Silky Oaks Lodge to get $10m revamp

Silky Oaks Lodge in Tropical North Queensland will close for four months to undergo a $10 million-plus refurbishment.

Located on the banks of the Mossman River just north of Cairns, the property was recently taken over by Baillie Lodges following a joint venture agreement with US-based KSL Capital Partners.

Port Douglas-based architect Gary Hunt will design the new look and Amanda Pike of Pike Withers will be responsible for the interiors, which will “evoke a real sense of the tropical north”.

“A new ultra-premium suite, the exclusive Rainforest Pavilion, will deliver a new level of luxury rainforest retreat, with floor-to-ceiling glass and skillion ceilings offering an immersive experience of the forest,” said Baillie Lodges managing director James Baillie.

“Outdoors, extensive decks feature open air lounging areas, bathing under the treetops and an infinity pool extending into the cool forest.

“Three enhanced Billabong Suites will each offer king bed, generous indoor areas with built-in desk and lounge, extensive outdoor decks with daybed, a hammock ready to sway in the afternoon breeze and stylish open-air bath tub. Private outdoor plunge pools overlooking the river complete a premium rainforest experience.”

Other plans include a new firepit in the riverbank and a new kitchen garden, while the pool area will be modernised, with loungers and cabanas added.

Silky Oaks Lodge will also develop its own full-day private safari of the Daintree region, complete with gourmet dining and personal guide.

The property will close from April 22 next year and is due to re-open on September 7, 2020.