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Great Barrier Reef Hotels

Thala Beach Lodge

  • Fodor's Choice


  • Eco-friendly ethos
  • Multiday packages
  • Interesting free activities


  • No in-room Internet acess
  • Limited food available between meals
  • 20-minute drive to Port Douglas

Updated 01/16/2014

Fodor's Review

Set on 145 acres of private beach, coconut groves, and forest, this eco-certified nature lodge is about low-key luxury. Guesthouses, linked by meandering, stone-lined paths, are comfy refuges with polished-wood floors and restful bush and ocean views. The open-sided, circular restaurant, bar, lounge, and reading room have stupendous vistas that stretch to the Barrier Reef islands and Daintree rain forest. Sunset cocktails and buffet breakfasts here are accompanied by colorful parrots in the canopy and a cacophony of birdcalls. There are two small pools (one split-level, with waterfalls and grottoes), bush-walking trails, a serene wellness center, and areas for secluded sunbathing. Eco-friendly activities include wildlife, bird-watching, coconut plantation walks, Aboriginal performances, turtle-spotting from sea kayaks, and on-site yoga sessions. There's free Wi-Fi in the restaurant and lobby, where you'll also find a tour desk and a gallery/jewelry outlet. There's even a helipad, mostly used by visiting VIPs and heads of state.

Hotel Information


Private Beach Rd., (off Bruce Hwy., 38½ km [24 miles] north of Cairns), Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland, 4877, Australia


07-4098–5700; 866-998–4252-toll-free from U.S.

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 45 rooms
  • Rate includes All-inclusive; Breakfast; No meals

Updated 01/16/2014

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