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Spicers Tamarind Retreat
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Maleny
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We went for a weekend away with our in-laws from the UK and stayed in the 2 Bedroom Villa, which was superbly appointed with lovely quality furnishings that really suit the surroundings. Loved chilling out on the deck which looks out on to a beautiful woodland setting and strolling down to the waterfalls. Dinner at The Tamarind restaurant was a highlight - such a beautiful setting and magnificent food. Thai/Australian fusion at its best. Our in-laws were totally impressed and overall, had a wonderful weekend away. Highly recommend this gorgeous retreat, and would return without hesitation.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed very private and well located, some have a hot tub on the deck so if you want that...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Dear Luxelicious,

Thank you for staying with us and posting a review.
It is always wonderful to hear when guests travel with others. The 2 bedroom 2 bathroom villas are ideal for 2 couples or families. I'm please you loved the setting and thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience with us.
We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future.

Sincerely,

David Assef

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

My husband & I came up for the 9th & 10th of November for our one year wedding Annervesery. We received the same room that we where in the same time last year. So we where glad that we knew where everything was. The weather meant that we would be spending all our time in side but the fire place was amazing and warm. And the staff were so helpful they organized a transfer to the resturant at the other spicers close by so we could enjoy our wedding Annervesery. They had plenty of movies available for our stay in side and over all we will so be back for Annervesery #2

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Dear Jucinta,

Thank you for your spending your first year anniversary with us. We are very pleased you enjoyed your time here and do look forward to spoiling you for all your future stays.

Thanks again Jucinta,

Sincerely,

David Assef

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We booked for our commitment (sort of wedding) ceremony i.e. appetizers on the terrace in the garden and dinner served in a separate room overlooking lovely garden. I wished everything goes well as it was our commitment after 26 years together and we travelled around the world, ate in the best restaurants (I lived in Paris for 30 years as a lawyer) and I am difficult for my food.
We planned the menu carefully with Spicers'staff and everything went perfect: food (all my guests are so complimentary about it and some are well versed about it and I won an award 2 years at a food competition) and service (very kind and professional service) so for me top restaurant on the Sunshine Coast and in Queensland. Compliment to Spicers Tamarind Maleny. I passed this very positive feedback to the staff and also
David Assef General Manager ~ Sunshine Coast
Spicers Tamarind Retreat | Spicers Clovelly Estate

Thanks a lot Martine

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Dear Martine & Les,

Thank you for choosing to hold and celebrate your commitment ceremony with us.
It was a truly a beautiful setting for this special day and we were so pleased to be a part of it.
I also loved the fact that your 2 gorgeous 4 legged kids played a role in the day.

I am pleased you all enjoyed the canapes and meal that Daniel meticulously prepared for your day...we new how important this was to you.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

David Assef

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

A short drive from Brisbane led me to the Spa Anise at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. The spa is absolutely lovely, set in the bush with a hydro-therapy spa overlooking the scenery. The overall ambiance is stylish and quite serene. My treatment there was top rate - an hour massage and 30 minute petite facial that were expertly crafted to my needs and desires. My therapist, Kitty, was amazing; I'd definitely go back again! Then over to the restaurant for a gourmet lunch that was fresh and delicious (red snapper curry - yum!) and the seating was again focussed on the bush and serenity. I'm definitely heading back to this little piece of paradise. Try it - you'll love it!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2012

Dear Meg,

What a fantastic response! Thank you for your kind words.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your spa treatment and lunch which by the way is a great combination to have.
Kitty, as are all of our therapists is highly trained and has natural healing sense. She is a fantastic therapist and a warm and caring person to boot.

Thanks again for your review Meg and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Sincerely,

David Assef

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place oozes style and relaxation. The landscaped bushland setting, the pool, native wildlife, timber and iron villas and a natural stream with a waterfall and swimming hole all just beyond the lawn! To add to the charm, the villa was tastefully presented, with en-suite, a beautiful oversized bath, quality linen and enough space to chill. While there, we met the hosts David and Stephanie who were so welcoming and made our stay so special. And you must visit the restaurant - we love Thai food and this place do it as good as any Sydney restaurant. This place was an experience and one we will definitely return to.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2012

Dear Andy,

It was great to have you stay with us and I am pleased you enjoyed your time here.

It was a pleasure to have met you, Lou, Tom & Will... when I came by your villa the kids certainly appeared to have enjoyed their swim at the waterfall and the scones on the deck afterwards.... the cream mustache was a dead giveaway!

Andy thanks again for staying and we look forward to seeing you and the family back here over the Christmas break.

Best regards,

David

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Located in a beautiful bushland setting,a short walk to a delightful waterfall,this is the ideal getaway. Individual cabins were ultra comfortable with everything you need including hot tub.Breakfast delivered to the room was superb and we were sorry that we missed out on the restaurant as it was closed. Guess we will have to go back! Staff were welcoming and helpful.There is plenty to do in the surrounding area and this is a perfect base.Now if only they can train the birds to sleep in as well!

Room Tip: All rooms seem equally good
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2012

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your review. We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It was unfortunate you were unable to dine with us due to the restaurant being closed only on Mondays, however, we look forward to welcoming you back to experience Daniel Jarrett and his teams fantastic modern Asian cuisine.

In the meantime we will work on getting those birds to sing a harmonious tune for your return and maybe wake a little later ;)

Thanks again Chris,

Sincerely,

David Assef

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The service was not good, the menu was a minefield and was not explained to us until we dragged it out of the waitress. The food we were expecting to be something specia. Iit wasn't and for the prices charged, just disgusting. Never had such an expensive night out and we eat out a lot in Australia and overseas. The restaurant is not worth a visit.

Jenny from Qld

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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David A, General Manager at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2012

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for your feed back regarding your dining experience.

It is unfortunate that your time in our restaurant didnt meet or exceed your expectations in which we take seriously. As you may have read, one of the highlights of our guests experience is the dining and award winning cuisine, so it's difficult to ascertain what went so wrong for you.

Jenny if you are able, I would love to hear from you to further understand the night you had and remedy any wrongs.

Sincerely,

David
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Additional Information about Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Address: 88 Obi Lane S, Maleny, Queensland 4552, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Maleny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Maleny
Price Range: $304 - $490 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Spicers Tamarind Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set near a waterfall in stunning rainforest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland just 3 km east of Maleny, Spicers Tamarind Retreat is an intimately unique hideaway. Intimate, private and romantic, every villa is your escape from it all. Curl up in front of your own wood burning fireplace, relax and read a book, or just sink back into the luxurious King-size bed. Pure zen. Spicers Tamarind Retreat offers a choice of stand-alone villas:- five x 1 bedroom villas with lounge, large bathroom, king bedroom, fireplace and outdoor cedar hot tub- six x 2 bedroom villas with lounge, open fireplace, outdoor day bed, two bedrooms, two large bathrooms and rainforest views- one x 2 bedroom villa with wheelchair access and amenities. The Tamarind restaurant is an award-winning Modern Asian restaurant and cooking school, recently being awarded Two Chef's Hats by Qld Good Food Guide and AHA Best Boutique Hotel 2015. Spicers Tamarind Retreat boasts a destination Day Spa with four large treatment rooms, hydrotherapy room, mineralised spa, steam room, rain shower, private change rooms and bathrooms, open deck and specialty foot treatment room. ... more   less 
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