Need to know
11am; earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $268.68 (AU$343), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually exclude breakfast. The hotel has a free scheduled shuttle service into town. There's a 1.8 per cent surcharge for all credit-card payments.
Have a couple's massage in the serene green lotus gardens, with the waves breaking in the background. Given your surroundings, it makes sense to try the Native Flora Journey, which features hot oil and clay, or the Everglades Escape, a facial that begins with a foot bath.
At the hotel
Rainforest, lake, beach (an eye-bogglingly beautiful five-minute walk away), swimming pools, gardens, spa with six treatment rooms, gift shop selling local products, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, radio, minibar (Superior and Deluxe Spa Suites also have bathrobes and slippers). Each room has a kitchenette with an oven, microwave, dishwasher, sink, washing machine and kettle; rooms also all have a netted verandah.
Our favourite rooms
Deluxe Spa rooms are closest to the beach and removed from the resort's main facilities, meaning more privacy and romance. Rivergum 88, decorated with hits of berry-red and orange, has one of the best spots. Lie like a starfish on your big bed and enjoy the sounds of the forest, or sit out on your balcony with that book you've been meaning to plough through.
Eyeball the rainforest from the raised infinity pool, sheltered from the elements by a curtain-like wall of thick greenery. There’s teak furniture and generously sized sun loungers to sprawl out on; you can order cocktails or pick which factor sun lotion to splash on from the serviced pool stand.
Binoculars and beach towels. It can get cool in the evenings, so bring warmer layers to slip on.
Smokers should only light up in the designated smoking verandah next to the restaurant; your balcony and the walkways are all non-cancer-stick territory. In June and July 2014, communal areas will have a light spruce-up (disruption should be minimal).
This hotel is designed for older Smiths; leave the bairns behind.
The hotel is as green as its surroundings: the architecture relies on the flow of fresh air, rather than air conditioning; recycled grey water is used for washing; staff are trained on rainforest conservation; light bulbs are ecologically sound and the hotel recycles as much as possible.