Enjoying the surrounds.
Here's a retreat that even the locals don't know about.... this is divine seclusion.
For years, locals and holidaymakers to the Gold Coast have known that just half an hour away from the hectic pace and heat, relief is at hand.
The sub-tropical Mt Tamborine is an absolute oasis, and Pethers Rainforest Retreat is something even most locals don't know about.
Peter and Heather Mahony left the corporate world and opened their retreat midway through 2001. They have combined luxury with nature and their visitors leave feeling they have been indulged.
Pethers is nestled amongst five hectares of pristine rainforest and an avocado orchard on top of the mountain. Set amongst water gardens, it has an Asian influence and offers peace and tranquillity, seclusion and romance.
The main lodge has seven metre curved ceilings and glass walls allowing the beauty of the rainforest to be enjoyed without interruption. Subtle lighting allows the view to be admired day and night. A suspended 2.5 metre long fireplace that is open on all sides rests in the middle of the lodge, giving just the right ambience for a quiet game of chess or backgammon, enjoying a good book or relaxing and socialising with other guests.
Meals and drinks are taken in the main lodge. Its wide verandah overlooks the rainforest and lagoon and it's a pleasant walk to the creek bed.
Accommodation at Pethers has been designed for couples, and there are six tree houses, all with verandah and rainforest outlook from inside and out, and none intrude upon another.
The tree houses have curved roofs following the shape of the trees, five metre high glass walls, open plan bedrooms with double spas and a lounge which is slightly sunken.
Bathrooms are granite and floors are polished timber. Each house is graced with antique Asian furniture, leather lounges, fireplaces, large screen televisions and full sound system. Beds are king size and claw-footed and are quite opulent. There are plenty of cushions scattered around and a bar fridge tucked away in a cupboard.
Undercover walkways join the tree houses, and it is comforting to know just five trees needed to be removed to enable building to be done. The good news is 3000 new ones were planted.