Maleny, Australia

Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Rates from (ex tax)$275.23

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD399.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fruits of the (rain)forest

Setting

Right by Gardners Falls

Queensland’s lush, tranquil rainforest gets a generous injection of Asian-inspired serenity, thanks to spoiling Spicers Tamarind Retreat, which will relax you to the point of somnolence with its spa, then revive you with its restaurant and cookery school… Clever chef Dan Jarrett is up to delicious mischief in the hotel’s kitchen, turning out tasting menus that hop to far-flung lands and back: expect to get your chops around perfect ponzu, lychee and – naturally – tamarind concoctions. The hotel is set in blissful seclusion: we advise you to hide out here and forget you were ever anywhere else…

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

An AU$50 spa credit and a handmade cinnamon-and-clove candle

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $275.23 (AU$363), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD362.73), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast (the delicious options include a rustic terrine, spicy baked beans with sour cream and sourdough, and chocolate pancakes).

Also

If you love the great outdoors, you’ll fit right in here: instead of gardens, the hotel has a ravishing rainforest right on its doorstep.

At the hotel

Cooking school; spa; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, WiFi, minibar, kitchenette with microwave and kettle.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for a Luxury Fall Villa if you like the sound of a Japanese-style outdoor cedar hot tub and a room with a wood-burning fireplace. The Luxury Forest Villas are worthy rivals, thanks to their alfresco cocoon bath and added privacy: they’re hidden away in the rainforest.

Poolside

There’s a diminutive alfresco swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the grounds; water-babies can also opt for a room with an outdoor cedar hot tubs.

Spa

Get some rainforest rejuvenation at spoiling Spa Anise, which is the region’s best day spa – partly thanks to its huge, merman-and-mermaid-ready hydrotherapy pool.

Packing tips

Bring binoculars for bird-, animal- and other-guest spotting; swimwear for the spa.

Also

The Gardners Villa is wheelchair-accessible, and the restaurant and bar are equipped with ramps.

Children

Over-3s are welcome, but Luxury Falls Villas and the Spa Studio are for adults only. Babysitting can be arranged with an external company (a minimum three-hour booking applies).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit outside on the deck and take in the spectacular views.

Dress Code

Those dishes deserve a sartorial upgrade: sport a favourite shirt – palm print, perhaps? – or trusted frock.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Dan Jarrett is one of the shiny feathers in the hotel’s cap: he dishes up dazzling mod-Asian dishes at the Tamarind Restaurant, a sleek, dimly-lit space with more than its fair share of sex appeal. Opt for the Chef’s Selection tasting menu, which frequently changes: previous crowd-pleasers include confit salmon with pickled ginger and miso quinoa, and beef tataki with crisp oyster, daikon, wasabi, miso mustard and black-beer ponzu, for example. You can also order a DIY gourmet bush-barbecue hamper, available seven days a week (AU$120 for two).

Hotel bar

There’s a little bar attached to the restaurant. Forget cocktails and canter through the impressive wine selection, which includes a noteworthy Leeuwin Art Series chardonnay. Highly-gluggable stuff.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 10am; lunch is available between 12 noon and 2pm; dinner 5pm to 8pm. The bar is open from 2pm until 10pm.

Location

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Address
Spicers Tamarind Retreat
88 Obi Lane South
Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
4552
Australia

Planes

Sunshine Coast Airport is 49 kilometres away, a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Alternatively, fly into Brisbane Airport, a 75-minute drive away. Smith24 can sort your flights and transfers; just give them a ring.

Automobiles

Brisbane is a 90-minute drive away; the hotel has free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Get a cooking class from the hotel’s expert chefs at the Tamarind Cooking School, which overlooks the tropical gardens in the heart of the rainforest. (Try not to get distracted by the views while you’re wielding knives.) Pick from four-hour classes held every Saturday from 10am to 2pm (AU$165 a person, including your apron, lunch and wine), or have a shorter session (two hours) on the third Sunday of the month, from 6pm to 8pm (AU$45 a person, including tastings). Alternatively, bubble away in the hotel’s hydrotherapy room (book your session ahead). Once a year, the hotel hosts an Sculptures on the Edge exhibition in its grounds, so keep your eyes peeled for art during your stay. Spicers Tamarind also hosts Jazz in the Forest music specials, from 12 noon until 3pm on the first and third Sunday of the month. Further afield, perfect your swing at Maleny Golf Club, admire the scenery from Gerrards Lookout and commune with Mother Nature at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

Local restaurants

If you’ve got a soft spot for crustaceans and bivalves, head to Terrace of Maleny (+61 (0)7 5494 3700) on Landsborough Maleny Road. Generous seafood platters are the number-one draw, but the grilled meat is equally toothsome. (Whatever you order will come with a generous portion of jaw-drop views, too.) Head to Pomodoras on Obi restaurant, attached to the Pomodoras hotel (+61 (0)7 5429 6543) on Maleny’s Lawyer Street, for a ‘slow food’ feast starring local produce, fish and meat. The restaurant is set in romantic gardens; it’s ripe for candlelit dinners, with a dash of wildlife-spotting thrown in for good measure. The Long Apron at the hotel's nearby sister property, Spicers Clovelly Estate is an award-winning restaurant serving European-inspired dishes made with the Sunshine Coast’s finest seafoods and local produce. The á la carte menu offers many tempting treats such as coral trout with pickled kohlrabi, honey and chamomile, and suckling pig with fennel and a soubise sauce, but to really get a taste of local flavours and experience the chef's keen culinary skills, choose the five-course tasting menu.  

Local cafés

Go for brunch or lunch at Monica’s Café; avocado smash with poached eggs is a sensible way to begin the day…

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this relaxing hotel in Queensland and unpacked their swimwear and recipes, a full account of their rainforest break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny

Tamarinds are a tart fruit plucked from tamarind trees, often used as a souring agent – but don’t worry, there’s nothing bitter about a stay at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. This ravishing rainforest hideaway maximises its tropical Queensland setting and adds a generous dose of Asian bliss to the mix. Villas are set in leafy seclusion, starring Japanese spa baths and cocoon tubs; some have working fireplaces, too, for guaranteed snug-as-a-bug vibes. It would be totally permissible to stay put at the hotel and make the most of the tempting tasting menus, wellness perks and the impressive wine list – but do at least try to venture out, to encounter that spectacular rainforest face-to-face. You’re right by gorgeous Gardners Falls, for starters…

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Spicers Tamarind Retreat’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Spring for a hot tub. Just do it. Maleny is a wonderful place to visit, and we enjoyed every second of Spicers Tamarind. We're already planning to come back next year for a kid-free break. The included breakfast was awesome, dinner was great (book at least one night!) and it's just a great place to unwind and chill out. Maleny Food Co. was a great visit, took home lots of goodies, Sweets on Maple was awesome for Easter gifts, Brouhaha was great for a pub meal and delicious beer. I heard the Spa at Spicers Tamarind was incredible too.

Don’t expect

Crazy nightlife (unless you're talking wildlife).

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2018

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