Imagine waking up in a four-poster bed, flicking a switch to make the floor to ceiling blinds lift up and then being greeted by 180-degree views of hills and tropical rainforest as you enjoy your morning cuppa. The lifestyle that comes with a stay at The Cassowary is an absolute treat.
Luxurious resorts are ten a penny in Port Douglas but if you’re travelling with a group of friends, family or a wedding party, renting a large luxury house is a practical alternative that can work out to be both cheaper and a lot more private.
And when you are splitting the cost between a group the standard of accommodation that you can afford can often be spectacular.
We recently joined another family for a weekend’s stay at The Cassowary, a large modern architecturally designed house about 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.
We were welcomed by the sound of water trickling down a large water feature wall, and drawn inwards towards the fantastic open plan living space with high ceilings, which opens out onto a balcony overlooking the lap pool.
First impressions are stunning. Wow!
Of course, the first thing you always have to do first on these occasions is go on a thorough guided tour and absorb all the design ideas that you’d like to install in your own house back at home.
This means that the house effectively has two ‘wings’ with 5 bedrooms flowing along the balcony from the main hub of the living area.
There are two master suites at each end of the balcony plus an additional 3 double suites inbetween so it would accommodate five couples really well too.
With two families the accommodation was perfect for us because the parents could occupy the two main master suites at each end of the balcony while the children could occupy the other double suites in the middle.
And, as the house is so spacious that we never felt like we were encroaching on each other.
kitchens and bathrooms
The kitchen is the kind that every house should have and makes you want to move in immediately.
Modern, state-of-the-art and streamlined, with lots of wide bench space and storage, a double-fridge and all the equipment and facilities you could ever need, including very important champagne flutes, obviously.
The main ‘Honeymoon’ suite also has an outdoor rain shower and a spa bath for those who wish to indulge in even more luxury (and who doesn’t?).
It was specifically designed along eco principles and even has a five star energy efficiency rating.
a blissful weekend
We spent an idyllic weekend at the Cassowary – relaxing, swimming, reading, chatting, admiring the views and just generally enjoying the facilities.
And, as if it could get any better, on the second night two ladies also turned up from Mai Thai Massage in Port Douglas to give us an in-house massage. Ah, what a blissful way to live.
travel nq fast facts:
- The Cassowary is available for private rentals as well as weddings, corporate getaways and wellness retreats.