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Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Sleek tropical property with suites and bungalows on a nature preserve, with dining, a spa and pool.
5078 Captain Cook Hwy, Oak Beach QLD 4877, Australia

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Grace Kinkella
at 2023 Oct 13
Grace Kinkella
at 2023 Oct 13
My husband and I popped by Thala on our way to Port Douglas because of the amazing coconut grove at the front of the property, and were immediately smitten!
Johan (apologies if it's not the right spelling) met us in the car park and shuttled us to the main reception building for a quick drink. We were immediately wowed by the view, the architecture, the beautiful service and pool. On impulse we booked a two night stay, and weren't disappointed!
Check in was seamless, we stayed in the Jungle Bungalow and immediately fell in love with the location and the serenity. Woke up every morning to the sound of waves crashing on the beach and birds singing in the trees...what more could you ask for??
I was treated to an amazing massage and facial with Alanie, and felt so well looked after and spoiled the entire time. Couldn't recommend it any higher if I tried!
Osprey was absolutely incredible from the food to the fantastic service for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We would give Thala 10 stars if we could, and will definitely be back again!
Thank you to the incredible team!
Philip Carpenter
at 2023 Oct 02
Philip Carpenter
at 2023 Oct 02
Beautiful forest and beach location with a secluded feel but still not too far from Port Douglas. Excellent helpful and friendly staff. The one restaurant is Osprey with breakfast lunch and dinner. Breakfasts are particularly delicious. Colorful lorikeets and cockatoos entertained us from the trees by the restaurant. The resort offers fun and interesting nature walks and other activities. We really enjoyed our walk with Dave, our knowledgeable nature guide. There is beautiful art of local scenery, history, and wildlife from notable local artists. Bookings to Great Barrier Reef and Rain Forests included pickups from the resort. The bed was very comfortable.
William
at 2023 Sep 17
William
at 2023 Sep 17
Rooms are self-contained log cabins surrounded by rainforest. The cabins have a combined living and sleeping area with an en-suite, and an outside balcony area with views of the forest. A paved path leads to each cabin, which are not overlooked by others.

The site has forest walks down to two beaches, through mangroves and palm trees. Wildlife including birds and lizards fill the area. Morning wildlife spotting tours are available to book.

Behind the restaurant is an open-air swimming pool with shallow and deep areas, a bubble pool, waterfall, and a cave. Extra towels are available from reception to use at the pool.

Reception and restaurant staff are really friendly and welcoming. They can arrange transport on the site by buggy for luggage, or transport to other attractions by bus or coach.

The on-site restaurant has a very limited menu which while caters for dietary requirements it doesn't provide a lot of option. The fries are listed as gluten free on the menu, but the staff confirmed they are not so best double check when ordering anything. The restaurant staff are helpful, and you can order "off menu" for breakfast if you ask nicely.

A bus can be arranged by reception to take you into Port Douglas which has a large number of cafes and restaurants. Definitely worth taking a trip for dinner if you want food as you're spoilt for choice.
Anne Allison
at 2023 Sep 16
Anne Allison
at 2023 Sep 16
What’s not to love!! Immerse yourself into the trees, birds, sound of the waves, the soothing atmosphere that’s good for the soul :) Yes it’s a little dated, but in a nice way and for me it just added to the charm. Lamb shoulder dinner was absolutely amazing, as was lunch fish n chips & beef baguette. Awesome cocktails. Comfy bed. Friendly staff. Really glad we didn’t let any negative reviews put us off..
roflmahwaffles
at 2023 Sep 13
roflmahwaffles
at 2023 Sep 13
Beautiful nature reserve location, the staff are amazing and very helpful. Food is great and the ospreys restaurant has great views of the coast line. We were well looked after on our honey moon, we only wish se had of stayed longer :)
Josie McLean
at 2023 Sep 07
Josie McLean
at 2023 Sep 07
What’s not to love?
We just spent 5 nights at Thala and once again it didn’t fail to impress. Two standout features:
* the staff - they are amazing, friendly and stopped at nothing to make our stay comfortable and just as we wanted it.
* the location - the nature reserve is unmatched anywhere else I have stayed. The environmental sustainability of the resort is 30 years in the making and unquestioned. The sounds of the ocean and birds are beautiful to fall asleep and wake up to.
We stayed in the Sandpiper suite and can’t recommend it highly enough.
A short drive into Pt Douglas when you want to and only an hour to the Daintree River Ferry.
Bev
at 2023 Aug 31
Bev
at 2023 Aug 31
What a gem this place is. Loved waking up to the sound of the forest and the birds. You get a long, lovely stretch of private beach. Beaches, I should add. And it's also not too far from Port Douglas if you want to head to town. I just wish they had more dining options.

Also want to shout out to the friendly staff!

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