BREATHTAKING: The view over the Glass House Mountains.
BREATHTAKING: The view over the Glass House Mountains. Contributed

Global travellers rate Montville second best destination

MONTVILLE has been rated the top Australian destination for accommodation and the second best Australian destination by global travellers.

The top spot went to Stanley, in Tasmania.

Online hotel search site trivago gathered ratings from guests to compile the trivago awards 2017.

Maleny also made the top 10 list as the fourth most popular place to stay in Queensland, and the ninth most popular destination in Australia.

Travellers raved about Caloundra hotels, rating Rumba Beach Resort as the best on the Sunshine Coast - and number 22 in Queensland - followed by Monaco Resort in second place and Aspect Caloundra in fourth.

Luxury Balinese-style accommodation provider Maleny Tropical Retreat was named third best accommodation privater on the Sunshine Coast, and number 24 in Queensland. Owner Ken Bailey said it was an honour and a privilege to be rated so highly by guests, and by trivago.

"We strive to provide guests with the best possible accommodation and service and our aim is to continue this high level of achievement," he said.


The hinterland is the Sunshine Coast's best kept secret.
The hinterland is the Sunshine Coast's best kept secret. Contributed

Visit Sunshine Coast chief executive officer, Simon Latchford, was not surprised the region was shining in travellers' eyes.

"Visitors from around the country are starting to discover the Sunshine Coast's best kept secret and the beauty of our Hinterland villages - Montville and Maleny," he said.

"Our messages and marketing are starting to reap results as reflected from this survey.

"I would like to congratulate the tourism operators in the Hinterland for giving customers what they want - the ability to search and book for accommodation online and offering exemplary hospitality leading to consistently high ratings.

"Caloundra accommodation operators have also been working hard to elevate their status. In particular high-achievers such as Rumba Beach Resort must be commended on achieving a high rating of 91.28 amongst guests reflecting the professionalism and dedication of the management and staff."

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