A cozy rainforest getaway in the heart of the Tweed Valley
When it comes to proposals, there are two types of people in this world: people who don’t leave anything to chance and people who don’t know where to start in regards to planning. If you’re counting yourself to the latter category, then grab a pen now.
A few minutes drive from Murwillumbah, Queensland, lays Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, a 100-hectare, discreetly placed getaway, which is surrounded on three sides by the world heritage-listed Numinbah Nature Reserve and Springbrook National Park. Guarded by the watchful eye of Mount Warning, the resort offers 13 beautiful bungalows to romance-hungry city-siders, each of which is designed in understated luxury. Nestled in the luscious, rolling hills of the local rainforest, the lodges boast either spectacular views into the Tweed Valley or hide between 400-year-old cedar trees, leaving you to wake up to the sounds of whip birds and other rainforest natives. Heavy, wooden doors, a fully marble covered bathroom and floor-to-ceiling windows are only a few of the decadent features this resort has to offer – open plan living gives guests the feeling of being a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
At 10pm the lights go out in Crystal Creek – guests are supposed to jump into the king-size bed and fall asleep to nothing more than the awakening rainforest and the crackling of the fireplace. An infinity pool invites busy souls to unwind on the wooden terrace and private piece of garden. Guests don’t have to worry about cooking – the resort offers breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered straight to the door. Should a loved-up couple need a time-out from watching the sunset and enjoying the free-standing bathtub, the resort offers plenty of distraction: The surrounding rainforest and a fresh-running stream are perfect for exploring – torches, picnic blankets and hiking sticks are provided.
Naturally, a secluded luxury resort is the perfect place for a proposal and the team at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is determined to make this experience a perfect one. For all less organized individuals wanting to drop to their knees, the resort offers a truly romantic package, which includes a photo-shoot, a candle light dinner at the soon-to-be engaged couple’s candle-lit bungalow, a rose-petal covered bed and bath and even embroidered bathrobes. Ideally, a proposal only happens once in a lifetime, so why leave it to chance?
by Sarah Michalska
Sarah experienced the Diamond Rainforest Proposal & Romantic Package, which includes a two-night stay in a Luxury Mountain View Lodge or the Luxury Rainforest Lodge, breakfast and dinner, as well as planning and co-ordination of the proposal set-up (including photoshoot and GoPro footage of the proposal). The standard rates range from $415 to $695pn, depending on season and bungalow.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
t: (02) 6679 1591
a: 201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek NSW