We recently had a couple of nights at the retreat. The quality of our accommodation was excellent. We stayed in one of the Glass Terrace bungalows looking straight out at the rain forest and Mt Springbrook. We felt enclosed by the rainforest, the birds and “forest critters”, in complete privacy but with ready access to Reception and a games room.
The bungalow has obviously been well used but it has been maintained scrupulously, it was very clean and exceptionally comfortable with a number of luxurious touches. The provision of tea, coffee, toiletries, etc was good quality and generous. We had one evening meal and two breakfasts which were delivered to the bungalow in the afternoon to be available for us to access whenever and however we chose. Again the quality was excellent and the quantities very generous.
The retreat makes much of their minimum intrusion into the environment. This means that the facilities such as roads and paths are very basic. The access road of approximately 1 km is a weathered gravel surface of pretty well one lane. On our departure we met an oncoming vehicle which, to my great relief, reversed some distance back down the hill to find a space to allow us to pass. Similarly, even getting safely out of our parking facility each time involved some challenge. We had not planned to undertake major walks and had chosen to pack normal day shoes and street casual clothing. We were ill equipped to extend our exploration of the site beyond very close locations around the creek and the orchard. Granted there had been some decent brief rain recently. Fortunately, it was not unpleasant to retreat to the pleasures of the bungalow to spend the time.
Provided potential visitors prepare for a beautiful stay at a retreat rather than a resort they should have a wonderful time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat Hotel Upper Crystal Creek