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Mai Tai Resort
Ranked #8 of 42 Hotels in Port Douglas
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

My wife and I spent the first 4 days of our honeymoon at Mai Tai. We had a fantastic and relaxing time. Andre was welcoming, funny, friendly and full of stories and our little day trip packages were all arranged, no worries or changes. The view from our villa was breathtaking, the sounds of the forest in the background - we can't speak highly enough of the setting, service and cleanliness - we didn't want to leave !! Randall& Steph

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We've just returned from a four night stay at Mai Tai and had an absolutely wonderful time. So many places fall far short of what they portray on the web, Mai Tai was a pleasant cut above and then some.
We were specifically looking for a romantic retreat for two, having not been able to get away much in the last few years with young children occupying our time, this was our first trip without them and we were looking forward to some peace and quiet. With a small resort, even when almost full, the stay was utterly tranquil. Being an adult only destination, the lack of noisy kids (ours included) was exactly what we needed.
Andre was a fantastic host, welcoming and knowledgeable of the surrounds, places to eat and things to do. He adds charm and charisma, as well as setting a great breakfast.
We stayed in the Lotus room and were very happy with the presentation/cleanliness. The outdoor shower is a great touch and was most welcome in the heat.
All in all, a great destination that we have no hesitation in recommending to friends/others. We look forward to returning and spending a few days in the executive villa.

Room Tip: The deluxe room we had was fab. Had a sneak peek at the executive villa and would book this if avail...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We had a blissful three night stay at the beautiful Mai Tai resort in the hills above Mossman, North Queensland. There are only a few rooms, with a private outdoor pool and lounging area, all decorated with authentic carvings and furniture in the Balinese style. Our room was stunning and the whole place was a peaceful retreat - just what we needed after a few weeks of travelling the country. We could not do justice here to the view from the breakfast terrace across the rainforest terrain down to the coast. You have to see it to believe it. Andre our host was charming and knowledgeable about the area, and recommended some excellent local restaurants. (One, Mojo's Bar and Grill in Mossman was superb - so good we went twice). I have specific dietary requirements and Andre made sure I had everything I needed for breakfast, catered just for me. We really enjoyed feeling so pampered and looked after. There is plenty to do and see in the local area but we also made sure we had one day just for relaxing in and around the pool. It was so fantastic we didn't really want to leave. Maybe we will be back one day...

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

My wife and I have just had 10 fantastic days at beautiful Mai Tai. Everything about this place is just perfect for a wonderful, restful experience – especially for honeymooners or couples seeking the ultimate indulgence in a quiet, romantic getaway.

Andre and Anthony have carefully created this unique resort with all the right elements, so it is no surprise that it has won so many well deserved awards, and is so popular. Thank heavens they dared to be different with a specially themed hillside Daintree rainforest retreat, just out of town. In our opinion, Mai Tai is the ONLY alternative in the region to all the other resorts huddled together in the noisy streets of Port Douglas. In fact it is the only resort of its kind in Australia as far as we are aware.

There were so many features that particularly appealed to us, ensuring a perfect romantic holiday. It is adults only (as in no children under 18), so being a small resort we were able to enjoy the early morning and evening rainforest wildlife chorus – or any other time of day for that matter – in peace. We loved the Balinese theme throughout, the huge comfy beds and pillows, and the fact that each suite had its own private courtyard with outdoor furniture. Our preference was for the Orchid suite (in which we stayed) with its outdoor (but private) shower. It was so special being able to leave the screened shutters and curtains open on our corner suite, and having the freedom to enjoy our private hillside courtyard as we so chose (clothing optional of course) – with rainforest on one side, and a magnificent distant view on the other side. This, along with the clothing optional pool all added to the romantic experience of a tropical holiday – with its mix of overnight rain periods, warm sunshine and balmy breezes. Despite it being April, the pool was still warm enough for swimming.

The amazing so-called “light” breakfasts were a highlight of the day. Our breakfast typically consisted of a choice of cereals, a fruit platter with yogurt, croissants with home made jams, some cheeses plus tea/coffee. Anthony and Andre were always very obliging, ensuring all guests always had plenty to eat and plenty of choices – no chance of being hungry with a Mai Tai breakfast! Other reasons why breakfast was a highlight, is that it was unhurried with plenty of time to enjoy the incredible view, chat with other guests, and chat with Andre and Anthony – who were always ever helpful with information for our travel plans for that day (including discount vouchers, various helpful tips etc). Their restaurant recommendations were spot on too. In fact Andre and Anthony are the perfect hosts, ensuring the best possible stay, yet being discreet and otherwise respecting the privacy of the guests. What a difference it makes when the owners of the resort, run the resort, and are so passionate about their business.

By the way, whilst our preference is for the Orchid suite, if an outdoor romantic shower is not your thing, then a couple of the suites have showers inside the bathrooms instead (though those suites therefore are not as large). Similarly, if the thought of a clothing optional pool area worries you, then you need not worry. We noticed that being a small resort, generally guests had the pool to themselves anyway – and afterall, clothing optional is just that – optional. If you don’t mind stretching the budget a bit, we recommend the Mai Tai’s executive villa a little further up on the hill. From what we saw it is truly awesome with so much space, is self-contained, has the best views, and even its own plunge pool.

