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“Gorgeous Views; Big, Modern Rooms”
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Amarna Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Nelson Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 22, 2012

This is a small boutique hotel right on Dutchies beach. It has an absolutely stunning outlook just steps away from direct access to the beach. The rooms are very spacious with quality fittings and fixtures including kitchen and laundry for longer stays. We were shown around our room and instructed on how to use some of the things including the Nespresso coffee machine by a very welcoming receptionist. It's just a 10 minute walk into the Marina which is handy given the limited parking options in town. The 25m heated pool is lovely and has a large spa attached. While the bed is comfy the pillows are unfortunately large and hard. There are no alternatives which for a 5 star is a gap (perhaps bring your own in case). I agree also with the service noted by some other reviews. I think the idea is to leave you in peace but again for 5 star (and the very high price) daily servicing is not automatic and when requested is not 100%. The excellent rating is for the beautiful apartment and absolutely stunning location when I compare to our other hotels. If the service was stepped up a notch or two, then it would truly be 5 star.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

I have been to 4-5 star hotels all over the world, but Amarna was probably the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at. The rooms are huge and spacious and beautifully finished. The bathrrom had a separate tub and shower, two sinks, a heated floor and towel rack; it was pure luxury and even came with L'Occitane shampoo and conditioner! There was a separate bedroom, a large lounge room, and a fully equipped kitchen. And a second bathroom with laundry facitilities! The balcony was extremely spacious, and the views over the pool and bay were just beautiful. The resort leaves breakfast outside your door at 8am every morning. It comes with muesli, fresh fruit, yogurt and muffins. The fresh, still warm muffins were delicious! It's about a 10-15 minute scenic walk to the centre of town, or a couple minutes drive. They give you your own parking spot at this hotel. I would definetely recommend this place and can't wait to go back myself!

Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

What a great resort, pity there is no one to service your needs. They check you in and thats it...they dont answer the phone, service the rooms properly or even give you fresh milk. 10/10 for location and facilities, but 0/10 after that. Management none existent.

Room Tip: all rooms are great
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

Great place. Great staff who really helped us out. Rooms could do with fresh flowers but that aside are pretty special. Not cheap but luxury rarely is.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

Our stay was so relaxing and the accommodation is beautiful and very comfortable. The view, pool and beach are fabulous. I highly reccommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank babsdog
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

Staff was very friendly stated till 8pm on our last day and didn't charge extra room was amazing very clean set out was perfect views from the 3bedroom was beautiful defiantly stat again

  • Stayed: April 2010
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Thank Len89
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Our one bedroom waterfront apartment was beautiful. The bathroom, bedroom & living areas were fabulous - very luxurious! All we could see from our room was the sensational pool. spa & Dutchies Beach - what more could you want? An easy 10 minute walk along the waterfront walking track to Nelson Bay was a great way to walk off all the good food & wine we indulged in!

Our dinner at Mavericks On The Bay was fantastic!

Phillipa was extremely friendly and an asset to Amarna.

The only downside to Amarna were the 'little' things:
- No milk in refrigerator upon arrival for a cup of tea/coffee
- Very limited instruction on how to use the Miele Nespresso coffee machine (and the printed version was difficult to understand for someone who had never used a coffee machine before)
- Only two English Breakfast tea bags (unfortunately we don't like Chamomile, Green or Peppermint tea)
- Suggest they show guests how to open the door to get to the beach or put a sign next to the door saying "Pull door towards you"
- The Continental breakfast could have had milk & juice included
- No "Please Make Up My Room" sign to hang on our door - hence our room was not made up because of this!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank susang056
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Additional Information about Amarna Resort

Address: 16 Christmas Bush Ave, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Nelson Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson Bay
Price Range: $386 - $955 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Amarna Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a secluded beach, the 5 Star Guest Only Amarna Resort offers an oasis for guests searching for a sense of calm in a busy world. Located 2.5 hours north of Sydney and 20 minutes from Newcastle Airport this exclusive guest only luxury beach resort is suitable for couples seeking a memorable experience. Our one bedroom contemporary apartments, accommodating a maximum of two guests [1 king bed], all have panoramic water views and direct access to a secluded beach. Our unique beachfront location boasts a 25m outdoor heated pool and spa, cool sea breezes, breathtaking sunsets plus the opportunity to spot dolphins all within a 10 minute waterfront walk to the township of Nelson Bay. Amarna Resort provides complimentary wi-fi, continental breakfast platter for first morning, kayaks, paddle boards and allocated off street parking. Serviced daily each designer residential style apartment includes Miele appliances in our modern kitchens and laundries, quality linen, bathrobes, beach towels, L'Occitane toiletries, ducted air conditioning and underfloor heating. Concierge is available to organize in room massages, restaurant reservations etc. ... more   less 
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Amarna Hotel Nelson Bay
Amarna Resort Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

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