Like the previous reviewer we too arrived boxing day to the terrible smell - we too were told "we had such a wonderful xmas lunch, you should have been here, we still havn't cleaned the restaurant!". Not the most exciting news on your arrival.
That said we did eat in the restaurant a few nights later (after checking that the cleaning had been done) and found the food very good & reasonably priced.
The same couldn't be said for the "New Years Eve Gourmet BBQ". Three very basic salads, choice of chops, steak, fish or snags, a few bread rolls & some store bought cheesecakes don't rate as gourmet in my books. Our family of four was out in under an hour.
Our cabin had a loft - our two girls slept here & loved it - a bedroom (no wardrobe just open shelving & small open hanging), small kitchen with "eat at" bench, lounge, toilet & shower with an open vanity/sink area in between. The door arrangement in the shower was horrendous & required a great deal of manouvering just to get in, especially for my 5' 11" husband! The toilet wasn't much better. The cabin had a small airconditioner which we kept running almost 24/7 just to stay comfortable up in the loft area & the bedroom. The small outdoor deck with plastic table & chairs was a godsend as we ate most of our "at home" meals there. We also got to feed possums there most nights!
The loft area really worked for us. My girls just tossed their stuff on the floor up there, it was a terrible mess but I couldn't see so I wasn't stressed out at all. It really wouldn't work for children under 6 in my opinion.
The room was clean, if a little dated, on our arrival but not serviced during our 10 day stay. Towels were changed once. I purchased a number of cleaning products myself & used the communal laundry to wash the towels & bedding.
The resort was full over the xmas/new year period when we were there & we found the pool area too small & crowded on quite a few occassions / on others it was fine. We also felt the pool needed daily attendance/cleaning which didn't appear to be the case.
The patrolled beach was an easy walk but again probably wouldn't suit families with a few littlies.
We didn't use the "kids club" as we had intended as we weren't comfortable wth the arrangement. A local woman (qualifications unknown) was contacted to come in if numbers were reached (minimum 5 - maximum 10). There was no activity schedule & it all felt a little "amateurish".
To sum up, in low season I think Kelly's Beach Resort probably offers very reasonable value for a short family holiday. (I wouldn't be comfortable for a longer stay due to the lack of room servicing.) High season I don't believe it does. I'm not sure what rating the resort has - I would put it at a 3 star.
Our family absolutely loved Bargara! It has beautiful clean beaches, a man-made lagoon for smaller children, golf course, a nice little "plaza" style main street with some lovely little shops & plenty of meal-time options to suit all tastes & budets and, on checking with the local real estate agents, there are dozens of accommodation options at a similar price to Kelly's Beach Resort.
We'd recommend driving or hiring a car - there is so much to do within a 1 hour radius we ran out of time - we're going back (but not to Kelly's Beach Resort)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Eco-Certified resort located a block back from the beach in Bargara, Queensland, on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The neighboring nature reserve shelters guests offering a peaceful and relaxing experience. There are 40 Eco Villas on 5.5 acres of gardens with shady pathways and lawn areas. The 2 bedroom self-contained and standalone units are ideal for couples, families and have the capacity for groups. *Fully Licensed Resort with Restaurant and 2 Bars *3 Function Areas *Heated Swimming Pool *Children's Pool *Spa & Sauna *Tennis Court *Games Room *BBQs Areas *Kiosk & Tours Desk *Coach Parking *Tour Packages Available *Free WIFI (Limits Apply) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kellys Beach Hotel
- Kellys Beach Resort Bargara, Australia - Queensland