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Allawah Retreat
Reviewed November 4, 2008

My husband and I enjoyed 4 wonderful nights at Allawah in the Hideaway Lodge for half of our honeymoon. It was the best place we have ever stayed. We had absolutely everything you could want or need and much more.

The spa on our deck was amazing, had a beautiful view at night and the different coloured lights in it just made it extra special. Trish looked after us very well with her personal service and all the little extras (homemade chocolates, biscuits, port, roses and bubbly the list goes on).

The breakfast was great every morning with our hot bread on the deck watching the hot air balloons. The BBQ and Pasta packs were well prepared with way too much food but who's complaining. We sat by the inside fire at night and enjoyed watching movies on the big plasma screen TV.

We couldn't have stayed at a better place for the price. The prices are very reasonable for all the extras and personal service you receive.

The location was great aswell Atherton is only 10 minutes down the road which was very handy for any meals if you want to eat out.

As you can tell we are very impressed with this place and I think anyone who stays here would definetly agree.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

Total peace when in the lodge with great outlook that goes for miles. Comfortable & lots of room inside. After a day touring the tablelands it was great to relax in the spa and just chill. No pressure, no fuss and hosts on hand - if you need them?Otherwise just open the door in the morning and the fairys had delivered a magic breakfast just for you.
You can even make friends, at a distance with kangaroos, possums, gecko, tree frogs etc

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank world_is_your_oyster
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

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.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank BostonTraveler49
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Reviewed March 18, 2008

My wife and I stayed at Allawah Retreat for 3 nights in September 2007 as the final Queensland stop on our 2nd Australian vacation (the 1st was our honeymoon). I wasn’t expecting it, but it turned out to be the star accommodation of our trip. Our cabin, the Moonlight Lodge, was absolutely gorgeous and impeccably clean. It had a wide open view of the valley below, which was entrancing. The lodge matched the website photos perfectly (which is not always the case). We had probably the most relaxing mornings of our lives sitting on the deck, cooking up the scrumptious breakfast items they leave daily in the refrigerator and just being at peace that we were in such a beautiful place together. Peter and Trish were very nice, and quite helpful. When I (foolishly) asked if there was a carwash in town to have our Jeep cleaned of its caked-on mud, Peter quickly offered the use of their garden hose. And we still talk about the best Thai meal we’ve ever had at their favorite haunt in Atherton: MD Hot Wok. It turned out they were dining there that night as well! It was sad leaving after only 3 nights, especially knowing that it would be a long time before we return (we found out we had a little one on the way just weeks before leaving on our vacation), but we enjoyed every minute of it!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Teevskis
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Reviewed March 17, 2008

We visited Allawah's Hideaway Lodge from 30th December 2007 till 3rd January 2008 and had a great time. The owners, Trish&Pete, have really thought about everything: the lodge is beautifully decorated and furnished, very very clean, nothing missing at all. It really felt like home away from home. Outside there's a big verandah with hammock and spa and a wonderful view. Wallaby's visit in the morning during breakfast under your verandah and possums during the night. Everything you need to cook your own breakfast is in your fridge and fresh, warm bread is delivered to your lodge daily.
We could have stayed for weeks...

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2008

Our first time was really in Jan 2001 after finding Allawah on the web and we spent 3 weeks with the Jones while we looked for a home in the area. We found it and was back again for 2 more weeks Aug 2001 for the closing. Our last stay at Allawah was Mar 2007. It was to be our last week of our 5 years of living in Australia.
Every Lodge is like a little palace each with it's own ambience. Moonlight was our first 2 stays and Hideaway our last and most incredible.
We use to say to Trish & Pete, we could stay here forever, why did we buy a home. "Allawah becomes your home". We have travelled the World and have never found a place that provides everything you look for, comfort, kindness, quality, peace, luxury and every convience. No matter what your purpose for going there, WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE.

Cindy & Steve Matheson
Aiken, South Carolina, USA

  • Stayed: January 2004, traveled as a couple
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Thank smudge_katie
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Reviewed September 17, 2007

We have stayed in Lodges, Retreats, Hotels etc all over the world, but the Hideaway Spa Lodge (one of four) at Allawah Retreat sets a whole new standard of excellence.
There is absolutely nothing that can be criticised, and a million things that can be praised.
Go there, lay in that huge spa looking at the stars and then enjoy a bit of togetherness in the double shower, have a deep sleep in the enormous bed and wake up in time for Trish to deliver your freshly baked bread to go with all the other stuff she has packed into your fridge for breakfast.
This place is paradise - Go try, please!!!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank sussexkiwi
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Additional Information about Allawah Retreat

Address: PO Box 716 | Tolga, Atherton, Queensland 4882, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Atherton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Atherton
Price Range: $190 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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