Works on the highly-anticipated refurbishment of Silky Oaks Lodge have commenced. Parent company Baillie Lodges (which acquired the Queensland retreat in January 2019) have confirmed a reopening date of 1 October, 2021 for the new-look lodge.
The $15+ million refurbishment will align both the features at Silky Oaks Lodge and the guest experience of the Daintree Rainforest with the existing Baillie Lodges properties in Australia and overseas. That includes the purchase this month of Huka Lodge in New Zealand.
Inclusive rates, premium suites, contemporary finishes and a more stylish experience of the World Heritage-listed Daintree are all slated.
The Daintree Rainforest and Mossman River will remain the star attractions, with the landscape’s cool influence reflected indoors. Custom furnishings by local designers will evoke a real sense of the tropical north.
The Main Lodge facelift will include a new boardwalk, winged roof and expansive lounge and enhanced bar at reception.
New luxury benchmark for TNQ
A “new level of luxury rainforest retreat” is promised with the delivery of the ultra-premium Daintree Pavilion.
The abode will set a new benchmark for luxury in Tropical North Queensland, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and skillion ceilings to provide an immersive experience of the surrounding rainforest. There will be two separate sleeping areas, an expansive lounge and extensive outdoor deck and infinity pool.
The Daintree Pavilion will accommodate a maximum of five guests and be priced from $2,500 per person, per night.
Silky Oaks Lodges’ dual Billabong Suites will also feature new decks and plunge pools overlooking the river.
Learn more about the development plans here.
Indigenous artists commissioned
Baillie Lodges Founder Hayley Baillie has commissioned Indigenous artworks from the region’s Kuku Yalanji people, and has purchased artworks from the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and ceramics for the main lodge areas from the Yalanji Arts Centre. Hayley has also worked with fine art photographer Catherine Nelson to commission a series of five large scale images of the Daintree and its people, which will feature in guest lounging areas and suites.
Silky Oaks Lodge will continue to work with local tour operators to offer guests a collection of adventures of the surrounding Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation.
Full steam ahead
Baillie Lodges founder James Baillie said that everyone was excited to be working full steam on the Silky Oaks Lodge project once again.
“We’re thrilled the works on Silky Oaks Lodge have begun this week. At Baillie Lodges we feel strongly about supporting local and regional economies by working with local designers, tradespeople and food and beverage producers to give back to the local communities in which we operate,” Mr Baillie said.
“We’re looking forward to injecting new life and love into the incredible Silky Oaks Lodge property that has been loved by many guests over the past decades and will, we intend, continue to delight guests into the future.”