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More hectic times here in Sydney... We have finally gotten our tickets changed to return to the US, as well as purchased our tickets to Thailand. We now have a busy time ahead of us up until we move out of our apartment. Recently Marcus has been hanging advertisements around the area to rent out our apartment since we will be breaking our lease. …
After a few hours of sleep I'm off to the airport to fly to Hamilton Island where I'm tasked with finding a hotel room on arrival. They are all quite expensive and I get myself a bungalow which isn't as nice as it should be for the price, but I settle in and hit up the beach for a swim. The water is perfect even at low tide which forces me to walk …
Despite my best efforts, I can't find anyone who will do an overnight sailing trip because the minimum needed is two and I decide it isn't worth the extra money. Instead, I wind up doing a day boat trip. I hop on the boat bright and early and we head out to Hill Point and go on a bush walk up to a lookout point. The weather didn't help out all that …
I am awoken by the storms a few times through the night and decide that it is time for me to move on when I see the cloud cover once arising from my deep slumbers. Breakfast is taken next to some koalas which are conveniently housed a short stone throw from my bungalow and I can see how lazy they really are. I found out that eating the eucalyptus …
Bambam: Had a very chilled day today after an awesome time last night - wasn't even hungover! Hurrah! Everyone checked the cameras to see the photos taken and they were all pretty hilarious haha we all looked awesome in our red/white tops and paintings :) even though i've scrubbed my leg i still can't get the massive Canadian flag off lol! Think we …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach Club Hamilton Island
Overpriced and Won't Return
THIS REVIEW IS SURE TO HELP! We are from Brisbane (south of Barrier Reef and have intimate knowledge of Queensland).
My husband and I had a three night stay at the Beach Club - looking forward to 5 star luxury. We didn't find it here.
- We were at first impressed that, as guests of the Beach Club, we could make use of the chauffered buggies (when there was someone available to chauffer us), but just across the road in the Apartments (much cheaper accom), all guests there have the unlimited use of their own FREE buggy! If we wanted our own freedom, we had to rent one at A$80 a day! Terribly disappointed that once a buggy was available to take us to One Tree Hill for a sunset view (our last night) we had just missed it! The 'buggy chauffer' told us she would return for us in 15 mins, she never came back! Basically left us there to make our own way down the hill, in pitch black! Man, I was sooo unimpressed.
The pool here is lovely, but there are only about 10 lounges around the pool, with 58 rooms accommodating 2 people each, that's not nearly enough. And believe me, when someone nabs one in the morning, they're sure to be there at 5pm that same afternoon. There's no way you're getting one. You're down to the hideous Catseye Bay for a lovely view, if you overlook the sand and the concrete and rocks.
- Don't be fooled - Catseye Beach is not a beach, but a BAY - and all the non-motorised water sports rely on the high-tides! For our entire stay it was low-tide so we were unable to use the catamarans and only the paddle skis for 2 hrs each afternoon (with everyone else on the island).
- Being used to 5 star resorts, we really didn't find the staff terribly helpful. Perhaps it's because they're young and inexperienced (unhappy being stuck on an island living and working with the same people), but we got the feeling they would rather be somewhere else.
- We were extremely happy with the breakfasts at Beach Club (if you overlook half of the staff's sullen faces) but only ate dinner down at the Marina. We enjoyed Romano's, The Yacht Club Tavern and Mariner's (seafood platter) - (all a little pricy, but it's and island - you expect it).
- Whitehaven Beach? Really, don't bother - go to see something else.
Truly, the Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast is much much much better value for money, with the staff there more friendly (they're not stuck on an island, after all), with their resort right on one of Autralia's most beautiful BEACHES - Main Beach!
I hate to sound so negative, but it was a really disappointing mini-break overall. I hadn't been to Hamilton Island since 1983 (when they were just building the first pool) and variety/interest-wise nothing much has changed.
Fantastic stay at the Beach Club
Had a great time staying at the beach club. Had booked the hotel on a room only basis via an agent as it was the best deal could find (tradewinds). Turns out if you stay at the beach club breakfast is complimentary for all guests staying at the beach club. All the hot food (omelettes etc) is cooked to order. Also included is complimentary buggy rides to or from the hotel. The whole stay was very relaxing and indeed very romantic. The hotel and island for that matter has many honeymooners staying there. Would definately recomend going on a trip on Banjo Patersons which the hotel will gladly sort out for you. Whithaven beach is also a must do.Only problem with Hamilton islands we found was that most of the restaurants were overpiced. Would still happily return.
WOW! What a wonderful holiday. My husband and returned from our 5 night stay last week and still have huge smiles on our faces! After travelling to numerous island destinations over the world, I must say I didn't have great expectations..but from the minute we stepped off the plane and were greeted by the lovely Beach Club staff we new we were in for a wonderful stay.
The rooms are lovely..all the same on two levels...views superb and ours was only a few short metres from the infinity pool..the pool is bliss! Being only available to Beach Club guests and with no children in site it was the perfect setting to swim, sip cocktails and relax in the sun. Having the beach directly in front of the pool was an added bonus..the best of both worlds..the sand is very clean and the beach was not crowded..it felt like it was our own private beach! We were very lucky to have perfect weather for our entire stay.
