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For those looking for a unique escape in a world of its own, five-star eco and nature resort Thala Beach Lodge, located just outside of Port Douglas, ticks all the boxes for a romantic getaway.
Situated on the headland of a two-kilometre stretch of private-access beachfront, Thala Beach Lodge offers seclusion in a stunning natural environment.
The resort offers a range of features, including a unique restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine and views of treetops that meet the expansive Coral Sea.
Birds such as rainbow lorikeets, sunbirds and honeydew eaters regularly fly amongst the treetops surrounding the restaurant and guests can enjoy unsurpassed views with cocktails from the nearby bar.
The resort’s accommodation consists of four different types of private bungalows, including the Sandpiper Suite, which offers the ultimate in privacy and romance with views over the secluded beach frontage and eucalypt forest.
The Sandpiper Suite contains a spacious living and lounge room, along with a private balcony and large verandah that blends seamlessly with the lush environment.
Guests can choose from one of several gourmet picnic baskets containing a number of local delicacies, and dine on their private balcony or picnic on the beach.
Facilities at the resort include two freeform pools, with the main pool located at Thala’s open-plan main building. The pools features waterfalls, spas and grottos, along with ample seclusion for some evening romance. Views over the forest and to the Coral Sea are on offer at the pool’s edge.
The second pool is the ‘Rock Pool’, a smaller and more intimate swimming hole with a waterfall feature that blends harmoniously with the natural surroundings – perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary under the stars.
Two kilometres of private sandy beaches at Thala provide the perfect opportunity for a sunset stroll, and make one feel they’re in a paradise all of their own. If you’re up for a bit of informal beach front lounging, Herbie’s Beach Shack provides the means, offering drinks and picnic tables in a laid back setting.
Free activities at the resort include guided bird watching, hosted by local bird and butterfly expert Dave Anderson, who introduces guests to some of the rare species located amongst Thala’s native forest. There’s also a nature and wildlife walk led by flora expert Brett Kelly, who delights in sharing his knowledge of plant species scattered across 145 acres of the resort’s grounds.
For something a little more nutty, coconut enthusiast Carl Johansen takes visitors on the ‘Coconut Odyssey’, a talk held amongst Thala’s coconut plantation. Here Carl attests to the life giving properties of the coconut and its means of providing healthy food and drink, clothing, and shelter.
The starry-eyed can take delight in the night sky (which is free of light pollution) from the lodge’s outdoor observatory. Here the dreamy or astrologically inclined can be introduced to the southern constellations, making for a memorable night.
Thala Beach Lodge is located between World Heritage rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, making it the ideal base for exploring the natural attractions of the area, or visiting the towns of Port Douglas and Cairns.
Located 45 minutes north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Lodge provides quick and easy access for domestic and international visitors.
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