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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a good time here but if a sea view matters it's really important when you book to check on exactly how much of the sea you will view. When we booked the publicity stated that all rooms have views of the sea, but when we arrived in ours the view was more of concrete than water. The second...

Thank Charlie L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lovely apartment with a fantastic view of the beach. Fell asleep listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. Nice sized apartment with good facilities. Is not serviced daily but plenty of towels and other items in the room. Onetangi Beach is a bit isolated, which is great if you want to get away from it all,...

Thank cherylj975
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We began by arriving at 11pm after an excursion. There is literally no one anywhere to greet you. Finally we starting screaming"HELLO" to which a light came on and a barefoot man greeted us, made us sign a paper, showed us our room and left. Hospitality a solid zero out of ten. The room smelled like sheep live in the...

Thank Ramzy R
TheSandsWaiheke, Owner at The Sands - Waiheke Island, responded to this review

Thanks Ramzy for the review and sorry you found our hospitality zero. Our office hours are 8am to 8pm and we had tried to get in contact with you to see if all was ok and a eta at 8pm, by 11 we went to bed and at 11.45pm when you arrived we were well asleep,so not as bright &...

Reviewed 24 October 2016

The apartment was perfect for a weekend away in Waiheke. It's directly across from the beach, a short walk from a couple wineries, and just next to the bus stop. The manager was incredibly friendly and insightful, he made staying there easy and went beyond our expectations. Overall, I highly recommend The Sands for anyone looking into a place for...

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Great Apartments. lovely location. Nice views and close to great Cafes and eateries. Well appointed and quiet. Hosts very nice but the Cleaners need to be sacked. Very disappointing presentation of such lovely Units.

Thank Maryanne621
Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 October 2016

On arrival. And during our stay we found the manager unfriendly with poor service. We have stayed in many resorts as we find the service top grade. For the money paid we did not find this up to standard with other resorts. The apartment was not very clean the bathroom in particular. . The apartment needs an upgrade. Apart from...

Thank Jude W
TheSandsWaiheke, Owner at The Sands - Waiheke Island, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Jude. While we all try to walk around with a smile on our face in this industry, sometimes we are nothing more than being human. The apartments here are individually owned and the decor can differ slightly from one to another. Sorry about the bathrooms not being clean we will pass this onto our staff for...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Right on Onetangi Beach. Very clean, tidy, modern apartment. Close to bus routes. Three cafes/restaurants near by. Quiet and peaceful and we could hear the sea for the duration of our visit. The hosts were very welcoming and went out of their way to be of assistance. Even gave great local meal advice for the travelling vegetarian among us. We...

Thank VMNZ
Havelock North, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

These apartments are well appointed, with views. Close to the beach, and some great cafes nearby. Our host was friendly. We really enjoyed our stay. We had a 2 bedroom apartment, each had ensuite. We are definitely going to book here again. Thanks.

Thank Antoinette B
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Well-furnished accommodation, with separate en suite in each bedroom. Wonderful views. Excellent assistance when needed. Easy access to higher floors. Well insulated rooms. Everything very tidy and clean.

Thank apitijack
TheSandsWaiheke, Owner at The Sands - Waiheke Island, responded to this review

So glad you renjoyed your stay here on Waiheke and we look forward to you returning sometime soon.

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 July 2016

I contacted this place about 2 weeks ago to check on availability for a night for a group of 30 people. The owner/operator Erin first said she could not accommodate us as its peak season (November 2016), which I understand. However, she also advised they could accommodate us for a surcharge for the 1 night, which we were happy to...

1Thank gmcfurt

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located directly on Onetangi Beach, The Sands offers a selection of one, two & three bedroom fully self contained apartments. Close to ferry points, wineries and other island attractions. We are only a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Sands - Waiheke Island

Address: 141 The Strand, Onetangi, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Waiheke Island > Onetangi
Price Range: £152 - £348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Sands - Waiheke Island 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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“Check how much sea you will see”
 of 5 bubbles charliel16, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
“If possible phone then follow up with an email to ensure you get what you are paying for”
 of 5 bubbles 629judew, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If unable to walk up stairs, request a lower floor.”
 of 5 bubbles apitijack, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The villas on the beachfront are beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles tropicalsundae, 1 May 2016 | Read review
“Stayed in 2brm apartment on level 1 in the second row of apartments which still has full ocean views. Very quiet regardless of which room.”
 of 5 bubbles SuperHero05, 27 Feb 2016 | Read review
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