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“Pure luxury”
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Review of Thalia Haven

Prize-winning architects designed this stone and wood house on the clear waters of Great Oyster Bay.
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Prize-winning architects designed this stone and wood house on the clear waters of Great Oyster Bay.
Your own private white sand beach. Just you, the dolphins, and perhaps the occasional penguin. Relax in a nice hot bath outside with the sound of the waves. There's a sauna, too.
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Prize-winning architects designed this stone and wood house on the clear waters of Great Oyster Bay.
Your own private white sand beach. Just you, the dolphins, and perhaps the occasional penguin.
Relax in a nice hot bath outside with the sound of the waves. There's a sauna, too.
The whole house is yours: overnights for up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms.
Both the kitchen and dining room open onto the sea.
The kitchen is a cook's dream: double sink, 4 gas burners, and cooking fireplace.
Sleep soundly in king-sized beds with custom-made duvets.
Thalia is made up of separate pavilions around a central courtyard -- each room with ocean views.
The back guest room offers a library of books for you to browse.
The bedroom in the main building opens on the outdoor shower, tub, and wood-fired sauna.
The Green Room looks out onto the courtyard, and has sweeping ocean views to the north.
A hand-made basin in one of the ensuite bathrooms.
The living room looks out on the ocean. Gather around the open fire for a warm evening together.
Candlelight makes dinner a special occasion -- with friends, or just the two of you.
A fire in the living room is cosy and intimate at the end of the day.
Cypresses: a traditional symbol of welcome throughout the Mediterranean, and at Thalia.
The garden is in bloom all year round.
Wow! Turns out the end of the rainbow is on Thalia's beach.
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Orford, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Tasmania

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JGC976
Hobart, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pure luxury”
Reviewed 8 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

I absolutely loved this place- two nights here felt like a week away anywhere else. From the moment we arrived, we felt hunkered down in this beautiful building perched above Great Oyster Bay. The building itself is built incredibly solidly and even though it was blowing a gale outside (great bushfire weather), the foot-thick walls and double glazed windows made it feel calm and serene. Although you enter the property via a narrow, tunnel-like path, once you are in the courtyard you start to get a feel for what awaits. Once in the main building, there is this incredible contradiction between the womb-like walls on the courtyard side and the expanse of glass facing the bay. I have honestly never been in a building so perfectly suited both to the landscape and the climate.
The first day was spent bodysurfing, exploring the beach, rocky cliffs and rockpools followed by some lazy reading under clear blue skies. Watching the kelp beds sway in the current was mesmerising. The second day was more of the same, but we managed to fire up the sauna and run an outdoor bath, spending a couple of hours alternating between the two as the sun set as we watched dolphins chasing fish off the cliffs. Evenings involved collaborative preparation of meals eaten under the candle chandelier, board games, more reading and great conversations. The second night we were blown away to see the most incredible aurora from the cliff-top seat - a perfect viewing point for a spectacular display.
If you are expecting 1000 thread count sheets and power showers, this is not the place for you. If you want somewhere that you can truly relax without worrying about the kids scratching a priceless antique then this place is perfect.
The day we got back we started organising our next stay. We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to visit and will definitely be back.

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Liked best: That nothing was precious. That we were able to connect with each other in such a beautiful location. That my kids wanted to do nothing but explore - they did not miss TV or internet at all.
Liked least: We drove past the property twice before we worked out which gate to drive through ! (though this ended up adding to the charm)
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
9 Oct 2015
I'm so happy to see that your family had such a lovely holiday, Please come again, soon!
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Eldece C
Hong Kong, China
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The best visit ever!”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

This is the best visit in Aussie! The place is neat & tidy, good for both family & friends for 6- 8ppl. Kitchen equiped all tools and the view is awesome! Though September is not suitable for water sports/activities, we still can do some indoors like board games.
Absolutely will come back again!

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Management Response
24 Sep 2015
Thank you for your visit! And thank you for taking the time to write your review. I hope we can welcome you back again soon.
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82Muke
Hobart, Australia
1 review
“A very great place”
Reviewed 20 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

It is a very great place to stay for family, we very enjoy the time we live in there and will recommend it to our friends. Just my personal option, It would be better if there is WIFI....

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
21 Sep 2015
Thank you for your review! I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your stay on our beautiful East Coast. I hope to welcome you back next time your travels bring you to Tasmania - and I hope you'll be able to stay a bit longer so that you can fully relax into Thalia's off-grid experience :)
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tassietra...
Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
“Getting away from it all.”
Reviewed 15 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Thalia is unbelievably peaceful. From lounging in the outdoor bath in front of the beautiful ocean to sitting in front of the fire it was so relaxing. Particularly as there is no mobile reception (for some) or TV so we played board games, chatted endlessly, cooked masterpieces in the amazing kitchen and took long walks to the private beach and even to the amazing wineglass bay.

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Liked best: It is even more beautiful than the photos and so quiet and peaceful.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
18 Sep 2015
I'm so glad to see that your Thalia experience was so relaxing and regenerative (and delicious)! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Please come again!
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8Anna
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
Reviewed 17 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Stayed for the weekend at Thalia with 3 other couples. A beautiful, unique and very special experience. The views and walks are perfect and the feeling of isolation is unique. We stayed here in winter and the open fires and throw rugs were enjoyed. Only minimal gripes - one bathroom for 6 of us was a bit of a challenge as you have to leave your cottage to access. Not great if you need to go in the middle of the night, although torches are provided. Would have liked pump packs of soap in the shared bathroom as we all shared one bar of soap. Even so, it was a lovely and memorable weekend away with friends. Loved the outdoor bath and sauna

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Lack of bathrooms for a group booking
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
19 Aug 2015
Thank you for taking the time to review - winter is indeed a lovely time at Thalia, with those big blue skies, long walks on the beach, and cosy evenings around the fires. And the dolphins don't seem to mind, either! We hope you come again once the new bathrooms are in.
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