3 Bedroom 2+ Bathroom two story villa on a tropical beach
- english, Spanish, Japanese and Thai (through referral)
About Crispin Hull
Greg is an Australian who grew up in the very historic mining town of Beechworth in North East Victoria. The town now is a very popular tourist destination. Greg's early career was as an officer in the Australian Army, which included overseas appointments in Hong Kong, London and Hawaii. He then joined the Australian Trade Commission, with six consecutive overeas assignments to promote Australian exports and investments, in Mexico/Central America/Caribbean; Papua New Guinea/SW Pacific, (Northern) Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He then started his own consulting company in southern Africa before semi-retirement in Thailand. Greg purchased Solana 5 in Port Douglas at the start of 2013. At a wine tasting in Bangkok in late 2014 Greg met Utage Shinozaki, a Japanese professional photographer and film co-ordinator who had lived and worked in Thailand for over 10 years. They have been very happily together ever since, living between Australia and Thailand. Uta grew up in Tokyo, graduating in photography from Japan’s foremost arts university. From 2004 to 2016 Uta lived full time in Thailand, attracted by its climate, vibrancy, food and people. From 2009-2013 Uta managed a fairtrade coffee and natural product shop with her ex-husband (and continuing good friend) on Koh Chang, an eco-tourist destination island in south east Thailand. Uta now co-manages a company called ‘Smile Film’, based in Bangkok, which co-ordinates the professional requirements of production houses from Japan with their filming needs on location in Thailand. Uta speaks and writes Thai exceptionally well. She has no children and a truly remarkable mother, Mina. Greg and Uta's mostly shared interests include cycling, swimming, gym, tennis, growing orchids and vegetables (to be advanced), writing, travelling, cooking and of course, wine.
Crispin Hull purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Crispin Hull chose Port Douglas
Solana 5 is some 110 metres (like a two minute walk or less) away from one of Tropical North Queensland's, if not Australia's, most iconic beaches: Four Mile at Port Douglas. Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent Daintree Rainforest National Park. Both are World Heritage and on many people's 'global bucket list'. Port Douglas is a small, friendly and vibrant village, which effectively portrays two characters: the wet, hot summer (December-March) season and the clear, dry winter (June-September) with short shoulder seasons between trhat can experience changeable but tolerable weather. It is the (Australian) winter season, with usually near perfect climate conditions that attracts many tourists, especially from southern Australia but increasingly from overseas. However, fewer tourists, little or no wind on the Reef, a truly 'rainy' rain forest, and lower prices for everything are a very attractive reason to come to Port Douglas in the 'off' summer hot season, especially if escaping a cold and dark Northern Hemisphere winter. And it does not rain all day every day - more like heavy tropical downpours which can cool and refresh. Of course air conditioning, an umbrella, being free to dress for the climate, and swimming pools all help a guest really enjoy the 'wet' season. Greg purchased Solana as his place of residence on retiring from the Australian Trade Commisison towards the end of 2012. His brother and sister-in-law live permanantley in Port Douglas and help manage the property. Greg was attracted to the property due to being in the picturesque and friendly village of Port Douglas; its proximity to Four Mile Beach (about 120 metres!) and shops; its solid brick cyclone-proof construction; its liveability; manageability and value.
What makes this Villa unique
The unit is located in a quiet cut-de-sac surounded by other low density complexes. The beach, park, kids playground and shops are literally a stones throw away. The cycle to or from town takes around 10-15 minutes, either in a well designated bike lane on the side of the main road, or the less hurried winding and separated bike path. The unit is exceptionally well appointed, as it is a home not just a rental equipped for visitors. Rain or shine, an occupant can be comfortable inside. There is sufficient sapce and alternatives for guests to spread out. A simple BBQ, hot or cold quick dishes, or a gourmet candlelight dinner are all possible with the dining and catering equipment supplied. Relax on Australian leather couches withTV. Enjoy browsing on 5G WIFI throughout. Mobile phone coverage is variable inside the unit, with the telcos promising to upgrade Port Douglas, but a good signal is always found on the patio or balconies. Kids love the place! Pets best left home! No smoking inside please
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Equipped all ages. Cot, high chair, stroller, moreEquipped all ages. Cot, high chair, stroller, more
No pets - Guide dog for the visually-impaired excepted Guide dog for the visually-impaired excepted
No smoking - you can smoke outsideyou can smoke outside
Max guests: 6
- Mildew is a huge problem in tropics: - PLEASE leave electrical appliances clean and in 'open' condition - Do not leave wet items in confined spaces
- Save Energy (for the World): PLEASE TURN OFF AIRCONDITIONERS WHEN GOING OUT OR NOT REQUIRED
Best place in our entire trip!
This place is awesome with its own private pool, amazing master bedroom, modern appliances and even a fancy coffee/cappuccino maker. We have been on holiday for almost 4 weeks and this was our favorite place we stayed out of all Australia and New Zealand. Fantastic!
