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Island Leisure Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Magnetic Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 24, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed for 2 nights and were very pleasantly surprised. It was our first trip to Magnetic Island and we booked our accommodation online through a travel website. It was the school holidays so accommodation was very limited and we were tossing up between what was available. Away for our wedding anniversary, we arrived at around 10am to reception and we were lucky enough to be shown straight to our room. In our room a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates awaited, organised by the extremely friendly staff. Our room was a tidy and fresh self contained bure with cooking facilities, bathroom and a private patio. Very clean and comfortable. The resort had a tennis court, large lagoon style pool and spa, games room, children's craft room, library and a licensed kiosk with very reasonable prices, that would open after closing if a guest requested. The resort had a happy, friendly vibe and staff were willing to help anyway they could. In walking distance to beaches, shops, restaurants and the ferry terminal. The rooms are amazingly well priced and offer great value for money. We enjoyed our stay so much, we are going back with our son in a couple of weeks for another. Magnetic Island is a beautiful island of paradise. Sad to leave!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2013

Thank you so much for the review, so glad you had a great time. Kind regards Eileen Nethercott

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were invited to a friend's wedding in Picnic Bay and most of the wedding party stayed at Pure Magnetic around the corner from Island Leisure (which looked great, especially if you book out all of the villas). Unfortunately there wasn't room for everyone so we researched what else was in the area and booked Island Leisure Resort.

We'd just come from a fantastic three days at a B&B in Mission Beach and weren't enthralled with what we saw of Magnetic Island (we went to Horseshoe Bay, Nelly Bay & Picnic Bay but perhaps missed the best bits?) When we were shown to our room at Island Leisure Resort (not really a bungalow, as it was described as it wasn't detached - we had rooms either side of ours) we were a bit disappointed that we were paying more than in Mission Beach and seemed to be staying in a slightly tired looking place, which was lacking in atmosphere. The walls are exposed concrete, there are fluorescent strip lights and with the screen over the patio door and the bunk beds, it felt a bit like a prison cell! The grass outside looked immaculate but on closer inspection we realised it was fake grass. Breakfast was not included but there is a small supermarket a few mins walk away or you can purchase a breakfast hamper for around AU$15.

It seemed to be mainly families and older couples staying at the resort and I imagine they would find it a nice place to stay, just wasn't really suited to us (couple in our early 30s/late 20s). We used the tennis court, which was good and played a bit of table tennis. We didn't use any other of the facilities. It looks like there are plenty of things for kids to do and the room rate is probably very reasonable if you're filling every bed. We had a double bed, a single bed and triple bunks in our room!

The bathrooms have no ceiling, so everyone in the bedroom/kitchen area can hear everything. Fine if you want to have a conversation whilst someone is in the shower!

If you're after a no frills place not far from the ferry or from the beach (not the nicest beach in the world, try Picnic Bay instead) then this is probably a suitable place for you.

There is plenty of potential to make this a lovely place to stay but needs a bit of investment into the décor, etc.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2013

Dear Happy_Explorer30
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am truly sorry you did not enjoy your time on Magnetic Island. I must admit I was quite surprised to read your comments, as we usually receive such positive feedback about our resort and the Island in general. I agree with your comment that we are good value for families and couples looking for a quiet relaxing holiday and your observation that we are not a party place is also correct. We recently completed refurbishing the resort exteriors and gardens and were awarded ‘Best Unique Accommodation’ in the 2012 North Queensland Tourism Awards. In October, we will begin renovating the interiors of our bures and we will definitely take your comments on board. Thanks again for your review. Kind Regards Eileen Nethercott

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

I spent two weeks with my husband and my three kids and it was just paradise!
The staff were really nice and always ready to help regarding ideas of what to do on the island.
Perfect resort for the kids, there is a games room and an art room where our kids went almost everyday to do really nice activities there. ( under parents supervision)
The pool area is really well decorated and with the birds singing around, it s really relaxing!
The resort is really close to everything ( beach, supermarket, restaurant and the bus stops just in front of the resort).
All the facilities are very well maintained. Towels are changed very regularly and everything is really clean.
We can't wait to go back there!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2013

Dear Lise B

Thank you for coming to stay with us at Island Leisure Resort and thank you also for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I agree with you, I also think this is paradise! It is great to hear such positive feedback about our little resort and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind Regards Eileen Nethercott

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great little place...a hidden gem. Facilities were perfect; washing machines and tumble dryers, places to hang your washing, all discretely tucked away. A little swimming pool very tastefully designed, along with tennis courts. Eileen the manager/owner was lovely and we got to feed the lorikeets.
We only spent two nights here, but could have stayed the week. If we go back to the island, I would definitely stay at the Island Leisure Resort without hesitation.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful review. I look forward to welcoming you back again at Island Leisure Resort, hopefully for a longer stay. Kind regards Eileen Nethercott

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was so impressed with how clean and tidy this resort was considering it isn't brand new. The facilities are great and it's so close to everything (ferry, supermarket, fabulous beaches!!). The pool and pool area are lovely and the curlews and other birds that come to the resort are just divine. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Kylie B
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2013

Hi Kylie, thank you for such a nice review. We do work very hard to keep the resort in tiptop condition. This is definitely the place to come if you enjoy wildlife. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Eileen Nethercott

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We booked the resort for three nights for three women, grandma 81 years old. Mum 55, and me 22.
We played tennis, we swam in the pool and we were very impressed with the accommodation as the unit was spacious and clean. The staff were wonderful and friendly. Island Leisure Resort is incredible value for money. Fantastic place to take children or even couples. We had a wonderful time and only wish we could stay longer. The location is ideal, although we had a car, the supermarket is walking distance. I doubt you would find better value for money anywhere on the island.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2013

Hi Catherine, it was a pleasure to have your family stay with us, thanks for the great review, we hope to see you back again in the future. Kind regards Eileen Nethercott

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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

This is an older style resort, but very well maintained. The rooms are huge, clean and self contained. Our room even had a 3 level bunkbed if you want to take the kids. For the quality you get at this resort the prices are definitely not expensive.
There's a supermarket in walking distance but they also sell several things in the kiosk at the resort. You can order a basket full of stuff to cook a breakfast which only costs $15 for 2 persons.
The staff at the resort is very friendly!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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IslandLeisureResort, Manager at Island Leisure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We do aim to keep prices as affordable as possible and we also believe we are good value for money. Hope to see you again. Kind regards Eileen Nethercott Manager

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Address: Island Leisure Resort 6 Kelly St | Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Magnetic Island
Price Range: $107 - $181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Island Leisure Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A multi-award-winning resort with a range of fully self-contained burés to suit singles, couples and families. Our standard bure has timber cathedral ceilings, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, television, kitchen, ensuite bathroom and private dining patio. We also have superior rooms, family rooms and wheelchair-accessible rooms. The resort has a lovely lagoon-style swimming pool, with spa and gas barbeque area. This area is lit at night, enabling you to eat outside and enjoy our lovely evenings. We have a full-size tennis court, games room with pool table, table tennis, board games and guest library with books and magazines. We also have a children's craft area, a guest laundry with washing machines and dryers. There is also a licensed snack bar. We are located 50 metres from the beach and 100 metres from the shops and restaurants. The island bus stops at the front of the resort. This is a great resort in a great location with great rates! ... more   less 
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