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Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast
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Dortmund, Germany
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41 reviews
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“A home away from home”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is a gorgeous B and B, the rooms are very comfortable as are the common areas. A big Veranda with nice possibilities to relax and even a Pool!

The hosts Robyn and Phil are lovely, a great team - Robyn is warm and welcoming and Phil the funniest Person on earth. The breakfast had been Great...we always had fresh fruits, wonderful pancakes, 'homemade' eggs, etc!! Robyn did everything for us, picked us from the Ferry, showed us the whole Island, and even the places where we could see Koalas and Wallabys...just perfekt!

We have stayed at alot of inns and b&b's in the world but this is one place we will always remember. Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Thank you Robin and Phil for a relaxing and happy stay. Your generous hospitality far exceeds the average B&B. Very clean and comfortable and beautiful breakfasts. It was great to have you to introduce us to the many delights of the Island.
Martin and Elisabeth, Jill and Ann

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Coventry UK
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2012

The hosts went out of their way to make us feel welcome during our one night stay. The rooms were very clean, the beds comfortable, the food delicious and the hospitality warm. The house itself is very nice and the location is good for walks and for the various beaches. The hosts were also more than happy to collect us from the ferry and to drop us off at the start point for several of the walks. Would definitely recommend to anyone spending time on Magnetic Island.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Robynjoy, Owner at Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words- we are pleased we made a difference. Best regards, Phil & Robyn
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

My wife and I stayed with Robyn and Phil for three nights. We have stayed at B&Bs, hotels and resorts across the globe, and found our stay at the Magnetic Island B&B very relaxing. Robyn has set up a 'traditional' bed and breakfast. This means you are welcomed into someone's home and share certain facilities (bathroom, lounge, garden/pool) with your hosts. Some B&Bs have become more 'boutique' in format, with toiletries being provided in an en suite bathroom, guests lounge etc. If that is what you look for, of 5 star luxury, then the Magnetic Island B&B will not be for you.

However, if you enjoy getting to know your hosts, chatting to other guests (there are only two guest rooms at the Magnetic Island B&B) and taking a relaxing pace as you see the local sights, then this would be a great choice. Robyn and Phil provide warm and genuine hospitality, good food (Robyn's lemon butter is truly delicious) and a pleasant locale to operate from.

Magnetic Island is small, as the majority of the island is a nature reserve. The variety of attractions and services that you might find on the mainland are therefore not present. This also means that the pace of life on the island is slightly slower than Townsville/Queensland, which makes it perfect for a getaway for a few days.

The Magnetic Island B&B is about 2kms from Horseshoe Bay and its various restaurants/cafes/beach, which is an easy and pleasant walk. The B&B is also about 1km from the start of a number of good walks. Robyn was very happy to chauffeur us to the start of the walks, but as our 'normal' lives are quite sedentary we like to walk as much as we can when on holiday.

All in all, everything we expected or were promised (such as collection from the ferry etc) was delivered and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Robyn and Phil.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robynjoy, Owner at Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review; you can be sure it is much appreciated. We are grateful that you enjoyed what we have to offer and that you have taken the time to put in writing the differences with regard to the different types of B&B's. Happy travels, Robyn & Phil
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

The first 'B' was great, the second 'B' extremely tasty. Situated in a beautiful part of the island, with deserted snorkeling beaches, scenic hiking paths and the cute little village of Horseshoe Bay, this place is simple awesome. Robyn has a great sense for detail and Phil is the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Their efforts certainly contributed to making our stay as enjoyable as possible. Absolutely loved it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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149 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Phil and Robyn were the most friendly and helpful people. I can not say enough things about their bed and breakfast and Magnetic island. It is a wonderful place to stay. Phil picked us up from the ferry and was funny and friendly.

Robyn offered desserts when we arrived. The house was very clean. The bed was comfortable. The breakfast of fresh fruit eggs and bacon was tasty. I loved eating outside while the variety of Australian birds flew around in the morning.

The location was far from city lights so the night sky was filled with stars. They milky way was clearly visiable on the nights were were there.

Robyn helped us to find Koalas in a neighbors yard, Amazing. She also took us to the Rock wallabies before we headed home and we fed them some grass. I loved feeding the lorikeets and taking the forts walk.

Unfortunately we only stayed two nights in this wonderful location. We took a two week vacation to Australia from the U.S. I wish I would have taken at a minimum one more night on Magnetic island. It was one of the best locations we visited. We missed some of the hikes to the beaches.

The only very small comment i have is the bikes they had needed some work. I would have fixed them myself i I had some tools. The breaks needed some adjustments but I needed a plier and wrench. We used the bikes as is and they were fine for the flatter areas.

You can get around by bus or walking with no problems either.

Robyn and Phil really made this an unforgetable experience. Thank you. This is one of the best places I have ever stayed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Robynjoy, Owner at Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
We loved sharing the stars with you also. By the way, you will pleased to know we have now purchased 4 BRAND NEW BIKES for when you visit next. Thanks for the great company of you and your family from Robyn & Phil
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

From the moment we arrived, Robyn and Phil treated us like royalty. She first served us tea, coffee and delicious homemade cookies while helping us plan our two day stay on Magnetic Island. She gave us a personal tour of nearby sights including showing us wild koalas in eucalyptus trees and kangaroos jumping about in neighboring yards. She is also Australia's "bird whisperer". She had Lorikeets eating from our hands. The rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious. Robyn served us the best breakfasts we had on our two week journey through Queensland. Our one regret is that we did not stay longer. Phil and Robyn are the consummate hosts. - Duane & Delene from San Jose, California.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast
Address: 11 Dolphin Court, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Magnetic Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Phil & Robyn welcome guests to their home for a Traditional Bed & Breakfast stay. You can feed the lorikeets and admire the kookaburras, Koalas, wallabies and birds while you dine outside. We are set on 1 acre of gardens and the property is surrounded by National Park. Relax by the pool. We also have a family suite comprising separate queen bedroom and lounging areas inside and out, separate bathroom, and sleeping for up to four children. Tea and coffee making in room. Contact us for details ... more   less 
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