After a very late arrival in Shoal Bay, we were amazed to wake up in our 2 bedroom unit to discover that we had panoramic views from every window in our unit! Moreover, a veranda extended the length of the unit so that this vista could be enjoyed from every angle (admittedly, we were lucky enough to be assigned an end unit placing us at the forefront location on the building). We were blown away.
The unit itself was spacious and bright. The furnishings were clean and pleasant, but not super luxurious or stylish. The bedrooms were a little on the small side, but the common area was extensive. The kitchen was functional and had a coffees, teas and biscuits waiting.
The resort had a fantastic pool with water spouts, a pretend "beach" and plenty of shallow spots for little kids to run around in. Our two year old could have stayed all day. The location of the resort was immediately across from the road from Shoal Bay and the long strip of narrow beach. It was within easy walking distance of everything in Shoal Bay (not hard - it's not a big place).
Included with our room was a buffet breakfast that kept us satisfied well into the day. The resort has a number of its own restaurants of varying price points and themes. We took in the fish restaurant - Catch at Shoal Bay - which provided us with a good meal (one plate of tuna was overcooked, but otherwise the meals were enjoyed) and a beautiful location. It was sadly lacking in other patrons, which was likely simply a function of it being a Sunday night in shoulder season.
Service was friendly. We loved it and would go back again without hesitation!
- 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