What does The Botanical Ark Retreat offer?
In 2003, The Botanical Ark Retreat opened its doors to holiday makers in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The Botanical Ark Retreat is a private and exclusive villa, situated within the internationally, award winning gardens of The Botanical Ark and features accommodation for upto eight discerning guests, freshwater swimming holes and a sandy beach. This secluded property is framed by the Daintree National Park and within convenient proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Cairns.
The Botanical Ark is closed to the public so guests at The Botanical Ark Retreat have exclusive use, privacy is guaranteed, and your identity remains confidential.
Although this is primarily a self catering Retreat, you can request a chef to visit and create a delicious meal for you in-house. You can view the menu here and order your choice when you book your accommodation on this website.
We are conveniently located for visits to the regions iconic destinations, including The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, Daintree River, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas. There are always plenty of adventures. Getting here is easy as the Cairns International Airport is only a 90 minute drive away.
What is The Botanical Ark?
The Botanical Ark is one of the world’s greatest collections of tropical ethnobotanical plants (plants humans can use). It grows more than 3,000 species of tropical plants, including fruit, spices and nuts.
It is the lifework of Alan and Susan Carle. Read their remarkable and inspiring stories, including how and why The Botanical Ark is helping save the world’s rainforests. It’s not surprising that this award-winning ethnobotanical conservation showcase has made many appearances in the media and received accolades from Slow Food International.
Saving the world’s rainforests
How The Botanical Ark is helping save tropical rainforests of the world will be revealed in depth if you do our flagship activity, the Botanical Ark Garden Tour, during your stay. There are also other activities at The Botanical Ark.
Where are Alan and Susan now?
With their children grown up and gone, Alan and Susan live in a home in a private location on The Botanical Ark property. If they are in residence, they welcome a chat with their guests…and because they fund this globally unique rainforest refuge out of their own pocket, some say staying here is like saving tropical rainforests of the world in your sleep.
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“Of all the resorts and villas set gloriously in verdant tropical gardens, none - no matter where in the world - comes even close to out-blossoming Far North Queensland’s The Botanical Ark Retreat.”
Asia-Pacific Tropical Homes
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“It is not often that your holiday expectations are met, yet alone surpassed...we hope to return.”
“We have visited many wonderful places around the world and The Botanical Ark is one of the most beautiful places.”
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“This award can be seen as the planet's way of saying thanks.”
Calro Petrini - Head of Slow Food
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