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.
- 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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