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Bloomfield Lodge
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

Stayed 5 nights in March 14 at the end of a our trip and with a plan to relax. What can I say - you chill out toally. The staff are great, nothing seems to be too much trouble. Food was great and having been asked for likes / dislikes etc and stated that I was not allergic to nuts but really didn't like them, I was imressed that I only ever saw nuts on other people's plates.
yes we had rain but we were lucky that it tended to be overnight (3 inches on both the first 2 days) but even when it did rain it didn't stop us enjoying ourselves. There ar umbrellas all over the place and you just pick one up and they magically sort themselves out next morning.
Did the river trip (saw 5 crocs of differenct sizes and lovely scenary), the waterfall trip - great given the recent rain and en route, stopped at an aboriginal gallery where you could charge souvenirs to your room (and they were sensible prices as well). Wife enjoyed a couple of hours of massage whilst I went out to the reef fishing. We also did the rain forest walk. Every thing we did was well organised and the Guides were very knowledgeable and keen to help, doing everything they could to make your day pleasant.
The honesty bar worked well and we had some great company mixing with the other guests over meal times although you don't have to mingle if you don't want to. Initially it sounds expensive but having been - we thought it fairly priced
Fishing off the jetty became a fun activity for quite a lot of the residents.
Yes there are big spiders (we watched one pounce on a circada), there was a python up a tree, a small snake on one of the paths, a selection of birds and butterflies and the star of the show - a Quoll who came out to play 3 nights on the trot and I still failed to get a photo - 1st night he was hiding in the wine rack before running into the library and hiding under a chair, 2nd night, he ran across and disappeared under th building and third night 2 of the guests said he came and sat on the tables to search for crumbs - very cute.
Satff were great (I know I have said that already but I can't say it enough) and as a place to experience the forest whilst chilling out I doubt you can beat this place. We would go back at the drop of a hat. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!






spending an hour or so oere shown around the edge of the rain forest

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

As a city lover I didn’t even want to visit Bloomfield Lodge for the four nights we stayed in March. I retired from a career in the Probation Service in February, so this was our first break. It is now my number one holiday destination and I can’t wait to return. Bloomfield is accessed via a plane ride, a four wheel drive and a boat trip. The rooms are secluded and on a very steep hill, so inform the staff when booking if you need one on the lower level. The staff were exceptional, from Craig and Cori the managers, the chef who caters for all fussy eaters (although it is a good idea to email ahead to warn him!), the masseur and the cleaning staff who kept our room spick and span. The guides on our trips are so knowledgeable about their part of the world, although Paulie never did finish his tale of the python found in his garage, so hoping he will be there when we visit again because we have talked about nothing else since returning home! The population in this area is now around 400, it was approx 70 when Shane moved there; he assured us that it’s not all down to him!
It is the rainforest so expect to get wet – but the weather doesn’t stop most activities from taking place. My partner Frank and I had private walks on the local beach and around the walking trails at the Lodge. We went crocodile spotting twice because we enjoyed it so much (something I was determined not to do before we arrived!). The Bloomfield Falls are worth a visit .We spent 2 weeks in New Zealand on the way home and none of the waterfalls matched those at Bloomfield. Frank did some successful fishing while I was pampered in the beauty room.
The rainforest walk with Paulie was very informative; I haven’t climbed up grassy banks and slipped down them again since I was a child. Frank insisted of taking a photo of me, filthy dirty and with bruised cut legs because he has never seen me like that. And I loved every single second of it! (Stay for 4 nights and receive the rainforest walk and crocodile spotting trips for free.)
Dinner is at 7.30pm but canapés are served at 7pm. This provides a chance to talk to other guests about their day, and to organize excursions for your next day. You can be as sociable (or not) as you please. Myself, I enjoyed the company of the other guests at breakfast and lunch, but wanted to spend time with Frank during the evening meal, and just a word with Cori meant we had a table for two every evening. I enjoyed the lack of access to the outside world, no television, radio, telephone or internet access. Cori walked with us to the boat on our last morning and I’m not too proud to admit I shed a few tears when we set off – thank you to fellow guests Garry and Wendy for running down the jetty waving us off, at least that made me laugh!
Off to Las Vegas soon, and for the first time in 14 years I will be wishing I was somewhere else. Everyone should experience Bloomfield Lodge just once in their lives.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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susanmwLondon, Public Relations Manager at Bloomfield Lodge, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful and very honest review on Bloomfield Lodge. It is sometimes hard to convey what is so different about a stay at Bloomfield and why it is unlike any other hotel. The easy bit to promote is the luxury boutique accommodation in a beautiful setting but the more difficult task is to convey the whole unique experience of Bloomfield, which I think you have managed to achieve in your review brilliantly. Lets hope that one day you will have the opportunity to come back to Bloomfield Lodge and do it all over again!

