Sanctuary Retreat
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A Tree House Sanctuary
I have an affinity for sleeping in trees. Particularly when those trees are in a rainforest and even better when those trees end at a secluded beach. In my opinion, tree houses should be an unobtrusive part of the forest, and my footprint while sleeping there minimal. I found the Sanctuary Retreat in North Queensland while looking for lodging between Brisbane and Townsville, and I’m so glad I did. This place strikes the perfect balance between “eco” and “luxury.” That means heavenly beauty and lush cozy comfort. I mean, I’m on vacation, right? So: silky bamboo sheets. Shower walls of glass (no neighboring eyes except blue Ulysses butterflies). Phenomenal food. Not a bad way to start the day. Walk downhill through the canopy straight onto the sandy beach. Look around. Realize you’re the only one there. Sigh. Since sunbathing in Australia is like sitting in a solar flare, when your sunscreen has worn off head back to the lodge, take a yoga class, and get a massage before dinner. Go for a guided night walk. Then climb back to your personal tree house on stilts. Sink into those – seriously, how are they so soft? – bamboo sheets. Listen to the rainforest and love your life. Tomorrow you have plans to dive the Great Barrier Reef, kayak the Coral Sea, or go white water rafting. But tonight, sleep in the trees.
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