Hamilton Island. If the very name conjures images in your head of exclusive resorts populated by genetically blessed folks quaffing Moet beside private pools with expansive ocean views, you could be forgiven for thinking HI might be out of your budget. HI certainly has options for those with money to burn, but trust me, you don’t need to be Ritchie Rich to enjoy this stunning tropical paradise. While it’s not a budget destination, you can secure a bed for the night that won’t leave you destitute. The Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island offer a very comfortable home away from home that will leave enough dollars left over to explore everything Queensland’s world-famous Whitsundays has to offer. Read on for all the details …
Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island Overview
The Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island are beachfront on beautiful Catseye Beach in the middle of HI, just a short distance from the main resort centre. The complex consists of spacious 1 bedroom apartments that sleep up to 5 people spread over 2 wings and 14 floors. You can choose between garden view, sea view and deluxe coral sea view apartments. Facilities are a little light on but the fabulous location means you are never very far from the action. Apartments start at roughly $250 a night and if you book your stay at through Expedia you have the comfort of their price match guarantee. To make sure you get the best possible deals on your flights check out my tips on securing a bargain flight first.
We chose a Coral Sea view room which set us back AUD$1000 for four nights. The garden view rooms would have been $100 less but in my view it was worth every penny for the upgrade. The views are sublime and without a doubt the best feature of Whitsunday Apartments. I spent mornings relaxing on the sun lounge on my spacious balcony watching the rays dance across the crystal clear waters of Cateseye Bay. Life sure is tough here.
The apartments are expansive with a generous balcony, separate bedroom, combined living/dining room, full kitchen and three-way bathroom. The three divans make sleeping 5 possible but as The Hubs and I were on our own, we could spread out with ease. While we were only here for a short break, the extra space would be a blessing for longer stays.
The bedroom was perfectly functional. My only niggle was that the bed was a little firm for my liking and I woke up somewhat stiff each morning. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you don’t need to close the blinds on the internal window. Early morning sunlight streams through first thing so if you have left your living room curtains open overnight this will definitely impact your slumber. Pull down the blind and close all the doors if you want to sleep past 7am. Somewhat bizarrely there is a sink in the middle of the room. While this seemed strange at first, it came in handy when Mr SFH claimed it as his, freeing me up to spread my
shit necessities all over the one in the bathroom. The third divan is in the bedroom meaning that if you do choose the sleep five option you will forgo privacy.
The kitchen has clearly been recently updated and seems somewhat out of step with the rest of the apartment but I certainly appreciated the sleek, modern area. Make sure you wrap food tightly so the ants can’t get in. We found this out the hard way and kept EVERYTHING in the fridge from that moment on. If your fridge is looking a little empty you can order beer and wine from reception which is delivered right to your door for no extra cost. Of course I took indulged :). If the kitchen is the star of the show, the bathroom is most certainly the poor cousin. Sadly the renovations did not make it this far and the flooring, fixtures and fittings are all incredibly dated. The greenie in me wishes they would at least add a dual flush toilet given this is so wasteful on our precious water resources. Intermittent blasts of hot water mid shower means you hand will be constantly hovering over the tap so quick adjustments can be made to prevent scalding. The apartments are only serviced every four days but you can have towels replaced in between if needed.
The divans in the living room double as sleeping space for two more guests if required but allowed the two of us to spread out comfortably. The decor could do with an update (particularly the wall art) but it didn’t retract from our stay. The one negative is that the TV was rather small for how far away from the seating area it is and the remote did not work, which we did tell reception about on check out. As is often the case with hotels, the lighting was a little lack lustre and an overhead light to supplement the two lamps would have been most welcome.
We didn’t actually cook anything during our stay so the dining room was a little wasted in terms of its primary function, it did however make a fantastic makeshift office for me. For others that might need to do a little work on vacation be aware that there is NO wi-fi in the rooms so you will need to have a data card or hot spot off your phone to keep connected.
If you want to keep your room looking exactly as you left it remember to keep your balcony door firmly closed when you go out as our native feathered friends are not adverse to paying your kitchen a visit and they can be quite destructive!
Facilities at Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island are limited but you do have an exclusive pool and heated spa plus the use of three other pools throughout the island. Just be careful of the pebblecrete around the spa which is diabolical on tender bare feet. There are no restaurants on site but you can order from Coles Online who will deliver your groceries so you can cook up a storm. How cool is that! While there is no wi-fi in the rooms you can avail of the free connection in the lobby if you are desperate.
Reception closes quite early (7pm), so make sure you get everything you need done before then, including stocking up on toilet paper so you don’t run out like we did! Basic snacks and drinks are available and you will also need to grab your pool/beach towels from the staff behind the desk. Coffee lovers will be pleased to know there is a cart open each morning to grab your caffeine fix only steps from the lift.
The main form of transport on Hamilton Island is the humble golf buggy and Whitsunday Apartments provide plenty of space to park your beast with an abundance of power points to keep you running. All three complimentary shuttle buses stop right at the door should you choose public transport instead. Complimentary airport/ferry transfers are included to make for fuss free arrivals and departures.
OK so 5 star it is not, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island. We had everything we needed and nothing we didn’t. The apartments are the perfect home away from home for a couple or a small family and I wouldn’t hesitate to return. $250 a night might buy you a lot more in other places around the globe but by Hamilton Island standards this is an absolute bargain and leaves some cash left over to enjoy the many activities on offer. We loved our sunset cruise aboard On The Edge (click the link for my full review), it was the perfect way to see one of the most magical sunsets I have ever experienced. If you are from the Southern states of Australia, Hamilton Island is the perfect winter getaway and when we visited in June, the temperatures were still hovering around 26c each day, which means you can still enjoy a swim in the beautiful blue waters of The Great Barrier Reef without those pesky stingers messing with your day. Book your stay now through Expedia and you could be having fun in the sun before you know it!
So will you consider Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island for your next visit? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: My stay at the Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island was not sponsored and as always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for which a small commission may be paid.
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