We were pleasantly surprised when we draw up to the Sands and when our friendly host showed us to our apartment. We had a two bedroom apartment for two nights in the end of September and it was modern, well appointed, spacious, clean and had a picture postcard view of the beach and the sea across.
The beds were cosy, a heater was built in and the kitchen massive and fully equipped. Large lounge and dining and plenty of space for kids. The TV in our unit however was a small CRT unit that should now be placed in a museum. Do not let this bother you. If you come here to watch TV then you’d better not come at all. However, it is handy to have a modern flat screen TV that is now dime a dozen to keep the kids occupied until time is ready for dinner. There is no air conditioning and you may have to close the windows to prevent the insects from coming in at night.
There are nice strolls to be had along the beach any time of the day. The view to the sea is great and that to the land is even better with all the million dollar holiday houses of many fortunate individuals. Short walk gets you to a couple of restaurants and the bus stop is nearby.
If you need shopping or more commerce and more restaurants then you will have to find your way to Oneroa Bay about ten minutes by car. Woolworths grocery supermarket can be found after a short drive. It pays to have own transport as things can become very quiet at night especially off peak. Check with restaurants before hand as many do not trade at night during off peak seasons.
The apartments may not be serviced if your stay is short. We did not find this a huge issue but best check with the management. Ours was one with sea view. Check this too as there appears to be apartments without such a great view. We had a laundry, large fridge, and dishwasher. Overall the apartments are quite new and although a tad expensive (do not forget the cost of the ferry to get to the island) is generally worth the money. The location is great and ideal for a holiday away from all your daily worries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on Onetangi Beach, The Sands offers a selection of one, two & three bedroom fully self contained apartments. Close to ferry points, wineries and other island attractions. We are only a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sands - Waiheke Island Hotel Waiheke Island