It was time for a weekend break, away from Sydney.. Port Douglas was still on the bucket list so the aim was to book a nice 4 night extended weekend.
Tripadvisor guided me towards Thala Beach lodge with all reviews and awards for this property.
The booking for Thala Beach lodge was quite last minute. I booked Wednesday for a Friday arrival after having tracked a few booking sites (expedia, Wotif, Bookings.com, etc) to find the best possible rate.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon, we were welcomed at reception, went through the check in procedures following which we were invited to go upstairs to join a welcome drink! What a beautiful view, tree tops, beaches, birds, it felt as a great way to start the weekend.
The remainder of this first day we spend on the beach, lying in a hammock close to the beach shack which was open for drinks.
The room we were in was room #9 an Eucalypt Bungalow as booked. It looked into the trees with some glimpses over the ocean and beach. As other writers here suggest, the bungalows are build close to each other, but I didn't feel any significant loss of privacy.
The room was spacious and consisted of a private balcony (with fan, table and 2 chairs), a real king size bed, TV (not used), mini bar and bathroom. The room itself was good, but the bathroom was a bit outdated. Everything worked well.
One day we ordered a picnic basked, which is offered instead of room service, and we had a very nice balcony meal. Definitely a recommendation!
The meals, coffees and drinks in the restaurant are well served, of good quality and good portions. Service is with a smile.
Overall service was good for Australian standards. Unlike other premium properties in Australia I sensed that most staff were local, genuinely liked their jobs and always had a smile on their faces.
I really appreciated the wireless (lobby area) and the valet car parking included in the rate!
Definitely will return when in the area!