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Lingfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Almost 'colonial' style wooden lodges, set in steeply sloped forest rising above picture post card beach. Hills are hard work though buggies available. Usual concern Nov to May because jellyfish meant no swimming possible. Food was okay but not as good as its elaborate descriptions, and picnic hampers significantly overpriced and could do with more bread! Ambience great, splendid pool... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our son and daughter in law had their wedding at thala beach resort. What can i say it was one of the most enjoyable weddings we have ever been to and it was due to the wonderful staff ,one in particular the wedding planner Diana . The resort is magnificent as you would expect a resort in paradise on the... More 

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New Forest, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My partner and I stayed at this hotel for a week in late October 2016. We bought a special offer that included snorkelling on the barrier reef and a rain forest experience. Breakfast was included and an upgrade to a Coral Sea Bungalow. The resort is well located close to a lovely unspoilt beach. The food was excellent (although a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed ay Thala for our short, but wonderful, Honeymoon.There were very few surprises, but that's only because of my somewhat obsessive perfectionist approach to travel - I had basically already research every aspect of the resort so it was going to be tough to live up to my stratospherically high expectations - Thala was up to the challenge and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thala Beach Nature Resort is one of the most amazing places we have enjoyed. For example, compared to Rotua Private Island resort off Vanuatu or the Pacific Resort in the Cook Islands or Wolgan Valley resort in the Blue Mountains. The cabin style accommodation is elegant yet fits in with the bush surrounds. They are very private being scattered amongst... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our 5 night stay was perfect in every way. Our luxurious lodge had an ocean and rainforest view which was absolutely amazing. The lodge was roomy and very well appointed. Breakfast fare offered a wide variety of hot and cold food and delicious fresh fruit - breakfast also came with a tremendous view and a variety of parrots! We had... More 

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much 207sian for choosing to stay at Thala and for writing such a wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear how you enjoyed our spacious bungalows, breakfast and dinner at Osprey's Restaurant along with the views and the birds. Thank you too for your praise of Claire and Ben, which has been passed on to them both. Johan... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel was excellent, with great cottages well-appointed, and awesome ocean views. The service was good and so was the food. A word of caution - this hotel is built on a steep hill and it is a strenuous walk from your cottage to the lobby/restaurant/bar. Golf carts are available to shuttle you up the significant hill.

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

BobC thanks very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our bungalows and ocean views as well as the food and service at Osprey's Restaurant. Yes, indeed, we do have some hills, and we hope you took advantage of the 24hour electric buggy service to move around. Johan... More 

Atlanta
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 nights at the Thala Beach Nature Reserve and our only regret is that we could not stay longer. The staff could not have been any more helpful or friendly, especially Rose and the man that did the night shift (sorry, do not have his name) We loved having our own rain forest "hide-out". Even though other cabins... More 

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much atlanticitygirl for visiting Thala and for your wonderful feedback. It's such a pleasure to hear such lovely feedback from guests who really relax into Thala's peaceful rainforest setting, bungalows in the forest and walking trails. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed breakfast and the views at Osprey's Restaurant and Monday night's cultural presentation with... More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here 4 nights in a busy trip to Australia. It was the best place we stayed. We stayed in the cheapest options but it was some of the best rooms/ cabin we have ever stayed in . It felt as you were sleeping in the Rainforest but also great to have the beach. The staff were excellent and... More 

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Suew01 we're so pleased that you chose Thala as part of your trip to Australia. We really appreciate you taking the trouble to leave such wonderful feedback about our bungalows, the beach, swimming pools and Osprey's Restaurant with our fabulous staff. We hope to see you visit Thala if you return to Australia. Johan Klindt General Manager More 

Adelaide
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will see I don't write bad reviews. I only like to share positive experiences. However, I felt compelled to this one. Staff - fabulous, mostly international but English good. Food - ok. Asked for the beef salad to be medium rare and it came virtually deep fried. I have never sent back, but on this occasion I couldn't eat... More 

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Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you Babushka5173 for visiting Thala. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the views, the interesting menu and our wonderful cosmopolitan staff at Osprey's Restaurant. We're also pleased to learn that your salad disappointment was dealt with swiftly by our brilliant staff. Thank you for your feedback. Johan Klindt General Manager More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a family owned 58 hectare nature and wildlife reserve 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Get there from Cairns via a spectacular 45 minute drive along Captain Cook Highway. Elevated on stilts, 83 eco designed timber bungalows are discretely concealed within the forest canopy, blending in with the natural environment and feature ocean, mountain or forest views. Panoramic views are enjoyed from open-sided Osprey's Restaurant across the forest canopy and beyond to the Coral Sea. Guests and visitors dine amongst birds in the surrounding treetops, whilst enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly and attentive service. Granite boulders, waterfalls and overhanging trees create natural swimming pools blending discretely within the environment. Paths wind through rainforests and woodlands, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, passing through habitats for endemic birds, wildlife and flora. Guests enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by onsite rangers including tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours. A completely organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique coconut odyssey tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the 'tree of life'. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Address: Private Road | 5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia (Formerly Thala Beach Lodge)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas > Oak Beach
Price Range: RM621 - RM1,602 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thala Beach Nature Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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Thala Beach Hotel Port Douglas
Thala Beach Resort
Thala Beach Lodge
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“Upgrade to Coral Sea Bungalow with sea views. Well worth it.”
 of 5 bubbles jpS2346SI, 29 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If your nocturnal activities are on the wild side (they certainly were on our Honeymoon ;-)) you will want to get unit 63.”
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