This was my first trip to Kangaroo Island (KI). It is beautiful, very rural and based around nature and wildlife. But that is one of the reasons we chose KI.
To me it is more of a 'hotel' than a 'resort'. The photos that are on the internet spruce it up to more than what it looks like in person. However, in saying that it is in close proximity to the ferry and the penguin walks. We were not there in the season for the penguins but I hear it is something to put on the 'to do' list if you can.
The room we stayed in was pretty basic but it was clean and tidy. I think the value for what we paid was slightly under par. A couple of nights it sounded as if there was a cyclone outside but upon closer inspection it was because the weather stripping on the door was partially ripped off. So just double check on the way in.
The staff and the owner 'Richard' are very accommodating and very friendly. The pub up the road is where we ate at for most of our meals due to the hotel restaurant being closed over the Christmas period.There was a good selection of food but it didn't change much so we also tried out the fish and chips takeaway shop just down towards the ferry that was also pretty good.
KI is pretty spread out so be prepared to drive and I suggest at least 4 days to see everything on the island. The location of the Seafront is out on the peninsula so it is about 20kms just to get back into the main part of the island. However, some may see this as a positive because Penneshaw is a quaint town with freindly locals.
Friends of ours tried to book after us and the Seafront was fully booked. The found some other places but they were located in the middle of the island which was too far to drive. At teh last minute they found a bed and breakfast called 'The Rookery' which was just a short 10 minute walk from where we were staying. Sharon is the owner of that and it is quite a good alternative if you are looking for a self contained living area right on the water for around the same price.
Overall I would recommend KI and the Seafront to others, but just be aware that there is a fair amount of driving involved and with all the activities it is usually takes up a full day each time. Just be conscious that the rooms are very basic and the price we had to pay was likely because it was in peak season. You don't end up spending much time in the rooms anyhow.
If you go to see the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, make sure you stop off at Weirs Cove to have a look. It is in between those two and a great view! There is a bit of history there as well because it is where the lighthouse keepers had their food brought up on a pulley which you can still see where it was located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seafront is perfectly situated in Penneshaw - Gateway to Kangaroo Island, and overlooks the magnificent Backstairs Passage. Kangaroo Island is totally unspoilt with white beaches, stunning coastlines and home to an abundance of wildlife. If you're looking for four-star accommodation in an idyllic setting, this is surely the place, located on the Esplanade just 500 metres from the Sealink Ferry Terminal. The Kangaroo Island Seafront has 16 rooms and 12 Villas.....Choose from the 4star Sea Front Rooms with spectacular views and private balcony, 4star Sorrento's rooms located upstairs in the original guest building or the sanctuary of our Deluxe Villas. Bringing the family? Why not stay in one of our 1, 2 or 3 bedroom Villas. FREE WiFi for all our guests ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kangaroo Island Seafront Hotel Penneshaw
- Kangaroo Island Seafront Penneshaw