Mai Tai Resort
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... so we expected and were prepared for the worst. To our surprise, the bloody Pajero lasted without skipping a beat and trust me I have never rocked, jumped and flown around a car as much as on those three days on the island! God forbid what this car managed to withstand! Ivo is definitely a convinced Pajero fan since a couple of weeks. Fraser Island was absolutely stunning with beautiful beaches, sand dunes, lakes and natural pools. We also saw a couple of dingoes, ...
... time to suit up. We were each given a bright red flight suit and harness. Then we were introduced to or beautiful strangers who would be strapped to the back of us very shortly. My camera man was called Alex and my dive buddy was Kim. Both seemed lovely. Little bit of time for photo opportunities and then time to slide ourselves into the tiny plane. About 14 of us and the pilot clambered into the cabin and turning backwards we slid ourselves one by one onto the bench. Dad first, then ...
... Douglas, because of Good Friday almost everything was closed in Cairns. The ladies and I went out for lunch and headed back into Cairns. It was a nice calm day and a perfect way to end my time in Australia. I am very sad to leave, but last night I dreamed of Japan, and I started to become excited again. It is amazing to think that this trip is probably just over 10% done. There is so much left to see and do, and I've just completed one ...
... but it was black and sludgy, we sank to above the ankle. When I pulled my foot out thee was a huge squelching noise, followed by the smell of a thousand rotting eggs. It was probably the most disgusting thing I have ever done, the smell, the sound, the Mosquitos were everywhere, I didn't want to touch anything through fear of touching a spider! We were meant to be looking for mussels, cockles etc on the exposed roots of the mangrove trees . . . Me I ...
At that time we had undivided attention from several staff members. We chose to share a scallops & sweetbreads combo to start, followed by the most awesome 14 hour roasted lamb shoulder for two. We were discouraged from ordering another side dish as our waitress advised that we would already have more than enough. And was she right. After inhaling our appetizer, we watched the lamb fall apart at a touch. Accompanied by a tangy sliced cucumber dish and some roasted pumpkin ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mai Tai Resort Port Douglas
What a wonderful holiday! We were lucky to be the first to arrive after the completion of the amazing new drive. As the concrete was so fresh we couldn't drive on it, and Andre and Anthony offered us a complimentary upgrade to the "Executive Villa". At first we demurred - we'd seem the Bali style rooms, the tropical verandah, the fabulous view, and the indoor-outdoor bathroom of the room we'd booked. But one look at the villa below and we were swept away. This is not a villa for executives - it is fit for film stars, supermodels, the super-rich!
Our time in what we grew to know as paradise on earth began by having our flight turned around half way due to a medical emergency involving one of the passengers.
We have just returned to Melbourne, after spending 5 amazing nights at Mai Tai, amidst the wonderful hill top tropical setting.
If you prefer to commune with nature yet have all the creature comforts, Mai Tai Resort is for you. The rooms are stunningly appointed and set in a beautiful natural bush setting. Our hosts, Andre and Anthony were welcoming, informed and their main aim was to ensure our stay was as comfortable and special as possible. They steered us in the right direction as to what activities would best suit and were happy to advise on Port Douglas' restaurants. However we elected to stay in and enjoyed their cooking.
We stayed at the Mai Tai for an all-too-short five days. From being greeted at our car by the two owners Andre & Anthony (who are also the staff, which was great), to the absolutely gorgeous room and private patio, to being served the most wonderful breakfast accompanied by great conversation each morning, to showering while viewing tropical plants, to being brought a battery-operated lantern during a brief power outage, to sleeping in a heavenly bed and being awoken by jungle birds each morning, to being given a parting gift of Thai foot massage products, this was hands down the most wonderful stay we've ever had, anywhere. The beauty that is the Port Douglas/Mossman area certainly doesn't hurt either - the sorrounding rainforest and beaches are breathtaking, healing places. Andre & Anthony are incredibly friendly, generous, down-to-earth, humorous people who make the experience a true pleasure. Their relaxed and joyful natures pervade the property and add to the peace of staying at the Mai Tai. Prior to our leaving for Australia, A&A advised us to rent a car at the airport rather than attempt a shuttle service or taxi to Port Douglas (we would have regreted doing anything but), and arranged a rainforest tour for us (they offered; we didn't have to ask). While we were there they furnished us with endless recommendations for beaches, restaurants, and things to do (and not to do). As much time as we wanted to spend languishing by the Mai Tai's pool, on our patio, or on the comfy daybed in our room, the sights, beaches, rainforest walks and coastal drives called. The property itself is astoundingly decorated in Balinese style down to the last detail with gorgeous statues, tapestries, paintings and antiques - we were continually amazed by how beautiful it all is. The only thing we would have done differently would have been to stay for much, much longer than we did. In conclusion: go. Stay. Enjoy. We certainly did.
For my partner and I, this was just the best place in which to unwind for a precious 7 nights. The South East Asian (mainly Balinese with a hint of Indian) ambience reflected in the buildings and decor, nestling pleasantly amongst tropical gardens makes for the perfect retreat.
A stunning retreat with beautiful views
We stayed for 3 nights, and wanted to stay for more! The setting is just stunning, sensational views, amazing rooms and a lovely hospitable service. Anthony and Andre are exceptional hosts and relaxing on the balcony over that sensational breakfast is just so relaxing. It is great to be out of the main part of Port Douglas in your own retreat, but close enough to go out for dinner if you feel like it. The attention to detail in the rooms is beautiful, and there is a lovely feeling of privacy. Is very romantic, and we would go back again!
Great Location and Great Resort,
Spent 5 days at Mai Tai lounging around the pool. Really beautiful retreat with fantastic views. Comfortable suites and good service. Would recommend to anybody looking for a total relaxing escape from the big city.
Pampering atop the Austrailian Rain Forest
Pristine accomodations, very accomodating hosts and a wonderful view made the last leg of my journey quite memorable. The hosts offered everything from transportation to wonderful meals throughout my stay. Excursions are easily set up while you relax by the pool or sit on the porch overlooking a breathtaking view of the rainforest.
I recommend it and will stay there again should my journeys bring me that way!