Andre and Anthony have a great collection of DVD’s, so if it’s raining and you plan to stay in for the evening with some takeaway from nearby Mossman, we recommend borrowing some DVD’s and watching them in your suite. They have a well stocked bar fridge in the room too which we found really handy.

Obviously you need a car to stay here, but then to make the most of your holiday in this region you need a car anyway. Having done your day’s exploring however, it’s always great to be able to head back up the hill to restful Mai Tai.

We look forward to an opportunity to stay hear again soon. Thank you Andre and Anthony for being the perfect hosts – you made our stay so special. Loved our chats, your sense of humour and the many laughs we had. We arrived as guests and left as friends. Our time at Mai Tai passed all too quickly, but will be remembered as the best holiday of a life time.

Cheers, N & V

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

When I was there over a year ago, it was a bed and breakfast. It's not a resort. That was my only problem. We did not want that atmosphere. I'm surprised to see it listed as a resort, when it only has a few rooms. The men that own and run the place are very very nice and provide good service.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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maitairesort, Manager at Mai Tai Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2014

I find it really hard to believe that it has taken this person “a Senior Contributor” a year to write a review and I doubt very much if in fact he or she actually even stayed at Mai Tai. If you look at this persons reviews for the Port Douglas region they were all posted on the 28th January, 2012 and they never made another contribution since 2012. Yet the review for Mai Tai wasn’t posted until 25th April, 2014 (very strange that after no postings for the last 2 years they finally decide to review our property).
If you didn’t want our type of atmosphere as you put it why would you confess that you stayed here at all. Our website clearly states we are a small boutique resort / retreat with only 6 rooms situated in the hinterlands of Port Douglas. So I really don’t understand what you were thinking when you supposedly booked to stay here when quite clearly it wasn’t what you wanted.
We don’t advertise anywhere that we are a bed and breakfast, but if that’s your believe then so be it it’s of no consequence to us.
The meaning “Resort” states “a place frequented by people for relaxation or recreation”, which describes Mai Tai perfectly. The word B &B means “somebodies private home were they rent out rooms for overnight stays to guests”. This is clearly not what we do – guests do not sleep under our roof in our private home.
Over the years we’ve had a few people / competitors trying to discredit our operation here at Mai Tai and destroy our ranking with tripadvisor by marking low and therefore increasing their own status to reach the top.
For the reasons you are stating you didn’t like it is exactly the reason why guests from all over the world book to stay at Mai Tai. Because we are small, boutique and only have a few rooms as you put it. We are indeed very, very nice, honest, hard-working decent men and pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service to all those that choose to stay with us. It saddens us to read such a review from somebody who is a Senior Contributor who states he stayed at Mai Tai, who should know better.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Andre and Anthony were fantastic hosts - helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. Their extensive past experience working in tourism was evident - they host with flair!

We were more than happy to be within reach of Port Douglas but enjoy the seclusion of this luxury boutique resort.

The 'breakfast with a view' was a great start to each day and the rainforest setting with 'non city' noises a refreshing change.

This was the perfect place to have our celebration.

Mai Tai really is one in a million.

We will be back.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Anthony and Andre were very welcoming and friendly as well as helpful with planning activities during our stay. The accommodation was boutique and unique in a quiet location that overlooked the Daintree rainforest. It was a short drive from port Douglas, about 10 km out so a car is essential. We knew this in advance so there were no problems. I really enjoyed my stay and I'll be back.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Additional Information about Mai Tai Resort

Address: 292 Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd | Cassowary, Port Douglas, Queensland 4873, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
#5 Luxury Hotel in Port Douglas
Price Range: $119 - $589 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mai Tai Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mai Tai is a small adults only boutique Resort / Retreat set in the Port Douglas Hinterlands just 10 minutes North from the Port Douglas entrance. - With only 6 rooms - 2 Superior Rooms / 2 Deluxe Rooms and One 2 bedroom Executive Villa it's sure to guarantee you privacy and excellent service. Mai Tai commands some of the most spectacular views within the region across the Rainforest towards Thornton's Peak and the Coral Coast. With our high altitude you can always be guaranteed of peaceful days and cool breezes. Mai Tai is the perfect location away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, traffic and people offering a stress free environment and total relaxation. Mai Tai is within easy reach of beautiful beaches, fine dining, shopping and all local tours and attractions the region has to offer. This exclusive retreat caters for a maximum of only 12 discerning guests at any one time. Consisting of four romantic Balinese influenced rooms (2 Superior / 2 Deluxe), which have been carefully designed with hand carved furnishings and fittings from around Asia. Plus our Exclusive 2 bedroom Executive Villa set high above the Mai Tai Resort - Hidden amongst the Rainforest with it's own private plunge pool. Escape to Paradise and discover our hidden treasure, amidst the mountains, with cool sea breeze while relaxing around the saltwater pool. ... more   less 
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