Thala Beach Lodge is actually not in Port Douglas. It’s a fifteen minute ($50 cab ride) into town so it may not be the choice for everyone, but we absolutely loved it. It’s situated on a beautiful property with it’s own private beach along with two small swimming pools. All of the rooms are private little bungalows – more spacious than a normal hotel room and all with their own private balcony. You walk down a well-lit dirt-road path to get to the rooms and some are a bit more strenuous to get to than others, but ours was the perfect distance from the main lodge and the beach. The staff are amazing – extremely helpful and they also offer shuttles back and forth into Port Douglas that run every two hours ($8/person) so we didn’t find that we were too secluded. We would absolutely stay at Thala again and certainly would recommend it to friends.
Amazing trip. We will definitely plan another trip out to Port Douglas soon.
View all the photos from our trip here.
Where to stay: Thala Beach Lodge.
Pros – private beach, amazing staff, beautiful bungalows.
Cons – far from town, a little isolated so you end up eating most meals there, a little more rustic so not for you if you prefer a luxury resort.
What To Do: Scuba Dive and Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef with Silver Sonic.
Other companies that were recommended – Poseidon, Aristocats and Calypso.
Visit the Daintree Rainforest.
Other restaurants that were recommended to us: 2Fish, Sassi’s and Watergate.