We organised a Bloomfield stay during our anniversary trip to Australia with Trailfinders opting for a Hideaway retreat for that little added seclusion and luxury. I have to admit I was a little worried about how my husband would cope with the seclusion and solitude Bloomfield offers as he is not one for sitting around!
We booked our trip early in the year and Trailfinders requested a certain room via email which was later confirmed. This room had recently been refurbished and regraded up from a hideaway to a suite - I found this out by visiting the website. I contacted Bloomfield direct to ask if it were possible to pay the extra to be upgraded to the suite as this was the room we had specifically chosen. I received a prompt email response from the team to inform me that we had been upgraded to the suite at no extra charge and our original booking had been honoured.
From the moment the Bloomfield team met us at our hotel in Cairns to our being dropped back again 4 days later we experienced the most professional, warm, friendly and truly wonderful team of staff who treated us over and beyond that which I would have expected. The flight was not an experience I enjoyed but I take ownership of my fear of flying and nothing could be done to prevent my tears!! I did get an extra vodka on my arrival to settle my anxiety - bless you Greta x
We flew in with the chef - Bianca who I have to give special mention to - from trying to help me manage the flight to providing us with the most fantastic food daily and then going the extra mile with the anniversary cake (OMG THE BEST EVER MUD CAKE) and the in room picnic feast just for us, and the comfort and hugs on the flight back to Cains xxxxx She is a diamond and a wonderful chef.
Our suite was phenomenal - The view amazing - very private for the hot tub where we enjoyed the bottle of bubbly courtesy to Bloomfield. I have never stayed anywhere before where keys are just not needed - there was no worry about leaving items unattended - the fact that there is an honesty bar alerts you to the trust the Bloomfield team have in their guests and the fact that guests do not have a key shows the faith in the Bloomfield team. We struggled to balance time in the suite to enjoy our private retreat to spending time around the plunge pool with other guests - we absolutely enjoyed both and would have loved more time. It was very quiet during our stay and I have to say I loved this - not sure how it would be if it was fully occupied with guests, nor if there were guests with children.
The ethos is that meals are communal with guests joining each other at large tables - there is an option for private dining in a gazebo which we took advantage if for one night ( plus having the picnic in our room for a night). This relies heavily on guests enjoying each others company and there is a risk that this may not suit all. I have to admit that once a couple we met left and new guests arrived we preferred the solo dining option but worried that this may offend. I don't think it did as we went for the picnic option to get the most out of our environment - sitting in the hot tub star gazing.
Neither myself nor my husband EVER thought that we would enjoy fishing but we were hooked (pardon the pun) after having a very quick 'lesson' on the end of the pier. Each evening we would race down to the pier for the fishing competition with other guests - after ordering a cooler of beers that would be waiting for us. Thanks again Greta x. We would spend a couple of hours fishing - leaving it to the last minute to get ready for dinner!! I caught a shark but couldn't land it - I was like a 4 yr old at Christmas I was that excited.
I needn't have worried about hubby's boredom - he even cleaned the pool - being chased by staff telling him they would do it. This plus the croc hunting along the river which was great and the fishing and the hot tub and the eating - he loved it. We have never stated that we will return to a place/ hotel we have visited before - there is so much of the world to see - but we will return and will hope to stay for longer and it has to be the suite for us again. We had the most amazing experience and will cherish the memories for the rest of our lives - 10 yr anniversary dream of a holiday of a lifetime fulfilled x
If you would value seclusion, luxury and the warmth provided from a small friendly team then you can't go wrong with a stay at Bloomfield. Fantastic food, exclusive environment, and wonderful staff = pleasure that is difficult to express in words. Thank you Bloomfield team
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hidden gem, enchanting and beautifully remote rainforest hideaway, two hours North of Cairns, Bloomfield Lodge offers a unique experience of two World Heritage listed sites, the ancient lush tropical Daintree Rainforest, and the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef.Bloomfield’s aura of calm and the natural beauty of the rainforest soon takes over, rejuvenating body and soul. Indulge in a soothing massage, relax by the pool or take a stroll along a deserted beach. Adventurous spirits can take advantage of Bloomfields unique location and discover some of Australia’s most incredible plant, animal and marine life with a guided rainforest walk or a cruise along a jungle fringed river. Visit cascading waterfalls, spend a magical day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef without another boat in sight or experience some of the world’s finest game fishing. Bloomfield Lodge provides the perfect sanctuary to get away from it allA member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, ranked No1 in Forbes Magazine as the 'Worlds Best Remote Hotel', Winner 2011'Best Boutique Hotel' Queensland Hotel Association Awards and Winner 2011 Best Unique Accommodation' Tourism Tropical North Queensland. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bloomfield Hotel Degarra