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“Rainforest paradise with little room for improvment” 5 of 5 stars
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Silky Oaks Lodge
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Finlayvale Road, Mossman, Queensland 4873, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mossman
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“Rainforest paradise with little room for improvment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I am a seasoned traveller for both Business and Leisure; please read my profile to put this review into perspective.

My wife and I stayed at the Lodge for a 4-day long weekend. The location is an easy 60 minute drive from Cairns Airport - and the drive in itself, along the winding ocean road, is already your first great experience. Take it easy so you can get into the right mood!

Location is the first positive I want to mention about the Lodge. The region is basically famous for 4 things - The Daintree Forest, Mossman Gorge, the many fantastic beaches, and the great barrier reef. The location of the lodge is perfect in a sense that

- it is 10 minutes away from the Mosman Gorge (which is wonderful)
- has one of the two large rivers (the Mosman River) of the overall region flow through its property with all the water holes, swimming spots and photo opportunities you'd want from the region, right at your doorstep
- makes the Daintree region easily accessible with a 1 hour relaxed drive along the various scenic spots and beaches
- You can do day-tours to the reef which is straight off the coast - which is about 3km away. After cruising around the region for 4 days, I can truly say the location could not be better.

Second, the overall flair is exactly what you'd expect from the pictures on the webpage. The rainforest feel is omnipresent, with the river and little rapids right under restaurant with fantastic views - by the way, it doesn’t even matter whether it is sunny or rainy, you will love both! - the huts sufficiently separated for complete privacy and true forest feel, and if you book a 'river hut' as we did, you have an uninterrupted view down a hill through the rainforest onto the river - magical.

Thirdly, the quality of the rooms was impeccable, with the wooden style perfectly blending into the overall feel of the forest. From the bed you look into the Rainforest, just meters away from your balcony, where you can also lie in a hammock and look towards the river without seeing anything or anybody but nature. I did so lots, during sun and rain and it was both paradise. The rooms are very large, have a nice sitting area and a decent sized bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub again looking out of the window into the forest; my wife used it daily. The shower could have been done a little nicer but that is a very minor detail given the rest of the rooms.
Next, the quality of the food was (mostly) outstanding and easily Sydney top restaurant quality (so were the prices). Unfortunately I have to say "mostly" as

a) the breakfast was not up to scratch - limited choice and limited quality, with a number of items clearly not fresh
b) all deserts we had were pre-prepared a loooong time ago and very frozen and just not good at all
c) the occasional part of the mains seemed to be a couple of days old
d) the wine list is VERY limited not so much in choice but quality and price range options which is surprising given the overall quality of the place. Also, most wines were overprised at typically ~200-300% retail price where I'd typically only expect them to double it?

Those issues are a real shame as overall, this restaurant is probably the best I have experienced in any resort in Australia including peers such as the Qualia or the Wilderness Lodge. Please get those little things right as well!

We did not book activities via the hotel but I highly recommend the snorkeling the Mossman river tour as well as the nature walks. They really do teach you a lot of interesting things about the rainforest and I am not usually a “walking tour kinda guy”… Also, do visit the Mossman Gorge and make sure you take the 2km extended walk – it has amazing forest scenes.

We had a quite nice but very expensive spa session; the couples’s room is very nice.

Lastly, we were disappointed by the fact that the resort charges for table bread and the 2nd coffee at breakfast. That is just not right in a 700$ / roomnight place... And also the proactiveness of some of the staff at the front desk was quite variable. A letdown also that our final bill was completely wrong and some charges at the restaurant were also incorrect. It took us 30 minutes to check everything which made us leave this otherwise fantastic place with a sour taste. However, my overall outstanding rating holds.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Silky oaks was completely relaxing and inviting; we had grand plans to do quite a bit while we were there, but on arriving we threw all the plans out the window to spend most of our time at the resort: walks, swimming, yoga, games at the bar, the spa to name a few of the things we took advantage of. This was definitely a splurge for us to stay here for the 3 nights but it felt well worth it. If you're interested in any of the free group activities ask at the start as things aren't offered on every day/night.

The cabins were relaxing and even though it lightly rained almost the entire time we were there it was better for it! We kept the windows open through the night listening to the rain fall and the river going (we didn't have a river bungalow but we were the next row of cabins so we could still easily hear the river) waking up to the birds and the rainforest. The turn down service was quite the surprise and it was my favourite part of the lodge as it meant you came to your room at the end of the day and it's perfectly set up to relax. It's not just a chocolate on your pillow and the sheets partially folded.

We took advantage of the free services: We had gone on the walk to the rapids - definitely a must do; It's not a paved walk, it has some great views to look at, and you have to actually watch where you're stepping while you walk which was a nice change from the typical walks we had been on that are paved and fairly easy walks. We saw 2 couples on our way in but had the swimming hole to ourselves for the hour (it was quite cold but worth it and that keeps the crocs out) and only saw another couple on our way out. Bring along a small snack - you can climb up on the rocks overlooking the rapids while you eat. We then went on the guided walk and even though we ended up on the same trail we had just been on it was good to hear the stories and more explanation on the plants and area. Yoga in the morning was also a great experience: it was in a covered, open air space so again we heard the light rain falling, the birds and the river going; I wouldn't say that it was the best yoga I've had but it was more about being in the space. The hammock we had was quite low and very difficult to get out of, but looking around at other rooms, it didn't seem to be a common problem.

