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Luxurious Glamping In Kakadu, NTMr and Mrs Romance

Near the banks of Yellow Water Billabong and Jim Jim Creek, Cooinda Lodge’s new luxurious villa-style retreats are probably the most romantic, opulent locations keep in distant Kakadu Nationwide Park in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villas

As we hurtle down the freeway from Darwin at a satisfying 130km/h, Christina and I ponder what our digs in Cooinda will probably be like.

As soon as, Cooinda Lodge was nothing greater than a humble roadstop and campsite. Now, it’s grown right into a village.

There’s a retailer and tour workplace right here, a gasoline station, swimming swimming pools, eating places, a motel and most just lately the spectacular Yellow Water Villas, named after the attractive nature-filled billabong near the lodge.

Try our video walkthrough of our Yellow Water Villa—Bamurru—right here:

Cooinda Lodge is an indigenous-owned property, however French lodge group Accor now handle it, giving the very best of two worlds; each in contact with the nation it’s on, but working as a world lodge.

The place To Keep In Kakadu—Cooinda Lodge’s luxurious Yellow Water Villas

From the second we pull into our parking area in entrance of our Yellow Water Villa—Bamurru, that means ‘magpie goose’ in native Bininj Kunwok language, we realise that is about as removed from glamping as you may get.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's balcony

Raised up on a two-metre-high steal body (Jim Jim Creek, not more than 150m away, can flood within the wet season) our Yellow Water Villa is nearer to the ‘stately house’ finish of the lodging scale than it’s towards being a tent.

On the high of the steps is what’s successfully a mud room with somewhat seat.

By way of the tall entrance door, we’re offered with a luxuriously completed and appointed kitchenette, full with brass faucets on a gun-metal gray sink, a knife block and fridge. There’s even an electrical hob and dishwasher within the slick gray stone-finish countertop, and hidden drawers filled with utensils.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's kitchenette and crockery Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's bed and nook

The kitchenette backs onto the large mattress, which sits in the course of the primary room and is angled in direction of the deck.

Sure, there’s a deck.

The large timber balcony stretches the width of the villa and appears out into the attractive dense bushland of Kakadu.

On the balcony is a full five-burner gasoline barbecue, a eating desk for 4 and—most opulently of all—a deep-full tub.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's balcony with table and bbq Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's outdoor bath

Again contained in the Yellow Water Villa, we try the opposite rooms. Plural.

To 1 facet is the dayroom. This has one other four-seater desk and two daybeds sufficiently big for us to chill out on or—if you happen to’re travelling as a household—for 2 children to sleep on at evening.

Though the dayroom is open to the remainder of the villa now, we discover that you could shut this part off with the zip-down canvas wall at evening. The truth is, it’s at this level that we realise the ‘tentness’ of our villa.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's nook and daybed

All of the exterior partitions are canvas. You possibly can even zip down entire sections if you wish to let extra mild (or for no matter motive, extra warmth) within the villa.

Speaking of warmth, the aircon in right here is sensible. It’s virtually too chilly, although it’s a welcome respite from the boiling afternoon air. However within the evenings, leaving the doorways open (although fly screens closed) is beautiful, particularly in late September-early Oct.

Within the far nook of the villa is one other door. This results in simply probably the most lavish lavatory a tent has ever had.

Completely clad in stylish gray tiles and accented with brass fittings, this ensuite is filled with particulars. Nooks with hand towels, reed room diffusers, locally-made facilities and a bathe room that wouldn’t be misplaced in a high-end lodge room in a capital metropolis.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's shower

Such Consideration To Element

This Yellow Water Villa is like a type of work that offers up extra particulars the longer you look.

Cabinets are decked with books consultant of the place we’re, with artworks by native artists and cute lamps that add heat and homeliness.

There are mod cons we’re actually not anticipating to see: Bluetooth audio system, cleverly designed studying lights, USB ports subsequent to the mattress, pretty crockery and cutlery, and even a temperature-controllable kettle to go along with the collection of teas within the little picket tea chest on the counter.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's pillows with indigenous art Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's bookshelf

And since these villas are set again from the remainder of the lodge amenities, so every little thing feels so personal, however on the similar time, you’re solely a brief stroll from all of it.

What Else Is At Cooinda Lodge?

Aside from these 5 luxurious villas, Cooinda has a bunch of different lodging choices. From the campsite to motel-style rooms to stand-alones known as ‘Outback Retreats’ which can be just like the little brother of our villa. They’re not as large and don’t have their very own en-suites—although this can be remedied down the road.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Yellow Water Villa's outback retreats

The community of paths that thread via the property all finally lead you to the primary constructing, which has the bar and its indoor restaurant Mimi’s. Right here you’ll be able to take pleasure in some brilliantly crafted menu objects that work on native produce and bush-tucker elements.

Outdoors, you’ll discover Barra Bar, which is extra informal and has generously portioned pub classics on provide. Additionally out right here is the Too Lethal Takeaway. This meals truck not solely does excellent fish and chips, it additionally has issues like crocodile on the menu, which is a should when you’re in Kakadu.

There’s additionally an out of doors cinema right here displaying family-friendly movies every evening.

Different amenities right here embody three totally different swimming pools—although the primary lagoon pool with its rock cascade and shade sail is the very best of them—and a store. This comfort retailer additionally quadruples up because the petrol station register, and lodging and tour check-ins. When it’s busy right here, count on a little bit of a wait.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu NT - Christina in the pool

However an absolute should is the Yellow Water Cruise tour, which you’ll be able to e book at reception.

This lovely billabong that backs onto the Cooinda website is teeming with wildlife—particularly saltwater crocodiles—and so many various birds. Attempt to get a sundown journey because the sky over the billabong is solely magnificent because the solar goes down.

There’s additionally a boardwalk that goes alongside the sting of the water—simply be certain to remain on the raised pathway. There are crocs actually in every single place right here!

Yellow Water Billabong at sunset

We stayed at Cooinda Lodge as media friends of Go to Kakadu however our experiences and opinions stay our personal. You could find extra of our Northern Territory tales right here.

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