Endeavour aground and therefore 'find' the Bloomfield River and the remote rain forests and habitations of what is now the Daintree area of Northern Queensland. All of these add to the sense of history and attractiveness of the whole Bloomfield/Daintree area. Uniquely, you get TWO World Heritage Sites in one!!
Our Bloomfield Suite* accommodation was truly superb. Easily accessed from the main Lodge and facilities across a charming little suspension bridge it commands wonderfully panoramic views over the treetops to Weary Bay. The ultra large elevated wooden deck is equipped with a state-of-the-art Hot Tub and a very comfortable day-bed, all kept cool by strategically placed ceiling mounted fans. The Lodge interior is cool, beautifully furnished and equipped and the large glass-walled bathroom/shower offering total privacy overlooks a colourful woodland garden.
All of this still wouldn't command a full and enthusiastic endorsement of this remote and luxurious resort without the truly exceptionally dedication of resident managers, Courtenay and Ben and their small and equally dedicated team of chefs and waiting staff who provide excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the attractive poolside area. There are private dining booths but the majority of guests seemed, like us, to prefer the 'open' dining arrangements where they could converse with other guests, share stories of many and varied activities enjoyed during their stay.
These include an excellent Forest Walk, fishing from the pier, a full-day snorkelling and fishing trip to the Coral Reef, a visit to a nearby progressive Aborigine settlement, spectacular waterfalls and a separate river trip where you can see, eyeball even, crocodiles - there are also flying foxes, sea eagles, ospreys and a variety of other bird and wildlife. All trips, tours and activities are escorted by the highly knowledgeable team of Guides: Paul, Shayne and Craig most certainly add to the uniqueness of the entire Bloomfield experience. And if you still have some energy after undertaking these tours and activities there is also a small gym and a covered 'sports' area with darts, pool and table tennis and a well stocked library/lounge, also a small pool and adjacent communal Hot Tub. The well stocked bar, 'Honesty Bar' seemed to meet most Guests'needs at very reasonable prices.
* The equally well equipped Hideaway lodges are a little further from the Resort Centre and involve using some quite steep pathways and steps but all provide equally spectacular views over the Forest and/or Weary Bay.
Overall, including the unique air, land, sea transportation, this 'resort' commands a '5 Star +++' evaluation. We reckon it would be virtually impossible to find any resort offering such high standards and facilities in such a fascinating and remote area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hidden gem, enchanting and beautifully remote rainforest hideaway, two hours North of Cairns, Bloomfield Lodge offers a unique experience of two World Heritage listed sites, the ancient lush tropical Daintree Rainforest, and the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef.Bloomfield’s aura of calm and the natural beauty of the rainforest soon takes over, rejuvenating body and soul. Indulge in a soothing massage, relax by the pool or take a stroll along a deserted beach. Adventurous spirits can take advantage of Bloomfields unique location and discover some of Australia’s most incredible plant, animal and marine life with a guided rainforest walk or a cruise along a jungle fringed river. Visit cascading waterfalls, spend a magical day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef without another boat in sight or experience some of the world’s finest game fishing. Bloomfield Lodge provides the perfect sanctuary to get away from it allA member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, ranked No1 in Forbes Magazine as the 'Worlds Best Remote Hotel', Winner 2011'Best Boutique Hotel' Queensland Hotel Association Awards and Winner 2011 Best Unique Accommodation' Tourism Tropical North Queensland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bloomfield Hotel Degarra