If you’re after a Sunshine Coast short break, honeymoon or romantic getaway for two, this news is definitely going to please. Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, an exclusive luxury stay at Montville, has just re-opened following a major renovation and upgrade of their six-self contained pavilions.
This resort – now recognised as one of Australia’s 25 best small resorts, according to recent Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards – was inducted into the Queensland Tourism’s Hall of Fame in 2013 after winning the Hosted Accommodation Category for three consecutive years, and also won gold in the Qantas National Australian Tourism Awards for the second consecutive year. And it’s no wonder this resort keeps scooping up those awards – it’s always been a favourite of travellers, honeymooners and couples, offering romantic, luxurious living with all the personality and charm of a much smaller getaway. It’s definitely a favourite of the H4C team, so we’re utterly thrilled it’s open again!
Nationally-renowned and award-winning designer Eileen Middleton was the talent behind the Narrows redesign, and you can see her passion for this project throughout. Utilising a soft palette of latte, cove, lime and taupe, the ‘reborn’ Narrows brings the rainforest’s naturally romantic beauty into the pavilion design while still retaining Narrows’ famed elegance and indulgent luxury. The Queensland hoop pine floors are matched with natural blonde and teak touches in furniture and cabinetry, while each cottage’s glam spa is accented with an elegant red cedar timber step. Best of all, you can lie back in the warm spa and gaze up at the stars – a skylight, perfectly positioned above each bath, lets the romantic natural surrounds into your luxe accommodation.
In the bedroom, you and your sweetheart can lose yourself in the opulent touches. Lime touches connect couples to the rainforest views, easily seen from the heavenly bed – tangle yourself up in those pure Egyptian cotton sheets and gaze outdoors, while the trickling creek outside gently lulls you to sleep. Your ensuite hasn’t missed out on any of these touches – Balinese-style indulgence meets natural Australian touches, with a double power shower and saucer basin set amongst natural polished stone and pale timber finishes.
Modern leather lounges, log-burning fireplaces and fully-equipped kitchens truly make each villa a romantic hideaway, perfect for couples seeking a secluded getaway or honeymoon. If losing your connection to the outside world is a worry, though, don’t despair – every guest gets free wi-fi (though we hope you’re using it to upload some pics of your romantic getaway, rather than checking on work emails!). Each villa has its own deck, complete with a hammock for two – perfect for a romantic sunset with your sweetheart! – and BBQ. Couples can also enjoy a romantic picnic for two in the rainforest, an easy walk straight from your pavilion.
So take a visit to Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat in Montville for your honeymoon or romantic break for two – with nature at your doorstep, the hinterland to explore and luxury to come home to, it’s just begging you to make a booking.Fred McKie Photography]