First it must be said.....If you can't handle the sight of creepy crawlies even in your room, this is not the place for you but if this is the case why have you come to the Rain Forest? If you are a bit scared of the crawlies but want to experience a brush with nature this place is fantastic!
We stayed in the Orchid Retreat House and it was a treat! The grounds are beautiful, the hosts are lovely and were very helpful in pointing us in the right direction for food, walks and un-tourist populated Hot Spots! If you want to cook (we didn't) the Orchid Retreat has full kitchen (outdoors) and I have to say the amount of hammocks, hanging chairs and cushions at the main house and pagoda are Awesome!
Breakfast was fantastic, as opposed to some reviews, we have an amazing array of fresh fruit with cereal and yogurt and the muffins were perfect as well.
Inside the retreat house feels like a tropical getaway - clean, new bedding and the sunken bathroom is rustic but great. However, be prepared to prance around naked for the geckos as there are no curtains anywhere. We used the mosquito net when we slept even though we were told it wasn't needed and felt not only exotic but protected.
Be prepared for listening to nature come alive at night, earlplugs might be good if you wake easy but we both had a good nights sleep! Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Daintree rainforest accommodation near Cape Tribulation just 5 mins from lovely Cow Bay beach and overlooking the World Heritage Daintree national park. The main accommodation house is Queenslander style and has four en-suite rooms (single, standard double and large double/family size) each with private balconies, a large open-plan living area and extensive verandahs...the perfect place to relax and have a 'real' holiday!. For couples or small groups looking for even more privacy or independent accommodation, the Golden Orchid Retreat is a gorgeous self-contained cabin separate from the main accommodation house with views across the orchard to Noah's Range. Operating on solar power and rainwater as much as possible, the Epiphyte B&B has landscaped gardens to explore, views to take in and rainforest at the back door. Beautiful Cow Bay, where the rainforest meets the sea and reef, is a short drive away. A home away from home, The Epiphyte is airy, casual, friendly and breakfast featuring seasonal fruit is included in the room tariff. Help yourself to tea, coffee or a cool drink anytime. Play games, read a book, take in the stunning mountain views, swim, snorkel, visit the free board walks and/or join one of the many tours available in the Cape Tribulation, Daintree Coast area e.g snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, 4WD trips to Wujal Wujal, jungle surfing, night and day walks in ancient rainforest. It's a beautiful place to stay any time of year!! We'd love to share it with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Epiphyte Bed And Breakfast Daintree Region/Cow Bay