Close to the airport and about a 20 minute bus ride out of Darwin city centre, this is a lovely, restful base from which to explore Darwin and the surrounding area.
The beautifully clean, accommodation is on the ground floor and is extensive, comprising a well-equipped kitchen/diner, a large sitting area, a bedroom with plenty of wardrobe space, a covered, outdoor eating/ laundry area and a shower room also located in the latter area. From here a small gate leads into the rear garden with fruit trees, shrubs, raised vegetable beds, bee hives (the honey was wonderful) and a rotary clothes hoist for laundry. Outside from the apartment entrance and across the drive is a swimming pool with surrounding deck, loungers and a BBQ.
It is a charming, quiet and peaceful environment in which to relax and drink in the heavy scent of frangipani. The owners, Joan and Simon were so welcoming and provided tons of maps, bus timetables and useful tour information in the room. We used wifi in the room and there was a TV entertainment system but we never turned it on because there were so many more interesting things to occupy our time.
One evening, before we were heading off on an early morning, long-distance trip, we did not want to go into Darwin for dinner. Joan and Simon offered to prepare a meal for us. It was fantastic. They did some wonderfully tasty fish on the BBQ, accompanied by great fresh salads and good bread. To finish off the meal, Joan left us with an entire dish of her most delicious bread and butter pudding. Unfortunately we were unable to finish it off! As others have mentioned, the supplies left in the room for breakfast were first rate, so we always left well set up for the day.
The owners live upstairs and so are never far away if guests need anything. At the same time, you would hardly notice that they were there. In summary, a definite, strong recommendation for the Lily Pad.