After reading allot of reviews before our trip I was quite skeptical and apprehensive about our stay. i must say i was more than happy after our stay. We stayed for 5 nights in a Zenith 1 bedroom apartment which is located right at the back of the resort, but we knew this prior to booking. Yes there are a flight of stairs to the room, but again this was advised prior to booking. It is only a 2 minute walk through the carpark to the front of resort or pool area which my 2 year old son loved. although there was quite a few people given it was during the week of New Years, we found a chair by the pool without any hassle each day. On arrival the desk staff were pleasant and i was quickly to my room. We did arrive at 4pm though as we find it's best never to arrive right on check in time as then you can expect to have to wait as there will be queue. The room was spacious with fold out bed made up for my son prior to arrival.the main bed was little firm for my liking as I prefer softer, but hey you can't please everyone. Buffet breakfast was included which was great and had variety much the same as any resort (hot and cold options). we also dined there for dinner on a couple of occasions which was great food also and not too pricey (also very handy when you have a 2yr old son who does not want to sit around and wait for dinner). There are also ample options for dining along the main road within a 2 minute walk which are reasonably priced. There is also an IGA for any shopping needs. Overall I would definitely stay here again!
- 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