Tropical flower arrangements
Tropical fruit bowl
L'Occitane bathroom products
You will know you’re in the tropics when you enter this open-plan family home because of the number, size, colours, scent, and sheer beauty of the our tropical flower arrangements throughout.
Our garden also grows over 500 species of tropical fruits from around the world and you will find a tropical fruit bowl bursting with a selection of whatever is in season. Some of these fruits look weird but they all give you a unique taste sensation.
So you don’t have to buy go the basics before you arrive, we’ll provide you with ground-coffee, fresh milk, sugar, a variety of teas, olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, some dried spices and herbs, salt and pepper, even some pasta and sauce if you’re running late.
In both bathrooms and showers, pamper yourself with your L’Occitane bathroom products.
And because knowing everything in advance leaves nothing to discover, you will also find a couple of surprises.
4 bedrooms: 1 King (master), 2 Queen, 1 room with 2 singles
Sleeps a maximum of 8
Master: air conditioning, en-suite, spa bath
All; ceiling fans, screened, light & airy
The master bedroom, Saraca, fills with light and air through three double-doors opening to spacious verandahs and/or the water garden. It has a King bed and, with the ceiling fan and air conditioning, it’s a cool place to be.
It also features a marble-tiled en suite bathroom, including shower and spa-bath. The house is so private, you can relax in the spa bath with the doors open and know you won’t be disturbed.
The three other bedrooms, Carissa, Mauritia, Licuala, have double-doors that open on to a covered courtyard and/or garden. All have ceiling fans and all windows are screened for bug-free sleeps. Good lighting makes good bed reading.
Apart from the en suite bathroom of the master bedroom, there is a second shower and toilet off the covered courtyard. Each is supplied with the beautiful L’Occitane bathroom products.
Enjoy the luxurious feel of our super-fluffy towels you’ll find in each of the bedrooms as well as extras by the shower.
Gas cooker & oven
All you expect; toaster, jug, fridge, etc.
You will discover that cooking in this gourmet kitchen is a treat.
Along with a ceiling fan, plenty of windows (with fabulous garden views), and strong extractor fans above the gas cooker/oven, a tropical kitchen has never felt so cool. You have plenty of room to store food in the large walk-in pantry and large fridge/freezer. There are all the pans and knives and mashers and tools of the trade at your fingertips.
Start your day in bed with a good coffee made on your espresso machine. If you’re a microwave fan, you’ve got one of those, too. And to make life easier, there’s a dishwasher.
45-inch screen, 160 channels
DVD player & DVD selection
CD player & CD selection
Along with the silky oak timber one-two-three seater sofas with comfy cushions, the red-tulip timber flooring gives a cool, natural feel to the main social area. It’s high ceiling and wide open frontage that overlooks the spacious verandah, water feature, and tropical garden gives a real outdoor-when-you’re-indoor feel. Complete with ceiling fan.
Discreetly placed inside some beautiful furniture is the 45-inch screen (115cm) where you can indulge and watch some of the supplied DVDs or one of about 160 TV channels that feature movies, news and documentaries, sport, special interest, entertainment, kids and family. And if you don’t want to watch it, you can leave those doors closed and you won’t even know it’s there.
But you will probably spend much of your time on the 16-metre long by almost four-metre wide verandah. That, in anyone’s language, is big. And it’s where you are neither indoors nor outdoors. It’s like the shoreline of the home and offers the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living, whether it’s eating a meal and sharing stories around the wooden dining table, having coffee in the comfy chairs around a glass-topped coffee table, day dreaming in the wooden loungers, or snoozing in the hammock.
In the background, you could be listening to the in-house sound system with a CD player that also has an iPod input. You’ll find a wide selection of CDs, with an emphasis on world music.
If you’ve finished your current book, you’re sure to find something to your liking from our selection of non-fiction books, fiction books, or magazines.
Tropical north Queensland is a warm place and what better way to cool down than a swim. You can dry off and feel that sunshine in the loungers on your own private beach - before jumping in for another swim. Cooking meals outdoors is a Queensland tradition and you’ll find a gas fired barbecue to do just that. When its time to play some games, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied, including the obligatory monopoly, scrabble, and chess, but there’s also less famous but just as much fun games, including Balderdash, Scattergories, Surprise, the intriguingly named Midlife Crisis, plus more.
If it’s time to catch up on your clothes washing, you’ll find an excellent top-loading washing machine in the laundry. Because we encourage environmental responsibilty, we ask that you use the Botanical Ark natural drying system, otherwise known as the clothes line. But if the weather is not on dry mode, feel free use the clothes dryer
The Botanical Ark Retreat is so quiet and peaceful because it’s tucked away at the end of a valley, snuggling up against the Daintree National Park hills. Therefore, you can get a welcome break from your mobile phone. This is the perfect opportunity where you can tell your kids, your friends, and your family that you really are out of mobile range.
But not out of touch. You still have free WiFi for your laptop so you can upload your TripAdvisor review and boast about how peaceful this place is.
And there’s always the landline phone if you need to talk to the outside.
All these communications are, of course, complimentary. However, you may incur a charge for excessive downloads on the WiFi.
4 bedrooms - 1 King (master with ensuite), 2 Queen, 2 King Singles
Master bedroom/ensuite has air conditioning, hair dryer, spa bath, toilet
Master bedroom ensuite is marble tiled, has air conditioning, hair dryer, spa bath
All bedrooms are screened with ceiling fans
A second shower and toilet
Plenty of free parking space
Acres of garden, winner of Australia’s Best Backyard
Freshwater swimming lagoon with own private beach
Big flat lawns
Satellite TV (AUSTAR) with 160 channels
ILVE gas cooker and oven
Lots of bench space
All utensils, crockery, etc.
Indoor / Alfresco dining
Games, board and card
Full laundry facilities including washing machine, clothes line, and clothes dryer
A complimentary mid stay cleaning service for bookings of 8 nights or more
All linen and beach towels
In house catering and massage are optional extras