The food was great - we had breakfast each morning and dinner on one of the nights. The spa was fantastic - I had the salt massage with the vichy shower and it was so relaxing (I've never had vichy before so I can't compare to others).

Warning however: we had heard from family members that the gorge was one of their favourite stops so on our way out we stopped at the main gorge center across the river. We were let down as we were comparing it to the secluded walk and swimming area we had at the lodge. If you can, do the walk from the lodge and save your money; however, if you need paved walks, then it's worth it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Silky oaks was simply relaxing.
The staff at silky oaks went above & beyond the call of duty while we stayed.
The restaurant is beautiful, the food is 5 star. Buffett breakfast was excellent.
Massage's at the spa were superb.
The perfect relaxing holiday spot.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We recently stayed here for two nights whilst visiting the Port Douglas region. Bungalows are very relaxing and secluded. We enjoyed a walk down to the river rapids and enjoyed a swim in the beautiful water. We dined here in the evening and the food was delicious. On the morning we checked out we visited the day spa for a massage and found this to be one of the best day spa's we have been to.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

It's hard to describe what a wonderful place Silky Oaks is. The little cabin/treehouses are perfect: conveniently lose to the main lodge, but somehow immensely private. Hanging in the hammock on the back deck, I could have been the only person in the forest. The main lodge is high up over the river gorge, which means you eat your dinner looking out at trees 30 feet up. And you can have a drink in a 8 sided porch perched even farther out over the river. It was just glorious.

We stayed there the first time in early August and it was a bit nippy at night, I would have to say (too cold for adults in the outdoor pool). But it was so lovely that my husband and I made a special detour to come back about 2 weeks later, when it had warmed up a bit.

My husband had a Thai message there, which he said was the best message he'd ever had. So add that to the many many reasons to go.

Room Tip: We first stayed in number 21, I believe, slightly up the hill from the river and then when we went b...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Our family had visited Silky Oaks about 20 years ago and were not that impressed. We had heard that changes had occurred and decided to give Silky another try. We were not disappointed.

This is a beautiful and fabulous resort, nestled on the banks of the Mossman River in the Daintree rainforest.
The care and craftsmanship that has gone into the renovation is obvious, the timber work is exceptional. We were lucky and were upgraded to a River Front Suite and were lulled to sleep by the babbling river sounds on each of our six nights.

We chose a package that included breakfast and a two course evening meal. The menu was excellent, enough choice and enough specials to avoid repetition. Service was generally excellent.
Our package also included a Helicopter flight to a secluded beach via a flight out over the low isles and back over the Mossman gorge, FANTASTIC.
A spa package was also included and was relaxing and a superb experience.
The trip to cape tribulation was well organised, instructive and fun, having a private walk and private swimming hole (teaming with fish and tortoises) was very special.

Silky is a family run resort and I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff from management down, we were really made to feel very special and will certainly return as soon as possible.

Lizard might have the reef, Longitude 131 the Rock, but Silky Oaks has the Daintree / Mossman river and is certainly deserving of a top 5 Australian Resort spot.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bribie Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This was our second visit to Silky Oaks Lodge and I don't think it will be the last, we finished our august North Qld trip here and it was definitely the best part.

When you turn off from the highway (easy to miss the sign) it really leaves you wondering what all the fuss is about, but after driving for 15 / 20 min. through the canefields, all is revealed.

The Lodge is highly perched above the Mossman river and the view from the restaurant is spectacular.

We were fortunate to get our tree house accommodation fairly close to the restaurant , so didn't have to walk too far.

The accommodation--
Nice , well appointed tree house, great monsoon shower, very comfy bed, however the room is not a place were we would like to spend a lot of time. (bit boring)

The food--
Fantastic, last time it was excellent and nothing has changed, they still have a great chef and nothing seems to be a problem.
Excellent winelist as well.

Healing hands spa--
Just do it !!!

Overall another lovely experience, we also took the day trip, tried the pool (far too cold) and were glad we decided to come back here for another stay.

Could be considered expensive, but Peace and Quiet reigns here.

Room Tip: Try to get a room close to the restaurant.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Silky Oaks Lodge

Address: Finlayvale Road, Mossman, Queensland 4873, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Mossman
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mossman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Silky Oaks Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Silky Oaks Lodge & Spa is the ultimate destination from which to explore Far North Queensland. This luxury eco lodge consists of elegant spacious lounges and living areas adjoining the stunningly located open sided Tree House restaurant which overlooks the surrounding rainforest and river. Spectacularly located in the Mossman Gorge region adjoining the Daintree National Park offering complete privacy and isolation yet only 20 minutes from Port Douglas ... more   less 
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