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Tucked away in a dense rain forest on the northwestern coast of Australia, Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa's location alone suggests harmony with the environment. Coupled with the resort's careful construction and natural relaxation therapies, it's an easy choice for a nomination in Luxist's best green spa category.
Just 90 minutes by car from the city of Cairns, Daintree is nestled in the middle of the world's oldest living rainforest, the Greater Daintree Rainforest, which has existed for some 110 million years. The family-owned and operated resort boasts 15 treehouse villas, bringing guests right into the thick of the primeval forest. The surrounding area is home to 430 recorded species of bird, 200 species of fish and 70 types of crustacean.
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The lodge was created under the strictest guidelines of the World Wildlife Federation. All of Daintree's water is drawn from nearby natural springs, and the staff uses only biodegradable cleaning agents. The lodge's Julaymba restaurant serves locally-sourced food with seasonal specials, and many of the products used in the organic spa are grown on-site.
The spa itself offers a range of treatments, all of which have been approved by the elders of the aboriginal Kuku Yalanji tribe. Start with "Purely Bathing" ($80), a half-hour soak surrounded by essences of coconut and lime Continue with Daintree's signature treatment, the Walbul-Walbul ($295), a three-hour exfoliation where you'll be cocooned in warm mud, emulating the transition of caterpillar to butterfly.
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