Mai Tai Resort
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- Continental Breakfast
- Minbar in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mai Tai Resort Port Douglas
A very personal paradise
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!
Totally self contained - decorated, equipped and outfitted to the highest standards of design. And space - try a living room that must have been 7m wide, and 8 or 9 long. And then a superb kitchen, wonderful tropical grounds, our own swimming pool. and so private that if you weren't tempted by the nearby Port Douglas restaurants you could leave all your clothes in your suitcase and be for your whole stay attired only in your sunscreen.
Except that is, that we couldn't resist the restaurants, or snorkeling on the reef, or a 4WD trip into the Daintree Rain forest. Or especially sharing breakfast with Andre and Anthony. The climb up the drive (a few days later and we could have driven up) gave us our daily exercise and assuaged the guilt we might have felt at indulging in the beautifully presented breakfast of tropical fruits, freshly baked croissants, poached eggs . . . .
I could go on, the hospitality was warm and friendly, the local knowledge and advice impecable and generously given. In summary, we felt privileged to be invited to share the very personal paradise that Andre and Anthony have created here.
'Our little piece of Eden'
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 had informed our hosts we would be arriving at 2pm and when we finally arrived at 7pm we where greeted with a chilled bottle of champagne and excellent service.
After a year of opening several new outlets to our business we where both mentally and physically exhausted, so Mai Tai Resort came as a real treat.
The suites where elegantly designed and furnished, and always spotlessly maintained.
Birds, butterflies and a large array of friendly wildlife was enjoyed in complete serenity in the private area.
In the mornings breakfast was prompt and delicious. Never have we seen such a wonderful selection of fresh fruits available everyday, as well as fresh croissants and other luxuries. The Balinese style outdoor private shower was also a pure delight.
Overall the resort was idyllically peaceful and romantic, just what we where looking for after a tough year.
Over the duration of our stay we found our hosts genuinely interested in our activities and always willing to offer in-depth independent advice on local tourist attractions. They where willing to put in a lot more effort than usually required of resort hosts and even organised for us to meet with a local real estate agency after we expressed interest in local investments. Their hospitality was greatly appreciated and we did not at all feel like strangers. We will undoubtedly return to spend more time at the resort, our little piece of Eden.
To our hosts Andre' and Anthony we wish the best of fortunes and greatly anticipate seeing them again.
'We came as strangers, but left as friends'
Bernd & Michaela Mueck
Hill top tranquility - we loved it here
We have just returned to Melbourne, after spending 5 amazing nights at Mai Tai, amidst the wonderful hill top tropical setting.
We have travelled extensively for over 30 years and this is one of the most perfect experiences we have had the pleasure of. It is a small luxury boutique resort, with individual attention to furnishings and style.
The hospitality was second to none. The hosts Anthony and Andre were happy to recommend places to eat and things to do but there was no pushiness or selling involved. They in fact couldn't have been more helpful.
The breakfast platter of fruit, many of which are grown in their own garden, was a true delight, sitting on the verandah and looking out at the wonderful views.
We can't understand the one negative comment below, as it does not sound like the same place that we stayed at. We shall certainly be returning to Mai Tai, next year and will be recommending it as a fantastic place to stay - 5 star all round!!!
Trish and Cube
A cut above the rest
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 loved the beauty and tranquility of Mai Tai which is tucked away in the mountains. In fact one could easily shoot past the sign! My husband and I spent three nights there and only wished it could have been more, however, we intend to return and hopefully stay at their newly acquired property which is at the foot of the existing resort. We also enjoyed a full day's tour of the region and were thrilled to see a real live Cassowary so near that we could have reached out and touched it. I'd also like to say that I enjoyed the best sleep as the huge four poster bed was the most comfortable I had ever encountered. Could have also been something to do with the fresh mountain air. We can't wait to return.
Point Of Difference.
A point of difference...
That's what we all want when looking to invest in a well-earned holiday. Isn't it?
Well, we all differ in our likes and dislikes, with some choosing a holiday mode of non-stop tours - notably in and around busy tourist locations - there's the action adventurer looking to bungy, white water etc, the trekker having vastly more stamina that I could muster in a lifetime and finally, the 'cruiser' - myself included.
The cruiser is, and please excuse the colloquialism, very cruisey. Hence he/she, like me, has little interest in travelling that incredibly well trodden 'typical tourist' path of visiting busy, over-priced, tourist orientated locations/attractions.
