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Last 5 reviews
Three night stay from SA
Wow what an amazing place to stay. So peaceful & quite, with easy access to quiet beach. On-site pools (2) are so refreshing after a hot day out. Food is amazing and could not be faulted. No need to go anywhere else. Easy distance to Port Douglas and further north to explore. We will be back
Booked Thala reserve based on its number 1 review from TripAdvisor with the hope it would be an top tier eco-friendly lodge but unfortunately for the price tag it does not meet expectations. It’s old, dated and daggy with the rooms left much to be desired for the price they are charging. Furthermore in the 21st there is not in room wifi. Which makes planning your trip around Port Douglas near impossible. Please don’t get me wrong though. This place does cater for those who are wishing to get away from all the hustle and bustle of a busy or stressful life. If your idea of a good time is silence with a book without the distractions of internet then this place will allow you to recharge your batteries. Finally, all the staff who work here are an absolute delight. Extremely friendly and keen to help out wherever possible. We’ve cut our stay short one night as we were expecting a little different but they were more than happy to accomodate, and for this flexibility in a difficult time for the tourism industry, I commend them.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve should be on everyone’s bucketlist. The place and people are spectacular! I made a wish this year to find a place where I could recalibrate and celebrate my birthday after resigning from a job and before commencing on a new role. My soul was calling to be in nature and Thala fulfilled this wish for me. From the picturesque views, to the relaxing sound of nature, to the 10 ⭐️ food quality, and the most hospitable and caring staff I have ever met - Thala surprisingly has it all. I like the exclusive-feel of the resort since clients have their individual bungalows which suit well for anyone who likes more privacy. You can do nature walks, spend time in the lookout areas, have a swim in the pools or relax at the beach. Oak beach is owned by Thala so only guests accommodated at the resort get to enjoy the refreshing water. I would like to congratulate the resort manager for his team. Your staff were professional, positive, hospitable, caring, humble, and went above and beyond to accommodate the needs of their guests. I love conversing with hotel employees when I travel. Happy employees means they work in a good organisation. The staff at Thala care about the resort and their work. This is the kind of service and business that guests would like to come back. Dwayne, Ilona, Guy, Clinton, Ray, and the three other ladies who looked after me at Osprey- thank you so much for helping organise my vegan meals. I also had the opportunity to discuss my meals with Chef Pradeep (not sure if this the right spelling) who creatively prepared sumptuous fine dining experience. To top it all, Pradeep and the other chefs brought an element of surprise on every meal I had during my stay. Osprey is by far the best restaurant I’ve dined in Queensland. Wade, Rose, Amee, Colin, Kimmy and the others thank you for helping me navigate the property and organising my transportation. I recommend that you stay at least for 7 nights if you want to have more time to explore the resort. Thala now becomes my most favourite spot to visit in Queensland. Rachelle, Rockhampton (September 2021)
Very peaceful and relaxing
We had 5 restful nights in the jungle walk room. The rooms were spacious and with shutters on the windows made it dark for sleeping. Loved the timber floors and surrounds and decor fitted well with the setting. There were so many birds to listen to on the balcony and we had complete privacy on our deck. A reasonable walk to breakfast and pool area each morning due to the position of the bungalows but we enjoyed the walk and the ever friendly staff were always willing to give you a ride in the buggy which was offered many times to us. The weather was unfortunately not kind to us the entire time so we only used the pool once which was quite cool due to weather but it was a great looking pool. Breakfast was at ospreys restaurant and the staff every morning were so friendly and professional remembering our tea/coffee preferences each day. The restaurant is open air with the birds feeding in the nearby trees to watch while you are eating. As there is no buffet now it is order off a selection of dishes on the menu and all of them were fantastic. Thala is not near anything (10 minute drive to Port Douglas) so a car is critical in getting around especially recommend Mossman Gorge for a look. Due to border restrictions there were very few guests staying so we did feel like we had it to ourselves. Really relaxing stay!!
Pleasant but not what we were expecting
We were expecting a lot more from this place. We were happy to have a locals rate but would have been disappointed if we paid full price. Pool area needs updating or change how you describe it on your webpage. There aren't many "private areas" or places to sit and relax. Cocktails were disappointing for the price that you pay. They don't taste fresh or like they are made with experience. Food was fantastic as well as service for dinner and breakfast. Overall was a pleasant stay but wasn't what we were expecting.
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