Cedar Park is located about 3km on a dirt road embellished by reassuring signs nailed to the trees, for example: "You are not lost. YET!" The drive there through the forest is well worth it since it gets you well away from the crowds of day trippers to Kuranda but the attractions of this very small resort (five bedrooms) go well beyond peace and quiet. Rosie and Christoph combine what may be their traditional Swiss attention to every detail with wonderful warmth and good humour. We arrived in time for dinner and had ordered, well in advance, a Swiss fondue. This turned out to be even better than one we had recently at Les Armures in Geneva. Certainly the presence of bandicoots and wallabies on the grass below the dining area were a welcome change from the grim suits of armour which surround the diner in that restaurant in Geneva.
The rooms are long and spacious, dark enough to ensure plenty of rest, although you may want to try to book a room furthest from the dining room if you retire early.
Christoph is a fine chef and we did justice to his menu over the three nights we spent there. Apart from the fondue, I especially liked the seafood curry, the cannelloni and, for dessert, nothing beats his chocolate mousse. The wine-list is, like the menu itself, fairly small but has attractive items, for example, the pinot gris. You might like to try the beers offered: perhaps the Beez Kneez is the best one to go for.
Is there room for further improvement? The breakfasts, truthfully described as "continental," are, nevertheless, a bit meagre. The coffee is excellent, the breads and cereals, inoffensive but uninteresting and, surprisingly, the rather tasteless croissants might have been purchased, frozen and uncooked, from supermarkets and baked on the premises. Christoph's skills as a chef might be better employed here: why, even I, a very modest home cook can turn out a buttery brioche loaf for breakfast although I would never attempt a croissant.
These are small points. We would go back to Cedar Park with pleasure any time we could and stay even longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the edge of the World Heritage Rainforest surrounded by ancient trees lies the Cedar Park Rainforest Resort. A secluded and romantic wildlife and ECO retreat offering personalized service in a very relaxing environment. WI/Fi , Internet and Phone acsess available.The ultimate in tropical rainforest experience. It is a perfect getaway to enjoy one of the best locations within a short distance of Cairns. Nature Pure! ... more less
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