We stayed at the beautiful Silky Oaks Lodge for 3 nights on 15 December and wished we could have stayed longer! This is such an amazing place and offers a wonderful rainforest experience in a relaxing and tranquil environment. We decided to treat ourselves and booked the Silky Indulgence Package which included 3 nights in a Deluxe Treehouse, champagne & canapés on arrival, breakfast and dinner, 2 spa treatments, a picnic hamper and the Kuku Yalanji dreamtime walk at Mossman Gorge. We really felt that we were splashing out as it was one of the most expensive places we stayed during our holiday in Australia but I can honestly say that looking back, it was excellent value for money. We had so much included, especially the 3 course dinner menu which was fantastic (you could choose anything you wanted from the menu) and the spa treatments which were wonderful. We actually spent very little money whilst we were there as we had so many inclusions! On arrival, we received a warm and friendly welcome from the reception staff who showed us around and took us to our room and organized for our luggage to be brought up (it is a steep walk!!). The staff at reception were always helpful and friendly. The only negative comment I have is that when we arrived, they didn't seem familiar with what was included in the package that we had booked and I had to double check with them that we would receive our champagne and canapés etc. I think this was possibly because the member of staff was new. Anyway, we were taken up to our Treehouse which was just amazing! The room was beautifully appointed with chill out music playing on the iPod when we walked in. It was just the most relaxing and peaceful space. I loved sitting out on the balcony in the huge hammock, listening to the birds and because the house is on stilts, you feel like you are up in the trees. The bathroom was huge with a big spa bath and each evening the staff came to turn down the bed and they left candles in the bathroom and around the bedroom - such a simple touch that really made a difference! It was so romantic :) I also loved the fact that we didn't have a TV so we felt truly away from it all. The food in the restaurant was to die for. Everything we had was delicious! We particularly enjoyed the homemade soups and the fresh barracuda. The breakfast was also excellent, there was lots of choice and you could also have something cooked from the menu if you wanted. I loved the fresh daintree yoghurt. The only thing I would mention is that the menu is quite limited if you are eating there every day and also, the service was occasionally a little bit slow. However, these issues did by no means spoil the experience as the staff were so nice and friendly and when the food did come, it was delicious. The pool area was beautiful and we enjoyed swimming in the billabong. I agree with one of the other user comments about the kayaks being dirty. I did feel that the area around the billabong and river could do with a bit of a tidy up! I appreciate that it is a natural area but the kayaks looked as if they hadn't been used in months as they were very grubby and there were a couple of wooden chairs but they were also quite dirty and pushed under the trees out of the way. It would be nice if they maintained this area a little bit and added a few more chairs for you to put your towel and beach bag on as the ground was quite dusty. We also took our picnic and went on one of the recommended walks to the swimming holes. The walk is actually very overgrown in some places and quite challenging. However, both swimming holes were beautiful and we loved having our picnic on the rocks and swimming there. On our last day, we went on the dreamtime walk which was fun and really interesting, I would definitely recommend this to anyone. We ended the day with our treatments in the beautiful spa which were wonderful and the staff were again, absolutely lovely. I cannot recommend this lodge enough. It really is the most beautiful, tranquil place. There are a few small issues that I have mentioned that could perhaps be tweaked a little bit (!) but they did not by any means spoil a truly wonderful experience. One last tip - I would also suggest that if the weather is favorable, hiring a car from Cairns and driving up instead of taking the shuttle. We found the care hire very reasonable and the lodge was easy to find. It also meant that we had the freedom to drive out and explore the surrounding area on one of the days we were there. The drive up to Cape Tribulation is beautiful and there is so much to see on the way! Thank you Silky Oaks for a truly amazing few days, we wish we could come back now!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silky Oaks Lodge & Spa is the ultimate destination from which to explore Far North Queensland. This luxury eco lodge consists of elegant spacious lounges and living areas adjoining the stunningly located open sided Tree House restaurant which overlooks the surrounding rainforest and river. Spectacularly located in the Mossman Gorge region adjoining the Daintree National Park offering complete privacy and isolation yet only 20 minutes from Port Douglas ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silky Oaks Hotel Mossman
- Silky Oaks Lodge Mossman, Australia - Daintree Region