Fodor's Expert Review Silky Oaks Lodge
Finlayvale Rd., Mossman, Queensland, 4871, Australia Fodor's Choice
Cocooned in national parkland, this Advanced Ecotourism–certified hotel has luxe tree houses and suites clustered around an expansive open-sided lodge, day spa, and lagoon pool. All accommodations have tropically inspired furnishings in rosewood and oak, mini-bars, aromatherapy-oil burners, and balconies. Upgraded tree houses and suites come with polished timber floors, large hot tubs, rain-forest showers, and bigger balconies with hammocks and daybeds. The Lodge's open-sided Tree House bar and restaurant serves gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Full breakfasts and a raft of activities (river snorkeling, bicycles, tennis, and, in season, guided walks and morning yoga) are included in the price. The tour desk can arrange excursions by horseback, helicopter, or hot-air balloon, as well as cruises, Aboriginal-guided rain-forest walks, and adventure activities.
- lovely spa and grounds
- free Wi-Fi in public areas
- helpful tour desk and lots of included activities
- well-marked walking trails around the resort
- no in-room Internet
- steep paths to some rooms (though you can call for a buggy pickup)
- occasional critters
- access road can flood after heavy rain, Jan.–Mar.
Rate Includes: Free breakfast; All-inclusive