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“Cozy, Comfortable and Convenient”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lorhiti Apartments

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Lorhiti Apartments
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Brisbane,
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“Cozy, Comfortable and Convenient”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2010

Lorhiti Apartments, Lord Howe Island is a perfect get away holiday destination from the busy life of an Australian city. It has old fashioned ambience and charm. It is in the perfect position in relation to Ned's Beach, with an access path through the charming garden of banyan trees to the beach. There one is able to spend a delightful time hand feeding the fish. Situated on the eastern side of the island it is protected from the prevailing winds that are more evident on the western lagoon side. Lorhiti is not far from lagoon side however and can be accessed readily via two roads in a matter of about 15 mins walk. The gardens at Lorhiti are beautifully maintained and include a gazebo for outside entertainment. The Owens family have run Lorhiti for many years and are very welcoming and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2010

After reading the first review we went with a little trepidation; however we found the staff very friendly and the place clean and cozy. The gardens are lovely and the walk to Neds Beach very picturesque

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2007

Have just returned from an amazing week on LHI – close to wonderful Ned’s Beach, awarded The Cleanest Beach in Australia two years in a row - swimming, snorkelling, and hand-fish feeding the colourful coral wrasse, big Trevally and huge Kingfish, and enjoying magical sunset beach walks. We had a printed copy of TA member Snodge’s extensive trip report,

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which was a great help and a wonderful info resource. Many thanks, Snodge!

We stayed at Lorhiti Apartments, [----] - a small lodging complex on the escarpment above Ned’s Beach – so a bit of uphill walking is involved coming back from the Post Office ‘CBD’ area, and an extremely steep hill from Joys Shop. We avoided the Joy hill challenge by simply continuing along to Lagoon Road and completing a leisurely one-way circuit past the Post Office and the much gentler hill back to base. There are five other lodging complexes along the same 'flat stretch' of Anderson Road, and we saw many others using the same solution!

Lorhiti consist of six one-bedroom apartments, and one motel-style unit, in a fairly-new single-story rectangular colonial-style building in beautifully landscaped and well-maintained gardens. The units are self-contained with open-plan kitchen/living area, each have a front porch with a privacy divider on the sides (visual but not conversational privacy) and a narrow back-door gallery. Lorhiti caters for just 12 guests (no children under 10) so has minimal staff. The units are not serviced but cleaning services may be purchased (AU$35). As on the whole island, great attention is given to household waste – four bins are supplied in the kitchen (glass, paper, compost and garbage) and it is the guests’ own responsibility to empty these in the larger appropriate containers outside the laundry before departure. When we tried to empty our ‘compost’ bin (all food scraps etc) early on the morning of our departure, the rather small main bin was already quite full, as well as smelly and fly-heaven – and we had quite a job to compact our ‘contribution’ on top. Tip: make sure you do this before showering and changing into your flight travel clothes ;)! Check-out is at 9:30am, but luggage can be stored at reception if flight departure is in the afternoon. Lorhiti, like all the other lodgings on the island, provides a free shuttle service to and from the charming little airport.

Power and water (tank only) resources are precious – short showers are requested. When the solar power is depleted, the gas/generator kicks in but sometimes empty gas cylinders are replaced rather tardily, and cold evening showers can result.

Prices vary from a low-season (mid-Apr to Sept) of AU$150 to mid-season (Sept to mid-Dec and mid-Jan to late-Apr) of AU$270 and high-season (mid-Dec to late-Jan) of AU$370 per double per night. On arrival, a ‘complimentary’ supply in the kitchen of 4 teabags, 4 coffee and 4 sugar sachets, and in the bathroom 2 rolls of toilet paper and 3 tiny soaps are provided, but these are not replenished and guests must purchase further requirements. Bed linen is not changed if staying one week (but changed if staying longer) and two bath towels per person only are supplied for a one week stay. Guest laundry with coin-operated washing machine and drier (AU$1.00 each – washing powder not supplied) and washing lines are available. Laundry also has a ‘library cupboard’ of novels to borrow, and, as we discovered on our last day, a binder with island info on tours, trips and restaurants.

The units are clean and well-equipped, the beds super comfortable and have electric blankets for the cooler low-season, the garden surroundings a peaceful, bird-haven and a delight – although we did hear one guest complain about the disturbing loud noise of the sewerage pump situated at the back of the apartments which kicked in at 6am one morning. There was also a regrettable tranquillity-wrecker when a chain-saw whined before 8 am for about an hour - it didn’t worry us as we were up to delight in the sunrise colours, but for any guests enjoying a sleep-in it would have been infuriating.

There are two separate guest barbeque gazebo areas (one gas, one wood) and a separately-run Chinese and Asian licensed restaurant – the Garden Court – in the old main house, open to all (dinner only, Tue to Sat, with take-away available) but as we didn’t eat there, sorry, no reviews on this feature. We did pop our head round the door when passing, but found it rather dreary and dark and unwelcoming – though it probably looks friendlier in the evenings with lights and candles. One glaring feature that seemed totally out of the Asian muted interior-design context was several gaudy and garish Tahiti paintings.

Lorhiti’s best feature is its proximity to Ned’s Beach – just a few minutes along a track through a palm and banyan rainforest and the wonder of Ned’s beauty unfolds as you walk along (be cautious at night, as several times we almost stepped on roosting mutton birds – take the torch provided!). The soft sound of the surf can be heard from the lodgings, especially late at night and early in the mornings, accompanied by the muted twitter of endemic birds.

We loved the island and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lorhiti, which was great value at the low-season AU$150 rate – but at the high-season rate of $370 pdpn we would probably have expected a few extras to be equally content.

Stayed May 2007
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Property: Lorhiti Apartments
Address: Anderson Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
Location: Australia > Lord Howe Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Lord Howe Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lorhiti Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LORHITI BOUTIQUE SUITES. An oasis of seclusion in one of the best locations on Lord Howe Island, Lorhiti is the closest resort to stunning Ned's Beach and central to Island facilities, beaches, tours, and attractions.Six Bali/Thai style one bedroom King Suite apartments surrounded by a 2 hectare oasis of secluded tropical gardens. Property Features: BBQ, gazebo, laundry, private beach access, stunning gardens, transit lounge and library, away from main roads, public telephone, free evening transport to restaurants, 24 hour caretaker. Rooms Features: modern amenities, flat screen TV/CD/DVD, free movies, free in-room Wi-Fi, king or twin king single beds, full kitchen, sandwish press , airy veranda's, ceiling fans, insect screens, King & King single bed, en suite bathroom, electric blankets and heater, excellent lighting, beach towels, linen, towels, ceiling fans, coffee plunger and sandwich press, iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner, back pack, hair dryer, clock radio, sarongs and bathrobes, insect spray and air freshener, torch, games and cards and umbrella. ... more   less 
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