Having stayed in Yamba on the beach for two days prior (deliberately as Angourie looked to be a bit away from central Yamba) we were looking forward to a couple of days relaxing and lounging by the pool. First impressions were actually really good; prompt and courteous service and given a map of the resort. The room itself is smart, it hasn't dated yet but you can see it will soon. My favourite thing was the screened in patio area which we spent the most of our time. We scooted off to the pool (looked waaaay bigger in the pics) which you share with lizards (pretty cool too). But from there it all went steadily downhill. Now if you are a family, or going with another family, this place is for you. There is a great kids pool area separate to the main pool but for some reason family after family brought their kids in floaties into the main area. Did our heads in after a while listening to parents praise their floating children.
Back in the room the fine dining restaurant Cunvejoi menu read like a dream. So much food I wanted to try, so no need to leave the resort. When we arrived there must've been a conference crowd staying sharing two big tables, then one other couple of two. First awful thing, a wine list I'd expect in a remote part of Siberia (no choice, and wines from Qld and Bendigo?!?… nothing from a wine region of note). Entree of gnocchi was burnt, not sure how you burn gnocchi but later after actually asking the chef he told us it burns like that because he takes the frozen gnocchi out of the freezer and straight into a frypan. All other dishes were terrible and asking over $30 for a main. Never again. My advice to Angourie is to serve far more affordable, pub style food aimed at families because that seems your target market.
Continental brekkie was OK, though one morning we were the last for breakfast and offering the hot breakfast for $10 more; had a look at it, said no thanks and then the wait staff removed all of it. Weird.
Took half an hour to fill the spa bath, get it, only one jet worked. The jets were rusting in any case.
If you have kids, go there but don't go with mates, or as a couple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Angourie Rainforest Resort located in Yamba, New South Wales is a coastal oasis adjacent to the sand dunes of pristine Flat Rock Beach, between the famous Angourie surf beach and the village of Yamba - voted the #1 Town in Australia. Multi-award winning 4.5 star Angourie Rainforest Resort nestled beside 600 hectares of open forest containing remnant littoral rainforest, is an exclusive eco-friendly retreat. The resort offers a uniquely Australian holiday experience for the professional family, couples and the independent traveller. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angourie Hotel Yamba
- Angourie Resort Yamba