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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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159 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“it doesn't get any better than this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

if you want THE most romantic, relaxing (or not) retreat for two, you can't (you shouldn't) go past crystal creek rainforest retreat.
we stayed in the mountainview lodge, built in june, 2011. the whole front of the building (and it's the size of a not-so-small house) is floor-to-ceiling glass and looks out on to the rainforest and the escarpment.
plunge into your own plunge pool, clothes optional because no other lodge can see you. or have a (shallow) swim in crystal creek itself, between swinging on one of the hammocks strung over the water. or take an easier short or more strenuous longer hike.
with our package, all the meals (except one, which we ordered separately) are delivered 90% prepared to the lodge, and you finish them off when you like - on the barbecue outside or in the modern kitchen. then you can eat when and where you like: out on the deck, or inside by the light of 24 candles after having taken a bath together, sipping wine, in the over-size freestanding tub by that same candlelight...and perhaps with a fire in the stove, even in the summer.
watch a video on the flat screen tv, and so to bed under all the "LOVE" paintings on the wall, with all the candles still flickering.
amazing service: for example, we'd forgotten to bring moisturizer so a staffer picked up a jar of organic MooGoo for us in nearby murwillumbah.
we've travelled widely, often staying at high-end hotels and resorts around the world. truly, it doesn't get any better than this.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

We stayed 3 nights in one of the older split level cabins last winter. It was gorgeous. We want to stay again in summer, in the new cabins with their own outdoor spas!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

It is only with the greatest sense of civic duty that I review this place, and honestly I have no interest in making it even harder to get a booking.

My partner and I have stayed in around a dozen rainforest properties in the last decade, and this is simply our favourite. This was our second stay, this time in Cedar Lodge. It has all the ingredients for paradise: gorgeous foliage, viewable through sheer glass surrounds; beautifully designed living area - I love the integration of space, with separate spaces but no doorways creating a sense of unity and space (and airflow in the humidity!); various lounging places inside and out; and service for what you need. It's a walkers haven - not only does the property provide several good walks; but you are surrounded by national parks with a variety of vegetation and tracks. The supplied meals are large enough to go for a couple of days on, and use local organic produce - hard to source otherwise in a short trip.

only real downside is the chlorination in the pool, which is a shock after natural swimming in the creek!

Oh, and the bed is one of the best I've slept on.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

We chose Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat (CCRR) to celebrate our 2nd anniversary!
After spending a long time perusing the CCRR website just ogling the sheer beauty of the place, prior to arriving and we were both so excited to visit.
The first thing that struck us when arriving was that the website actually shows the place as it is with no fancy camera work just everything you see is everything you get.
The greeting we received when we got there was so friendly and helpful and the entire stay was just so rewarding and perfect. We took full advantage of what the property had to offer in the way of nature and also enjoyed all the delicious and generous food packages we’d ordered!
The bungalow was spacious, clean and nicely set up. The kitchen was well stocked and the BBQ was very handy.
An absolutely wonderful place to stay highly recommended and will be definitely returning for another special occasion.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

We stayed in one of the rainforest canopy bungalows in mid September 2011.
Driving into the retreat was the first great surprise, the road snakes up a hill into beautiful rainforest over a couple of small creeks. Check in was super friendly with lots of information for our stay given to us. Our luggage was transported to our bungalow in a golf cart, a nice touch. The bungalow itself was fantastic, a high quality sound system, a good kitchen, BBQ and to top it off a bottle of wine and some chocolates. Everything in the bungalow was spotlessly clean and we found no faults with any of the equipment. We had platters of local produce in our bungalow on two nights and these were great value, on the third night we cooked on the BBQ.
The setting of retreat is stunning with some good walks on the property and just a great place to relax.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Address: 201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek, New South Wales 2484, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Upper Crystal Creek
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Upper Crystal Creek
Price range (per night): $459 - $584
Hotel Class:5 star — Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury romantic getaway on the far north coast of NSW Australia, between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland. Private luxury cabin, bungalow & lodge accommodation with large sunken double spas, fireplaces and heated plunge pools. All individually set on 250 acres of genuine old growth rainforest with World Heritage National Park on three sides, assuring true peace and privacy. 8 Kms of rainforest walks, 400 year old trees, stunning creek & rock pools. Full gourmet dining menu, packages with breakfast and all meals available. Free Wifi. ... more   less 
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