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Zanzoo Retreat
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Mary Parker Drive, Redlynch, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Redlynch B&B and Inns
wigan uk
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“lLOVED Zanzoo so relaxing and chilled”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

We stayed at Zanzoo retreat for 6 nights it was wonderful in the Queenslander house.The breakfasts were amazing tropical fruit yoghurt,croissants and cereal on the veranda looking out of 14 acres of garden it was magical and so relaxing.Will definately come back to Zanzoo if we are back in Cairns.The rooms are spacious with Quuen beds and en suite.

9 OUT 10

  • Liked — The peace and relaxation of Zanzoo
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2009

With so many options in Cairns we had a tough time finding a place to stay. The Zanzoo was absolutely outstanding. By the Zanzoo's recommendation, we rented a car and I appreciate their honest advice (look for Red Spot Rentals online for a good rate). I don't see how we could have managed without it. The large breakfast was outstanding. The rooms were clean. The pool was great. The laundry was free (and we needed it!). The home is very very nice, clean, and a good value. But, above all, Rosie, the property manager, couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. She prepared us a fantastic breakfast, helped us plan all of our days, and even showed us a few great local swimming holes. We even had a chance to meet her children who are extremely kind and friendly.

The only thing I'd complain about is the internet connection which came and went. I don't know if that has to do with the weather when we were there so I shouldn't blame Zanzoo entirely. I was also told that they were in the process of upgrading that anyway.

I truly hope I am able to return to visit the Zanzoo again one day. It's an outstanding place to call home when you're so far away from your own.

  • Liked — rosie and the outdoorsy feel of the place.
  • Disliked — internet connection
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2008

If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat in Cairns and you have a car then look no further than ZANZOO RETREAT in Redlynch, Cairns. This is Australia's answer to Gone with the Wind with beautiful tropical grounds, an old Queenslander house ( 2 houses actually) which have been restored and given modern touches. Add to this, acreage grounds, a tennis court, a lovely swimming pool, viewing platform looking over the stream and every little extra you can think of then you have
Its Australia's answer to Gone with the Wind with a beautiful old Queenslander on a small plantation style property beside a lovely stream.
Zanzoo Retreat. The rooms are wonderful with all mod cons and there is a guest lounge room, guest dining room and a modern full kitchen for guest use.
Zanzoo is about 20 minutes from Cairns CBD and altogether has 6 rooms/suites for guests. I stayed in Raffles Hotel, Singapore for 4 days some years ago and Zanzoo is the closest I have ever come to the sort of resort. When you think that you will not have 100's of people staying at the same time then that adds another plus to the whole stay. The website for Zanzoo is http://www.zanzoo.com/ and I am sure that if you tell the owner and mention that you read this report here he will make sure that your stay is made even more special. During the summer months the accommodation is even more wonderful as they have introduced an off-season rate. This retreat is nothing short of a 5 star resort and worth twice what it costs. This is the second time I have stayed and hopefully not the last and I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

  • Liked — Outstanding presentation and ambiance
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Oregon
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

The three nights and two days we spent in Cairns were wonderful, considering our experiences at Zanzoo. The first and best aspect was Rosie, who takes direct care of the guests and manages most of it for the owners. She was sweet, wonderful, and very experienced. She knew about the trips you could take, and she had traveled on many of them. The retreat house itself was also well-furnished with lots of little add-ons, like the laundry, pool, and tennis court. The decorations made it feel like a relaxing home instead of a sterile hotel. It was about 15-20km outside of Cairns, so you'll definitely need a car.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Left unattended occasionally
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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adelaide
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2008

Recently we were fortunate to spend a few days at Zanzoo. Even a few days was enough to "recharge our batteries" . Such relaxation has to be experienced to believe it possible.
Wonderfully quiet & away from traffic noise, telephones & voices. Being able to laze by the lovely pool & lush garden with a book was such luxury.
The hosts were very friendly & helpful. Always ready to suggest places of interest, tours, timetables etc.
Zanzoo is beautifully appointed with spacious lounge areas. Breakfast on the balcony & lingering over coffee with your own plunger at your elbow was a definite plus.
The best tranquil place available just 20 mins. from the centre of Cairns. True bliss....

  • Liked — the surroundings & quietness
  • Disliked — Can't think of a thing! Loved it all.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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UK
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

We stayed for 7 nights at Zanzoo in Feb 2008. We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the morning fresh fruit breakfast on the upper floor porch. Rain or shine, it was a great way to start the day. Marc was very helpful, friendly and offered plenty of advice when asked. There were plenty of facilities at Zanzoo (washing machine, kitchen, lounge etc) and we made good use of the pool. I recommend you hire a car if you are staying here even though it is a comfortable 20 minute drive from the airport. Zanzoo was our first stop before our 10,000km road trip and it certainly was one of the highlights.

  • Liked — Location, quietness and very clean.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

Zanzoo Retreat in Cairns, North Queensland is everything we were looking for in a bed and breakfast style get-away. It is located about 15 minutes from the city of centre of Cairns but a world away nestled in the shadow of the surrounding hills and a quiet country style setting. The actual rooms are situated in a lovingly restored Queenslander and certainly depeicts an era of bygone elegance. The Retreat has substantial grounds, a small stream and a beautiful pool area but what really sets it aaprt is the service and hospitality. From the moment we arrived, our host, Marc, looked after our every need. From breakfast on the balcony in the mornings to advising and bookings our tours, every aspect was done with good humour and genuine care for our stay. Marc is not onyl a great host but intelligent and knowledgeable. All in all, we had a great stay and Zanzoo is highly recommended to those looking to explore a beautiful area from a wonderful place just a little off the beaten path

  • Liked — The Queesnalder style of accommodation
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Mary Parker Drive, Redlynch, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Redlynch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Redlynch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Zanzoo Retreat 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautifully restored bed and breakfast has been tastefully decorated and is a popular and sought after B&B. The homestead is surrounded by rainforest covered mountain ranges and has the cool, clear waters of the rainforest fringed Freshwater Creek flowing through the length of the property year round.The floodlit outdoor tennis court is surrounded by rainforest trees, palms and tropical gardens.Take a dip in large resort style pool & relax in Cairns' most luxurious, yet affordable B&B ... more   less 
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