Mention Port Douglas and one logically thinks 'tourism' with a capital T. Not a place for the cruiser then. And to a large extent, this thinking is entirely on the money. Okay, but what if one was wanting to experience the lovely climate of Far North Queensland, they were not entirely adverse to attending worthwhile attractions such as a crocodile farm, had nothing against indulging in exquisite (and indeed somewhat expensive at that) cuisine (occasionally), and - for the sake of those family members or friends one may have left behind - could peruse various nick knack shops for a little piece of memorabilia?
Frankly, I think I have found the perfect solution! Whenever my partner and I decide to take a break, we usually spend quite some time surfing the web in search of that little out of the way indulgence, and I have to say that Tripadvisor often helps with reviews such as the one you are reading right now.
Wanting all of the above-mentioned attributes and loving the tropical north, we surfed intently for a couple of weeks during which the MaiTai Resort came up too often to ignore. The limited range of photographs looked great, the fact that it is an adult only facility, it sits high in the mountains some 10 minutes north of Port Douglas and was - purportedly at least - a slice of heaven, drew my attention and a booking was made.
Eight nights was all I could afford away from my business, so we set sail on a Saturday morning for afternoon arrival in Cairns followed by a one hour spurt up the highway to PD. Finding the driveway to the Mai Tai Resort is an exercise in itself, thanks to the facility being nestled almost entirely out of sight off the winding mountain road to Mt Malloy.
An approximate 100 metres later having traversed an extremely steep driveway, one enters what can only be described as a truly blissful oasis. Balinese influence is everywhere thanks to a massive amount of attention and forethought by the two proprietors - Anthony and Andre - truly beautiful. The pool, rooms, facilities, inclusive breakfast, et all, are great - absolutely, as is the ambiance. However what really makes this a holiday with a difference are the hosts who love nothing more than a good chat (or if it is your choice, they will leave you to your own devices), offer great tips on where to go and what to do, are happy to accommodate virtually any request you care to name and are an absolute pleasure.
If your idea of a holiday is to simply lay back and relax, then I highly recommend MaiTai. I know my partner and I will be back - next time for longer (I Hope).
Best travel experience ever
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.
The tropical breakfasts are great, with an assortment of fruits, juice, croissants and eggs cooked just the way you want them. The plunger coffee adds a nice touch.
The view from the pool deck across the valley to nearby Mossman township is fabulous, with the coastal beaches and sea clearly visible on the horizon. We found the pool to be best in the mornings for sun-bathing as at this time of the year, it tends to get cloudy in the afternoon.
The hosts are extremely friendly and helpful, offering good advice for day trips to undertake, restaurants to visit etc.
Having your own transport is essential as the property is a distance from the nearby townships of Port Douglas and Mossman.
We highly recommend this to any couple who want to 'escape'!
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!
TripAdvisor Reviews Mai Tai Resort Port Douglas
Travel Blogs from Port Douglas
... into the adjacent Police Station and checked .... no free camping. We called the 3 Caravan Parks and found they were booked out. A little disappointing as we had heard so much about Port Douglas and wanting to spend time there. Although our first impressions were a town full of resorts and lots of holiday makers with plenty of money. We spent most of the day checking out the beach , shops etc and left for Shannonvale free camp about 20 kms away. The worst night so far ...
... and stopped for lunch and a walk on the beach. It's true when they say the area is where the reef meets the rainforest. Apparently it's the only place in the world where two world heritage sites meet. Next was a board walk around the forest which was pretty cool. Our guide pointed out interesting plants -even a cork tree! I love all the mangroves but guess that's because of geography too. Got dropped off at my accommodation afterwards. I'm the only one staying ...
... cup of caffeine after boarding and then we set off. Knowing that there was a decent chance of feeling pretty rough in this boat we had all taken preventative tablets before we left and these did the trick. After a relaxing journey with the beautiful rainforest to our right, we could see the low isles ahead.
After mooring a couple of hundred yards out we took a glass bottomed boat trip and saw some ...
Off to go crocodile hunting today. Booked a cruise on one of the many tours that are available. Guess what, on the way to the cruise saw three baby Cassowaries and a mother crossing the road, how lucky are we, so I am figuring that we won't be eaten by crocodiles. The cruise was very informative and the guide was great, we saw 7 saltwater crocodiles, ...
... priceless look on his face. Needless to say when we boarded the cableway after the next station, our friend from Japan decided to hang back and catch the next one.
Kuranda Village, our final destination, has been around for hundreds of years way up in the Daintree Rainforest, and has been home to the original Djabugay people throughout its history. Nowadays, it’s basically just a tourist attraction ...