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Our Story – Narrows Escape in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Ali and Xochi pay attention to the finest details to ensure your stay is full of heart felt touches. You will be greeted on arrival with a delicious breakfast hamper and then open your door each morning to fresh, warm croissants.

Narrows Escape is all about the experience, we want you to walk away at the end of your trip feeling refreshed and looking forward to your next return. The surrounding rainforest brings singing birds, pitter patter of rain on the roof and the slow rustle of the wind. There is nothing quite like that silence of the bush that makes you take a deep breath,  close your eyes and smile.

With 6 delightful pavilions, all with double whirlpool spa bath, log fire and designer furnishings Narrows Escape comes highly recommended. We aim to bring the rainforest to you with expansive windows, large open verandas and skylights so you can gaze up at the tree canopy above.

We are proud of the achievements of Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat and we continually strive to improve the experience for our guests.

Ali and Xochi met in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. Ali had just started the construction of his dream project, Hotel Helsinki House.  Xochi had lots of ideas to contribute to the project and they fell in love while building and opening this hotel.

Ali grew up in the “Golden City” of Jaisalmer, India. He started his working life at a very young age washing dishes at a hotel.  Ali quickly took to life in the hospitality industry and worked a diverse array of jobs before managing his first backpacker hostel at the age of 15.  Ali’s warmth and charm saw him create excellent networks in the Tourism Industry.  In 2003 he went to live in Finland, and it was here that he managed to save the money to be able to fulfil his dream of building his own hotel.  Hotel Helsinki House opened in 2014 and has received prestigious awards such as twice receiving Trip Advisors “Travellers Choice Award for best boutique hotels in all of India”. In 2018 Ali designed and built his second hotel, Boutique Helsinki.

Xochi was born and raised in Queensland but also spent a great deal of her childhood in Sweden, where her father is from.  This inspired her love of nature and the outdoors that has seen her travel to all corners of the globe.  Xochi worked in various iconic Melbourne bars while completing her post graduate degree in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Melbourne. After meeting Ali, Xochi took leave from her work to open Helsinki House with Ali. Together they created an amazing Boutique Hotel experience but Xochi found desert life tricky.

In early 2019 they saw Narrows Escape and fell in love with it.  They instinctively knew that this was the place they wanted to live and raise their family. The lush tropical rainforest with its diverse array of birds and the bubbling stream offer unmatched tranquillity and beauty.

We hope you enjoy this magical paradise as much as we do.

  • 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – Top 10 Romance Hotels
  • 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – Top 10 Small Hotels
  • 2017 Bronze Winner, Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2016 Silver Winner, Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Australia
  • 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2015 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame – 5 years Certificate of Excellence
  • 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Australia
  • 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Australia
  • 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Australia
  • 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2013 Winner Qantas Australian Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2013 Hall of Fame – Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2013 Winner Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2012 Winner Qantas Australian Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2012 Winner Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2011 Finalist Qantas Australian Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2011 Winner Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2011 Bronze Award Accommodation of Australia – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2011 Finalist Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards – Tourism
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2010 Winner Hotel Motel Accommodation Association – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2010 Finalist Hotel Motel Accommodation Association – Property of the Year
  • 2010 Winner Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards – Tourism
  • 2010 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 5 Star
  • 2010 Finalist Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation
  • 2009 Finalist Queensland Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation