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“Weekend Escape from the world” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

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Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Montville
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Ipswich, Australia
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9 reviews
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“Weekend Escape from the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had a wonderful time, and at Narrows Escape honestly everything was thought of. The food was fantastic, it was peaceful and for all we knew we could of been in the North Qld rainforest not just 1 hour drive north of Brisbane. Another positive for us was no mobile phone coverage so we really did get a chance to disconnect from the world and find just time for us. We would go back again for sure.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

We loved our short stay here. After staying in several places in this area, this is our new favourite! The attention to detail is very high - just those little things which make all the difference. We were made to feel very welcome and the dogs were very friendly, but knew not to enter the cabin.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was beautifully prepared & the goodies on arrival and hamper delicious. The service was impeccable and relaxation was easily achieved. Absolutely lovely! Thank you!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wexford, Ireland
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

I had found Narrows Escape by chance whilst looking online for that somewhere special to stay for my boyfriends birthday weekend. Previous reviews had read extremely favourably and I could not fault our stay from the moment i clicked our booking button from when we left.
Absolutely everything was catered for, between recommendations and contact details for the local bakery for a birthday cake, Dinner reservations and transport, all organised without any fuss.
Once we arrived through the gates and a welcome reception from our host Mark our cabin was a welcome sanctuary with every convenience cared for. A well stocked welcome breakfast, cheese plate and chocolates all greeted us along with local coffee and wine supplies. The seclusion of each cabin ( we were in the Whipbird) provided a great taste of rainforest life, roaming brush Turkeys, singing birds and Croaking Frogs at night!
We availed of Mark and Joanne's BBQ Hamper on our first night and it did not disappoint and was most enjoyable to eat by the log fire stove.
Both of us really enjoyed the peace and quiet that Narrow's Escape brings and the little touches that Mark and Joanne create ensure that ours and everyones stay is memorable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Travelyesplease83
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MarknJo06, Owner at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Travelyesplease83. Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are thrilled that the birthday weekend went so well! The pictures look great, so glad that the view from the hammock was discovered. Looks like the port was enjoyed! With our best wishes,
Mark and Joanne
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Xi'an, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

If Bryan Adams, didn't write his song "Thought I'd died and gone to heaven" at Narrows Escape, he was certainly thinking about the place. The service, cottages, even the very nature that surrounds the place was exceptional. We stayed late July for 2 nights. We were greeted by the owners and hosts, Jo and Mark Skinner. They personally escorted us to our cottage and explained everything in the room. It literally is all inclusive as Jo handed us our hamper of goodies for our stay (included in the price). Ham, cheeses, cereals, a choice of milk, fresh OJ, eggs and bacon, even jam made by the hostess herself. And then they delivered baked breakfast croissants in the morning to boot. If you want something relaxing, a selection of wines are in the room and a wide range can be delivered from the main house.
The cottage itself was postcard perfect. Thick large bathtowels, and a wide range of high end toiletries compliment the great bed setup.
But even with all of this, the real treat is the surroundings. To wake up to a babbling brook and the rich sounds of the forrest, all whilst "roughing it" with our locally made coffee and warm croissants. Awesome
My only recommendations...Jo and Mark have been so thoughtful in providing for your every need, for a lay traveller like me, I wasn't sure if the local coffee and teas were free or not, they looked expensive so you might get caught out by NOT using the free stuff.
Seriously people, give this place a go...it will ruin you for everything after.

Room Tip: Forgot the name of our cottage, but it was right next to the creek. There were a couple of cottages...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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MarknJo06, Owner at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Wow! Thanks so much for this amazing review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back any time to rough it again, look forward to seeing you on your next visit. With our warmest wishes, Mark and Jo.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

With one night to celebrate a special occasion, we couldn't have picked a better place. "I wonder if there's a..." always resulted in the needed object being found. An amazing welcome platter and breakfast basket were provided, with our vegan requirement being totally accommodated. Spent the evening in the spa with a local bottle of wine whilst watching a movie selected from the extensive library. Can't wait for a long weekend to go back.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ShazandElaine
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MarknJo06, Owner at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Dear ShazandElaine, Thanks for your wonderful review, it was our pleasure having you stay with us, and thanks for letting us know of your dietary needs beforehand. We always try and accommodate any special requirements and are thrilled when they are so warmly appreciated. We're looking forward to visiting again, hopefully that "long weekend" isn't too far away.
Best wishes,
Mark and Jo
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Yeppoon, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from our two night stay in 'Rosella'. Pure relaxation, listening to the water trickling over the rocks in the creek, admiring the rainforest and the various bird calls. The breakfast hamper was so delicious as well as the warm croissants delivered each morning and I can't forget the beautiful chocolates either. Indulgent luxury with warm, fluffy bathrobes and the beautiful big Sheridan bath sheets are perfect for wrapping yourself in after a spa! Every attention to detail has been taken care of right down to the fantastic bathroom products, to spare tealight candles, champagne stopper and even band aids. We will definitely be back and will recommend Narrows to friends and family. Perfect location for just doing nothing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat
Address: 78 Narrows Rd, Montville, Queensland 4552, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Montville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Montville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in 7 acres of rainforest, seclusion is guaranteed at this award winning retreat, tailored for couples. Six contemporary design pavilions, surrounded by birdsong and the tranquility of ancient rainforest. Delight in your self contained cabin with fully appointed kitchen, complete with Nespresso Coffee machine, free high speed wifi, deep double whirlpool spa baths, log fireplaces and a verandah to soak in the views. Minutes from charming hinterland villages, art galleries and wineries await to delight the senses. Recognised by TripAdvisor' Hall of Fame and winner of the 2013 and 2014 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, this highly awarded resort provides a unique natural experience with indulgent luxury. Taste the finest regional produce at highly acclaimed restaurants or explore the myriad of walking trails at your doorstep. ... more   less 
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