We stayed at the Allawah Retreat for part of our honeymoon in Australia, and we couldn’t have been happier with our stay. We had decided to go to the Allawah and stay in the Hideaway Lodge, based on other reviews we had read online, and are glad to say that we weren’t disappointed.
Staying at the retreat is like staying at your own private lodge in the mountains, where you have time to enjoy all the simple things that you never get to do at home. Whether it’s lighting a fire at night, watching a movie on the plasma tv, or enjoying your own private hot tub, you will forget all your worries and be completely relaxed. We can’t say enough about the immaculate condition that the lodges are kept in, you will feel like you are the first person to ever have stayed in the lodge.
After traveling for over a week and only eating in restaurants, it was nice to have a kitchen back and be able to cook, the BBQ pack dinner is amazing! Fresh bread is delivered every morning (placed on a shelf outside your door so you are never disturbed) and really makes for a great breakfast, which you must eat outside so you can keep an eye out for the wallabies that are guaranteed to make an appearance.
The area around Allawah is great for those who are outdoors-y, they have hiking trails on their property, and there are plenty of scenic views to drive to in the area. A must do is also playing golf with the kangaroos at a local course where there are literally hundreds of kangaroos about the course! It is also a great scenic drive from Cairns, which will take under an hour, but be sure to leave extra time so you can to enjoy the scenery on the way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award winning 4.5 star retreat nestles on 150 acres of Australian native bush high on a ridge overlooking Atherton Tablelands, in the Cairns Highlands only 1 hours scenic drive from Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland. The 4 private self contained hilltop spa lodges are complete with every luxury including heated deck spas, on deck BBQs and 1 with private plunge pool and cozy fireplaces. Enjoy the privacy peace and tranquillity with wildlife and mountain walking tracks. ... more less