I took my Mum to Thala Beach as a Christmas present in the last week of Jan 2013 for 2 nights in a jungle walk bungalow. It was as ex tropical cyclone Oswald was starting to move south. This meant torrential rain the entire 2 nights we were there - However, this didn't matter as the staff were outstanding. We were greeted on the steps on our arrival by the delightful Rose who knew exactly who we were - and despite a mix up with the bed arrangement - which was fixed asap - explained everything and had our bags taken to our room and then took us down the hill in the little buggy. This buggy was very useful in taking us up and down the hill in the rain as walking was impossible. All the staff were very happy to ferry us around. We joined the Nature Tour on the Tuesday with the head gardener - sorry forgot name - this is an absolute must as despite the rain and the mozzies we saw amazing spiders, birds and frogs and interesting plants. He was extremely knowledgeable and I even saw a sea turtle -one of the highlights of the trip. This 2 hour tour around the extensive property would be even better in dry conditions but we soldiered on and it was wonderful.
The Osprey restaurant was incredible where I had one of the best beef meals of my life and the chocolate caramel fondant dessert is to die for. Craig and Michael really made us feel welcome and were always up for a laugh.
We also attended the Coconut tour on the Wednesday. This was very informative - who knew coconut oil repealed Mozzies??? wish we had had it the day before! This tour/talk was a little long as the wooden benches aren't that comfortable for long periods of sitting and this tour went for 2 hours also and then made us late to check out. - even thought this really wasn't a problem we still felt rushed to get out of our room and as result left several things behind.
Overall this is a lovely special place - we still went swimming in the beautiful pool in the rain, and the happy hour was great. The view is amazing but pales next to the excellent staff. All were very friendly, welcoming and treated us like old friends. I would love to go back in better weather and really explore the interesting wildlife on offer here.
Just a note it is very steep with many stairs that people with mobility issues may have trouble with but the staff are very happy to zip people from place to place in the buggy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a private beach nestled in 145 acres of native forest, family-owned Thala is a deluxe eco and nature resort near Port Douglas. Sitting spectacularly atop a headland with breathtaking vistas, it provides an island-feel holiday from the mainland and is the perfect base to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Boutique timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in the forest canopy, featuring either ocean or forest views. The views from the restaurant are panoramic across the mountains and coastline. Guests dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly service. Osprey's Restaurant is open to the public 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.Paths meander through rainforests onto private sandy beaches placing guests in an unsurpassed secluded, relaxing environment. Complimentary guided onsite tours include a unique coconut odyssey, stargazing, nature walks and bird watching tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thala Beach Hotel Port Douglas
- Thala Beach Resort
- Thala Beach Lodge