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“Romantic start to the honeymoon”
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Palm Bungalows
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Hamilton Island
Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand
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“Romantic start to the honeymoon”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We spent 4 nights at Palm Bungalows at the start of our honeymoon and it was perfect. We were in bungalow 42, in the middle of the 'top row' of renovated bungalows, with a nice outlook to trees from the deck. We wandered past the old style bungalows, that all appear to have now been gutted and in the process of being renovated as well, and it looks like the renovated bungalows are much nicer than the original style were. The bungalow was spacious and the bed comfortable. There was a kitchenette, but we never used it as there are so many wonderful dining options on the island. The bathroom has a separate toilet and, although the bathroom was a tiny bit on the small side, the shower was a decent size. We loved the deck and had our own little "cocktail hour" every evening as we watched and listened to the birds. Would have loved to have used the hammock on the deck as well but we were on the go the whole time we were on the island so we ran out of time.
Catseye Beach is about a 3 minute walk from the bungalows, as well as the main resort pools - and we appreciated the separate pool/beach towels provided in the room so we didn't have to use our bath towels. Our package deal allowed us to have breakfast at any of 3 options - Reef Hotel, main resort restaurant or breakfast with the koalas at the wildlife park. The wildlife park was the most interesting but had the most limited choice of food, while the Reef Hotel breakfast options were the most varied I've ever seen at a hotel buffet! There is a free shuttle bus that runs between the Reef Hotel (3-4 mins walk from bungalows) and the marina/town area - but we only ever used it once as it was a pain having to wait for the shuttle bus (despite how often they run) and the walk was only 5 or 6 mins, albeit over a short sharp hill in either direction.
It was a little strange that the rooms weren't serviced until quite late in the afternoon - although this didn't affect us as we were usually out all day but we did come back to the room a couple of times around lunch time and it still hadn't been serviced. And we did have to trek up to the Reef View Hotel reception in order to pay a deposit to be able to get the key for the in-room safe, which is a bit strange. But the deposit was refunded when we checked out and if these are the only 2 minor faults I can find with the bungalows, it was a perfect stay over all.
We did seem to be on Hamilton Island at just the right time of year (early Feb) as it wasn't deserted but the island, restaurants, tours & accom were not crowded. The benefit of the bungalows over a regular hotel room (such as at the Reef View) are that they are very private and separated from each other by a nice garden. Even when we were sitting on our deck, it was very rare to have anyone walk past so you very much get the feel of having your own space.
As for things to do on the island, the wildlife park is pretty small but the tours held in the morning and afternoon are really informative. We also did the Denison Star dinner cruise which was amazing - fantastic food and we were so full by the time we got back to the marina. As well as the On The Edge twilight sail - the drinks just kept flowing! We'd recommend the half-day trip to Whitehaven - the morning trip is much better than the afternoon one as the sun isn't quite as fierce at that time. And the Great Barrier Reef trip was well worth it also.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton_Island_Aus, General Manager at Palm Bungalows, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Hi rin007,

Congratulations on your recent wedding and thank you for choosing to stay with us for your honeymoon.

As you mentioned, we’re renovating all of the standard Palm Bungalows to bring them up to the same standard as the type of bungalow that you stayed in. We’ve had such great feedback about the renovated bungalows and as the General manager, I’m really excited that all of them are going to be Premiums.

It’s a shame you were too busy to use the hammock during this trip – you’ll have to come back soon and try it out!


Warmest Regards,

Matt Boileau
General Manager
Reef View Hotel & Palm Bungalows
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We spent 3 nights in Palm Bungalow 3 in July 2012. I had been reading reviews on the bungalows and had my fingers crossed that we would get a renovated one, but we didnt. I was pretty disappointed with how dated our bungalow was (I had been offered an upgrade to the Reef View before we had arrived but decided to stick with our first decision). The shower had not been cleaned and the first night when I went for one I had to wash it down as there was 'stuff' left from previous guests. The bungalow did have everything that you needed though and was very self contained and I absolutely loved my hammock. We had an ongoing problem with drainage during our stay and were moved to the hotel for our final night (the hotel was AMAZING and I kicked myself even more for not taking the upgrade). All in all the bungalows would have been great for us had ours not been quite so old, I would still recommend these to people who like a bit of privacy but definately try and get one that has been renovated. One thing I can say that is true for the whole of Hamilton is that the staff are fantastic, service is always great and friendly.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

What an amazing place it is to visit! We had our wedding on Catseye Beach, at sunset. It may be a cliche but all that attended, even the photographer said it was the best wedding they'd been to!

The bungalows are modernised, clean, fresh and all come with their own hammock on the verandah so you can swing in the breeze to the sound of the birds, with a wine or two.

The only downside is like anywhere in Australia. They are pricing themselves out of the market, as it can be cheaper to go overseas than stay in the motherland.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Hamilton_Island_Aus, General Manager at Palm Bungalows, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Hi JamesB13,

First and foremost; congratulations on your wedding! It sounds like you made the right choice with your decision to get married here – for a wedding photographer to say it was the best wedding he’d been to is pretty impressive.

I’m glad to hear that you and your new bride enjoyed your newly refurbished bungalow. I hope the two of you will come back to Hamilton Island to relive your memories for many years to come.

Warmest Regards,

Matt Boileau
General Manager
Reef View Hotel & Palm Bungalows
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Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

As a couple we stayed 4 nights in premium bungalow tastefully decorated very quiet and private, easy walk to all resort facilities. Definitely re book this place. you can self cater if you want, or shuttle bus or walk to everything.

  • Stayed January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We upgraded to the Premium Palm Bungalows and we were not disappointed. The rooms are spacious, very clean and comfortable. There is a small kitchen area which was quite adequate for our needs. We had breakfast included with our stay which was excellent we had a good choice of restaurants and also visit the wildlife zoo to have breakfast with the Koalas. I would recommend booking a golf buggy to drive around the island as it gives you the freedom to do what you want. The whole Island was really well set out we had such a great time and would love to go back soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

From some of the pictures I couldn't really tell if we were headed to stay in a cute bungalow or a hut with no air conditioning. But it turned out to be great! and we had one of the "older models" (it hadn't been renovated). I went with my Husband - we loved the Hammock on the porch and how close it was to everything (i guess everything is close on HI).
The staff was amazing and very helpful- this is really a luxury resort and if you are wanting to be pampered in paradise, I'd recommend visiting Hamilton Island and staying in the Palm Bungalows. it is expensive, but well worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the premium palm bungalows as a family of four. Rooms were clean and up-to-date with good showers, generous bathrooms, small and a hammock on the balcony. The bungalows are quite close together but set in amongst the shrubbery and felt quite private. Our chalets were close to the pool and beach, so felt ideally situated. Equipment for waterspouts such as snorkelling, paddle surfing etc can be hired for free on the beach. We loved being able to charge to our room from anywhere on the island and there is a good choice of restaurants. We had good weather and took a trip by air of the GBR, as well as snorkelling off Reefworld. Reefworld is a little busy and the reef in that area has been quite badly damaged, but it was nonetheless well worth doing. Overall this was a beautiful place to visit as a family, very easy and we had a wonderful time.

Stayed December 2012
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Property: Palm Bungalows
Address: 3 Resort Drive, 4803, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Whitsunday Islands > Hamilton Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Hamilton Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Palm Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palm Bungalows comprise 49 freestanding island bungalows situated in a tropical garden setting,each with its own balcony and outdoor furniture. Rooms are spacious and specifically designed for couples or small families. ... more   less 
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