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Orpheus Island Lodge

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Palm Island QLD 4805 Townsville, Orpheus Island, Queensland 4810 Australia
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2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Located amidst the glistening waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island Lodge is a rare island hideaway accommodating just 28 indulged guests. Orpheus showcases a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Its local dive and snorkel sites boast 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef , 340 of the 359 varieties of hard corals and some of the region’s largest collections of soft corals; the turquoise local waters are a fisherman's playground and home to the most sought-after reef species in the world; guests can take the helm of a motorised dinghy, complete with gourmet picnic hamper, and discover the many pristine private coves that fringe Orpheus; or they can succumb to a unique indigenous-inspired treatment at the day spa. Not to be missed is the island's signature 'Dining with the Tides' experience; an intimate degustation dinner under a starlit canopy on the lodge's jetty. The Orpheus rate is all-inclusive of artfully prepared gourmet meals tailored to your individual taste, selected Australian wines and beers, a daily-curated Orpheus experience as well as unlimited use of the island's kayaks, paddleboards, catamaran, motorised dinghies, and snorkeling equipment. Perfect as a luxury hideaway, a picturesque wedding setting, or booked in its entirety for exclusive use. Access to Orpheus Island Lodge is via a 30-minute helicopter journey from Townsville.
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Palm Island QLD 4805 Townsville, Orpheus Island, Queensland 4810 Australia
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Hoopdawg wrote a review May 2021
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions3 helpful votes
Orpheus island is the best of the great barrier reef all in one place. For the resort, bar and dining; Every standard inclusion is a premium product. Craft beers, boutique spirits, freshly baked cookies, and amazing meals are just the start. Nothing was a let down, nothing underwhelmed. The service is next level. The bar staff will sign you up for water sports, the spa team will offer and grab you drinks, the whole team just functions as one exceptionally helpful unit. No one passes anything off as not their job, there's no way to improve the service. It perfectly blends attentiveness and letting you have your own space. The location is without compare. The jetty has sharks and fish coasting by all day. A 10-20minute self driven dingy ride gets you to either the clam garden, or yanks jetty, both excellent snorkel spots. You can fish on the way, or take a picnic to enjoy on the beach. We took the opportunity to do an outer reef charter with a combination of scuba and fishing. The crew have endless knowledge of the reef and work tirelessly to put you on to fish. The bramble bommie dive site was only limited by our air supply, there's so much to see. The outer reef charter was so good we signed on for an inner reef charter the next day, caught more fish and dived another reef ledge. The only negatives: some sandflies at dusk, but bug spray is on hand to keep them at bay, And having to leave. It honestly feels like good value, the premium price is reflected over and above in what you receive as an experience. Should be on everyone's bucket list. Twice.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Smurfgirl_12 wrote a review Nov 2020
Cairns, Queensland, Australia25 contributions13 helpful votes
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It is simply perfect. The ride there, the greeting on landing, the grounds, the facilities, the room, the food and wine, the activities and the location are all perfect. We felt all stress just leave us on landing and being greeted with such individual attention. Every need, really every need, is catered for and everything provided made it an amazing experience and the ultimate luxury holiday. It did also have an X factor and that was the staff. Not sure if its in how they recruit, train or the culture of the place but they were beyond amazing. They were every where we needed them to be, nothing at all was too much trouble and they were proactive and attentive but never intrusive. They knew our names from minute dot and soon learned F&B preferences. The thing that stuck me though was I really believe they genuinely cared about us and about our experience. We were so impressed we played a bit of a game at the end of our stay of “find a chink in the perfect armour” … we absolutely failed. We started this holiday as a consolation prize for a lost overseas vacation but have ended it as a promise to ourselves to do it again.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Room Tip: South Room - The outdoor shower adds even extra bliss. So loved it.
