I recently went to the Whitsunday Islands (early July 2015) and stayed in Poinciana 011 for 5 nights with 3 friends from New York. We could not have been happier with our choice ! Firstly, it's hard to go wrong staying anywhere in Hamilton Island. We were swayed because of the airport on the island, but it turned out to be gorgeous in its own right. Catseye beach and Passage Peak are must sees. Secondly, Poinciana 011 was SUCH an amazing find! The unit itself is gorgeous: amazing finishes (granite countertops, beautiful tiles in living room and bathroom; seemed recently renovated), very spacious and incredible views. Seeing the sunset from the master bedroom overlooking the water and mountains with cockatoos and lorikeets flying around was really surreal! The unit comes with a fully stocked kitchen (plates, glasses / cups, cutlery, etc.) which is nice for the nights you feel like staying home and eating a home cooked meal. The unit was cleaned right before we arrived and we got clean towels and linens (not to mention a champagne bottle :)). We didn't want to stay in a hotel (not only was it SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive, but we wanted the independence of an apartment). However, having some hotel-like perks was ideal. The unit also comes with a buggy you can use to drive around the island, which definitely came in handy every single day. Not to say we couldn't have walked everywhere too (both the main pier and the beach were very close).
Takeaway - definitely go to the Whitsunday Islands; from the Great Barrier reef to Hill Inlet at Whitehaven, the natural beauty is hard to beat! Once you've made that (not too difficult) decision, you would be well served to stay in Poinciana 011
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