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Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Oak Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 14, 2008

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!

Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed March 6, 2008

Thala Beach Lodge is in an idyllic setting, reflecting the true beauty of the area. The attention to detail everywhere is exceptional, and the staff are so friendly and helpful. The dedication to the environment is very evident - a refreshing change in this materialistic world. We had a fantastic four nights in Thala and could not fault anything. If we return to Australia we will most definitely go back to Thala Beach, and we highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 23, 2008

Stayed at the Thala Beach Lodge for 11 nights as part of our honeymoon and could'nt have asked for a better stay. The grounds are beautiful and the view from our bungalow was fantastic. Staff where so friendly and helpfull they arranged all our trips to the reef for us and they all went perfect. Food was great, especially the steak and eggs for breakfast. Also got a free upgrade to a Coral Sea bungalow. All in all we had a fantastic stay at Thala. Thank you Thala for making our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2008

I was very disappointed by my stay at the Thala. Australia is an expensive place to travel but given how much our room cost at the Thala I was expecting a lot more.

The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and the rooms are nestled amongst the rainforest. However the rooms are extremely dated, lots of floral chintz and the bathroom needed a good overhaul. Be aware that despite booking a "king" room, all rooms have beds which are 2 singles joined together.

The pool is nice and there are a few areas for you to sit out. Meals are expensive, our dinner was good but not spectacular.

Despite the disappointment with the accommodation the one thing that stands out is the staff. They were extremely friendly & helpful and went to a lot of trouble to help us rearrange our trip.

The Thala is about a 15min drive from Port Douglas which is a lovely albeit touristy town. If I returned I would not stay at the Thala and try one of the newer places nearer town.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2008

The location is amazing, 45 minute shuttle bus from Cairns Airport, the driver was waiting for us. The individual bungalows are comfortable, modern, very clean and well air conditioned. The Osprey restaurant is truly an experience, the Chef came and introduced himself on our first visit and enquired as to any special requirements, my wife has several allergies and he worked beautifully around them with his wonderful dishes. The weather can be a problem at this time of year and we reluctanctly cut our 6 day visit short with a promise to visit again later in the year. The staff went out of their way to greet us by name and very quickly got to know our personal preferences. The waterfall connected swimming pools are beautiful and the property provides many walking opportunities. The birds are all over and the scenery is simply stunning. When the sun shines this place can't be far from paradise !! Resort manager Johan and his entire staff were more than helpful and will go out of their way to provide a memorable vacation experience.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2008

Queensland has become somewhat of the Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) of Australia. The experience of 25 years ago is what they are selling, but it has become a tourist trap that is very expensive for what you get. Sadly, the beautiful Great Barrier Reef of even 10 years ago is just a skeleton of itself (but it doesn't stop the tour operators, advertised in the Thala Beach Lodge from using the vivid colors of years ago in their brochures).
Port Douglas is a contrived tourist trap, with very few items from local artisans or vendors. Better to go up the road to real towns with real Australians.
I really question if any hotel (e.g. Thala Beach Lodge) is worth $500 or $600/night. Portraying themselves as an eco-friendly green experience should be tempered by the fact that they use old high-pollution vehicles to go around the resort. The items in their gift shop can be bought off the internet for 1/3 the price they are offering.
Thala Beach Lodge (and indeed the rest of Queensland) needs to realize that there are a lot of destinations in the world that the affluent visitor can choose from, and once word gets out that their main attraction (the Great Barrier Reef) is fading away, things will have to change.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed January 16, 2008

Thala beach is totally different - Ace location, peaceful and free internet. Very beautiful, scenic and enchanting. Near all activities and main tourest sites. They offer lots of free tours

It is more for couples and people who want to get away from the hustle etc...

You are in the rainforest so expect insects and wildlife etc. we saw many bull frogs / toads in the evening and lizards...but they were no bother...its just you hear the rustle of the leaves when you walk back to your room and it can get a bit scary. Other couples did see snakes as well. But dont let this put you off - you can ask the porter to drive you to the front entrance if your misses like mine was scared etc.

The service is the best ever i have come across. always there to help and assist etc.

This for me won it and it was money well spent.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Private Road | 5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia (Formerly Thala Beach Lodge)
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas > Oak Beach
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Oak Beach
Price Range: $192 - $388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thala Beach Nature Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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