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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful property”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in one of the older split level cabins last winter. It was gorgeous. We want to stay again in summer, in the new cabins with their own outdoor spas!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

It is only with the greatest sense of civic duty that I review this place, and honestly I have no interest in making it even harder to get a booking.

My partner and I have stayed in around a dozen rainforest properties in the last decade, and this is simply our favourite. This was our second stay, this time in Cedar Lodge. It has all the ingredients for paradise: gorgeous foliage, viewable through sheer glass surrounds; beautifully designed living area - I love the integration of space, with separate spaces but no doorways creating a sense of unity and space (and airflow in the humidity!); various lounging places inside and out; and service for what you need. It's a walkers haven - not only does the property provide several good walks; but you are surrounded by national parks with a variety of vegetation and tracks. The supplied meals are large enough to go for a couple of days on, and use local organic produce - hard to source otherwise in a short trip.

only real downside is the chlorination in the pool, which is a shock after natural swimming in the creek!

Oh, and the bed is one of the best I've slept on.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

We chose Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat (CCRR) to celebrate our 2nd anniversary!
After spending a long time perusing the CCRR website just ogling the sheer beauty of the place, prior to arriving and we were both so excited to visit.
The first thing that struck us when arriving was that the website actually shows the place as it is with no fancy camera work just everything you see is everything you get.
The greeting we received when we got there was so friendly and helpful and the entire stay was just so rewarding and perfect. We took full advantage of what the property had to offer in the way of nature and also enjoyed all the delicious and generous food packages we’d ordered!
The bungalow was spacious, clean and nicely set up. The kitchen was well stocked and the BBQ was very handy.
An absolutely wonderful place to stay highly recommended and will be definitely returning for another special occasion.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed in one of the rainforest canopy bungalows in mid September 2011.
Driving into the retreat was the first great surprise, the road snakes up a hill into beautiful rainforest over a couple of small creeks. Check in was super friendly with lots of information for our stay given to us. Our luggage was transported to our bungalow in a golf cart, a nice touch. The bungalow itself was fantastic, a high quality sound system, a good kitchen, BBQ and to top it off a bottle of wine and some chocolates. Everything in the bungalow was spotlessly clean and we found no faults with any of the equipment. We had platters of local produce in our bungalow on two nights and these were great value, on the third night we cooked on the BBQ.
The setting of retreat is stunning with some good walks on the property and just a great place to relax.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2011

We were one of the first people to stay in the Mountain View Lodge and it was pure bliss!!
From the magical views, to the pristine rainforest - it was just a lovely weekend away.
The villa itself was well worth the visit - and would be pleasurable both summer and winter.
The food packages added simplicity and were absolutley devine.
Overall - very happy... Thanks Crystal Creek!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ubud, Indonesia
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

This retreat is totally luxurious and defines privacy, romance and seclusion. Went there on our wedding anniversary - a hidden gem at the end of a peaceful valley on 250 acreas of private rainforest. The property borders 3 National Parks with world heritage listing and if you want to hang out with 400 year old trees - in peace and quiet, then I recommend laying on the hammocks down at the private creek. We stayed in Springbrook Lodge - its only been open 3 weeks - expensive but its there best lodge and this was an occasion to celebrate. We had candlelit gourmet dinner (delivered quietly to our room at 2.00pm - only need to re-heat), bathrobes that define luxury, slippers and a lemon myrtle spa bath.... the sound system was incredible and the floor to ceiling windows allowed nature to come to us. Waking up in the morning to the glorious view of the Springbrook rainforest clad escarpment is one of the most powerful nature experiences of my life. You will never, ever forget the view. At night, spotlights define nature, just so you don't forget its there. Go to Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat and fall in love all over again.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

The best weekend away ever. I was proposed to their by my fiance and it was the most romantic setting that they set up for us! I will never forget it. Very relaxing and peaceful place with plenty to keep you busy!!! Love it!! If you want a place to escape reality this is the place to go!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Address: 201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek, New South Wales 2484, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Upper Crystal Creek
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Upper Crystal Creek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury romantic getaway on the far north coast of NSW Australia, between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland. Private luxury cabin, bungalow & lodge accommodation with large sunken double spas, fireplaces and heated plunge pools. All individually set on 250 acres of genuine old growth rainforest with World Heritage National Park on three sides, assuring true peace and privacy. 8 Kms of rainforest walks, 400 year old trees, stunning creek & rock pools. Full gourmet dining menu, packages with breakfast and all meals available. Free Wifi. ... more   less 
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