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Lyola Pavilions in the Forest
Ranked #8 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Maleny
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Having just had the honour of being the first couple to ever be married at the Lyola property, my wife and I thought offering a review was the least we could do.

As our wedding was a simple, immediate-family-only event, Lyola's owners, Jane and David, were more than willing to oblige. You see, Lyola is more a family home than a business venture. Lucky for us, it happens to have 2 pavilions situated there too! Our wedding, therefore, was literally held in the gardens of the family home. We held the ceremony under a beautiful old tree with a stunning valley backdrop at our backs. As there are no 'official' grounds/areas for a celebration/event, we were glad that our 9-person affair was happily and easily accommodated.

Following our wedding and subsequent reception in Montville (please see my review for Gypsy's Table restaurant), everyone returned to their normal lives, while the wife and I eagerly returned to Lyola.

As part of our 5-day honeymoon, we upgraded our package to include several extras - a gift voucher for Colin James delicatessen in Maleny (cheese lovers, do yourself a favour and head on in!), a massage for us both (thanks Sue!), a complimentary meal at one of 3 local restaurants (we chose The Terrace, see our review), and also a complimentary cheese platter. The platter sadly consisted of one solitary cheddar and is, thankfully, our only minor complaint.

Lyola has 2 pavilions on offer, namely Hide and Seek. Logically, Seek is located atop the mountain while Hide resides below, nestled discreetly in the lower trees/shrubs. As one's wedding is a day of limitless highs, it seemed apt that we spend our time in Seek, a decision we grew to appreciate.

The pavilion itself is wonderful; the layout is that of one large, open room which encompasses a sitting area/den (surrounded by glass sliding doors that truly maximise the glorious views), a small dining table and kitchenette, discreet fireplace and, of course, the large (comfy) bed. The only other room is the attached bathroom/toilet. This amenities area has a very open-plan shower (be careful or you'll wet the adjoining toilet roll!) and a large, 2-person spa (again with a sizeable window section which allows for the view).

The open and inclusive layout of the pavilion, although initially daunting, quickly becomes one of its greatest assets, especially for couples. Thing is, it allows you to be together without needing to be engrossed in the same activity. Although my wife may have been playing cards on the bed while I was reading in the sitting room, we were still only metres apart and quite able to converse.

Another unique feature of Lyola is Jane and David's efforts to ensure privacy and independence. Having stayed in other premises over the years, we'd become accustomed to the daily knock on the door as room service/housekeeping arrived. At Lyola, however, this does not occur. Rather, we liaised with the owners via handwritten notes, or by simply wandering the 30 metres to their house. Using this method, we efficiently sourced fresh towels and linen as required. Even firewood was simply a case of topping up from the stockpile as it was needed. Where this initially struck us as odd, we grew to love this aspect of our time at Lyola. It truly felt like the pavilion was our home and we came and went as we pleased! We probably spoke to Jane and David on 2 separate occasions during our entire stay, and both of those were deliberate interactions. Beyond that, you have your own roadway, your own parking and, best of all, your very own pavilion!

Another nice treat is the fresh bread which is baked and delivered to your door at 8am each day. Again, with privacy in mind, there is no knock on the door; rather, the hot loaf is placed in a bread basket outside for collection at your leisure.

To sum things up, Lyola is a truly wonderful place. Only 15 minutes' drive from Maleny centre, so away from the tourist mecca without being too far. It is inviting, peaceful and very private. Best of all, the rates are quite affordable. To highlight the fact, I can tell you that we've already booked for next year.

Room Tip: Seek - up high with views to match. Hide - one with nature and even has an outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2009

We stayed at Lyola for a birthday celebration and it was magnificent. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly on arrival, but left us alone the rest of the time - which is what a retreat is supposed to be. The 2 'pavillions' are studio style accommodation that are built amongst the trees and accessed via a board walk. Although in reasonable proximity to each other (ie. 50-100m), privacy is ensured by them being build on different sides of the hill and at different elevations , as well as the vast amount of trees and plants between.

We stayed in the pavillion called 'Seek' which was amongst the tree tops. The bed was comfortable, and living area adequate in size. The fire was useful on the cool nights and the view from the living area was beautiful, especially at sunset. The bathroom was of reasonable size and the spa had a great view of the forest.

When the guests in the other pavillion left after their stay, we also had a sneak peek into 'Hide' and we were quite impressed by that as well. It was at ground level and boasted an outdoor shower and views in another direction which were lovely as well.

On the property there is a walk down to a creek which is very nice and we saw a lot of wildlife (many birds and big carpet python) on the way. Maleny is only a short drive away, where there are several good restaurants.

Overall, I loved this place and will return. I would recommend it to those wanting a retreat from the city or a romantic weekend.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2008

I decided that I wanted a romantic getaway with my fiancé and started looking for couples only accommodation at Maleny. Many of the other cottages/cabins where over priced and lacked privacy. The best thing about Lyola was the fact that there are only 2 cabins - the tree top one and forest floor one. That is it. What you see in the photos is exactly what you get. A lovely private cottage with amazing views at night and during the day. We stayed in the tree top one and it was just perfect. The owners are lovely and having your breakfast discretely delivered was really lovely. I can not fault this romantic cabin. The aromatherapy products around the bath were amazing so was the beautiful bath robes that were there for us to use. The best romantic getaway I’ve had ... We will definitely go back to try the forest floor one.

  • Stayed: April 2004, traveled as a couple
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Address: 198 Policeman Spur Rd | PO Box 418, Maleny, Queensland 4552, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Maleny
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Ranked #8 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Maleny
Price Range: $239 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Lyola Pavilions in the Forest 4.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the outskirts of Maleny yet hidden away from the village hustle and bustle is Lyola Pavilions in the Forest. Nestled amidst rainforest and enjoying spectacular views, Lyola offers guests a chance to escape, de-stress and unwind by taking in the soothing sounds of mother nature... Two secluded pavilions, fondly referred to as Hide and Seek, designed by award winning GOMANGO Architects offer you every creature comfort. From your own indulgent hideaway, sit back listening to water tumbling over mossy bolders within the depths of the rainforest while watching magnificent sunsets across the valley below. Pamper yourself by taking an aromatherapy spa before curling up in front of the fire to watch a classic movie or listen to your favourite relaxing CD. Stroll down to the rainforest with a good book and recline on comfortable chairs set on a wooden platform overlooking the stream below. Spoil yourself soon at Lyola, it's where the little things count... ... more   less 
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