When we arrived at Thala Beach Lodge we were all very impressed with the facade. It is as if you are actually in the rainforest. The entrance is totally open and the staff are extremely helpful and attentive. The hotel is nestled in 145 acres of wonderful nature walks and a totally remote beautiful beach. Although when we were there we were advised not to enter the sea due to the jelly fish.The accommodation is in pine bungalows which were tastefully decorated. I felt the drawback for me was that it takes a little while to get acclimatised to your wherabouts as it all depends on where your bungalow is located to get back to the hotel for breakfast etc. so it does take a little time to get toknow where you are going.
The pool although very charming is not very big and the mattresses on the beds are never removed and therefore due to the amount of rain were drenched when we lay on them (unsuspectingly!) even with towels on them. We picked up the mattresses to try and dry them off and underneath was infested with flies and bugs. Be careful of mosquitoes and sandflies which bite and are very painful. We used plenty of spray but they still managed to get to you. I think the worst place for them was by the pool.
Food was excellent but be prepared for huge beetles crawling up your leg at the dinner table.
All in all a lovely place to stay if you like living with nature!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a family owned 58 hectare nature and wildlife reserve 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Get there from Cairns via a spectacular 45 minute drive along Captain Cook Highway. Elevated on stilts, 83 eco designed timber bungalows are discretely concealed within the forest canopy, blending in with the natural environment and feature ocean, mountain or forest views. Panoramic views are enjoyed from open-sided Osprey's Restaurant across the forest canopy and beyond to the Coral Sea. Guests and visitors dine amongst birds in the surrounding treetops, whilst enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly and attentive service. Granite boulders, waterfalls and overhanging trees create natural swimming pools blending discretely within the environment. Paths wind through rainforests and woodlands, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, passing through habitats for endemic birds, wildlife and flora. Guests enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by onsite rangers including tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours. A completely organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique coconut odyssey tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the 'tree of life'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thala Beach Hotel Port Douglas
- Thala Beach Resort
- Thala Beach Lodge