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The Islander Holiday Resort
Alice Springs, Australia
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“Two great stays at The Islander”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Stayed here in January 2013 and again this summer with young kids. Its a great value place to stay in a great location, right across the road from the beach, very close to a good little cafe and nothing is very far away. The managers are very friendly and helpful and organised cheap car rental for us. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment, and there were two extra beds in the lounge room, so we spread ourselves around as you do with young kids! One previous reviewer noted that apartments with adjoining doors can let in the other apartments sounds at times - this is true, but wasn't really an issue with our two stays. I think its just the smaller apartments that have these doors. The kitchen was fine and meant we could save some coin cooking a few meals from all the cheap seafood at Straddie. The bathroom had been completely redone since our last stay, so was grand. We spent most of our time at the beach but the resort pool is good too. Also a little playground and plenty of grass (and a tennis court) for kids to charge around on.Totally recommend this place for a relaxed value for a money stay in a great location.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

We, a group of 5 friends, stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment for 2 nights in December. We loved it- very spacious apartment with a big living area and well-stocked kitchen. There was even almost a 3rd room off the living area with a single bed in it. Lots of windows and glass doors looking out onto the pool and tennis court. Short ~100m walk to the beach across the road and, importantly, only 2km from the ice cream shop! It was also pretty quiet at night. Only downfall would be the lack of aircon, though with the sea breeze this tended to only be a problem in the bedroom with windows facing away from the beach. Highly recommend staying here.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed at the Islander in September 2013.

Pros:
Super-friendly and easy going office staff
Free access to tennis court, rackets, balls.
Free DVD, toy, and game "hire" from office
Walk to bowls club, beach, and sports fields
Relaxed atmosphere.
Nice pool.
Beautiful new kitchen in our apartment (#13) with great fit out.
Very well priced!
They allow short-term stays in school holidays - major bonus for those of us who can't take 1 week off and don't want to pay for 1 week minimum.

Cons:
Nothing really - this is not a fancy place, but it's great for families who aren't looking for something smooth and smoochy.

We really liked it and would go again!

Room Tip: We stayed in apartment 13. It was great.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Reading plenty of reviews before we made our final decision of where to stay during our first holiday to Stradbroke, we thought perhaps those giving bad reviews were being picky and negative about this place. Upon leaving this resort we felt very let down and had to agree with majority of them.

Room: if wanting a single room, request a room that is not accessible through a wooden door to ajoining rooms or else you will be able to hear the people in the adjoining room. Who knows what they heard from us, they had a small child, which was very awkward and made us feel like we needed to whisper.

Cleaning: the general cleaning was good of floors, table tops and bathroom. The plates, cups and cutlery on the other hand were dirty with old food and smears and it seems this goes on a trust system that the number of guests before you actually bothered to clean them properly. Don't supply kitchen goods if you are not going to ensure they are cleaned to a certain standard inbetween guests. We are not picky, it just ruins the experience and appetite finding crusted on food over forks, spoons, under plates and milk and other liquid residue in cups and finger smears on the plastic.

Other: We were told that the internet was included in our price....we found this out after first going and asking that evening if there was internet connection and being handed the paper by Rebecca. Then we went a day tossing up whether we wanted to pay another $50 just to get internet in our room, only after we went back and said we decided not to use it were we then told it was already included. however as it turned out they didn't have a strong enough modem that reached our room. so we naturally paid for internet use and then used our car to drive up to the beach lookouts to use our own phone internet.

Two very good things about this resort:The gentleman who also runs management was very welcoming and cheerful. The other was the bed, big and comfy! So if you happen to only encounter him, look forward to a good nights sleep, don't plan on using the kitchen, and get a room close to the office with no side entry into ajoining rooms then I can understand how you could give this more points.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2013

The photos online of this hotel are very misleading and look nothing like the hotel room does. My room had 8 wasp nests on the balcony i was stung by a swarm of them within 10 minutes of arriving. Went to reception to get help and the staff response was " Well what do you want me to do about it?" Not even a proper first aid kit in the hotel. The door on my shower fell off when i opened it. No help after advising staff. Went there with a large group of us all staying in different rooms. 2 of the rooms fridges were out of order. Not one of the 6 rooms had a working clothes dryer (all had broken clothes dryers). The hot water systems are tiny only 1 person can have a short hot shower before running out of hot water. The fans in all of the rooms were rusted beyond being useable. All of the rooms stunk and had some form of insect or bugs nesting in them. Not enough linen and nearly all of the linen was dirty upon arrival. Was lucky i left my children at home or i would have been asking for a refund and staying elsewhere

Room Tip: Large units tend to have a working fridge
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I stayed in studio room 15, the room was clean and comfortable with a balcony overlooking excellent gardens, pool and tennis court.There is no air con but at no time did i require it as the breeze was incredible. Short walk to the "home beach", and not much further to the pub . The locals are extremeley friendly and heplfull.If you have no luck fishing see Mark at the fish shop (point Lookout) for some straight off the boat seafood,the rooms have cooking facilities and full sized fridge comes in handy. Bill and Rebecca the resorts managers are friendly and helpfull in every aspect you will need to fullfill your island getaway.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We are currently on our way home having just spent 10 glorious nights on North Stradbroke island staying at The Islander Resort. It is ideally located 150m from Home beach, 100m for a good coffee and a short walk to the Straddie hotel and bowling club.

We are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 children aged nearly 10 and 7. We travelled with our friends and their 4 children 11,10,6,4.

Our units,13&14 were adjacent providing the ideal situation for sharing meals and children traipsing from one unit to the other.

As each unit is privately owned they are furnished differently, however we were most impressed with the comfortable furniture and well equipped kitchens. There was no shortage of crockery, glassware and utensils.

The apartments are massive so there was loads of space for everyone. The bathroom was big too with a laundry at one end. You certainly do not find units this size in the newer complexes.

There is no air con which was not an issue at all as the breeze coming through was more than sufficient. So don't be put off by other people's comments!!

The pool area was very popular with us everyday and provided welcome shade with big umbrellas. The BBQ area was impeccably clean.

The office offered tennis racquets as well as a good range if DVDs and books for a small fee.

If you are after a genuine break away then Straddie is the place to go. It is so relaxed and un spoilt that you can really chill out and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings from the great beaches and visits to blue lake and brown lake.

Best to do a big shop at the local Woolies in Cleveland before you catch the ferry across, however the butcher at Dunwich is excellent as is Bobs food works in point lookout.

Our only hiccup was the broken bed rail on the bunk bed was broken and not fixed posing a big safety risk. We placed the spare trundle mattress on the floor as well as a pillow on edge of bed. This most certainly must be fixed prior to be let out again.

We highly recommend The Islander especially for being such good value for money.

We look forward to returning soon!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: The Islander Holiday Resort
Address: 41 East Coast Road | Point Lookout, Redland City, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland 4183, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Redland City > North Stradbroke Island
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Ranked #7 of 10 Specialty Lodging in North Stradbroke Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Islander Holiday Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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