O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat is a wonderful place for a weekend get away. We stayed in a 1 bedroom canopy suite which sat at the end of the newer rows and consequently felt very private and away from everything. It was wonderful to sit out on the balcony at night and watch the wallabies and paddymelons hope around on the lawn below, and then wake in the mornings to find Crimson Rosellas sitting on the balustrade.
The room was generous in size and was neat and tidy. My two little tests for hotels resulted in a 50% pass rate:
1. They provide separate shampoo and conditioner (Pass)
2. The cleaners fold your pyjamas when they make up the bed (Fail).
The restaurant was very nice with generous "country size" portions and loved the fact that they sold tubs of Connoisseur ice cream to take back to the room. However, it was sometimes a little bit slow on service and the waitstaff seemed very frazzled.
The activities are wonderful and the guides are super friendly. But be warned - before you know it, you can add several hundred dollars to the cost of your stay.
I'm not sure if I would recommend O'Reillys for couples after a romantic trip away as there seemed to be lots of families and children running around which often took away from the "peaceful" atmosphere. I think we caught the end of the school holidays so it might be better if you go during the school terms.
Overall, O'Reillys is a wonderful little trip to do and feels like a world away from the city (even though you are less than a couple of hours from Brisbane/Gold Coast). It is, however, quite expensive for what it is, and I feel like it doesn't quite have the "slickness" that I would normally expect from a 5-star retreat.
- Also Known As:
- o`Reilly`s Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas And Lost World Hotel Canungra
- o`Reilly`s Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas And Lost World Hotel
- o Reillys Rainforest Retreat
- O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas And Lost World Spa Australia/Canungra, Queensland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in World Heritage Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa is the perfect nature escape. Discover a world of lush rainforest, extensive network of bushwalking trails, stunning waterfalls and abundance of unique Australian bird and wildlife. Choose from the traditional charm of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat or the private luxury of the Mountain Villas. For true rejuvenation, O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa offers therapeutic treatments and unique vinotherapy. ... more less
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