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Arajilla Retreat

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Lagoon Road | Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was my 3rd stay at Arajilla but my first alone. The resort was extremely quiet whilst I was there, just 3 rooms booked but this was not to its detriment Rooms: I had a Kentia this time around and though I have not had a Kentia until now I was familiar with the layout and happily chose this for... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We were so pleased to welcome you back to Arajilla and the island for a 3rd time. It was lovely to read how you enjoyed the food and service given by our amazing and dedicated staff. They love what they do and it shows through all the fabulous comments we... More 

Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Arajilla is everything you hope it will be and more and staying there makes being on Lord Howe even more of a treat than it already is. The staff are so helpful, knowledgable and friendly without being over bearing. Everything is done with minimal fuss and is elegant and fits into the surroundings. A real treat for a special occasion,... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to this review. We loved reading how much you enjoyed your stay with us and the island. Lord Howe Island is such a rare and untouched gem that everyone should have the chance to visit this place at least once. Our caring staff take great pride in providing the best service for our guests.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

My brother and his wife from the UK gave my husband and I a treat of a week at Arajilla with them. I could not have chosen a more ideal place to stay. We felt the warmth of the welcome from the first contact at the airport Every member of the staff showed respect, friendliness and a great enthusiasm for... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. What a wonderful brother to treat you to such a beautiful holiday. It was so fantastic to read how much you enjoyed your time with us. Our staff are wonderful at what they do and take such amazing care of all our guests. Thank you for letting us know... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

the staff are fantastically attentive knowing you by name the meals are first rate in both presentation and quality and taste. the rooms are fine for a beachy holiday. Lord Howe is like going back to childhood holidays in the fifties and sixties, lying on beach swimming in lagoon with turtles and fish and walking the numerous paths into the... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Alfred for taking the time to write this review. Our staff at Arajilla are part of the heart and soul of the place. They take such personal care of each and every guest that stays with us. Thank you for acknowledging their efforts and I have passed on your kind words which made their day. Lord Howe Island... More 

Hobart, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We were met by the lovely Rebecca at the Airport. She gave us a short tour of some interesting spots before arriving at Arajilla (pronounced ARRA- GILLA, not with a Spanish J).The check in was flawless and we quickly realised that this was the place to be looked after and relax. I have a restricted diet and the Chef catered... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fabulous review. We loved reading about how you enjoyed your holiday with us. I'm glad that my fantastic staff took such great care of you when we were away. Our chefs are more than happy to cater for any dietary requirements and it was nice to see that you enjoyed... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Lord Howe Island is my favorite place in Australia. I had visited this World Heritage island previously with my husband and wished to share this unique, beautiful island with our children and grandchildren (17 of us!) on the occasional of a special birthday for my husband. Arajilla turned out to be the perfect choice and far exceeded our expectations. Janne... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful review. We agree with you when you say Lord Howe Island is your favourite place! What a fabulous spot to celebrate a mile stone birthday. Our floor and kitchen staff are only to happy to make your stay with us comfortable, relaxing and effortless. If it's a special birthday cake... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We just had the real pleasure of four days at Arajilla on Lord Howe Island. The Island is a remarkable place and a perfect setting for the retreat that Bill and Janne have built. The aesthetics of Arajilla provide a perfect setting and base from which to enjoy the Island. The rooms and amenities were beautifully and thoughtfully appointed with... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Shane for taking the time to write this lovely review. We love reading how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Our fabulous team here at Arajilla do a fantastic job of taking care of all our guests. I have passed on your positive comments and they were all thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the service... More 

Sydney, Australia
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58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Collected from airport by the welcoming owner and driven to see most famous beach on the way to our hotel which was lovely. Smaller room than expected but it was ideal for us, large comfy bed and small sitting room with DVD player (assume TV but we didn't look) balcony surrounded by palms and trees. Bathroom snug with nice large... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Chris for taking the time to write this review. We were happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our friendly helpful staff are always ready to assist with any of our guests needs. Thank you for your kind words and I have passed on your comments to our team. They always enjoy receiving positive feed... More 

London
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Stayed 7 nights. Food excellent, and that is before factoring in the ship only delivers to the island once every two weeks. Don't think the official photo of the dining area does it justice. Accommodation lovely: not super super lux but more than sufficient for a very relaxing stay. Had a fab facial at the spa, thank you Melissa. Service... More 

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Bill S, Owner at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Arajilla is located on a remote island where goods are delivered by ship once a fortnight. It is incredible the quality of food that is produced in the kitchen with such limitations. We also use locally line caught fish and have a small kitchen garden that we source herbs and... More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Arajilla Retreat is a beautiful place in a special remote corner of Australia. Although friends had raved about Lord Howe Island, we arrived with fears of it being a haven for retirees staying on the cheap in old-fashioned guest houses and sitting on the beach eating fish and chips. Our five-day experience of the island and Arajilla could not have... More 

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Bill S, Manager at Arajilla Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Anna for taking the time to write this wonderful review. There used to be a saying about Lord Howe Island - "newly weds or nearly dead's" - but this has since passed. With more active and adventurous types - such as yourself coming and experiencing everything this wondrous destination has to offer. Time after time we receive positive... More 

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