Daintree Ecolodge and Spa: Escape The Cold in the World’s Oldest Rainforest
The average monthly January temperature in the tropical Daintree Rainforest of North Queensland Australia is about 31 degrees Celsius or 88 degrees Fahrenheit – downright hot depending on your point of reference. But what makes the 135 million year old Daintree steamy these days is not only the heat and 120 days of rain each year, but also the Maloney family’s international award winning eco-resort, the Daintree Ecolodge and Spa. Since opening originally in 1993, the resort has continued to evolve and has garnered some of the world’s top accolades including: “World’s Best Exotic Spa Hotel,” World’s “Best Environmental Practices Spa,” World’s Leading Eco Lodge,” “Top 10 Spa Retreats in the World,” and “Australasias’s Leading Green Hotel.”
The Daintree Ecolodge is located on 30 acres of rare freehold rainforest surrounded by a World Heritage Site designated national park. Only 2 acres of the property is “developed” with the remaining 28 acres treated as a conservation set aside. In building the 15 individual tree house style villas, restaurant and spa, utmost care was taken to avoid site disturbance. Apart from the many “green” features of the property, the Maloneys have placed a priority on working with local people and community economic development. The resort employs Aboriginal staff and guides and the owners of the resort have started a foundation with a mission of improving the lives of Australian Aboriginal people.
What sets the property apart and makes the resort “authentic,” is that from the start, Terry and Cathy Maloney, founders and owners of this special property, have been able to achieve high levels of quality and service without compromising the extraordinary natural setting. Further, the Maloneys have engaged local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal knowledge to help plan and operate the resort. The result is a winning combination of environmental and social responsibility without compromising comfort and quality.
Get there before the masses do – Tahlia Burchill, a young Kuku Yalanji woman (resort employee and face of the resort’s own skincare line – Daintree Essentials) was recently featured in a segment of Oprah Winfrey’s show, Beauty Around the World. www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au