The story of the estate. São Lourenço do Barrocal has been in the same family for more than 200 years, and it was José António Uva (who is eight generation of the same family) who had a vision to turn the family property into a farm retreat he could share with others. The passion and dedication behind José António’s dream, and what he has created, is incredibly inspiring.
The interiors. Perfectly simple and calming. The interior design was led by José António’s wife Ana’s design studio, AnahoryAlmeida (also responsible for the interiors of many of Lisbon’s finest restaurants) and it is a dream.
Hortelão, their outdoor restaurant. The most beautiful place to dine between Spring through Autumn, this slow-food, farm to fork restaurant is located next to the pool, right by the organic kitchen garden, and is the perfect place to enjoy a dinner under the stars.
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA • RAINFOREST BAYANS • SLEEPS 2 | 1 BEDROOMS | 1 BATH
Daintree Ecolodge, situated in the heart of the enchanting World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest on Kuku Yalanji Country, offers sustainable luxury in an absolutely breathtaking location. This tropical rainforest retreat is the only boutique accommodation in the rainforest and offers 15 eco-friendly bayans (or treehouses) nestled amongst the canopy of the world's oldest living rainforest right next to the almighty Daintree River.
In each of the eco-luxury bayans you will feel completely enveloped by the rainforest. With their open plan setting, and micro-screened balconies to bring the outside in, you will feel as close to nature as possible. The bayans are minimalistic in design. As part of your stay, breakfast is included each morning at the Ecolodge's Julaymba Restaurant. You can also choose to dine there for lunch and dinner as well (and there are not too many other options around, so this is definitely your best bet). The menu features seasonal produce sourced from the onsite vegetable garden and the surrounding region of Daintree Port Douglas. There are no TVs or Wifi in the bayans meaning you can really use this time to switch off and connect with nature. You will wake up to the sound of the birds in the canopy above. This is the perfect place to escape the busyness of life and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. It is such a privilege to spend time on this land.
Why I love it
I love the Daintree Ecolodge for its close proximity to both the magnificent Daintree River and Cape Tribulation as well. I love falling asleep in the rainforest to the sounds of nature (I recommend booking one of their newly renovated Lagoon Bayans). I also love the spa treatments at the onsite Daintree Wellness Spa. The local Kuku Yalanji people have named the land on which the Daintree Ecolodge sits ‘Wawu-karrba’ which means ‘healing of the spirit.’ With approval from the local Indigenous tribe elders, each spa treatment combines the wisdom of their culture, healing, medicines and spirituality. A very nourishing and powerful experience. I also love how you can wander through the rainforest to the property's pristine waterfall. The food at the Julaymba Restaurant is great and the staff are super friendly. I also love that the Daintree Ecolodge (and broader Northern Escapes Collection) is passionate about reducing their impact on the environment and making a positive one on the local community. Sustainability lies at the core of who they are as a business, and there are a number of inspiring sustainability initiatives in place at the Daintree Ecolodge.
About the owners
The Daintree Ecolodge is proud to be part of the Northern Escape Collection, a curated portfolio of boutique sustainable lodges and experiences that celebrate Queensland’s diverse natural beauty in one bespoke journey.
The Northern Escape Collection was crafted by Australian family business the Morris Group. The Morris family is passionate about contributing to sustainable economies in Australia and allowing travellers to experience the unique natural beauty of Northern Australia in its purest form.
With this vision in mind, Chris Morris curated the Northern Escape Collection and brought his daughter Hayley on-board to help design unique experiences that tread lightly on the planet and create meaningful memories.
Chris, together with Hayley and the family, run the Morris Group which has diverse interests spanning the tourism, hospitality, agriculture, food, technology and aviation industries in Australia and the UK and is parent to charitable fund, Morris Family Foundation.
What to do nearby
Sunset cruise with Daintree River Wild Watch
Mossman Saturday Farmers Market
What to bring