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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This lodge was like the romantic hideaway of your dreams! The individual tree-top bungalows were wonderfully private, and perfectly outfitted with everything you need (robes, candles, wine glasses, and the usual amenities). The balcony views were out of this world - ours was #38 with a different beach view off both sides and not a care in sight. That view erases any travel fatigue and puts you in holiday mode. In fact, you only get wifi in the lobby area - which we quite liked. We were unplugged, and truly relaxed while here. The open sided dining room contributed to the carefree feeling - the same wonderful views, and a lovely breakfast buffet enhanced by dining close to lorikeets gathering in the nearby trees. Dinner choices were expertly prepared too. From #38, one of the pools is quite close. We swam there but didn't linger as it didn't have much seating in the shade. Walking down to the beach is a bit of a stroll, and there's a nice hammock in the shade, with hardly anyone around (although likely because it was stinger season). The peace and quiet is one of the charms here after the busy-ness of Sydney. All this, plus a friendly staff who actually remembered us and went out of their way to please! Yes, this was our favorite hotel of the 8 we stayed at on our month long trip.

Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a tour group. Our room was very nice, large , loads of storage space, comfy bed & pillows , big bathroom with a separate walk in shower. Really nice balcony, we were just surrounded by trees, really quiet. The drive is very steep, as is the walk to the rooms. I think it was possible to order a buggy to help with this. We walked down onto the beach......almost deserted. Had been warned not to go into the sea as it was "stinger" season. Dinner and breakfast were included as part of our tour. Everything was really nice. An Australasia Dinner was on the menu for our first evening , this was very well presented and a very enjoyable evening. Drinks did not seem over priced. We looked at the pools but found there to not really be enough seating, also I think I may have found them a bit too chilly. We did go into Port Douglas and made use of the shuttle bus back to the hotel, which worked out well.

We spent a week at Thala for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was fantastic. We loved everything.... our room (63 is the best!!), the pools, the proximity to the beach - a few hills to walk up and down are good!!! The massage was the best we've ever had!! The staff were outstanding and nothing was too much trouble. We thought the staff uniforms were a beautiful connection to our original land owners. Thanks everyone for such a great week.

Beautiful setting 15 minutes prior to entering Port Douglas. Extremely steep driveway and steep walking path to your accommodations. Book an Ocean View - $ 300 add-on fee seems outrageous but otherwise you will be looking at tree trunks in a dark setting with little natural light. The views from the common areas are marvelous, open and breezy. Beach is not a swimming beach - as none are in Port Douglas during summer season. Big negative surprise! Few hammocks and lounge chairs on the beach but otherwise natural. Steep walk back up to the main building or accommodations. Rooms are spacious and adequate also not necessarily luxury. We ended up paying $ 575 w/ rollaway (reg rate $ 799) . No introduction to tours provided or welcome drink upon check-in. Short staffed at front desk most times. Rated 4* based on location not on service and dining experience

We stayed at Thala Beach Nature Reserve as part of our Honeymoon.... Lets just say the Jungle walk room wasn't exactly romantic.. I wouldn't rate this accommodation or the Nature Reserve the 5 stars is claims. It is extremely outdated, including staff uniforms. However our hat goes off the the manager Johan who was fantastic in making the effort to make our stay better, with a room upgrade after we had to discuss issues wrong with our previously booked room, he had the right attitude and personality for the job. Pictures can be deceiving.

We absolutely loved our stay at Thala during 12/16 – 12/21/17. We are a family of two adults and two children. We opted for the family room which had a queen and two bunk beds. We could not be happier with the accommodations. The resort is thoughtfully designed to complement the surrounding natural beauty – not over power it. The service was superb as were the views from the Osprey Restaurant at breakfast and dinner. The resort has activities included with the accommodations such as nature walks and star gazing, though an excellent opportunity for star gazing is as close as your balcony. On a clear night shut out all the lights and let your eyes adjust while you sit on the balcony of your room. Slowly the night is blanketed with more stars that you thought possible - a wonderful place to enjoy deafening silence and a glass of wine. We rented a car at Cairns Airport and drove to the resort which is about an hour north on Captain Cook Highway. Getting into Port Douglas was also easy. There are bottle shops on the way to Port Douglas and in town. Most tour companies will also pick you up at Thala for your adventure days out. We had tours with Quicksilver and Tony’s Tropical Tours and we were picked up at guest registration. Though is you have a car you may want to drive to Quicksilver dock as there is plenty of parking and you will be close to town after your cruise. Food at Osprey was good and the portions are big. For our family of four we usually ordered three meals and just shared between us. Overall we had a great time at Thala and would recommend it to people who want to be out of the town, but still close enough to Port Douglas to go to the shops and Restaurants – if you have a car.

