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“Bluff View - An old reliable! you won't be disappointed”

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The Bluff Resort Apartments
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australia
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“Bluff View - An old reliable! you won't be disappointed”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed here. We love the location as it is close to central Victor Harbour but away from the hustle and bustle. This time we stayed in a motel room @ $155 as it was only for the night. The facilities were excellent and really more than you would need for a quick stay. The room was very spacious for a motel room, light, airy and very clean. We had use of the stunning heated pool and clean towels were available for each swim. We were cheerfully given more tea and coffee supplies even though there was already a good supply in the room.
Last time we stayed longer so we booked a studio apartment with an ocean view and that was fantastic.
The only minus in the motel room was that although the bed sheets were white clean and crisp, the quilt cover looked old, tired, discloured and dodgy- really off putting in fact! and the art work looked cheap and tasteless- If it were not for these two factors I would have rated this place as excellent.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

My wife and I stayed 2 nights in March to celebrate her birthday. It was our 3rd visit to this establishment. Even though it's only 100kms from home, we find it a very enjoyable and relaxing place to visit. We had an upstairs studio that offers a really good view of Encounter Bay and the surrounds. By shear bad luck we ended up with the worst 2 days in March weather wise however that didn't detract from our enjoyment. The balconey faces north and is protected from the prevailing winds so it offered a great place to sit into the late evening and consume some local beverages.
The presentation and maintenance of this place is exceptional when you consider the coastal environment it has to endure. The cleanliness and presentation of the unit was also faultless and made for a very happy and enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

My husband and I stayed 3 nights in a 3 br apartment in Feb 2012. I fell in love with Encounter Bay because of the beautiful apartment and sensational view of the bay, victor and granite island from the huge balcony.
This accom has been recently renovated and the living areas, bedroom and kitchen are delightful.
You can stay in a motel type room, studio or apartments (you pay for either 1,2 or 3 bedrooms in the apartment). We paid to stay in the apartment with use of 1 br and I would recommend this above the other types.
The pool looks like it has recently been retiled and is a beautiful sparkling blue.
I was sad to leave and will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

The view from the living area/balcony looking across the water to Granite Island made up for any shortcomings. We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment - 2 adults and 2 teenagers - plenty of room for us all to have our own space when we needed it. The bathrooms could do with a bit of an update.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

We stayed for one night in a three bedroom apartment. The apartment was very clean and spacious (two storeys, with kitchen, lounge, dining room, bathroom upstairs, bedrooms and another bathroom downstairs). One of the bathrooms had a spa. However the most outstanding feature was the view! We had large glass windows, leading to a balcony with spectacular views of the sea and Granite Island.

The pool was well maintained, also with nice views of the sea, and we certainly made use of it during a very warm day. There are also tennis courts.

The location is very close to walking trails that lead up to the Bluff. Encounter Bay is a very peaceful place to stay (much quieter than Victor) with some nice cafes. I recommend the Beach House café for really good pizzas. The Whalers Inn restaurant is situated underneath the accommodation complex; however this was a little disappointing. Food was nice but servings were very small and prices were high (a $60 seafood platter for two was barely enough for one).

Only one minor complaint about the accommodation – they were scarce on the toiletries, providing only two small tubes of body wash and one conditioner to share between 6 people (I suspect one of the body washes should have been shampoo). Other than this we had an excellent stay and would certainly stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

The accommodation part of the resort is now separate to the restaurant which retains the name of Whalers Inn. We stayed in a newly renovated studio apartment which was very clean and comfortable with a great view. Good for a short term stay such as a weekend but limited for any longer than that. We would stay again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

$380 per night rediculous for an older apartment..nice views but no blinds so all this glass and glare.overpriced and dissapointing. its now called bluff view not whalers inn..wdnt come back here

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: The Bluff Resort Apartments
Address: 123 Franklin Pde, Encounter Bay, South Australia 5211, Australia (Formerly Whalers Resort Apartments)
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Encounter Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Encounter Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bluff Resort Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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