Secluded behind metal gates and a high wall, this funky contemporary lodge overlooks the bush and the flooded Katherine River. Yellow wattle and red grevilleas gather around the boardwalks, the swimming pool glistens in the sunshine and the welcome glass of French champagne sent bubbles of delight up my nose.
It’s quiet, even the birds are resting in the heat of the afternoon. No-one else is around and it feels very special to be part of this peaceful, hidden away gem. A plate of strawberries and dates and a vase of pink and mauve Aquilegias, welcomed us to the room.
Our stay was a myriad of surprises. A trio of canapés served alongside the pool at sunset then a degustation Valentine’s dinner lasting the entire evening. Individual dishes were split into three sections, each course a mini degustation. The chargrilled prawns were to die for and teemed with Coffin Bay oysters and chermoula and avocado. This entre was exquisite and the presentation a work of art. After the main, also a “duo dish”, came the beautiful dessert. Shared between two, it consisted of a chocolate heart surrounded by more flowers, raspberries, strawberries, chunks of Turkish delight and coconut. The evening was quite beautiful.
We spent almost 24 hours at Cicada Lodge. We didn’t check out until midday and even then we didn’t want to leave. It was a very memorable weekend.
Why not treat yourself to a night of luxury? If you go in the wet season, there is a special rate. It’s valid until the end of March 2014.