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Response from Aaron Jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Orpheus Island Lodge
Responded 15 Dec 2020
Hi Smurfgirl_12, We are so pleased that you have taken the time to share your experiences of our island paradise. We are delighted that our staff have provided you with exceptional service, creating a personalised experience which we take pride in. "Chink in the perfect armor" Smurfgirl_12 - 0 Orpheus Team - 1 We look forward to welcoming you again. Warm regards, Aaron
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tlc1986 wrote a review Apr 2021
Sydney, Australia100 contributions50 helpful votes
My husband, 2.5 year old son and I had a wonderful 4 night stay at Orpheus Island. The helicopter ride to and from the resort was great. The pilots were friendly and knowledgeable. Food was amazing and the staff were friendly and helpful. Our son was the only child on the island during our stay. The staff were great with him and a special thanks to the chefs for always preparing child friendly meals for him. Rebecca in the spa gave my husband and I outstanding treatments... I would highly recommend booking into the spa. The free facilities were great... dinghies, kayaks, stand up paddle boards. The beach that the lodge is on isn’t great for swimming but you can take one of the dinghies and go to one of the other beaches on the island... the staff will even pack you some snacks and drinks plus snorkels and flippers. With the island only holding max 28 people at a time, it is wonderful and peaceful. I would go back in a heartbeat!!!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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AussieItchyFeet_13 wrote a review Apr 2021
Noosa, Australia221 contributions116 helpful votes
What all the reviews say is true: this is an amazing resort and worth every cent for an unforgettable experience. The guest rooms and common facilities all fringe the beach. The north rooms are on that side of the common area and have a different design to the south rooms. It would depend on the individual what their preference was; we treated ourselves to the South Suite, which was spacious and private – and thoroughly wonderful. All the rooms are just steps from the beach. The staff deserve the rave reviews they get, they are amazing and we can’t thank them all enough for the fabulous holiday they gave us. They are the core of the resort’s success. Winston and his team in the kitchen are totally amazing, I have never eaten food like this except in Michelin star restaurants. The serving sizes are not too large, but you can ask for a half serve if you find it all just a bit too much after a while. Winston is truly an artist with flavour, his meals are creative without being pretentious. The basics are done perfectly and everything else builds on that. We both grew up on the water and are very fussy with our fish – we ate a lot of fish while we were there and it was perfect every time. (This shouldn’t have to be remarked on, but I can mention some famous restaurants that just can’t get it right.) Even the bread was delicious - why can’t some 5 star cruise lines get theirs right? Tip: whilst the kitchen is really flexible and will work around your requirements and preferences, be brave and try things you don’t think you’ll like. I ate all sorts of things (with relish) that I thought were not to my taste – Winston combines flavours and textures in ways that constantly astonished us. We were apprehensive about the included wines, having read a negative review. I asked some of the other guests and we all agreed that the selection and quality of the included wines was good: the sort of thing we drink at home for ‘everyday’. If you prefer a premium wine, we thought the markup was very reasonable – although if you drink Grange daily, you probably don’t need to look at the price… Overall we felt the criticism of the wines was misleading. If you have the opportunity to ‘Dine with the Tides’, it is really worth it. Hard to imagine beating the regular meals – but it did! One of us is a nervous flyer and we tried hard to liaise with the helicopter team prior to the trip about this. As it turned out, we found our pilot to not only be extremely competent and personable but also handled our special issues very effectively and discretely. I mention this because if you are anxious for some reason about the scenic transfer by helicopter, speak to your pilot as soon as possible after you are met at the terminal for transfer and be reassured that they will cater for whatever your issues are and you won’t regret a moment of your helicopter trip. For the rest of us, the helicopter transfer is simply the first of many wonderful experiences! The daily activities are great. We snorkelled 4 times during our week’s stay and the staff found a different location each time and explained the different conditions and how they impact the coral there (it was all fabulous). If you get the opportunity to take a guided walk with Jen, don’t miss it - she has so much passion and knowledge about the natural environment that made this a highlight for us. Having said that, most of the time we just sat and watched the tide coming in and going out and felt totally blissed out and relaxed… And if you need anything – just ask – the staff are really very helpful. One feature we appreciated is that everywhere we explored on the island we had a mobile phone signal – that made us feel better being off by ourselves i.e. just in case! Wifi is good in the common area – but you may have to ask as it is dependent on specific devices. So - having overused all the positive superlatives - who won’t like Orpheus? If you need a night club, like to go shopping, enjoy motorised water-sports and prefer hamburgers, go to the Gold Coast. If you can’t cope with the inevitable creatures that share the North Queensland environment – e.g. we had geckos in our room - consider a vacation in Sydney. If you prefer formality, there’s the Windsor in Melbourne. But if you love the tropics and snorkelling and astonishingly creative meals and being totally indulged – and sometimes being active on SUPs etc – then do yourself a favour and go to Orpheus.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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JaneStreet wrote a review Apr 2021
Paris, France11 contributions5 helpful votes
My family and I had the privilege of staying in Orpheus in the April school holidays. We stayed for 5 nights, and it was the perfect amount of time. We did a couple of local snorkelling trips, and then did a day trip to the outer reef. Thanks to Curtis and Ross for such an amazing experience. It was just like swimming in an aquarium! One of delights of the island were the number of little reef sharks right on the waters edge! We loved the food...kids are well catered for at meal times! Most of the wine we drank was not in the ‘included’ list, but the prices were reasonable. Special recognition to Chrissy, Sarah, Nicole, Jack and Ana. You looked after us so well...there were tears in the chopper as we left! x jen
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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USD 874 - USD 1,449 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Orpheus Island Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Orpheus Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Orpheus Island Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Orpheus Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Orpheus Island Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Orpheus Island Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Orpheus Island Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Orpheus Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Orpheus Island Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.