The wow factor for this accommodation is definitely its location. Even the drive to the lodge from Mossman is beautiful, passing the sugar cane fields with the rainforest looming ahead. You know you're in for something special! When I arrived, it's like entering a different world, with lush forest, fresh air, and a clear river just adjacent to the accommodation. What's more, although this is a luxury accommodation, the whole staff are warm and helpful. They made you immediately feel welcome.
The treehouse lodge is comfortable without being overly large. The hammock on the balcony is a nice touch, and so is the spa tub (although it took forever to fill up, and the jets are not strong enough). There's no TV in the room (which is good, as it would be sad to stay here to watch TV), but there's a Bose CD player (I think they should upgrade this to an iPod dock).
In any case, you should not spend too much time in the room, as there are lots of activities for people to participate - some of them free (yoga, guided walk in the rainforest). The hotel has a swimming pool which looks nice, but I chose to swim in the river, which was very refreshing and croc-free. A little bit upstream there's a "beach billabong", where if you bring your goggles, sometimes you can spot turtles and fish underwater. There's also a small waterfall here that's like a natural spa massage jet (better than the one in the room!).
The lodge has two hiking tracks at the back (both involve significant walk and can be treacherous when wet). The Fig Tree Rapids track is the more rewarding one, I think. It ends at another great swimming spot, and along the way you see a lot of native plants (bring a map from reception). Once you've spent enough energy doing all these, you can have a relaxing spa and/or a nice dinner at the restaurant.
All in all, I had a marvellous stay here and would definitely go back if I have another opportunity!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Silky Oaks Hotel Mossman
- Silky Oaks Lodge Mossman, Australia - Daintree Region