Me, my wife and 2 other friends stayed at the 2 bedroom at Amarna over the Easter long weekend in 2010. As usual, I've set my expectations low as I've never really heard of this place before and therefore prepared for anything.
To our pleasure and delight, our 3 night stay in Amarna was an absolute blast and it was by far one of the best holiday accomodations we've ever stayed at.
For starters the managers/owners - Rob (I'm pretty sure it was Rob) and his wife where very friendly and whilst you don't expect porter type service, they made us feel very welcome. When he brought us to our room, he gave us the grand tour and was very thorough in explaining on just about how everything works.
The room was very modern and had very swish and updated Miele kitchen appliances. They even had an espresso machine that made an excellent espresso. The verandah was quite spacious and decked out with very comfortable wicker furniture and a very nice BBQ set which we utilised not once but twice a day during the whole duration we where there.
Everything from the TV to the sofa lounges to the dining area was set out with a lot of thought which had a very contemporary feel to it. Even cutlery, cups, plates and utensils where provided. These where of a high quality (I forget the brand name) and clean.
When night time rolled around, we where set for a bigger treat as we slept in the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. If you wanted to sleep with the windows open, just close the fly screen and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. If you wanted absolute peace, you could close the double glazed window and not hear a thing.
The resort also had a pool and a spa which we utilised every day we where day. It was well maintained and the spa was the most relaxing thing you could do toward the end of the day.
The resort itself was situation right by Dutchman's beach. Although we didn't go down to the beach itself we could see how convenient the resort was located. Also, it was only a 10 minute walk to the town centre. So if you wanted to do a quick run to buy groceries or food, it was quite the easy thing.
We didn't want to leave there but unfortunately it was back to the grind for us. I don't understand how there's been negative reviews in the past but we encourage anyone and everyone to give this resort a try! You will love it as much as we did.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amarna Hotel Nelson Bay
- Amarna Resort Nelson Bay, Port Stephens