This is a special place in the beautiful rainforest. Staying here is a fabulous way to experience the rainforest. Before we arrived, the receptionist helped us arrange transportation to the lodge. They actually picked us up and dropped us off in Port Douglas without charge. Both drivers were very considerate and shared their local knowledge.
The lodge has found a way to make guest arrival and check-in memorable. Guests are brought to the lounge in the open air tree house and served a welcome drink. They go over the details of your stay and present all the amenities of the lodge. I appreciated how they clearly designated what is included and what has an extra charge—very refreshing approach. After an enjoyable chat, Nammi walked us to our treehouse, number 19 or the Emerald Dove. She showed us around and how to work the lights, window shades, and the music player.
The treehouse is very luxurious. The layout is brilliant. The bedroom is separated from the closet with a cleverly placed wall. The closet area is very large with plenty of storage for all your stuff. There is a counter above the mini-frig for the tea pot, plunge coffee maker, and beautiful tea cups. The frig is stocked with milk for coffee/tea and yummy cookies. There is a nice selection of teas, even local brands.
The bathroom is off from the closet. Oh what a bath! It is what you wish you have at home. The modern fixtures are perfect for a tree house; a rain-shower head, a glass enclosed shower with a rain-shower head, a beautiful vanity made from local wood, and the biggest whirlpool tub (big as a small pool). The towels are big, fluffy. The bathrobes are perfect for lounging. The bath amenities are very high-end local products…think Aveda.
The bed room is wonderful. The bed is super comfy with very nice linens and pillows. There’s a lounge sofa and chair. The lighting is fabulous, all have dimmer switches. The music player is loaded with spa sounds music so appropriate for the setting.
The sliding doors (fitted with screen doors) in the bedroom open on the best part of the treehouse, the back porch. Guests can while away the hours in the hammock or sitting at the table. The sounds of the rainforest are mesmerizing. Then the local turkeys show up and start pecking around. There were annoying biting bugs for a couple hours around sunset. But of course, the management thought about that. Bug spray and a mosquito repellent coil are provided. Once it is good and dark, the stars come out and the bugs go to sleep.
The lodge is on a beautiful part of the river. Gentle rapids over big rocks are about 100 yards up and downstream from the lodge. There is a sandy bottom swimming hole. We spent two enjoyable afternoons paddling around in the canoe and kayaks. There are even bigger rocks and rapids a short walk away from the lodge. You can’t take the canoe or kayaks, but, it is very nice for swimming and relaxing.
There are three marked trails from the lodge. The mountain trail is an experience. It is very rough, covered with rainforest canopy, complete with dangerous (well marked) plants along the way. The nicest part was walking back down to the swimming hole and jumping in the cool water. Sadly, we didn’t return to the lodge until about 4pm just as the guided walk was starting. We had to miss it. The printed guide available at reception is a pretty good substitute.
Even though the river is tough competition, the pool is also a nice place to relax and swim. The design blends perfectly with the surroundings.
The morning yoga class was a highlight. The class is on an open air platform. The sounds and smells of the rainforest provide the perfect atmosphere to pose and relax.
Breakfast is also served in the open air of the tree house overlooking the river. The continental offerings are delicious, especially the local produced yogurt. Guests have a choice of four gourmet cooked breakfasts…a very difficult choice. We enjoyed chatting with other guests and the restaurant crew.
A very nice touch is the washer and dryer for guests to do their laundry, no charge. How nice to move on to your next destination with clean clothes and dry swim suits!
We opted for a stay here instead of the rainforest train and cable-car. The cost was about the same. We got so much more value for our money. We really appreciated the small things this lodge does for their guests. Most places would charge for all the little extras. Not the Silvery Oaks Lodge! The way they care for their guests set them apart and make me want to return. We highly recommend a stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silky Oaks Lodge & Spa is the ultimate destination from which to explore Far North Queensland. This luxury eco lodge consists of elegant spacious lounges and living areas adjoining the stunningly located open sided Tree House restaurant which overlooks the surrounding rainforest and river. Spectacularly located in the Mossman Gorge region adjoining the Daintree National Park offering complete privacy and isolation yet only 20 minutes from Port Douglas ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silky Oaks Hotel Mossman
- Silky Oaks Lodge Mossman, Australia - Daintree Region