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Jo H

Didn't live up to expectations.

2.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 Dec 2021
Thought this was going to be great overnight retreat for our family - two family members were having birthdays. While the setting is fabulous & the staff friendly it didn't live up to the expectations of a 5-star venue. The hotel style rooms were adequate but nothing special (few functionality issues.) The meals were a disappointment. Attention to detail absent, service slow. The smoke-house beef which the waitress suggested was tough & challenging to eat. We weren't supplied with steak knives or seasoning. It came with vegetable sides - one was cucumber (3 out of 4 don't eat cucumber) & that wasn't communicated effectively. The dessert choices were uninspiring & just not that nice. No one finished their dessert. Breakfast consisted of a hot meal only & it was just ok. No continental. No buffet. Too bad if you wanted something light. The shining light of our visit was the Native Wildlife Centre. Overall, overpriced & underwhelming. Won't be back. Apologized to my family & ended up taking them out for another birthday meal the following weekend in Ipswich!
Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: If you're coming here I'd probably pick the stand alone accommodation for privacy,...
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Responded 5 Dec 2021
Dear Jo H,

Thank you very much for your review and a very happy birthday to your family members!

We’re so pleased to hear you loved the surrounds of Hidden Vale and found all of our team to be friendly. We have a number of different room types, which provide different options and styling depending on the experience you are looking for. The team would be more than happy to suggest something different for your next stay.

We are always looking for ways to improve so please do feel free to reach out to the retreat directly regarding your experience and we would be more than happy to look into this further for you.

It is absolutely wonderful to hear you enjoyed the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre. The partnership between the University of Queensland and the Turner Family Foundation certainly is contributing an incredible amount of research towards wildlife management and conservation in South East Queensland, which we are incredibly proud to be a part of.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest regards,

Claire and the team at Spicers Hidden Vale
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Reviewed 14 November 2021 via mobile

We were really looking forward to our weekend at Hidden Vale and could not have been more disappointed.

Our room was not particularly clean, with dead bugs and dead flies. Stains on the bed head. The handle fell off in the shower as did the toilet roll holder.

We had two breakfasts and two dinners at the Homage restaurant and only one of them we enjoyed. The first dinner, the Wagyu was quite nice, however it went downhill from there. We like creative food however the bacon and eggs was almost unpalatable.

Lunch at The Barn even worse the food was simply revolting.

Spicers sent me a feedback questionnaire which I completed with all of the above comments. You would think for the amount of money we had paid that at least they would acknowledge the feedback, we gave heard nothing.

I think the only thing that they are good at is marketing. It is a real shame the experience doesn’t live up to the brochure.

Date of stay: October 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Claire Sinclair, Other at Spicers Hidden Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2021

Hi KawanaTravellers,

Thank you for your time on the phone. I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with me directly. I look forward to welcoming you back to the retreat.

Kind regards

Spicers Hidden Vale team

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Reviewed 25 October 2021 via mobile

We had a lovely stay out at Spicers. Our room (Heritage Suite) was immaculate and cosy. We enjoyed the cheese and wine tasting (well worth it, as you get full glasses of wine, not tasting sizes). Food is excellent as always, the 3 course dinner was delicious. Also enjoyed the wildlife tour we went on. Beautiful gardens, buildings and pool. Would stay again!

Date of stay: October 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Claire Sinclair, Other at Spicers Hidden Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2021

Hi A4826HLmadelinem,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. The team will be so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We are very happy to see people visiting the wildlife center as it is such an amazing facility with a passionate team. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Kind regards Spicers Hidden Vale Team

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Reviewed 17 October 2021

We didn’t stay at the hotel - just went to the restaurant. The menu has changed and you have to spend $65 for one course or $85 for 2 courses. The food took ages to arrive and was average and small in size - definitely not worth $65. We all left hungry. Unfortunately won’t be returning as it’s a beautiful location. Spend your money elsewhere.

Date of stay: October 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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General Manager, General Manager at Spicers Hidden Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2021

Dear Azura28,

Thank you for your review.

We are pleased we were able to offer a one course option as part of our ever-changing menu. We do highly recommend either 2 or 3 courses for the full hatted experience. For a more relaxed dining option, our Barn is also open for lunch each weekend.

It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed the location where we are fortunate to be situated within 12,000 acres of beautiful, undulating landscape.

We would love to welcome you to our Barn dining as an alternate option for the future.

Best regards,

The team at Hidden Vale

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Reviewed 12 October 2021

I treated my partner to a surprise overnight stay, and this place over delivered!
From the complimentary room upgrade to the grazing kangaroos in the garden it was unforgettable.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Spicers, all of the staff are just fantastic, especially Hang she is just so very efficient and took care of our every need, going above and beyond all my expectations.
The food at Homage restaurant was outstanding, both dinner and breakfast were sensational and the Barn is so great for lunch at the weekend.
I would highly recommend the archery for a fun event, we had the best time.... they only thing disappointing to us is that we had to leave this fabulous place.

Date of stay: October 2021
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Claire Sinclair, Other at Spicers Hidden Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2021

Hi mandyfZ5264OX,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! The team will be so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope its not too long until we are welcoming you again.

Kind regards Spicers Hidden Vale team

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Reviewed 8 September 2021 via mobile

A fantastic family getaway.
The service was exceptional- from lovely Robyn in reception to the incredible service team (Shania, Natasha, Myriam, Reneysa). Everyone went above and beyond.
The Wildlife Centre and Koala Safari was great too - Andrew and Justine were very knowledgeable and provided a wonderful informative experience.
Plus the Adventure Centre team were very generous with their time in setting up Archery at the end of a big day!

Date of stay: September 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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General Manager, General Manager at Spicers Hidden Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2021

Dear Sams_Family2014,

Thank you for your wonderful review!

It is fantastic to hear you and your family had such a great time at Spicers Hidden Vale and that the service received was exceptional with every team member going above and beyond.

The Wildlife Centre and Koala Safari are an incredible way to see and hear about the research being undertaken into native animal populations within the 12,000 acres surrounding the retreat. It is great that you enjoyed your time with Andrew and Justine tracking some of the many koalas here. We will also be sure to pass on your feedback to the Hidden Vale Adventure Park team.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Best regards,

Claire and the team at Spicers Hidden Vale

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