We were on our month long pan Pacific Rim honeymoon. Great barrier reefs was our second last stop (or Port Douglas/Cairns). Always profited from Tripadvisor's reviews on new destinations, we booked the Mai Tai. I always loved Bali and its practical yet intriguing architecture, it was a no-brainer.
After a disappointing stay in Cairns, we were really hoping for a tropical retreat that we'd actually enjoy. And Mai Tai delivered every bit of our expectation and exceeded it with such ease and grace.
It is surrounded by one of the oldest rainforests in the world, half way on a mountain range. We were there at the beginning of the summer, it was lush, humid, and rather hot. All in a good way. After an entire morning of driving along the dramatic coastal highway, all the greenery was definitely visually relaxing.
The hotel's driveway was very steep, we were deprived of a view from the hotel itself. However, the fierce sun was shielded from us by the tropical canopy trees, while exotic flowers welcomed us with their colourful blooms. And then, we got to the top and we both said "wow" together. An authentic Balinese compound with it's signature tranquil and elegant characters nested in the embrace of the rainforest to its left. With the view opened up to the right by a stretch of sugar cane fields at the foot of the mountain, only to be highlighted by glimpses of the coral sea on the other end.
And to top it all off, we were hosted by the 2 most friendly and helpful hoteliers during our honeymoon. Andre and Anthony made us felt right at home during our entire stay, we really felt we were staying with some old friends. Any request was not too big or too small, we'd always have a delightful chat every morning at the breakfast table (which is not to be missed) about what to do on our daily excursion to the sea or the rainforest.
Since the villa was booked already, Anthony recommended the Orchid Room. And it was wonderful (the deluxe room, but it is definitely honeymoon proof :). We had much use of the outdoor shower and a lot of fun with it. This is the only deluxe room with the same view as the hotel entrance,so if you can't get the villa, get the Orchid room. Our room was always meticulously cleaned and maintained. Our Balinese bed was comfortable and sturdy ;P. Another bonus from being in the rainforest was that we were serenaded every night by the local fauna. Definitely not something you'd experience if you end up in one of the apartments or hotels in Port Douglas.
Last but not the least, DO NOT miss the breakfast everyday. Andre will schedule it with you depending on your trip arrangement. They grow their own tropical fruit, all tree ripened on the location. Mango, Ramboutan, melon, grapes, passion fruit and the list goes on. And you get to enjoy them all on the hotel porch overlooking that million dollar view.
All in all, our Mai Tai experience was definitely one of our honeymoon highlights. Book ahead and have fun. We'll definitely go back :).
- Also Known As:
- Mai Tai Hotel Port Douglas
- Mai Tai Hotel
- Mai Tai Port Douglas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mai Tai Resort is an exclusive and totally private boutique Balinese sytle resort offering the guest the ultimate in luxury accommodation. Set high on the mountain and surrounded by 10 acres of rain forest, Mai Tai offers absolute breathtaking views of the Coral Coast, Daintree Rain Forest and Thornton's Peak. Mai Tai is the perfect location for honeymooners, small incentive groups or those simply looking for complete relaxation and privacy. ... more less
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