For a unique dining experience located just 10 minutes outside of Port Douglas, Flames of the Forest would undoubtedly qualify as one of the finest experiences in the area, if not the country. And it has, coming in at number 34 in Australian Travel Magazine’s top 100 things to do in the country.
There are a number of reasons why. Firstly, true to its name, Flames of the Forest is situated in a beautiful forest environment, where it’s lit up by literally hundreds of unique forest lights and flame torches. A black silk marquee adorns the setting, as does ethereal looking crystal and bud light chandeliers.
Described as a “feast for the senses”, the unique atmosphere of Flames of the Forest accommodates for intimacy and sociability alike. Here guests can dine amongst strangers without the feelings of discomfort typically experienced elsewhere. And for those seeking intimacy, the atmosphere thrusts you into a unique world of your own.
Swedish chef Jannica Forssman has constructed dishes such as the lemon myrtle infused kangaroo loin on a bed of wild rocket & toasted macadamia nuts, garnished with homemade fig chutney, giving guests a sense of the environment. Other meals include salt and pepper crocodile, wok tossed with chorizo, bush lemon & vine ripened tomatoes.
Being a diverse venue, Flames of the Forest also caters for the more offbeat events – including fairy flautists and jungle drummers – to the big name corporate and musical events. Featured additions (if you choose) include fire trails, burning cane walls, pyrotechnics, fire logos and water screens. There’s also after dinner chill out lounges found around the site.
Groups, typically corporate and large weddings, are catered for, with the venue being able to accommodate up to 850 guests for a sit down dinner. Here guests will have access to luxury bathrooms and exclusive privacy, which includes no noise restrictions.
If this is not enough, Flames of the Forest offers guests two very different experiences. One, which is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, involves an indigenous performance, where two brothers share music and stories about the local land they adventured through as children. This evening of candlelit drama and culture creates a magical atmosphere, and is an all inclusive part of the night.
The second experience occurs on Saturday night, and is the Flames of the Forest evening of romance. Here couples can experience intimacy in a unique forest setting. Perfect for honeymooners, anniversaries, wedding receptions or just that special evening. On such a night, the mystery of the forest typically induces couples into proposals and all manner of romantic endeavours.
Couples and forest enthusiasts can access Flames of the Forest from Thala Beach Lodge, which can arrange pick ups and drop offs to the venue from its nearby reception area.