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“Very disappointing stay for the high cost”
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Bloomfield Lodge
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very disappointing stay for the high cost”
Reviewed 26 November 2006

My fiancee and I were very sorry to experience a somewhat average stay for what are five star prices without the five star amenities. A few things to take note of:

The resort is communal dining for every meal, so watch out - you are able to request separate seating, which I'm sorry to say we realized on our second to last day, when we saw a new couple seated alone. Unfortunately, you are made to feel anti-social once you request this, but believe me, it's worth it,. Making idle chit-chat with complete strangers over breakfast and every other meal is entirely painful. For what the resort charges and poses as a relaxing getaway, it seems surprising that they would force this upon their guests without being open and upfront at the beginning and provide guests the option (perhaps request this at the time of booking).

There was no airconditioning in the rooms. Again, for the prices, this was very surprising. We booked our stay here based on our amazing stay at Peppers Palm Bay in the Whitsundays. We found out on this trip that Peppers is merely a marketing organization and a lot of the resorts (such as this one) are run separately and not owned by Peppers.

The food was amazing at every meal. Come with an appetite.

Be aware you are literally trapped at the resort - if you decide to do anything outside of the resort (e.g. diving) the resort will sting you for a 4WD transfer to the boats (which by the way will not be a dive on the Great Barrier Reef. It's a local reef in the Coral Sea). We were quoted so much just for the transfer that we cancelled our dive and stayed an extra two days in Port Douglas and went diving on the Barrier Reef from there for the same amount!

Despite providing the resort the requested advance notice of several weeks that my fiancee was a vegetarian, the options were not great.

The staff were terrific and excelled in just about every way. We were upgraded to one of their suites and it was wonderful. The "Rainforest room" that was originally booked was very basic in every way.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Stockport, Cheshire. UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2006

We stayed at the Bloomfield Lodge as part of our honeymoon in October 06. Everything about the stay at Bloomfield was fantastic, the journey there made the stay there that extra bit special. We stayed in the Rainforest rooms close to the lodge, very handy to get to the eating area and bar but if you want more privacy I would suggest one of the other rooms further away. The staff are wonderful, especially the guides Jamie and Paul, if you have the energy to go on the rainforest walk and river trip then go. There is even a resident dog, Yaz, shes beautiful. The food is out of this world, 2 course lunch each day and a 3 course evening meal, forget the diet!! Meal times are fun because you get sit with other guests, so you can find out lots of handy tips for the rest of your stay in Aus from other travellers. We even saw Crocs on the river which was one of the highlights of our stay in Australia. The views are just amazing at Bloomfield, you really do feel a million miles away from anywhere, the only sounds you can hear sat on the jetty watching the sun set are the lapping of the waves. This place makes you appreciate nature and realise what a wonderful world we live in. 4 nights is about the right amount of time at Bloomfield, or you could get too relaxed and forget to leave.

  • Liked — comfortable and clean
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — no
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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London UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2006

August is a brilliant time to go to Queensland, temp. 25C during the day with cool evenings. We couldn't believe how lucky we were to have found this truly delightful but entirely unpretentious place. Because only a small amount of luggage can be taken in the small plane that takes you up to Bloomfield everyone dresses very casually. Our Queenslander room (well actually two rooms, two balconies and a bathroom) overlooked the bay and we lay in bed in the morning watching the sunrise over the water through the trees. Food was fantastic - we really enjoy not having to choose from a menu. Everything was fabulously fresh and beautifully presented. We also enjoyed meeting other guests by sharing tables at mealtimes. Staff were very friendly and helpful but never intrusive. Outings were great - our favourite was the beach picnic...and what a picnic!
As another reviewer said, Bloomfield Lodge feels more like staying in the home of a very hospitable (but respectful of one's privacy) friend. It will always have a special place in our hearts.

  • Liked — space, privacy, great location, food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Go in UK summer when Queensland is at it's best
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2006

Anyone considering going - do it! It was fab. Very relaxing. Spalsh out on a trip on Big Mama. Stay at least 4 nights.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed 19 December 2005

... yes we needed more time. What a place, we were there in September as part of our honeymoon and the rooms, the welcome and the food was phenomenal.

The rainforest walk was amazing (use their recommended mozzie cream though) and the guide whose name I can't beleive I've forgotten is a gem!

There were only between 10-14 people with us while we there and at first we were a bit nervous of communal dining but it worked out fine as people came and went each day !

We had a day out on the big Mama with another couple to snorkel and eat my most memorable picnic ever, and Neil's face when he caught a 28lb spanish mackeral on the way back was wonderful - that was cooked for all of us that night too !!

  • Stayed September 2004
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2005

Quite possibly the best place to stay ever....like being welcomed into someone's home rather than being in a hotel.

Yes it is expensive, however right from the start with the trip to Bloomfield in the private plane to the welcome drink with the managers (Peter/Pat) to the relaxing day out on their private boat...this place is fantastic.

We stayed as the start to our honeymoon in Sept.05, and after 26hrs on a plane to get to Australia we could not have found a better place to relax after the stresses of a wedding and a long flight.

At first the thought of having a daily set menu each day was a little disconcerting, however the chef (Bianca) was so accommodating with the slightest dietary request, every meal was simply a delight and totally ruined the wedding diets for both of us!!

Simply a fantastic place, couldn't recommend it highly enough. Especially recommend the beach-picnic option for $10(AUD) - a private lunch on a sandy beach...just don't forget to order wine to take with you!!

  • Stayed September 2005
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Portadown, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2005

My wife and I stayed in a Honeymoon suite in July and had a fantastic time. The only problem we had was that only one of the honeymoon suites is as it looks in the brochure, so be careful which one you are given. The location of the lodge is stunning, on the edge of the rainforest overlooking the sea. The trips which they organise are brilliant - one of the days we took a trip out to the reef, and went snorkling which turned out to be the highlight of our entire holiday. The staff are really helpful and the food is devine.

  • Stayed July 2005
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6 Thank Speersy
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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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