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Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa

123 Alpine Tce, Mount Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland 4272 Australia
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4.5
#1 of 1 small hotel in Mount Tamborine
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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The Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa is an international award-winning mountain rainforest sanctuary perched on top of Mt Tamborine. Set on four acres of botanical gardens and lush rainforest, complete with flowing stream, small waterfall and cliff views at the rear of the property through the surrounding valleys as far as the Gold Coast and beyond. Featuring romantic chalet style villas in a garden setting with a Balinese flavour, plus the "Edge House" family accommodation, an award-winning Day Spa.
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Free parking
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Free internet
Hot bath
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Spa
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Internet
Complimentary tea
Wine / champagne
Massage
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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5.0 of 5 stars
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Paul G wrote a review Oct 2022
Rosebud, Australia25 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for peace and quiet and to get away from it all in idyllic surroundings this is the place for you - especially if you like accommodation that transforms you back to a bygone era.

The colonial charm and picturesque gardens were magnificent but the only negative was the extremely poor TV reception.

Lucky they have a DVD player in the rooms and while the TV reception was understandable considering the location - high in the hills - for the price we paid you would think they would have better reception.

But overall still highly recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Check out the awesome St Bernards Hotel and their lovable St Bernard Dogs next door.
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Marik-Ka wrote a review Jan 2022
Gold Coast, Australia23 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 3 nights here over New Years and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to stay. The room was clean and had plenty of space for us both. We were greeted with champagne and chocolate. Carolyn was extremely helpful and couldn’t do enough for us going above and beyond to organise transport for us. The breakfast we had each day was delicious and quickly prepared. The day spa, where we had a massage and facial was incredible. It was relaxing and tailored to our needs, we would thoroughly recommend staying here. We will be back again.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Valda M wrote a review May 2021
14 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
RELAX..... this place is a one and only, the ambience., the charm...just WOW. You walk around and suck in the sublime beauty. A treasured memory
The breakfast was just a dining experience
The accommodation, rustic timeliness, old style heritage, which just get more embracing........
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not expect modern 5 star decor, somethings need some R&R
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Lucy D wrote a review July 2021
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Then this is the place for you! This theme extends from the build of the villas to the furnishings. Someone backed in a container load of Balinese furniture in 1992, plonked it into these Villas and that's all she wrote. It stands to reason therefore that the accommodation feels extremely dated. If you are looking for bright and hamptons-esq, this is definitely not the place for you. Everything could do with a complete do-over at best, or a freshen up at a minimum (both inside and out) - which in fairness is kind of reflective of Mt Tamborine overall. The bathroom is quite a size (is that important in a couples retreat?) however 1985 called and wants its tiles and fittings back. Also, 1985 was probably the last time it had a really good scrub. As mentioned by another poster, I can confirm that the air con unit is indeed wall shakingly NOISY. Wow. The one in our Villa competed with the one in the next Villa making it about as relaxing as trying to sleep on a WW2 airfield. Another poster also mentioned the toilet paper situation; totally agree, bring your own back up roll. On the plus side, the cooked breakfast (included as part of the stay) was very well done and they lady staffing the dining room was lovely (and is the only reason this is an Average review, rather than a Poor one). The owner/manager(?) who was the only other staff member present during our two night stay was efficient but not particularly the model of "mine jovial innkeeper". Didn't worry me but I could see how the lack of "welcoming warmth" could be off putting. Apropos of nothing but in the handy to know category, although I got to drink my welcome glass of sparkling wine, I left my welcome chocolate on the bedside table for later in the stay. A mouse (choosing mouse as opposed to rat) ate most of it before I could, including the cellophane wrapper. So top tips if you choose you spend top dollar staying here; keep perishables well wrapped/sealed or in the (tiny) fridge, BYO loo roll, avoid using the a/c, bring bleach (or an environmentally friendly equivalent) for a good old douse out of the spa bath, if you are planning on using it. My top, top tip however is, find somewhere nice at Montville for your weekend away.
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Date of stay: June 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Brendan Q wrote a review July 2020
1 contribution5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Wasn't what we were expecting for such a price, place is nice but needs a fair bit of work done and not to mention the service needs a bit of a pick me up.

We came here for a romantic getaway and we would have rathered spent $650 elsewhere. Unwelcoming greeting on arrival from the woman at the front desk who finally rocked up and said she couldn't wait to be gone from here at 5pm.

We weren't notified on arrival about the covid measures they had in place where they wont be servicing rooms and we felt like a burden to the manager/owner for asking for the simplest things.

My partner and I were crammed into a small room at breakfast where there was no social distancing with 5 other couples.

Lights flickered in our room and some did not work, wifi was promised in the itinerary but did not work, walls were paper thin allowing us to hear everything going on next door and some wooden louvres were broken.

Staff need to communicate to guests on arrival about daily room expectations and general services.

Upon checking out we weren't even given the opportunity to say how our stay was, just told to leave the keys. The tambourine mountains is a lovely place to visit but we will not be returning to stay at the escarpment retreat.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Raydimarco wrote a review June 2020
Brisbane40 contributions35 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife found the venue, and when we arrived it looked like a perfect place. In reality, It was so disappointing my wife gave it 6/10.

