I've just returned from a four night stay on Hamilton Island in Hibiscus apartment # 206. I went with three friends. We chose the apartment carefully as we'd read reviews about some of the apartments being tired and dated, however 206 was a good choice as it was modernized and more spacious than what we were expecting. We loved the location, and although it was just a short walk to the resort pools/dining areas we mostly used the complex pool, which is right in front of the block. It's for Hibiscus guests only and was the quietest pool we could find.
Check in was quick and pleasant, our room was available straight away and we were sent off on our golf buggy within half an hour of touch down. Our bags arrived in the room shortly after we got there.
We arrived Wed lunchtime, and had arranged for Coles online to deliver groceries to our apartment on the Thursday morning. This was the best thing we could have done. Even though everything costs more online than in the supermarket, we spent a total of $150 each on food and that was including three good meals out. Considering we also paid just $325 each for the accommodation, and got cheap Jetstar and Virgin flights up and back from Brisbane, it worked out to be a very inexpensive holiday. We also took our own liquor, I must say the Cosmopolitans by the pool were delightful :)
There was a Weber BBQ on the balcany which we used a few times. Beware of the birds who will come begging for food (although if you see Bob the kookaburra say hello). We left the screen doors open one afternoon and a cockatoo came in and ate all our bread.
The master bedroom was large and airy, however the back bedroom where I slept was a little dark. The single beds are on castors and tended to roll around the room a bit. The second bedroom also has interesting electrics, the lights flickered when we tried to adjust the ceiling fan (which had one speed - very very slow). The DVD playing in the lounge also failed to work.
Being completely tiled, there is quite an echo in the apartment, and as I was staying with early risers I was woken by noise each morning (which I made up for by napping every afternoon!). Both bathrooms were adequate. Two towels each, as well as four bars of soap and a couple rolls of toilet paper per toilet were provided. In the kitchen there were 4 dishwasher tablets and extra bin liners.
Unfortunately the fridge and freezer both smelled of rotting fish. It probably needs a good clean and wipe down with vanilla. Thankfully we didn't notice the odor after a couple days, as it was very off putting.
We did two trips off the island, a half day tour to Whitehaven Beach one morning, and a sunset cruise on the Edge. Whitehaven beach is gorgeous, but I would recommend the full day cruise on the purple catamaran instead of the half day cruise with Cruise Whitsundays (it felt like more of a ferry service once we left Whitehaven). The sunset cruise on the Edge was amazing and included snacks and wine/bubbles/beer.
All up it was a fabulous holiday, very relaxing in a beautiful, quiet location. If I had more money I would splash out on one of the more modern apartments but Hibiscus was perfectly fine :)
- Also Known As:
- Hibiscus Apartments Hotel Hamilton Island