Hotel Thala Beach Lodge Hotel 0 star
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Built in the 1970's, this former sugar plantation was very successfully converted into a hotel: you just won't find a better place for relaxing, especially after the long trip from the UK to Australia. With an area of about 145 acres, the natural environment of the Thala Beach Lodge is simply magnificent. It is not only the perfect setting for enjoying what nature has to offer, but it also benefits from a superb local beach and fine cuisine. The client base is international. Many a couple choose to honeymoon here...

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel stands on the seafront on the road to Port Douglas. No more than 15 minutes are needed to cover the 10 mi separating it from the town, and Cairns airport is just half an hour away by car (24 mi).

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    Apart from one lone suite, the 83 bungalows on stilts were all built on the same model, distinguished only by their location and view. Some are completely hidden by the forest, whereas others have a panoramic view of the sea. The main room is very spacious, enough to fit a dressing area and a lounge in front of the large patio doors. Outside, a small wooden terrace gives you the opportunity to enjoy the view. However, although the bungalows are more or less distant from one another, the balconies are not at all private. Inside, the shades of white and beige offer an elegant and relaxing decor. In the marble and wood bathrooms you will find both a bathtub and a shower, one as pristine as the other. Their amenities are irreproachable: television, air conditioning, a free safe, a minibar with tea and coffee-making facilities, etc.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Everything about this little Australian haven is enchanting: quality facilities, carefully selected handcrafted decorative features, friendly staff, and an unrestricted view of the Coral Sea. Having said that, people generally come here to rest; no sports facilities are available on the estate. What a good excuse this gives you to simply laze the time away on the beach or by the pool... Finding the Thala Beach Lodge is like being on a treasure hunt. After crossing a path heavily lined with greenery, it appears at the top of a small hill like a well hidden gem. The lobby made out of wood is almost completely open to the outside, and its little reception is more reminiscent of somebody's living room than a hotel. If you want to enjoy an unrestricted view of the sea, head for the terrace of the Masked Plover bar on the upper level. You won't easily find a view of the sea as clear as this one. During the hottest part of the day you will most certainly enjoy a dip in the hotel's infinity pool, designed like a natural swimming pool surrounded by rocks and thick vegetation. A few wooden deckchairs are spread out in quiet spots situated on different levels, enabling guests to relax in the most private of settings. The Thala Beach Lodge also has a little spa offering various types of treatments - including one especially dedicated to expecting mothers - although it merely consists of a room divided into 2 sections for massages.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The day begins at the Ospreys Restaurant with a lovely buffet that gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a substantial continental breakfast, served between 6:30am and 10:00am. If you have a healthy appetite, a menu offering hot dishes is also available. The room is sheltered only by a roof, allowing guests to enjoy the superb views of the sea and the beach. One can hardly dream of a better setting for a meal. Lunch and dinner are served la carte only, from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The lunch selection is essentially made up of light meals, namely salads and hot dishes, but the choice isn't that great. Do try the crme brle though; it is surprisingly tasty. In the evening, on the other hand, the chef becomes more creative and suggests an elaborate choice of dishes.

    Beach 8.70 /10

    The hotel has its own beach lining the estate: Oak Beach. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for swimming, at least not during the season running from November to May. It's during this period that a great deal of jellyfish gather along the Queensland coast and it is strongly advised that you avoid them, even though the fine sand and clear water are perfect for a swim. A few wooden deckchairs are laid out away from the shore and maintenance is kept to a minimum, so as to preserve the natural environment.

    To know

    As the estate is on a slope, the hotel is generally not recommended for guests with reduced mobility.
    The hotel is environmentally friendly. The hospitality products, for example, are biodegradable. Tours are organised around the estate for guests to learn about the local wildlife. A birdwatching area has even been set up to observe over 80 different species of birds.
    If markets are your thing, the Port Douglas market is held on Sundays from 8:00am to 2:00pm.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, beach volley, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms


    • The natural setting
    • The view, from the rooms and everywhere else in the hotel
    • The tranquillity of the place


    • The estate on a slope
    • The balconies facing one another
    • The lack of facilities

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    • Overall Score nc/10