Dear Corrie, Thank you so much for your exceptional review. We feel so proud. So happy you had a wonderful holiday at Solana and in Port Douglas with our World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Thank you also so much for advising the small accidental breakage by you children. It is truly appreciated when guests do that, as we can try and rectify where necessary before new guests arrive. Trust you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Cheers Greg and Uta
Enjoy your day, then enjoy your stay.
Absolutely the best equipped house that I have ever stayed in, had everything and more that is required for a break away, there was 6 adults and not a complaint from anyone. Location we loved short walk to the beach and you can walk as far as the eye can see our just pull up a shady tree. Would 100% recommend this house to anyone. Thanks for making our holiday so enjoyable.😃
Thanks for your review, Debbie. For Uta and I, it was a bit of a surprise to read such a glowing written report, and knowing every interaction we had was so positive, but to receive four stars. Regrettably, this review is the only four star rating Solana has ever received, being rated five stars on over 40 occasions, always accompanied by extremely positive written support. That said, the most important thing for us is that you and family had a happy and restful holiday. We also note that you would '100% recommend this house to anyone'. We would be happy to have you back. Very best regards Greg and Uta
Family Holiday November 2019
Our family and our Mum from the UK had an amazing time in Port Douglas. We only had a week but due to the fantastic guide I received prior to and also a copy at the house we made best use of the time. The Guide was more than just what to do in the area it had tips and details of the places and activities on offer. 4 Mile Beach is literally on the doorstep to the house with just a few steps and our 2 year old loved having the beach so close, We visited 1st week of November with the weather being perfect and not too busy in terms of other tourists either, The house was perfect with everything you could ever need. Staying at previous holiday houses there is often many things already provided but this house was truly equipped with everything clearly to hand and labelled. Perfectly placed to spend your holiday staying around the house and 4 mile beach or a great base for exploring Tropical North Queensland. Great Reef trips and recommend the Sailaway afternoon & sunset sail trip.
One of the joys Uta and I have is when a guest informs us, either directly or in a review, that their small children had a fantastic holiday at Solana. Uta and I try to 'get inside the heads' of Mums and Dads bringing young children to Solana. To make the house child safe as best we can, without taking from the ambience. To ensure we have a really wide range of equipment, utensils, beds, toys and beach gear to calm parents nerves! To ensure lots of relevant and current information on activities and interests in the region. That task is not easy, as there is so much to choose from at all sorts of budgets and time available. So we are very happy you had a great holiday. Please come again and enjoy a 10% discount or more if you stay more than five days! Cheers Greg and Uta
Best holiday home!
This must be one of the best holiday homes -perfectly situated in a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by tropical trees and water fountains. Solana had all the amenities of a home from home with a well equipped kitchen, beach supplies, great patio and plunge pool. The beds were extremely comfortable with quality linen and the house overall was spotlessly clean. It is a short walk through the park to the amazing Four Mile beach and five minute trip into buzzing Port Douglas. Communication from the owners was great. We definitely recommend this property for an ideal holiday and would stay there again.
Many thanks Sheila and Mike
Dear Sheila, Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review for Solana. We really try to maintain a property that sits above other holiday rental options in Port Douglas. As you mention, that means quality furniture, fittings, appliances, linen, efficient and functional aircon and fans, a refreshing pool, and always being ready and quick to respond to any query. We also have those many extras you need, regardless of the weather! Beach needs, games and toys; indoor games and books; and everything for babies or toddlers. Of course, the top-of-the-range de Longhi fully automatic cappuccino machine gets 'big ticks' from all guests who enjoy great coffee. We are very happy you had a wonderful holiday! Come stay again and enjoy 10% discount. Cheers Greg and Uta
Thanks Jennifer. Although only a short stay it was a great pleasure to host you. Regret I assumed your unknown international number was a hoax call and did not respond! But all turned out well after email. Return and get a 10% discount. Cheers Greg and Uta
Solana on the Beach villa offers a relaxing and comfortable holiday base, perfectly located to discover Port Douglas and attractions beyond. Port Douglas is one of Australia's prettiest and iconic tourist destinations, founded in 1877 around a small river outlet to service initially gold, then the timber and sugar industries. The village offers great shopping, especially resort clothing and accessories, and a diverse range of restaurants, cafes and hotels/bars. There is a fantastic Sunday market. Unquestionably, it is the premier base to explore two of Australia's, and indeed the World's, most remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Firtly, the Great Barrier Reef. It is the largest living structure on the planet. Stretching 2300km, the reef covers some 344,400 square km in area, with over 3000 individual coral reef clusters, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands. Despite recent bleaching, there are more than 600 types of soft and hard corals, 3000 plus varieties of molluscs, 625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. Secondly, the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation National Parks. They form part of the greater Wet Tropics of Queensland, a wider region of spectacular scenery and rugged topography. Over 30 per cent of Australia's marsupial species, 58 per cent of bat species, 29 per cent of frog species, 20 per cent of reptile species, 58 per cent of the butterfly species, 40 per cent of bird species and 85 species of vertebrate animals reside in the Wet Tropics. Aboriginal occupation of the area probably dates back to the earliest human occupation of Australia some 50,000 years ago.