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Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Oak Beach
Certificate of Excellence
London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It doesn't get much better than this”
Reviewed May 23, 2007

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Australia was a 3 night stay at Thala Beach. From the moment we turned off the main road and drove into the grounds of the lodge, a feeling of peace and tranquillity descended on us. All around was lush vegetation and an abundance of wildlife, in particular the huge variety of birds and butterflies. After receiving a very warm welcome we were shown to the treehouse that was to be home for the next few days. Perched high in the trees, with breathtaking views of the ocean, this was the perfect place to forget the world outside and enjoy a Thala picnic lunch (a must do!) and a glass or two of chilled Chardonnay - bliss! A short stroll down through the forest path takes you to the most magnificent beach - 2 km of unspoilt perfection and no other people but us for much of the time. The only drawback was that we couldn't swim in the ocean as it was stinger season, but our walks by the water's edge compensated for this (and were needed after all the wonderful Thala food!). Although it's hard to drag yourself away from Thala, one excursion we'd highly recommend is a trip to the reef. Rather than one of the big boats, we went on a small sailboat, the Tallarook. This was at the suggestion of Diana, the Thala guest relations manager, and she was spot on. It was a day we'll never forget. All too soon it was time to leave. An absolute gem of a place and one to which we'll definitely return.

  • Liked — Totally in keeping with the surroundings
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2007

we arrived at thala beach having booked it at the last minute online so didn't really know what to expect, but we couldn't have chosen a more magical place to stay!

The view from the open air restaurant looks out over the trees to the sea and Thala is set on it's own private beach. Our room was it's own seperate 'tree house' in a very private and stunning setting.

Considered design, great food, amazing scenery and wonderful staff made this a really memorable stay! We'd definitely recommend this place to anyone heading to north queensland.

But also be warned: you can't swim in the sea due to box jelly fish from dec-may each year but thala does have it's own swimming pools.

  • Liked — the setting
  • Disliked — mosquitos
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2007

My girlfriend & I stayed at Thala for a short break a few months back. Overall I would rate Thala very highly (this is based on a lot of travel experience over the years). The staff were very helpful, polite and courteous. Made us both feel very welcome (a fair few Canadians living / working up in Queensland – to do with the British Commonwealth and easy access to work visas I believe?).

Room was fantastic as we had a stunning view over the shoreline whilst also having the privacy for a romantic stay (we had booked a Coral Sea Bungalow – highly recommend you do the same, worth the extra). Room facilities had everything you would need. Very clean and tidy.

Food was of a very good standard for all meals (crocodile curry anyone?). Aussie white wines are great! Service was of a very good standard, efficient and attentive, but most importantly, relaxed.

We went an eco tour around the estate which, I would highly recommend! One gets to really appreciate the “eco ethos” that underpins the management of the estate.

Port Douglas is only 25min drive north of the resort where one can arrange tours out to the Great Barrier Reef or to enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants followed by a little tourist shopping to boot…

Well done and a big thanks to the Thala team for a very pleasant stay!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sussex
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Reviewed May 19, 2007

If you want somewhere to kick back and relax, and yet be within easy reach of things to do, Thala is a great place to stay. The service is first class, as is the food. Port Douglas with some good shopping and excellent restaurants is only a 10 minute drive away, and transport is provided directly from reception to many of the local attractions. If you want to do something but are not sure what, the staff are very happy to advise, and plenty of information is readily available for you to browse.

If you find the pool area gets too noisy...some guests are less aware of others than they could be....then the rock pool in the grounds or the private beach are only a short stroll away, where peace is guaranteed.

The accommodation is very comfortable and kept immaculately - and there is plenty of storage - which I found to be lacking in many other hotels.

Be warned tho - if you want to stay somewhere with plenty of buzz, Thala is not for you....Thala is far more about the sound of the sea, the wind in the trees and birdsong - somewhere far from the madding crowd - and yet, not too far if you fancy a change of pace.

I will definitely return!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Hertfordshire UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2007

From the moment we arrived we were given a warm and personal welcome by the reception team, who escorted us immediately to our bungalow, just the welcome we needed after a long flight.
The room was spacious and well equipped . It had a lovely terrace with a table and chairs and the most wonderful view over the tree tops to the sea beyond.
Throughout our stay every member of staff we encountered,including the Hotel Manager could not have been more friendly helpful, polite and efficient.
The setting is just fabulous. Taking breakfast in the Osprey restaurant every morning, overlooking the ocean was an unforgetable experience. A great place to explore the reef and rain forest. We hope that we'll be able to return again one day!
Thanks Thala

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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London, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 9, 2007

We visited Thala Beach Hotel in march 07 and it is simply like no other hotel we have ever stayed; it is a 5 Star luxury hotel but with that extra special personal touch.

The staff and the hotel Manager made us feel extremely welcome and very hospitable. The rooms were all equipped to a very high standard with air-conditioning, TV and DVD player and all had a private terrace. It also had modern and charming bathroom. Not to mention breath taking views.

The food was again done to extremely high gourmet cuisine standard and we were spoilt rotten with a 3 course dinner. The staff was most careful to check if there was something we did not like and ensured that we had enjoyed the excellent food. The breakfasts were to die for and again that was very scrumptious and set you up for the day. The ambience of the hotel and the breath taking views of the surrounding scenery and beach were excellent. The hotel has two natural pools which were very refreshing and was lovely to swim in.
The hotel arranged everything for us, including internal bus transfers from Cairns to Port Douglas and a tour of the Barrier Reef. There was a daily courtesy bus to town from the hotel and staff in the hotel simply could not do enough for us. We would definitely return without a shadow of a doubt.

Don't hesitate to book Thala Beach in Port Douglas. You will not regret it.

Simply Paradise in Port Douglas

  • Liked — The Luxury and the personal touch
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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new jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2007

From the moment we arrived, we knew we were in paradise. The hotel staff was knowledgable, helpful, friendly, and truly went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and having a great time. The hotel property is breathtaking! The property and all its plush landscaping, pristine secluded beach, amazing walking paths, views, cabins, pool, etc., are truly amazing. If you are looking to relax and be surrounded by nature, first class, this is truly the place to stay.

  • Liked — natural environment, beauty of hotel and the property, staff was amazing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Address: Private Road | 5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia (Formerly Thala Beach Lodge)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas > Oak Beach
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Oak Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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Thala Beach Resort
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