My wife and I and another couple spent seven nights on Lord Howe Island at the Milky Way Holiday Villas.
After landing our host Josie picked us up and gave us a tour of the island. Our first three days were fun filled with good weather then unfortunately the rest of our stay was wind and rain. The islanders were smiling because their low water tank levels were topped up.
Milky Way is located in a leafy location at the northern end of Lord Howe Island. An easy and scenic twelve minute walk takes you into ‘town’. An equally easy two minute walk gets you onto the wide and gently sloping and sandy bottomed Old Settlement Beach. Old Settlement Beach is within the island’s lagoon. Quite often here sea turtles pop their heads up even at waist depth. Some 200m further out in the lagoon is the Sylph Hole buoy surrounded by coral and an assortment of fish. Keep an eye out for the lionfish.
The Milky Way staff was fantastic and accommodated our every need. They booked and transported their guests to dinner at any of the islands restaurants and the deal was that restaurant then transported the guests back to Milky Way if they so wished. In place at the resort is an honesty system. Liquor and food items are kept in the rear of the always open restaurant. If any of these items are required you simply open a tab by entering your name on it, retrieve what you want, enter what it is and the price displayed and at the end of your stay you settle your tab.
Our one bedroom Mooreii unit was very clean and well appointed and close to the establishment’s Beach House on the Moon Restaurant. On arrival we found enough food in the fridge to keep us going for a couple of breakfasts. In the unit was the bedroom with two very comfortable king size single beds pushed together. Off the bedroom was an en suite and walk-in robe. The living/kitchen area has a TV and DVD player, a table and two chairs as well as a two seat sofa. The kitchen area has a four burner gas stove, microwave and small fridge. A good range of crockery cutlery and cooking utensils are kept in the kitchen’s units
Because of heavy bookings at the time, we were moved into a Belmoreana one bedroom studio for our last night. The unit was located in a more private part of the property and was probably the most northern holiday accommodation on the island. While smaller than our Mooreii unit the studio had the bare essentials. There was no walk-in robe which was understandable but annoyingly only one bedside table and reading lamp. There is adequate room for these two items to be installed. From the studio’s shared rear balcony we had fabulous views over open paddocks to Kim’s Lookout and Malabar Hill. The paddock view off to right took in what’s left of the wreckage of the 1948 crash of the RAAF Catalina flying boat A24-381.
The Milky Way’s Beach House On The Moon Restaurant opens for dinner Monday and Friday nights only. There is a daily takeaway service starting at 6pm which we did not use. Our Monday night seafood dinner was delicious and superbly presented. The Friday night Fish Fry of local fish was equally impressive.
Food and liquor prices throughout the island are inflated and most likely due to transport costs from the mainland. The Milky Way does not escape these circumstances. A 300ml bottle of tonic water was $4.00
In our group’s opinion Milky Way is ideally located and we would choose this Lord Howe destination above all others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On Old Settlement Beach at the extreme northern end of the residential area. Set in a lush, peaceful palm & banyan grove with the beach just through the palms.Comfortable, modern one & two bedroom self catering villas with fully equipped kitchen & ensuite bathroom in all villas.Features include: Generous Breakfast/Fruit Hamper on Arrival King bed, Ceiling Fans,LED TV/DVD player,iPod Dock.Beach Towels, Hairdryer, Iron/Board, Coffee Plunger, Backpack, Picnic Basket/Utensils, BBQ Facilities.Airport & Restaurant Transfers,Convenience Shop, Blue Phone.Daily HousekeepingAustralian Champagne for Birthday or Anniversary. Internet available at reasonable rates ... more less
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