Sue Moscow
Bloomfield Lodge Marketing Manager
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Stayed here for 6 nights in a Hideaway room in March.
The resort is in the middle of the Rainforest.
We saw the forest and saw a lot of rain but it was the wettest month to go.
This however did not detract from a lovely stay.
The welcome and service from every member of staff was first class.
The journey across from Cairns is an event in itself,from the plane ride to an airstrip in the middle of a field,then the 4WD to the jetty and finally the boat ride along the Bloomfield River.
You are then pulled out by tractor on to dry land.
A great experience.
The food is by way of a set menu but you can change things around if you let them know in advance eg if you don't like spicy food they will cook something else for you.
Dinner is at 7.30pm but canapés are served at 7pm.
The management utilise this time to talk to the guests about the following day's events and excursions.
The resort has a policy of communal dining but if you prefer a table for 2 then this will be arranged for you.
Try the 6 course private dining option in one of the two Gazebos for an extra $33,it is good value.
Stay here for 4 nights and you receive a courtesy Rainforest walk and a cruise Croc spotting down the Bloomfield River.
We did manage to see Crocodiles and were thrilled to be able to get close up pictures of them.
We also went to the Bloomfield Falls and went out on the day trip to a deserted Island and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef (well part of it anyway!!).
On the way back the boat stopped in the middle of the sea and we did a spot of fishing.
I managed to bag a Spanish Mackerel which the chef prepared that evening for canapés.
The best Tempura fish and Sushimi with pickled ginger we had ever tasted.
I feel that I must mention by name all of the people that made our stay so enjoyable.
Craig and Cori the managers who ran everything so efficiently.These guys work so hard behind the scenes to ensure that your stay is a memorable one.Then there are the very knowledgeable guides. Tap in to their wealth of knowledge,they have a story to tell about all matters wildlife,flora and fauna. Jamie (rainforest walk) Mark (river cruise),Shane and our favourite guy Paul (Bloomfield falls and Barrier reef excursions).
Nicole for the wonderful spa treatments,Kimberley and Brooke our lovely waitresses and all of the housekeeping staff who kept our room spic and span.
We also met some lovely fellow guests,Frank & Candice,Roger & Caroline,Steve & Ruth,Rick & Beth. Hope you are all ok!!
If you are considering going here stop thinking about it and just go.
You will not regret it.
We will be sending our pictures to the lodge holding our fish catches to be placed on the photo gallery opposite the management office.
When you visit look out for us!!
Just one thing............The access to some of the rooms require you to walk up steep paths.
The higher the room number the further you have to walk.

Until the next visit.............

Garry & Wendy x

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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UK
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81 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

We stayed 4 nights at Bloomfield as part of a grand tour "down under". It was fantastic. Despite being there in February the weather was pretty good but the highlight was the place itself. All the staff we met were so friendly and helpful; the guides on the rainforest walk and river trip (local people with so much local knowledge), the chefs and their superb food; everyone in fact. The perfect place to chill (no roads, no phone signal, no internet), it was the highlight of our trip. Thanks to everyone.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

Stayed here for my wife's 50th birthday and found everything to be as good as you would expect for the price. Even arriving there by small plane, 4WD and boat was an adventure. Flying up we spotted whales breaching to start off the excitement.

The service is excellent, the food was restaurant quality and the location spectacular if you like to be miles from any contact with the outside world surrounded by the stunning Daintree rainforest. An added surprise on the fishing trip, apart from the fish, was bumping into a small group of young people who had berthed their yacht at a small island and were frolicking completely as one with nature while we had a bbq and snorkelled amongst the coral. If you enjoy exploring natural habitat to take in its beauty while completely relaxing with first class service this is an excellent place to be. The chef even went to the trouble of making a birthday cake for the wife on her special day just to top it off for her.

We stayed in a Deluxe Retreat room up a rise that had views of Weary Bay and was a stone throw from a walking trail. It was not the most expensive room but it was well appointed, clean, and had lovely panoramic views stretching across one side.

The staff were friendly, courteous, well informed, flexible, attentive, very efficient and welcoming. The place is extremely well run and maintained.

All in all a memorable four day stay, highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here on our honeymoon in October 1997. It was an incredible place to stay. Totally unique and the journey getting there just added to the excitement: light aircraft, boat, then on foot. The ambience of the place was perfect, the food sublime. We loved the private picnic on the beach, the nature walks and the incredible food. No locks on the doors or windows but it felt so remote that it wasn't a concern. Amazing!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

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.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Bloomfield Lodge
Address: Wongabadga Point, Weary Bay, Bloomfield, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Bloomfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Bloomfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bloomfield Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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