My husband and I stayed at the Thala Beach for 5 days whilst on our honeymoon in Oz. It was really lovely. The views from the guest lounge are stunning, the walks are fabulous and the food! We still talk about the food in hushed tones over a year later! Seriously if you're staying here don't bother going to PD for meals because you won't find anything better than what the Thala Beach chefs have on the menu!
The only bad thing about this place was the location of our cabin. A travel agent friend of ours booked the hotel, mentioned the fact we were on honeymoon and hadn't thought of asking where our cabin would be. We were ended up at the bottom of a hill with trees right up to the door and windows so there wasn't a hint of a view despite their claim that "All bungalows have views either to the ocean or the forested mountains".
The other thing to think of is the humidity (we were there in early October) - the hotel has fabulous walks and nature trails (Brett, the Steve Irwin type nature guide does walks of the acres of grounds every morning). Unfortunately it was just too humid for me (Irish -not used to heat and quite lazy) to walk anywhere so I let my husband off and stayed in the lounge drinking freshly squeezed juice and looking out over the miles of coastline.
The hotel is v close to Port Douglas however you do need to order the shuttle bus or hire a car to get there as it's a good 15 minute drive.
All in all I'd most definitely recommend this place and would stay there again but next time I'd specify a room with a view!
- 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