We wanted to start our three-weeks' Australian visit in Tropical North Queensland, fearing that the weather in September would still be variable in the Sydney and Melbourne regions. It proved to be a great decision, for many different reasons. By September the season is slowing in the far north, so we were not crowded, anywhere. We could get used again to left-side driving without having to cope with heavy city traffic. And it was sugar cane harvest time in Mossman, and it was fascinating to see that.
We had been strongly recommended to Silky Oaks by a friend, and it proved to be an ideal and idyllic place to unwind after ~36 hours of travel to reach there. The resort's strengths are its location in the rain forest, its large and varied grounds with comfortable, nicely-furnished cabins, the interesting wildlife, and the mostly young and enthusiastic staff. With a rental car, access to Mossman and Port Douglas is quite convenient.
Booking was a bit of a chore. The web-site spoke of "last minute" rates that were significantly cheaper than the other packages, but did not define "last minute." Emails to both the hotel and the Voyages reservation center asking for clarification went unanswered, so a phone call to the property was necessary. Yes, we could book using "last minute" rates six weeks in advance, because it was not a particularly busy time of year. But then the promised email verification failed to show up, until further prompting.
Also, the spa had limited capacity. We wanted to book massages on our arrival afternoon to aid recovery from the long travel, but phoning two to three weeks in advance we learned that the only availability was for two days later, when we planned to be taking a barrier reef excursion.
The restaurant has an ideal location, high in the trees overlooking the Mossman River. Getting dinner reservations each day was no hassle. The food was pretty good, but less creative and memorable than the hotel's promotion (and prices) would lead one to expect.
But these are quibbles. Overall, we were very glad that we chose to start our trip at Silky Oaks -- it was quite an experience.
- 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