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Sanctuary Retreat

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15/06/2017 16/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

If you would love to spend time in the rainforest above the canopy then this is the place. Seeing wild cassowaries and waking up to the sounds in the rainforest was amazing. Hazel the chef cooks great food and the view from the dining room is stunning. BUT be aware it is very hilly and doesn't cater for people who...

1Thank Paula10827
Reviewed 26 August 2015

After reading the reviews we booked a night at the sanctuary in one of the deluxe rainforest cabins and could not have been happier. We arrived late in the afternoon and was picked up from our vehicle after just a few minutes. Our introduction into the longhouse (the reception/dining area) revealed amazing views of the rainforest and water. Of note,...

Thank Adam W
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Staying at the Sanctuary Retreat was a highlight of our holiday in Australia. We stayed for 3 nights in a Rainforest hut with alfresco ensuite and loved being so close to nature, falling asleep to the sounds of the forest. The Longhouse is a beautiful calm place to spend the evening with fantastic views out to sea. Having the restaurant...

Thank Gill A
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 17 August 2015

If the environment is your sort of thing, you'll love this place. The huts let the breeze through the walls and you can look right out onto rainforest. The 10-15 minute walk from the car up the hill through the rainforest was a real treat at the start and end of each day and got our lungs working! The people...

1Thank Lockon L
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

We only slept there for one night on our way from Cairns to Townsville (its about half way..) but we wished we could have stayed more! This place is beautiful and well kept. Only 2 minuses is that its shared bathrooms and the fact that it is quite secluded (you need to be picked up from the car park up...

Thank Jenn I
Bowral, Australia
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

Stayed with my partner two nights. AMAZING. Such a nice place, short trip to mission beach (if you have a car) and the owner is a great guy. The food is also amazing and the lodge was just what we expected. Only negative was we didn't see a Cassowary haha, next time.

Thank jojobanjo
Eden, Australia
Reviewed 3 August 2015

We had booked for 2 nights but enjoyed it so much we stayed 2 more nights. Our stay was quiet, peaceful and located in an unbelievable rainforest setting with all the amenities required for a delightful stay. We loved having access to a great restaurant and all day cafe while still having the ability to self cater to ease our...

Thank Shannonwolo
SanctuaryRetreat, Manager at Sanctuary Retreat, responded to this review

Hey Shannon, so glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you thought we got the mix right between quality and economy. Thanks for your great review

NSW South Coast
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I stayed at the Sanctuary Retreat for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed my time.I felt really immersed in nature as I stayed in one of the rainforest huts.While the hut was simple it was very comfortable and I felt like I was a part of the forest.The shared bathrooms are fine and I also had my own toilet,basin and shower....

1Thank Tathra44
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This was my second trip to Sanctuary, inspired by a lovely stay last year. VERY simple 'cabins' and quite private and so very economical. Beware the path is VERY steep. Clean and well set up bathroom block and self catering facilities, but I have to say that the restaurant and bar service upstairs in the longhouse is fantastic. Very friendly...

Thank mousey84
Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 24 July 2015

We spent a lovely four nights with the Sanctuary Retreat and must admit almost all aspects of our stay met or exceeded expectations. The facilities, lodge, rainforest huts and well-cared for and exciting property made for a memorable stay. We spent the entire stay in a rainforest hut with the added ensuite bathroom facility. Do note that only cold water...

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SanctuaryRetreat, Manager at Sanctuary Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and glad that you enjoyed your stay at Sanctuary. With regards to your comments about the restaurant "would be better off aiming at a more value-oriented offering", the dinner menu ranges in price from $20.50 to $34.50. So we think there is wide variation in prices that suits most budgets that don't want to cook...

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  • Public Wifi
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Additional Information about Sanctuary Retreat

Address: 72 Holt Road, Bingil Bay, Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Mission Beach > Bingil Bay
Price Range: $73 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Think about upgrading if you don't want to share with the critters. Maybe bring earplugs - nature can be noisy.”
aliceg_81, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Seeking comfort? Choose a cabin. Want to be close to nature but safely protected? Choose a hut.”
953jayner, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“I would recommend the private ensuite if travelling in the warmer months.”
  • Our private alfresco ensuite in the rainforest.
  • The views were spectacular.
alicec638, 9 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The outside ensuite was very special, even with the cold shower.”
chrisandanne2016, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Incredible cabins surrounded by rain forest”
, 17 Jul 2016 | Read review
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