We have just returned from a week in Thala Beach Resort 15 minutes from Port Douglas. We had a very enjoyable stay in this unique and interesting eco-resort situated high overlooking the forest, mountains and sea. The staff were excellent, some of the best we have experienced and a special thank you must go to Loren who helped sort out the right room for us and to the others, Sharon, Rose and Aimee, also Toussaint, the cheeky and charming young Frenchman. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We had a room right down by the beach and it was a bit of a hike to get to the main part of the resort and restaurant but worth it for the excellent position. Many of the bungalows are in deep shade down in the valley amongst the trees so if you want a sea view and sunlight you will probably have to request a Coral Sea bungalow. This was the only downside but on the other hand, they are cool on a hot day.
The bird life is absolutely amazing and at breakfast it is quite a sight to see the Rainbow Lorikeets and other birds in the trees just off the restaurant. As we are keen birdwatchers, it was paradise for us and a big thank you goes to David who took us for an early morning tour around the grounds pointing out birds we never would have seen otherwise.
Very good wifi in the reception area and I believe they are working on it for the individual bungalows, great service with free shuttles into Port Douglas several times a day, wonderful breakfasts and transfer from and to Cairns included in our rate made this an excellent stay.
- 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