I should have read the reviews before going though, as the airport was extremely close and the noise was horrible. With a 7 month old baby and 2 otehr small kids it wasn't a pleasant experience at all. The beach was lovely but the low tides were a pain with the water going out at least a couple of kilometre making for an extremely long walk just to have a swim. The villas is very out of date and needs lots of attention. Our villa had an unpleasant smell in it, we tried everything to get rid of the bad smell but nothing helped. We had to sleep with the sliding door open and that took away most of the bad smell thanks to the loverly rain. The villa wasn't very clean, very dissapointed especially when we entered the bathroom and there were 2heaps of sands due to ants. I mean before someone book in please make sure everything is ready to go. We were there 2 hours before checking in just to leave the trailer there so that we could go shopping but the lady at the reception desk informed me that they just cleaned the villa and we're all good to book in.
It rained most of the time we were there though making it extremely hard to unpack the car. The car is not allowed to get park outside your villa it must stay in the carpark that was nearly 30metres away from the villa and we had to walk a few times to get the car unpack. We went with a trailor because my family from overseas were here and not even the trailor was allowed to get park outside the villa, it had to stay in the car park.The pool area is quit nice but nothing else to do for children especially in cooler days like now. It's too cold to swim. One other thing that I can mention is that the photos on their website is from an other angle but what I saw was something different.
This resort is not family orientated at all but catered more for contractors.
From all my experiences with accommodation in Oz this was the worst of them all!!! I will never ever refer anyone to this resort or stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Illawong Beach Resort is located on the beachfront of Mackay, QLD. The resort is minutes from the airport and a short drive to the Mackay CBD. The resort boast villa style accommodation within the tropical surrounds of the complex. There is an outdoor swimming pool and spa surrounded by palm trees to enjoy on those warm afternoons. Onsite management is available 24 hours a day. The Illawong Beach Resort has 37 fully self contained two bedroom villas overlooking the waterfront, or by the pool. Each villa can accommodate up to 4 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Illawong Beach Hotel Mackay