There is a magnificent lounging room with a large fireplace and glass walls with a perfect view. Unfortunately the fire wasn't lite and the room was too cold and I never saw anyone there. Pity.

Internet access was very poor in the room, and telstra data didn't work due to poor signal strength. The TV is the smallest I have seen in years, and the TV remote was missing.

The bathroom looks great with a large shower, but the shower head is too small, the water pressure is poor, and even with 100% hot water it varied from warm to hot.

Due to the very high ceiling, the fireplace ash not cleared out and a noisy air conditioner it was hard to get the temperature right.

The villas share a common wall, which look substantial, but it is not noise proof and we could hear the next door

The bed was a 4 posters with material on top and hanging down the side. Look great until you lie in bed and look up and see dead insects, stains etc above your head.

The place has a lot of potential, but compared to other places at Mt Tambourine it is overpriced and you can stay at far better places for less.

The St Bernard hotel just next door is worth visiting. Good food, good service and a spectacular view.
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Date of stay: June 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Book else where
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spongeybob wrote a review Jan 2021
Bendigo, Australia119 contributions64 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't let the pictures fool you, this place is in need of love.
Not the most welcoming experience upon arrival, and god forbid you ask for anything like fresh towels!
The walls are thin, you can hear everything from the villa next door.
The room is dark and smells musty. There was mould on the louvers, cobwebs on windows. The spa was lovely, but again, mould around plug. I doubt they get a good clean through the pumps ever.
The air con could do with a service, it was so loud, even on low, that it was hard to sleep with it on, which in summer, is an isdue as there are no fans and only one small opening window with an insect screen on it.
The grounds are just sad.
The management dont care, are not friendly or welcoming.
Way to expensive for what you get.
Will not return.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chrisb wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The reality of the accomodation certainly did not match the photos and we were charged a premium price Mildew and mould in the bathroom and also on ceiling of one bedroom. Broken and dilapidated outdoor furniture. Towels from previous guests were hanging in the wardrobe. The saving grace was the massage.
Would not recommend this accomodation to anyone.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alisa Bellino wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful surroundings and nice breakfast..just needs to brush up on cleanliness in the rooms. We arrived to no toilet paper and a had to sleep under horrible brown stains on the bed and a dusty room. We asked for more toilet paper on day 2 and got an ear-full about it. Customer service needs to brush up if this is supposed to be a 5 star!

Bring snacks with you as there is no food service at the retreat.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Matt W wrote a review May 2022
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I stayed for 4 nights, and we do not recommend for the following reasons. Villa walls look solid but don’t be fooled….you can hear the neighbours even at normal conversation levels. Every footstep can also be heard. Villas are supposed to be for couples and on arrival you sign a document agreeing to have no more than 2 people in the villa, however our adjoining villa had 4 people at stages and the same drunken LOUD couple kept us awake with yahooing and noise until 2am! We complained to the onsite manager Carolynn who called them but said she could do nothing and that the couple said they were not being loud…she didn’t even come down to hear for herself even though she is on site. Apparently they were getting married and we were supposed to just put up with it. Quote from Carolynn…. “Perhaps you could have been a little more gracious and understanding to the couple getting married”. This is an unacceptable response considering their actions totally wrecked our stay. A wedding isn’t a free pass to being inconsiderate.
Whilst the villa was clean and tidy inside, the outside grounds including lookout were overgrown and there were some maintenance issues. The AC was very loud even on silent mode (which made it hard to sleep) and the kitchen downlights kept flickering. The large feature bathroom window where the spa bath is had cobwebs and mould of several different colours…black, slimy grey and red (never seen red mould before), and the area it looked onto was pretty disgusting and looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in years.
The breakfast was excellent, and the bed was very comfortable.
To summarise, I think Escarpment is overpriced considering its dated décor (1980s?) and level of maintenance and we do not recommend it…especially for couples looking for a quiet romantic getaway. We will never stay there again.
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Date of stay: April 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do not recommend. Especially for couples looking for a quiet romantic getaway.
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Princess-A m y asked a question Mar 2018
Singapore, Singapore211 contributions32 helpful votes
For self drive to this place . do we require 4WD or just normal car will do . Thanks
Answer from bextabooo
Brisbane, Australia39 contributions25 helpful votes
No the roads are easy enough for a sedan.
Paul G wrote a tip Oct 2022
Rosebud, Australia25 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check out the awesome St Bernards Hotel and their lovable St Bernard Dogs next door."
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Matt W wrote a tip May 2022
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not recommend. Especially for couples looking for a quiet romantic getaway."
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brynic89 wrote a tip Apr 2022
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in Room 1, and found it private and welcoming."
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Valda M wrote a tip May 2021
14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not expect modern 5 star decor, somethings need some R&R"
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Raydimarco wrote a tip June 2020
Brisbane40 contributions35 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book else where"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$348 - AU$435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
escarpment hotel gold coast
LOCATION
AustraliaQueenslandBrisbane RegionScenic RimTamborine MountainMount Tamborine
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa?
Nearby attractions include Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens (6.1 km), Tamborine Mountain (4.8 km), and Curtis Falls (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a spa, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hickory, Spice of Life Cafe & Deli, and Canungra Hub Cafe & Deli.
Is Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Mount Tamborine.
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