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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
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“A beautiful place to get away from everything”
Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I had a spur of the moment thing and decided to get away from the kids for a weekend. We looked and found this place and were lucky enough to get a room for one night. This place is an oasis in the rainforest. Everything people have said is right - it's amazing. Every luxury is there, but don't kid yourself - this is a rainforest retreat, not a luxury hotel in town, be prepared for wildlife encounters. We even had an adventurous kookaburra that did a break and enter through a fly screen - that just added to the charm, and I believe they are not usually that friendly! The room and heated plunge pool was awesome. Be prepared and bring food and drinks and you can easily spend 4-5 days of resting, bush walking and escape kids, jobs, whatever. Like many others we wished our stay had been longer. Be aware that if you plan walking on the trails at the moment that they are still suffering from damage from the cyclone early this year and good walking gear is recommended (we were fortunately well prepared). Also, don't expect the walks to be gentle strolls - they are great testing walks. The owners are great and incredibly helpful. We wil be back!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingaroy, Australia
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

My new husband and I stayed at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, in Satinash lodge, for our wedding night and one night after that in March, 2013. It was absolutely incredible!
Thankfully we had a wonderful limo driver (Pavlo from Tweed Valley Limousines) who had taken people up there before and knew what to do when you check in at 11.30pm, otherwise we'd have been completely lost hahahaha
Just a helpful tip to any other wedding night couples, if you stay in Satinash; ladies change out of your dress before heading to CCRR! I didn't because we were told that it was an easy walk to the lodge ... They forgot to mention that it was up the side of a mountain on a dirty, rocky path. I am by no means the fittest person and I was in a dress I could barely breath in to begin with so by the time I got to the lodge, my dress was filthy, I could hardly breath from puffing and my shoes were ruined. Live and learn! hahahaha
Apart from that, we absolutely loved our stay! The place is spectacular. It is so private and you never see another person the whole time you are there!
We loved lounging around on the big leather sofa, watching the big TV, relaxing in the spa big enough for two, napping on the super comfy, king-sized bed and cooking on the BBQ on the deck.
The kitchen was well equipped but lacked an oven. In a pinch, and on the lowest temp, the BBQ can be used as an oven but it would be better to have an actual oven. We made do though.
The shower in the bathroom does tend to put water everywhere, but that's the only fault with the bathroom ... Apart from the big spider on the outside of the window above the spa =O
We didn't use the outdoor shower because ... Well, because spiders.
On our way to check out, we were ambushed by some little dogs on the way down the hill but their bark was worse than their bite, the little cuties. That was the first time we met the owners, when we checked out, and they seemed lovely.
The only bad thing about the whole experience is that it was over too quickly! We left it too long to book and ended up only being able to book two nights because the place is so popular ... We can see why now!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in Sprinbrook Lodge, in absolute privacy and tranquility.The lodge is beautifully designed and offers such incredible mountain and rainforest views. We chose to self cater and lived it up. Champagne breakfast by the pool, dinner by candle light and glowing fire.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 6 nights in the Springbrook Mountain view lodge. Words cannot describe how truly beautiful this place is! The views from the floor to ceiling glass windows are mezmerizing and breathtaking. Everything in the lodge was top quality from the huge HD tv to the ever so comfy king bed! Spending countless hours in the amazing marble bath was a great way to unwind in the evening. The walking tracks on the property are fantastic and jumping into their crystal clear rockpools is a relaxing way to end the walk. The service provided by all the Crystal Creek team was very friendly and professional. Breakfast baskets were delicious and fresh. We will without a doubt be back!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Inverleigh, Australia
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and I just recently stayed here for 3 nights in the Mountain View Lodge (Numinbah Lodge) for my 30th Birthday. No words can describe how perfect this place was.
Highlight for us would have to be our private plunge pool. Aside from that, we felt like the only people on the mountain, it was just so private, we really appreciated that.
The lodge was amazing. Loved all the windows with the stunning rainforest views, the rain shower, large marble bath, the lights in the lodge, heated bathroom floor, and the list goes on.
We loved trekking down at night to see the glow worms and the DVD library is handy too. Staff were friendly and helpful and the whole place has a relaxed down to earth vibe. You can't fault this place.
We have never felt so alive during our stay here! We are sad it's over, but we will be back! Highly Recommend.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Went for an anniversary celebration for three nights. It rained the whole time but that only made it more romantic watching the rain clouds roll down the mountain. Breath taking views. Could lie in bed watching the bush glisten with rain from our bed or bath. Cooked a breakfast on the barbecue, and sat on the covered verandah on the big double sun bed watching the rain come and go. Good sound system in the cabin. Staff were great and very friendly. Watch out for the leaches. We went for a walk through the bush and had to fight them from crawling up our shoes every 2 mins. Loved the hammocks over the creek. Will go back in a few years for another anniversary I'm sure.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Just returned from an amazing weekend at Crystal Creek. Each cottage is completely private and secluded. The finishes are absolutely top notch, you are surrounded by luxury in the middle of a gorgeous rainforest. Loved swimming in the waterfall, and the hammocks over the rock pools are just divine. Loved my weekend away, will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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