Funky Beach Retreat.

House - Private room · Tamarind St, Holloways Beach, QLD 4878, Australia

Our bohemian open style home has a tropical easy going atmosphere situated next to a quiet beach and wilderness creek. There's plenty of rooms in funky eclectic style creating a relaxed home base to explore great barrier reef and rainforest hinterland.

Your host, Ardyn
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Our bohemian open style home has a tropical easy going atmosphere situated next to a quiet beach and wilderness creek. There's plenty of rooms in funky eclectic style creating a relaxed home base to explore great barrier reef and rainforest hinterland.

The Space

The house is an airy open south-sea island design surrounding a saltwater pool withn spacious indoor outdoor living areas. The light filled room opens onto the deck and pool. Use of the kitchen is available. This is a relaxed atmosphere for artistic or health minded people who want to chill out after their travels or explore this beautiful part of the world. Feel welcome to come and enjoy our peaceful sanctuary by the sea.
Start your day with a stroll to the beach and a delicious tropical fruit salad or smoothie breakfast.
Energetic activities are available for the enthusiast, harvesting fresh coconuts, canoeing, sailing, cast netting or beach fishing.
Chi Gung or Wu Tao introductory class available on the beach after your afternoon swim or take in a sunset sky on the beach and finish the night with a fire-side singalong.
Available rooms are comfortable with a queen size bed,, maximum of two guests per room. Each room has ceiling fans, linen, towels. Internet access on request.
Locally made Rare Earth Oils and skin products available for purchase.
Holloways Beach has a friendly village atmosphere with beach cafes, restaurants and tennis court (free). There are regular buses to Cairns (15 mins away) or Port Douglas (40 mins away), famous for tourist destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Daintree Rainforest.
Gay, children, naturist friendly.
Airport pick up $10 is available on request.

Guest Access

Access to kitchen facilities, wi fi , pool .
Health assessment available on request with cutting edge science NES system of body field analysis and infoceuticals.

Interaction with Guests

Welcome vegetarian or non veg barbecue or beach fire if desired.

The Neighborhood

This is a quiet end of the beach away from the hustle and bustle of tourism central!

Getting around

There is a Sunbus to Cairns which runs on the hour. Arranged local pick up is available at the nearby resort from tour companies for reef or rainforest trips.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $29 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $435 /week
Monthly Price: $1161 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
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  • Ardyn and her house are so sweet - comfortable, eclectic, relaxing, friendly. The dog and cat are a total bonus in my book! This beach retreat is a world away from the commerce of downtown Cairns. It's just steps from the gorgeous beach. Ardyn's house is a great place to recharge your batteries, spiritual or physical. The room we stayed in had a lovely dreamy feel to it. We sat by the pool and drank wine and felt the sea breeze and very much enjoyed ourselves. As far as coordinating the stay, Ardyn was very communicative and helpful. A+!

    One word of caution - there does not seem to be good takeaway nearby, or if there is we couldn't find it. You are best off getting something from a known place closer to the urban center. Ardyn offered to share her dinner with us as soon as we met her, which was very nice, but we didn't want to impose so made the mistake of going out nearby. This issue has nothing to do with the quality of the accommodations, of course.

    June 2014
  • That's probably the most peaceful place I've found while around Cairns. Ardyns' home is like it's said. Funky, lovely, beautiful. We loved it. The beach is less than 100 meters away, the room where we slept was comfy and clean.
    Unfortunatly Ardyn was not there, but guess what ? She totally trusted us and let the key on the door for us. She has buy us breakfast for the morning,fresh towels and soap were on the bed... Even if she was not present, Ardyn was a great host. Thank you for everything

    June 2014
  • Ardyn's place is exactly as advertised - funky! There's an awesome pool and entertainment deck for lounging about and decompressing.

    Ardyn is kind, generous, warm and fun. She's an awesome host!

    Pasta in the neighborhood was homemade and yummy.

    Highly recommend a detour to Ardyn's Holloways Beach retreat. And it's an easy 15 minute drive to the airport for early morning flights.

    May 2014
  • It was lovely to stay in Ardyns house. It's very unique and super close to the beach. It's not crowded at all and you can enjoy the tranquility. If you walk just 5 mins along the beach it's busier and has a little cafe.

    May 2014
  • After our stay at Wild GInger in Bellenden Ker, we were a bit anxious that nothing could beat our experience there. But these two places can't be compared, they are totally different.
    We very much enjoyed our stay and experience at Funky Beach Retreat. Again we met a very friendly and concerned-with-what-happens-in-the-world host.
    Our room was very nice, at the end of the house with a little patio for our use only. The big patio with swimming pool was a great place to relax and now and then meet other guests or Ardyn. The last evening we had a diner all together.
    The location is great. Just about 100 meters to the wonderful beach. There is also a nice café near by, with tasty dishes and coffee but with a little crumpy staff...
    We just wanted to relax and didn't need a car but maybe if you want to explore more you probably need one.

    May 2014
  • We stayed 3 days at Ardyn place, it was very cool, quiet and friendly. Ardyn made all her best to transform our stay in a perfect moment during our Australian trip. The rooms were very nice and clean, the Funky Beach Retreat deserves its name : we are in a confortable environment and very close to the nature, your house is great !
    The location is very convenient and we managed to do everything using public transportation.
    Thanks Ardyn for your airport pickup !
    Special thanks to you and your friends for our nice chats and time spent together.
    See ya !!!

    April 2014
  • Really nice rooms!
    Interesting house with much to discover!
    Marvellous garden and pool!
    And a really great and caring host!

    April 2014
  • We stayed one night at Adryn's. It was a great experience, her house is very welcoming. She picked us up from the airport and showed us around which was very appreciated as it was our first time in Cairns. Hopefully we'll come back ! We highly recommend to stay with her.

    April 2014
  • We chose Ardyn's place because it was close to Cairns airport (we arrived with the red eye flight at 1.30am), but I couldn't chose a better place to stay in Cairns. It's just 2min walk from the beach, the pool in the place is just divine, and the place is everything you see in the pictures: all open to nature and greenery. Ardyn is a delightful woman, that has a great experience of travelling herself and will be happy to share a cuppa to discuss it all and some more. I hope to see them next time we're back in Cairns!

    April 2014
  • Nice friendly place, pool was definitely welcome in the tropical heat. The airport pickup was great and Ardyn helped us organise our daytrips. It was fantastic to listen to the tropical animals in the night and the sound of the rain was relaxing.
    Whilst mosquito nets were provided, and many insect sprays used, the tropical mozzie plague unfortunately managed to have good feed every night (3 nights). As overseas visitors from a colder climate it would have been nice to know there was no air-conditioning at the house as we had difficulty coping with the heat and humidity at night.
    All this said we enjoyed our stay, Ardyn was very friendly and her pets were great. We would recommend the Funky Beach Retreat to other travellers but think that winter would be more enjoyable.

    January 2014
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I like meeting people from different parts of the world as I have done extensive travel in my life off the beaten track. I like to share my relaxed living space while I am in Cairns, this is such a beautiful part of the world to live especially in winter! I am a self taught artist, trained Montessori teacher and also do healing work and Ka Huna massage. I enjoy singing and playing guitar. I like to think people can feel free to be themselves here and express their individuality, as long as it does not impose upon others. I couldn't live without my vege garden, my dog, my sketch book, my friends, my yoga on the beach in the morning. I have a small dog Poppet who loves everyone, and FouFou the cat who come to the beach for walks (not the cat always). Follow your Bliss!
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