We stayed 2 nights in a pool room. Basic room although spacious. Overlooked the pool which was open from 7am-9pm.
The noise from the pool of kids playing didn't worry or annoy us. However, the resort started musak and quite loud too from 8am which work us up. When asked why the musak had to be so loud, reception merely told us they 'couldn't hear it from reception when they turned it on but were sorry'. One wonders why anyone needs or wants loud musak on at 8am? Surely not the many families with toddlers.
In addition a 'musician' played guitar and sang to no-one in particular around the pool from 4-7pm. During which we could not hold a conversation, watch TV or indeed snooze in our room.
The pool area is very very very crowded and quite small given the size of the resort. The buffet breakfast was a revelation in just how packed and mediocre it could be. Not good for older kids or adults as there is little room away from young kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shoal Bay Resort & Spa is the ultimate beachfront Resort perfect for romantic escapes, family holidays, pamper weekends, beach getaways, weddings, special events and meetings and business. Shoal Bay lays by the entrance to Port Stephens, overlooking the white sands and the magnificent volcanic Tomaree headlands. Boasting crystal clear waterways and extensive National Park with unspoiled bushland, Shoal Bay is certainly one of New South Wales most stunning destinations. Just 2.5 hr drive north of Sydney and 30mins from Newcastle, this award winning Resort offers a diverse range of accommodation styles and options to suit a variety of budgets and can accommodate up to 700 guests. Accommodation ranges from Standard Studios through to Waterview, Beachfront and Bayview rooms with a choice of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments located across 7 accommodation buildings. The Resort features 4 restaurants including the award winning Catch at Shoal Bay, 5 bars, the iconic Country Club Hotel, Occie’s Kids Club (operating throughout NSW School Holidays periods), Shoal Bay Resort Store, Whitesands Conference Centre, an outdoor heated Resort pool with children’s wading area and complimentary secure undercover parking. Relax at the Aqua Spa wellbeing sanctuary for adults (min 16 yrs+) offering a true Thalassotherapy experience for guests through the 3 mineral spa pools and 25m heated lap pool. Take yourself on a journey to revive your mind, body and soul, indulge in a range of menu treatments that enhance the total well being and surrender to the experience of products that will relax, de-stress and energise you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shoal Bay Hotel Shoal Bay