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Pure Magnetic
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

I recently stayed in Villa 3 at Pure Magnetic,and think the previous review was very harsh, what absolute magic they are spacious comfortable and very clean. We certainly did not have any issues with any electricals as per a previous review. Pam picked us up from the terminal and was extremely pleasant and professional and very knowledgeable about the island. What a fantasic way to relax sitting on the balcony ,where you still have a view of the ocean and the sunsets. The units were very clean, well equipped and the beds very comfortable like sinking into a cloud. The island has lots of things to do depending on what you like, if you are looking for the Gold Coast this is not it, but there is so many lovely walks, lots of water sports and Fishing charters(I would recommend Awesome Sportfishing Charters) and relaxing by the pool . I would highly recommend Villa 3 for price and location. Fantasic Holiday thank you pure Magnetic , I will be back.

Room Tip: Any of the first four units are great !!!! you still have a view of the ocean
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

We were intially impressed with the beautiful villa 3 with its balinese feel. However within 20 minutes of arriving our 4 year old grandson turned off a lamp which was on when we arrived and the electric cable came off, causing a huge spark. Luckily he was not electricuted, but this gave him a huge fright and left a black mark on his hand. We checked all the electric cables to all lamps and found 2 more lamps with exposed wires. We immediately called Pam and she came and took the faulty lamps, but no apology or concern. We were quite shocked. We then proceeded to find other maintenance issues including a number of light bulbs out, the bath changeover valve was stuck, so you could only fill the bath with the shower attachment, the BBQ ignition button was missing and the villa wasn't very clean (we found rubbish and dust under the furniture). The rest of the week was less eventful. The villas are in a beautiful place and even in villa 3 you see the sea and beach, plus we had the pool right behind us. It is small, but not many people in it. There were some loose tiles by the pool, which could be a safety concern, but generally ok. The gardens are well kept and have many frangapani trees and other tropical plants. You hear many different kinds of birds here, some quite noisy, such as the curlew which starts at night... you get use to its whaling noise! One week was enough for us here. There's not a great deal to do here. We rented a Mini Moke for 3 days to see the other bays, Horseshoe bay is the best with more to do and a good beach. Its a shame Nelly Bay doesn't have a swimming enclosure as more people would stay at this beach. There are some good restaurants within walking distance; the Pizza & Pasta one by Foodworks and Man Friday had some excellent food, not much to look at but both worth it and quite cheap. Pure Magnetic has to do some serious maintenance work to these villas before we would return again. What a shame.....

Room Tip: Not Villa 3
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Elmer76
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

I stayed in villa 1 and while it was beautiful there were lots of maintenance issues, some were minor but others impacted the enjoyment of our stay.

For example the bed was so squeaky that if you rolled over, it squeaked loud enough to wake my partner up, not very romantic! It was also really uncomfortable. The bed frame needs to be repaired and the mattress needs to be replaced. The light bulb above the mirror in the bathroom was missing which meant there wasn't enough light to apply makeup etc. The toilet seat also had a bolt missing to attach it to the toilet so if you weren't careful you would slide off the toilet with the seat. In the ensuite the screw that holds the shower head open was stuck so the shower head was permanently flopped down which made washing your hair a logistical nightmare as you needed one hand to hold the shower head up. We didnt complain to management as we were only staying for two nights but seeing as we paid nearly $300 a night for the best villa it really wasn't good enough.

We also had some minor service complaints. For example Pam was 20 minutes late picking us up from the ferry terminal which wasn't the best way to start our getaway. Also we had some friends who were also a couple who decided to come for a visit (we are townsville locals) at the last minute and would be arriving on the second night of our stay. When we informed management they said it would cost extra if we wanted the second bedroom converted from two singles into a king even though our room hadn't been serviced yet. I thought this was rather petty especially for the price we paid.

Despite my complaints I thought the place was beautiful. The gardens were tropical and gave the place a great ambience, the pool nice but a bit small and the villa was large and beautifully furnished. The view was spectacular and it really is worth paying extra for villas one and two. The complex is also in walking distance to a small supermarket, a bottle shop and a few restaraunts but we hired a mini mole which was great fun but expensive.

