With the secluded serenity of a desert island, and the attentive service of a five-star hotel, the Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas provides the ultimate escape from bitter reality. A collection of eighty-three eco designed timber bungalows scattered along the rainforest-fringed edge of the 2km long private, golden beach; all housed on a family-owned private nature reserve makes up the Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas.
Located just a ten-minute drive from local, relaxed resort, Port Douglas, and a forty-minute drive from bustling hub of activity Cairns, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is within easy reach of several access points to the Great Barrier Reef, which is an absolute must-see when visiting tropical North Queensland.
Far from being marooned in this faux-remote location, guests will be steeped in eco-friendly luxury. The Nature reserve's facilities include regular shuttle buses to and from nearby Port Douglas, a revitalising health spa, boutique, art gallery, and golf course, as well as a truly stunning 2-tier free-form outdoor swimming pool. At the reception, guests are able to exchange currency at the latest rates, and book on-site complimentary guided nature tours.
Food, drink & entertainment
World-class modern Australian cuisine is served with impeccable service in Osprey's restaurant. An unbeatable experience in itself, your meal will be served with a panoramic view of the coral sea and rainforest covered mountains in this open-sided eatery. If you'd prefer something a little more intimate, the staff at Thala Beach Nature Reserve will happily arrange for your lunch or dinner to be delivered to you in a hamper to your bungalow, or - in true romantic fashion - to the beach.
Sport, games & activities
If at any point you feel like doing anything other than stroll along the golden sands, play relaxed rounds of golf, taking a dip in the pool, or slipping into the realms of fantasy in the reading room, there are countless more active options. The Thala Beach Nature Reserve offers complimentary guided nature walks around the reserve, as well as guided kayaking around the edges of the coral ocean, searching for a glimpse of native dolphins, dugongs and marine turtles. Slightly further afield in Port Douglas, find the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and while away your day underwater, exploring the chromatic marine world below the waves.
Your private, eco-friendly 45m² timber bungalow will be equipped with a TV and DVD player, fridge, mini bar, a king-size or two single beds, and in-room safe, and iron and board, climate control, and complimentary toiletries.
Perched on the tropical North-East coast of Australia, Cairns is bursting with culture, wildlife, and world-renowned natural beauty spots.
The city boasts not one, but two World Heritage-listed areas; the Great Barrier Reef, and the world's oldest tropical rainforest. The city itself dates back to 1876, and has grown rapidly from its origins as a small sugarcane exporting town to the buzzing, lively city that it is now.
Cairns provides the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef on Earth. If you want to dive into warm waters and explore a kaleidoscopic underwater world, then Cairns is the perfect destination.
If you are looking for a more relaxed Cairns holiday, which still includes the option to snorkel over the reef or admire the ancient rainforest, then the secluded haven of Port Douglas is a perfect destination. Fronted by the golden sands of Four Mile Beach, and enclosed by an emerald cluster of tropical greenery covered mountains, Port Douglas is the ultimate Australian escape.
Due to Cairns' tropical climate, it naturally has a monsoon season. To avoid the heavy rainfall, visits are best planned between June and October.
Although this is Australia's winter, daytime temperatures still average in the high twenties, so no need to worry; you can definitely leave your thermals at home.
Between the tropical rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian outback, and the city itself, would-be adventurers will never find themselves bored of exploring Cairns.
The range of activities available on the Reef alone is almost endless, from boat trips to explore coral islands and cays, to whale watching, to exhilarating helicopter rides to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above, to guided scuba-diving on the opulent reef - allowing you to get up close and personal with the 1500 species of fish that live there.
On lazier, languid, beach days, make sure to visit Cairns' esplanade. In this hotspot you will find not only a beautiful swimming lagoon, but barbecue areas, a range of sporting pitches and parks, and daily free exercise and yoga classes in and around the lagoon.
Cairns has a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bistros, which together provide an unmissable opportunity to experience a globe of cuisine in one city.
Cairns' specialities lie in fresh seafood and Asian cuisine; for an exquisite taste of both, try Cherry Blossom Japanese Restaurant, which has been serving fresh seafood and sushi to locals and tourists alike since 1987.
To drink, try a smooth, creamy flat white in one of Cairns' many esteemed coffee houses, or drop into the Blue Mango Cafe Wine Bar for a delicious cocktail accompanied by smooth live jazz.
Other than its twelve cinemas and two theatres, Cairns has a full range of nightlife options for everyone. Watch movies and sip cocktails from the pool in Gilligan's on Grafton street, or party the night away at any of the bars and clubs on Spence street.
For something different and spectacular, take a Cairns Harbour sunset cruise, or enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner that you will never forget in the breath taking setting of the rainforest.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.