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Review of Whalers Cove Villas

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Whalers Cove Villas
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
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147 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Great villa in a great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We were one of 2 families sharing the 4 bed beach front villa called Catalpa.
It's in a great location, right on the beach, walkable to the local town, and easily accessible to all the main attractions in Margaret River.
The managers on site were very friendly and helpful, they recommended a winery to us which wasn't even on our list and ended up being our favourite.
The villa itself is very spacious, has all the facilities you'd expect and is in very good condition.
To be balanced- my (slight) criticism would be that there were very few coat hangers, and the pillows weren't that comfortable - however this really was a minor issue, and compared to all the positives about this place, including washing machines, DVD players, stereo system etc. it in no way detracts from 5 stars.
Some additional nice touches, that shifted the villa from being good to great was that there was wood paper etc. for evening log fires, and on our final day when the BBQ gas ran out, it was replaced free of charge, no questions asked.
Overall I'd recommend this villa highly to anyone visiting this beautiful part of the world, we'll be going back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Neil B
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WhalersBeachfront, Manager at Whalers Cove Villas, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thanks for a great review. We have taken on board your (slight) criticism and have now put in new pillows as well as additional coat hangers.
We are also pleased that our winery recommendation came up as a favorite. It would be great if we (Managers) could sample all of the food and wine at the many wineries in Margaret River on offer but with so many it is impossible - we also rely on our guests to let us know what is their favourite!
We are getting a lot of visitors from Singapore so please....spread the word!!
Hopefully, you will get the opportunity to return again to this special part of the world.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at the Halcyon villa, a four bedroom luxury villa right on the beach front with the most amazing view overlooking coastline. The villa itself was immaculately clean and decorated to the highest of standards. It was well equipped with everything and more you could need in the kitchen. All the bedrooms were very comfortable with good quality linen and plenty of storage space. Bathroom and showers were excellent as were the towels. Although we did not use them there was a washing machine and tumble dryer available. The villa is open plan, however there is the possibility to close off a small section for some quiet time if needed. There was also a loft area which could be used but the stairs may be a little too steep for very young children, but there was a gate at the bottom of the steps, but I cannot remember if this had a lock or not. The outside area had a large table and chairs, perfect for that evening meal, just beware of the kamikazee beetles and the flies were a bit of a nuisance but not enough to put you off sitting and enjoying the scenery. The location on the beach front is fantastic and you ever got tired of the beach there is the grass area in front of the villa to utilise. The beach is very family friendly and the water in Oct was warm, clear and shallow, perfect for adults and children. This was a treat for us having come over from the UK however I would have no hesitation in recommending this to everyone and am already looking to return, unfortunately not until Nov 2014 when my niece gets married. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Room Tip: Halcyon villa, has four bedrooms, big enough easily for two families or even four couples.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank maggiew1961
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WhalersBeachfront, Manager at Whalers Cove Villas, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thank you for your very kind words. It is a piece of paradise here at Whalers Cove and just a pity you only had 3 nights!
We look forward to catching up again in November 2014!
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Perth, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Villa Neptune lived up to the photos. The view from the kitchen, lounge and balcony was fantastic - whales, pelicans, locals walking their dogs - and the neighbouring villas tucked out of sight. One of the cleanest places I have stayed in, and the furnishings felt fresh and well-cared for. Perfect family spot because there is only a bike path between you and the beach. You can also walk into town easily. Not cheap, but you didn't feel cheated either.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — High chair and cot attracting an extra fee
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sanchiar
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

Past Mandurah, past Bunbury, past Busselton, heading for Cape Naturaliste, we found these gorgeous villas. Expensive for us Kiwis at $260/night, but spacious and comfy, and just off the beach. Many places will only do a minimum two nights stay which didn't suit our plans, so we were pleased to find this villa. The lady manager was friendly and interesting to talk to.

Room Tip: Ours was called 'William Tell'
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank aeoliansands
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WhalersBeachfront, Manager at Whalers Cove Villas, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your great feedback. We have 18 villas in our letting pool and we are able to use a couple of the 2 bedroom villas for 1 night accommodation stays - especially useful for walk-in guests such as yourselves from another country.
We are glad you enjoyed the stay - just a pity it wasn't longer!!
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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

8 of us stayed at Villa Halcyon for an extended weekend. The villa is absolute beachfront with the most magnificent views of Geograph Bay. It is walking distance to all the cafe's and shops. The villa is massive with plenty of room for 8 people. The bedrooms are spacious and well equipped with loads of hanging space. The kitchen is to die for and had everything we needed. The staff were very welcoming and even came down to help take our group photos before our "girls lunch". Loved the place and will definitely be back.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — no exhaust fan in bathroom
  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ASouthgate
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Perth Aussie
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

We stayed a few nights over school holidays for a 'mums and kids' mini break. Our Villa was William Tell which consists of two bedrooms plus a loft. Having done an on-line booking, check in was very efficient - basically grab the keys and answering any questions I had. Super efficient!

We arrived later in the day than expected, so were very happy that the manager had gone in to the villa and kindly turned on the heating ready for us. Such a welcome gesture and it set the tone for our stay.

The villa was clean and well equipped including a basic tea,coffee welcome pack. Beds were very comfy with good quality linen. The loft was accessed by a very steep ladder, which was fine for our 7 - 9 year olds, but could pose a problem for younger children or those that need to use the bathroom during the night.

Positives: Friendly and helpful service, fabulous location, well equipped kitchen, good heating for winter, clean, lovely safe atmosphere.

Negatives: Cleaner had left some bleach in the laundry tub which resulted in bleach marks on kids clothes. One electric blanket was faulty. Both of these were only minor issues which we pointed out to the manager who undertook that the cleaner would be informed and that the electric blanket will be replaced.

Overall, we would love to come back here and would definitely recommend Whalers Cove to friends.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank aussiefam5
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

I have stayed in a few different Whalers Cove villas - all have been clean, well furnished and spacious. The villas are just a roomy townhouse, and staying with another couple with young children was no problem as there is plenty of room and bedrooms.

Th beds are comfortable, the kitchen well equipped - i.e. proper cutlery, knives and a decent selection of pots.

The location is fabulous, right on the beach and a short walk from the town centre.

For our most recent stay the booking process was very easy and the staff kept in contact to see if there was anything we would need during our visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank LisnDames
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, Manager at Whalers Cove Villas, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Thank you for the feedback and it is fantastic to have our regulars returning. As mentioned the villas are spacious and represent great value for 2 families to share. As managers, we are always keen to assist our guests wherever possible and our philosophy is to make sure the guests are happy during their visit - so if there are any problems we ask our guest to let us know and we will make sure we rectify them immediately.
Winter is a great time to visit Dunsborough and stay at Whalers where you can enjoy a glass of Margaret River red in front of the wood heaters!
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Property: Whalers Cove Villas
Address: 3 Lecaille Ct, Dunsborough, Western Australia 6281, Australia
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Dunsborough
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Dunsborough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Whalers Cove Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closest accommodation to the beach in Dunsborough. Our absolute beachfront location makes Whalers Cove Villas the perfect choice for couples, groups and families. The 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villas are free standing, private and have a friendly village-style atmosphere. Dunsborough is the gateway to the Margaret River region where you can experience fine wines, restaurants, beaches, shops and other recreational activities such as golf and fishing. The villas are walking distance to the local cafes and shops. Please note that we do not accept Leavers. ... more   less 
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