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Orpheus Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orpheus Island
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Port Stephens, Australia
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1 review
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“The place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Orpheus island is THE place to visit. Tranquil surroundings, excellent service, fantastic staff, fabulous food. I can not rate this place highly enough.
If you are looking for the perfect getaway, this is it!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This resort is the ideal place to chill out and enjoy excellent amenities and accommodation. The cuisine is absolutely superb which when combined with an excellent wine selection delivers an out of this world dining experience.
The activiees are great if you want to indulge and the staff are terrific. Alswasy very helpful but unobtrusive.
Highly recommended.
We will be back
Ron and Gaynor

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

Excellent cuisine, accomodation and professional staff made my experience at Orpheus a memorial time. This is a home away from home experience. 5 day stay felt like a break of 14 days....so relaxing, peaceful and majestic experience - stay here, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Culture, cuisine, comfort and communicatiion...........what more could we want........Orpheus has given us a wonderful combination of these key ingredients.

This was a return visit to Orpheus. Our first to experience the 'new' Orpheus, since it's renovations.

WOW! From the first for us, slick 'Swift' boat ride across from Palm Island, to the first glimpse of the new visual arrival aspect of the stunning endless pool across the water, to the redesigned gardens with the dancing Boab trees, along the boardwalk, to the comfort plus new accomodation...just WOW!

Ben, our host, and his accomplished staff, ensured that we became part of the Orpheus family during our stay. That's the way we liked it, no doubt, whatever you choose to be your experience, that will be provided.

From new learning experiences, such as Indigenous culture and history, and a visit to nearby Fantome Island, with our Indigenous guide, John, to familiarising ourselves with the local Barrier Reef Environmental updates, to the positively scrumptious day to day Culinary magic of Chef and his staff. Chef rightly so, prides himself on the use of local, fresh ingredients, harmony and good health the perfect coimpanions!

Snorkelling trips to amaze and delight us, including a trip to the Outer Reef, the nearby Clam Gardens, the Research station, and the kaleidescope of colours and coral and sealife at the Coral Gardens.

Just book a trip and GO!

p.s Don't forget to dine under the stars on the jetty with candle light, listening to the gentle swish of the water lapping up on the beach. After dinner you can grab a torch/flashlight, and go spotting the evening adventures of the huge rays that feed at night under the jetty, you might even find a Bandicoot, and a cute little echidna toddling along the path too!

So we bid farewell via the scenic helicopter ride back to the mainland, and on to what Mother Nature was unleashing in chilly Melbourne..........memories and photos till we return again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

Upon my arrival the resort managers gave us a warm and informative welcome along with the invitation to relax and enjoy which we did great style and comfort. The beach style understated accommodation was fitting for the National Pack environment and with everything one could wish. The gourmet and wine list were enjoyed with gusto and the 7 course degustation menu in the evenings was an indulgence. Activities both in on and around the waters are plentiful and one can do as much or as little without guilt or pressure. We'll certainly be back. As far as "high end" destinations on the reef go - none can match the special charm, character and service of this glorious place

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012 via mobile

Having travelled the world staying at Four Seasons, Oberoi, Westin, Peninsula etc and at Lizard Island and Hayman I feel qualified to offer a review on Orpheus.
Quite simply the promise is delivered from booking to the website to the wonderful Resort Manager Ben, the talented Chef Ari and the warm friendly staff. It is an island paradise where you can truly relax. No raft of decisions each day of what to eat or what to do its all so easy. All inclusive price is a stress free way to go. The food was amazing utilisation of fresh local seafood delicious. As a foodie I expected something nice but was blown away by the standard Ari is a top chef. The different experiences were great snorkelling the clam gardens, cultural tour of fantome island. I travelled with a baby and staff were only too happy to hold her at times when I was eating. This resort leaves hayman and others far behind on service, food, top accomodation. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

On our first tour through Australia we chose Orpheus Island Resort for our stay to explore the Great Barrier Reef. It is a bit of trek to get there but worth the journey in every way. It is a small eco resort and the only neighbor is Earthwatch.org's research station and the birds and sea life. You arrive by boat or sea plane. The staff is kind and familial without being invasive. They will meet your needs and requests without approaching it in a sub-serviant manner, rather more like kind host. The small 'cottages' are clean and comfortable without fuss but with abundant special touches such as delicious loose leaf teas and fabulous bath products. The chef discusses meals with you and accommodates dietary requests and everything was delicious, and again abundant. We wished we could have stayed longer and we hope to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Orpheus Island Lodge
Address: PO Box 549 | Garbutt East, Orpheus Island, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Orpheus Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orpheus Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Orpheus Island Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orpheus is very much a secret to the outside world, a rare island hideaway of exceptional beauty!Located just 80km north of Townsville, amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the island stretches across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline, and comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park. Access is either via a 25 minute helicopter journey from Townsville, or an hour journey from Cairns. The newly renovated lodge accommodates just 34 indulged guests at any one time, ensuring absolute seclusion and serenity! Offering the ultimate romantic escape, a luxurious family getaway, unique outdoorsy experiences, or booked in its entirety for exclusive use, Orpheus is emerging as the ‘new’ undiscovered tropical destination on Australia’s doorstep. Orpheus boasts a plethora of once in a lifetime experiences! Its principal dive sites boast 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef; the local waters are a fisherman's playground and home to the most sought after reef and game fish species in the world; and guests can take the helm of a dingy and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe Orpheus. Alternatively, Orpheus provides the perfect backdrop for a more private interlude if guests wish to simply shut off from the outside world and succumb to the pleasure of a unique aboriginal-inspired massage. Accommodation rates are inclusive of all gourmet meals, celebrating a bounty of locally-sourced, wholesome and freshly caught and grown seasonal delights, a selection of regional wines and beers, a daily nature-based experience, and the island’s signature ‘Dining with the Tides’ experience which allows guests to enjoy an intimate dinner for two under a starlit canopy. ... more   less 
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