Food is excellent and the grounds are kept clean & lush. A lot of reviews are saying it is quite pricey, but you expect that when you go on holidays...and we didnt even notice to be honest with you, the staff did everything possible to ensure we had a superb stay and would do anything for us. This, along with the free buggy service, great activities on the island and beautiful scenery/surroundings at the Beach Club made this a trip to remember...we are already trying to work out when we can go back!
Will have some photos to post in the coming days...take it from me...go to the Beach Club...you wont regret it!
This review will be short and to the point:
The Beach Club Resort was amazing. The pool is stunning complete with ducks, the service was second to none, and the view from our room (2nd floor) was fantastic. Food at the Beach Club Resort was exceptional.
I'd definitely stay at the Beach Club if...no...when I return.
As far as Hamilton Island itself: The food at Mariners restaurant was very good. We had fish and chips at the Harborside Eatery which was nice and greasy...but just what we wanted out of fish and chips. Ice Cream parlour was good on a hot day.
I have only restaurant complaint. It concerns Romano's Italian Restaurant on the island. My wife and I ordered the "Garlic Loaf" priced at $8 AUD to start the meal, and we received two slices of garlic toast! Garlic "loaf" indeed. Also, the wine service was poor--first wine served as if it had been sitting next to an oven, and I wanted a different glass but their inventory didn't match the wine list. So I stuck with water. Overpriced for their lousy food.
We took FantaSea as the tour operator to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and swim off of Whitehaven Beach. Great service with a good lunch to boot.
We loved Hamilton Island and highly recommend the BC Resort.
The Beach Club was fantastic!!!
We stayed at the Beach Club in December 2005. The rooms and the private infinity pool were my favourite part! We used the pool quite a bit and really enjoyed it. No children are allowed and only beach club guests can use the pool. The service was great! The food at the Beach Club restaurant (where only Beach Club guests can dine) was wonderful too. The access to the snorkel gear however was shared by all guests of all resorts and was limited. This was the only negative. The club arranged boating excursions which was great - the Banjo Paterson is the boat trip we took to the Whitsunday islands we experienced the best snorkelling in the inner reef portion of the Great Barrier Reef there. Overall we had a wonderful stay!!
Beautiful hotel, but very expensive
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights for our honeymoon.
It is a beautiful hotel with lovely 'beachy' rooms but overrall i think it is very expensive for what you got.
However, the service was fantastic, the pool was gorgeous and the location excellent. The free buggy service was also a plus.
The food in the hotel was really pricey ($80 for a bbq function they had one night) so best to eat out. Although in saying that all the restaurants on the Island are on the expensive side.
Overrall a reall nice hotel just a little expensive for what you get!
We went on a around the world adventure for our honeymoon and our 5 days spent on hamilton island was meant to be the relaxing part of a gruelling schedule. We had originally booked to stop in the palm bungalows as these were described as being a "romantic " choice for us. However on the first night after chasing about 10 cockroaches out of the room and bed we were moved (at cost) to the beach club. Now had this been recommended we would have gladly paid extra for the fantastic experience we had, from your own taxi service down to the harbour for dinner to the attention for detail and service by the pool it was truly amazing. We took a seaplane out to whitsunday island which was breathtaking, just lying on the beach with no-one around a must-do. The beach club was the height of luxury but still at a reasonable cost and still with plenty to do on hamilton island.
Just Returned From The Beach Club Resort/March 2004
What's Great: Excellent staff, the view is terrific, the wild cockatoos, free transportation, activity selection, the bathrooms, the plants/flowers/palm trees, free use of the gym, fresh fruit in the rooms each day, the pool is very clean and relaxing.
What's Not So Great: The beach wasn't what I expected. Large chunks of rock and concrete that prevent you from enjoying the beach directly behind the hotel. The bed linens could have been much nicer for the price of the room. The hammocks look inviting but then you notice they're covered with mold.
Trip to Hamilton Island Resort
We stayed at Hamilton Island Resort for a week in early Oct. 2003 and I have to say were a little disappointed. We chose the Beach Club Hotel for 5star luxury as a special treat to have a hotel on the beach. Rooms definately not 5*, more like 3*. We have stayed in MANY hotels over the years and have never seen such grey looking bed linen!! Not to mention the odd repair job & various marks/stains. We stayed in 2 rooms, one up & one ground floor. The views were very beautiful & deserved the 5*. Beautiful palm trees & blue sea. A bit expensive as well and the 2 eateries which would've provided a cheaper meal closed at 4pm. Also avoid Australian school holidays. Our hotel didn't allow children under 18 so we imagined a bit of peace & quiet. But, of course, no such ruling applies to the beach which is only a few metres away! Beach was a huge disappointment, looks beautiful at high tide because then you can't see all the stones & concrete left over by the builders. It's a man-made beach. I wonder how many people have suffered from stubbed toes. Weather perfect though and views from the highest point on Island well worth the hike. Glad we've been but wouldn't go again.
The Beach Club is a small boutique style hotel that is just gorgeous! A good thing is that all the rooms are identical, so you cannot get a 'bad' room. All face the beachfront so that when you wake up in the morning the first thing you see is the swaying palms, the sand & the beach. The rooms are beautifully furnished with generous sized beautiful bathrooms. A definite standout is the gorgeous pool & lounge area. Just fantastic! Also great is the service - including the free buggy service - they take you wherever you want on the island, at whatever time, however often - for free! (Everyone else has to hire a buggy for $35 an hour!) A little pricey but once you've experienced it you'll feel it was well worth it!