Tropical Rainforest Revival
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat at Montville has re-opened following a major renovation and upgrade of their six self-contained pavilions.
During the renovation the boutique hotel won gold in the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Qantas National Australian Tourism Awards, for the second consecutive year for hosted accommodation.
To add to its fame, Narrows Escape is now recognised as one of Australia’s 25 best small resorts in the 2014 Trip AdvisorTraveller’s Choice Awards for B&B’s and Inns.
The resort was inducted into the Queensland Tourism’s Hall of Fame in 2013 after winning the Hosted Accommodation Category for three consecutive years.
National award winning Designer Eileen Middleton won the contract to redesign the complex. Excited about the challenge, she said the ‘reborn’ Narrows brought the natural beauty of the rainforest into the pavilion design by using complementary colours, textures and fittings, but always retaining an elegant, indulgent feeling of luxury. The revitalized pavilions now feature Wi-Fi, an interpretive trail, new bathrooms, kitchens and interiors.
The renovation has upgraded Narrows Escape from cosy cottages to sleek modern pavilions, with all the facilities desired by savvy travellers.
Each pavilion is totally secluded from its neighbours, nestled in the rainforest connected by guided paths to the reception and car park.
Eileen has chosen a soft palette of latte, cove, lime, and taupe to link the Queensland hoop pine floors, blonde and teak touches in furniture and cabinetry. The glamorous spas in each pavillion are accented via an elegant red cedar timberstep.
This wood effect, which is reminiscent of rainforest timber, is repeated on the bar, the perfect spot to perch while cocktails are created in the kitchen.
The overall affect is a nod to the hip retro Scandinavian style, with the funky leather lounges, glass palette coffee table and log burning fire places. The lounge zone has its own timber dining setting for two crafted from local Bunya pine and a fully equipped stainless steel and polished stone kitchen. A skylight lets guests see the stars from their warm spa bath!
The bedroom suite echoes the natural tones, with more touches of lime in lighting, linking to the green of the rainforest window view. Bedding is pure Egyptian cotton floating on a heavenly cloudquality mattress, ensuring a perfect night’s sleep to the lullaby of the trickling creek outside.
The ensuite has a Bali spa style indulgent vibe, with a double power shower and saucer basin set above the full length vanity. Natural polished stone and pale timber finishes complete the ‘chill out’ resort style bathroom.
Outside, each villa has its own deck, fitted with the essential hammock for two and BBQ, your own rainforest cafe. If a picnic is preferred, guests can step into the graded rainforest trail created by Mark and Joanne.
The trail is an easy walk form the pavilions through the native rainforest across the ‘Gin and Tonic’ Obi Obi creek.
The signs describe the types of trees, bushes and groundcover, information about animals, endangered specis and insects as well as cultural background about the area.
About Narrows Escape
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat is a boutique luxury resort nestled in pristine rainforests at Montville on the Sunshine Coast hinterland on the edge of Kondalilla National Park.
The six fully self-contained air-conditioned secluded pavilions are designed and furnished for couples. They feature log fireplaces, deep spa baths, coffee machines and free Wi-Fi.
Owners Joanne and Mark Skinner work closely with the onsite Managers to ensure visitors are spoiled during their stay in this very special and secluded corner of the world.
Guests can experience the tranquillity of nature at their doorstep or explore the food, arts or market trails in charming hinterland village’s just minutes away.
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