My fiance and I stayed at Earl's last year on our second visit to LHI. On our first visit some years earlier we had stayed at Milky Way, which was fine but we wanted a change.
I call my partner Mr Five Star and he would have loved to stay at Capella, but as already pointed out by others on the site, they have a seven star price tag!
Earls is new, clean, secluded with enormous living room, bedroom and bathroom. Check out their website for lots of photos to see what you get. It felt like we were staying in our own self contained house.The kitchen had everything we needed and we cooked our own food in there and on our BBQ for four of the five nights we stayed. Bathrooms come equipped with washing machines and some toileteries. The only thing that took some getting used to is the lack of blinds/curtains on all the windows except the bedroom (blinds that don't keep out the light - forget sleeping in). I felt a bit exposed for the first couple of nights but got used to it after a while. There are robes supplied - make sure you use them if you aren't an exhibitionist!
We stayed in August and were grateful for the reverse cycle air conditioning in both the bedroom and living room, as it certainly took the chill off a couple of cool evenings. They also have pay TV with great reception on all channels. We made the most of this on the couple of days when it was just too wet and rainy to go out. Each morning the room is serviced, all the dishes are washed up, beds made and the mini bar, snacks etc. replenished. The manager was a non-local when we stayed, which I think made us feel like we were getting independent advice on the various things to see and do, places to eat and shop etc.
We didn't bother with bikes, just walked to the shops with the backpacks that are included in the unit. Earls is located in the centre of the island, so you can easily walk to any of the shops, bottlo or beaches. We shopped at Thompsons, Top Shop and Joys - I'd recommend Joys for everyday groceries and Top Shop for fresh meat, fruit and veg. We made good use of the fish n fillet service - fill in your order form and leave it in the box at Joys, then wait for the fish to be delivered to your door. Great on the BBQ!
We were so impressed by the standard of accomodation we have booked another holiday to Earl's for August this year.
LHI is great place for nature lovers and those looking to get away from it all. We love to visit in winter as there are less people, the flights and accomodation are more affordable, and each time we have been, the weather has been good enough to go swimming on at least half of the days we stayed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Earl’s Anchorage on World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island boasts a tranquil, private and central location with convenient and easy access to the main beaches and walks on both sides of spectacular Lord Howe Island. Earls Anchorage is surrounded by the endemic Lord Howe Island Kentia Palms, each bungalow on the six acre property offers absolute privacy to ensure your stay is completely undisturbed. The self-contained bungalow’s are each named after one of Jack Earl’s famous Australian yachts and have been uniquely designed by Arcoessence Architects to take advantage of the sunny (northern) aspect of the property. All six bungalow’s link via boardwalk surrounded by the sub-tropical vegetation. ... more less
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