If maintenance issues are fixed we would make pure magnetic our regular accommodation for weekend getaways otherwise we will probably not return.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Stayed at Pure Magnetic for four nights from 9th August till 13th August. We stayed in Villa number 7 which was very spacious, well equiped with everything you would need. The Villas and the complex are full of tropical Balinese character. There is a very nice pool and you are only a few seconds walk to Nelly Bay Beach which has some beautiful views across the water. We realy enjoyed our stay at Pure Magnetic, it was very relaxing quite a great place to escape for a few`days. It was great being picked up and taken to the accommadation once we arrived on the island after a very nice 20 minute ferry journey from Towsvile. You can walk to the local Foodworks supermarket and a few other shops and resturants from Pure Magnetic. There is also the local bus that takes you around the island and will pick you up and drop you off in front of the Villas on the Espanade if you wave it down which was great. The local IGA supermarket in Nelly Bay offers free delivery which is great.

MagneticI Island is beautiful. The temmperature was a nice warm 26 degress while we were there. Beautiful sunny days with cooler nights. There are some lovely bays for swimming and snorkelling. Alma Bay is really a beautiful safe small bay for swimming. The island is full of lovey birdlife, koalas and wallabies Magnetic island is very laid back and well worth a visit. We hope to return someday.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Stayed in villa 1 for 5 nights. The view from the front deck was sensational. A very relaxing holiday destination with a layed back atmosphere in a very natural setting. Pure Magnetic has a real Balinese feel. Some slight issues with non functioning shutters , air conditioning ,squeaky bed and dodgy lights were the only downers but management was able to fix air conditioning. Unfortunately unable to rectify other issues. Nonetheless a pretty good place to relax and unwind.

Room Tip: Villas 1 & 2 are directly opposite the beach and have the best outlook. Worth the extra cost per...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

Beautiful and new chales, beach front, space, privacy and quietness. Magnetic island hasn't got many accommodation options but even if it had I doubt anyone could find a better place to stay.

Keep in mind that this is a self catering chale so don't expect room service and be prepared to leave it reasonbly tidy - for us that wasn't a problem at all and I am pretty sure the website is quite clear about it.

You arrive from Townsville and the very friendly ladies who manage the place pick you up from the ferry station, even though it's a 15 minute walk.

Book, relax and enjoy

Room Tip: Pay extra for rooms n1 or 2. A step to the beach
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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank BRA_BNE
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Reviewed December 17, 2010

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights with friends. We had a fun, relaxing time here.

The good: The bungalow (I would not call them villas) was very spacious with two beds and baths, large kitchen, dining room, living room, and patio. It has tasteful Balinese-style decorations, was clean and comfortable with decent cooking supplies, cozy lighting and a great couch. The patio is excellent for relaxing with a book - or just hanging out.
The pool is small, but well maintained and set in a lovely garden. Two supermarkets and several restaurants are within walking distance, as is the scooter rental.
Fiona, the manager/owner was so nice as to pick us up from the ferry terminal and drop us off at the end of our stay. She came by every day, which made us feel cared for despite there not being a lobby or Housekeeping service.

The bad:
The place could use a spruce. Half of the window shutters did not open/close anymore, the light in our bathroom was broken and not fixed despite asking. The mattress needs to be replaced - both of us got backaches.
They only clean if you stay more than 7 nights, but after 3 the place really needs to be serviced. We only received 1 roll of toilet paper, and it's silly that you have to purchase a whole box of dishwasher tablets and a whole bottle of cooking oil for the few nights you're there. They could at least supply a tablet a day, and clean (and replace towels and supply toilet paper) every third day like at the Oaks Lagoon in Port Douglas.

Despite its flaws, we enjoyed our stay very much and were happy to have a cozy bungalow of our own, rather than staying at a larger hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Pure Magnetic

Address: The Esplanade | Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
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Ranked #6 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Magnetic Island
Price Range: $176 - $287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in your own two-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury villa, with private courtyard and bbq area, just metres from the beach. Enjoy the rich island architecture, beautiful decor, temperature controlled swimming pool, walk to local restaurants and cafes, or enjoy quiet evenings on your own private balcony. ... more   less 
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