Hotel Review: Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Nestled amidst the lush expanse of Maleny in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Spicers Tamarind Retreat offers an exclusive sanctuary harmoniously blending luxurious accommodations with the pristine beauty of its natural surroundings.

Its allure lies in the seamless fusion of opulence and tranquillity, creating an idyllic escape for those seeking a harmonious balance between indulgence and serenity.

Upon arrival, a serene landscape greets you, softly murmuring fountains flow into tranquil garden ponds with vibrant lilies infusing bursts of colour, and wooden boardwalks wind among the gardens that envelop the guest lounge pavilion and dining areas. Inviting wicker chairs offer a spot to savour a refreshing drink and in the evening, a crackling fire is just the place to relax and have a conversation.

You can take a walk throughout the property on enticing pathways that meander into the rainforest, beckoning you to relish quiet moments immersed in nature’s embrace. There are even a few secret pod-like chairs in the rainforest where you can sit swinging from the trees.

Spicers Tamarind Retreat really is all about immersing yourself in the calming surroundings. When the weather gets too warm, you can dive into the refreshing pool and cool off.


Spicers Tamarind Retreat Luxury Forest Villa (2brm). Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The retreat offers an assortment of refined accommodations catering to diverse preferences. Guests can opt for spacious rooms offering captivating garden views, providing a serene and picturesque setting.

For those seeking a more lavish experience, the retreat boasts indulgent suites like the Spa Studio featuring private plunge pools, ideal for unwinding amidst the lush ambience of the hinterland. The Luxury Falls Villas feature private outdoor cedar hot tubs and are located adjacent to Gardners Falls. For family escapes, and multigenerational travel there is the Orchard Villa which is designed as your home away from home. This stand-alone two-bedroom villa is self-contained and comes complete with a full kitchen for entertaining. Another stand-alone villa option is the private Gardners Villa, with two bedrooms, a separate lounge, a fireplace and features a spa bath. This spacious villa is adjacent to Gardners Falls. For people travelling with friends, there are the convenient two-bedroom Luxury Forest Villas with a kitchenette, lounge area and outside deck with seating.

Each abode exudes an understated elegance, seamlessly integrating modern design elements with the tranquillity of its surroundings. Focusing on a more sustainable stay, each room has refillable amenities and deliciously fragrant toiletries that make you feel like you are in a day spa. The attentive staff, renowned for their warmth and professionalism, elevate the guest experience to remarkable heights.


Dining at The Tamarind. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Spicers Tamarind Retreat’s award-winning restaurant, The Tamarind, is the cherry on top for your stay. Set amidst breathtaking surroundings, the restaurant offers an intimate and captivating ambience, enhancing the dining experience.

In a jubilant tribute to the vibrant flavours of regional Thailand, The Tamarind essence of modern Asian cuisine is celebrated through a fresh and imaginative lens, captivating flavours of Thailand. True to Thai culinary tradition, a harmonious symphony of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty tastes intertwines seamlessly, composing an invigorating menu that’s as thoughtful as it is multi-layered.

The intricately balanced flavours at The Tamarind dance in perfect unison, revealing a rich depth that’s both intricate and gratifying. Every dish is a testament to the insistence on sourcing the finest local produce, ensuring a tantalizing freshness and contemporary relevance. Staples of Thai cuisines like chilli, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice, and savoury sauces infuse familiarity and allure into each creation.

Chef Daniel Jarrett and his team, drawing from classic French culinary training, delicately infuse their creations with subtlety and depth. The dining experience is designed for shared enjoyment, offering a choice between a five-course tasting menu or a three-course à la carte selection, enticing diners with a diverse array of unique culinary marvels. Each course is expertly paired with wines, enhancing the overall gastronomic journey.

Hot Tip

Horticulturist walk. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Make sure you book in a walk around the property with Aaron, the resident horticulturist. Aaron has worked at Spicers Tamarind Retreat since 2010 and has an incredible connection to the property. His knowledge is outstanding and while walking around the grounds, he will point out certain flora and fauna that will leave you amazed.


Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Address: 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny, Queensland

Phone Number: +61 1300 252 380


Disclosure: The writer Kate stayed as a guest of Spicers Retreats

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.