We returned on Tuesday after 6 nights on Hamilton Island staying in NorthCape 1A, and having survived Cyclone Ului.
Absolutely lovely apartment, with sensational views, up in the quieter northern part of the island. The plunge pool was to die for and got plenty of use, despite the fact that the weather was not overly wonderful whilst we were there. Hanging over the glass edge whilst in the pool, taking in the views of the Coral Sea below was simply priceless, IMO. Beautifully finished apartment which is only about 12 months old I think. 2 b/rooms (king and queen beds), 2 ensuites and a 3rd toilet. Spa bath in the main bedroom, which is kind of quirky, and standing in the shower, or even using the loo, whilst looking across to Whitsunday Island is not an everyday experience for me, and one which I enjoyed very much! Basically new buggy, with weather protection, which was also greatly appreciated.
Apartment was as indicated on the booking agents website and PDR Nationwide were a dream to deal with. Would deal with them again.
All appliences of good quality
We went as a couple for our 20th wedding anniversary. NorthCape 1A is great for couples. I would not recommend it for families, especially as the pool is not fenced from the apartment and is really a "adults only" pool.
Used Coles on Line. It was lovely to turn up and see the groceries sitting on the door step, packed appropriately. Great value for $9 delivery, to your door, on an island. Saved heaps of money when compared to the general store on the island, which was still ok value for a few bits and peices, when you consider where you are.
For the whole 6 nights that we were there no operators were able to take trips out to the reef, by either air or boat, due to the approach, arrival and impact of Cyclone Ului. This was a huge dissappointment to me, as I REALLY wanted to see Whithaven beach and fly out over the reef. However conditions did not allow for a safe (or good value) experience. I guess we will have to go back next year, but not in cyclone season :-).
After the cyclone early Sunday morning the air conditioner, spa and TV reception never worked (we went home Tuesday). Also dissappointing, but what can you do?
I was very impressed with the Island Management procedures for cyclone safety, with instructions in your room about what to do and a lock-down enforced for all staff and visitors from about 8pm Saturday night, until about midday on Sunday. This is very important as many visitors had no past experience with cyclones and most of the staff appeared to be in a similar position.
Loved the views from where ever we were on the island. Just beautiful, despite the fact that I suspect that we have not seen HI in anywhere near it's best light.
Thanks to all that I had read on tripadvisor, we knew what to expect re pricing, bookings etc, and I really recommend that you read up, if you are like me and prefer to have a fair idea of what to expect when you get there.
The ability to fly direct to the island and be no more than a 5-10 min golf buggy drive from your apartment is a big plus for HI. We felt like our holiday started as soon as we stepped off the plane.
I will post my thoughts on the various resturants shortly.