What an absolutely stunning setting! We were on our way to Port Douglas and needed lunch. Having seen a sign for Thala Beach Resort, we thought we’d nip in. It’s a steep walk from the car park to the entrance, but wow, it’s certainly worth it. The entrance and building were lovely and very in keeping with the area. We got a table in the restaurant with a stunning view of the bay where we watched a paraglider in the skies and birds playing much closer in the trees - so close, you could almost touch them. The service from staff was impeccable and the food was delicious. We will certainly be looking at staying for a few days the next time we visit North Queensland. A truly inviting paradise and most certainly a treasure. You’ve absolutely nailed it.

Wonderful hotel great very big rooms very close to wonderful beach, 5 minutes walk, great rain forest walks, very good breakfast, we enjoyed the hotel very much, we went at night to eat at the closest beautiful city port Douglas

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of days over the Christmas break and had an amazing time! We couldn't fault anything about our stay. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, accommodation was gorgeous, food was delicious. It was the perfect setting for a relaxing few days away. The views from the restauarant and lounge were spectacular! Being pregnant the staff were more than happy to pick us up and drop us off in the buggy. We will definitely be coming back. If you ever get the opportunity to stay here dont let it pass! You will love it!

I loved this place. It makes you feel like you're in the jungle! My favourite thing was sitting on the balcony completely immersed in nature staring out at the trees and wildlife. Twice I saw a wallaby hopping around from our patio. The beach is also beautiful. There are very interesting rock formations that you can explore on one side and the other is a serene stretch of sandy beach. There were plenty of hammocks and beach chairs to sit in, and often we were the only ones there. The pools were nice, but we never got the chance to try them out because we were out exploring everyday. Check in was great, and they give you a special welcome drink and tour of the main lodge, along with a map of the resort and the area. The hotel helped us set up tons of amazing tours, some we booked in advance and some we planned while we were there. We also booked some awesome customized private tours that worked out great. The hotel offers free daily activities. One that we did that I would recommend is the coconut tour. They take you to where they grow coconuts on the property and let you try different kinds, different ages, and different parts, like the water, the milk, the meat, and the spongy inner part of when a coconut is growing. It's around 50mins and definitely worth it. I'll also give the stargazing tour a shoutout, which is around an hour and usually at 9:30pm. Regarding the food, we only ate at the restaurant once and it was ok, but we liked other restaurants in town better. We did do one of the picnic hampers one day and we really enjoyed that! Parking was also great. We had a rental car, which I definitely recommend getting if you're visiting Port Douglas, and we never had trouble finding parking at the hotel or in town. The hotel is around a 15-20min drive to the main town of Port Douglas. The rooms at the hotel have little fridges so you can store some food in your room. We liked going to the Coles or the IGA in town to get waters or juices and random snacks. Some of the activities we did that the hotel helped us with are Hartleys, snorkelling/diving on the reef, helicopter tours, and flames of the forest. We also liked Nautilus restaurant and the hair salon in town. Overall we really enjoyed our stay here and the staff is very friendly. The only thing is remember to bring sunscreen and bug spray! There are definitely some mosquitos in Port Douglas to watch out for. Luckily the hotel also usually has a free bottle at reception that they'll let you use if you're going out and don't have any on hand.

Private Road. 5078 Capt Cook Highway Oak Beach QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located within a 15-minute drive of Great Barrier Reef and Wildlife Habitat. This 83-room, 4.5-star resort has 2 outdoor pools along with a private beach and a full-service spa. On the waterfront, the resort is also within a 30-minute drive of Mossman Gorge.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.


Thala Beach Nature Reserve's 83 air-conditioned rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, refrigerators, and minibars. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

Thala Beach Nature Reserve features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 outdoor pools. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for AUD 45.00 per person one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a conference center.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1504 reviews