We stayed at Akama for two nights as a couple for a last minute getaway and to do some whale-watching. From the first interaction, I was impressed by Akama. The staff member who took my enquiry (Regina) was incredibly helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and polite. It was so good to make a booking with a local person who knows (and clearly loves) her town. She discussed my requirements for the room, listened to my requests, and answered all my questions about the hotel, Hervey Bay, and the whale-watching tours available. She sent me a link to the boats within minutes, and offered to help with bookings etc. We followed her advice for our Saturday tour and had a fantastic magical whale-watching day on the Bay!
When we arrived, it was all smooth sailing. We were early for check-in, but Reg took our number and we went for a walk until she called us. The 3rd floor "pool-view" apartment was a pleasant surprise. We booked a one bedroom, and it seems they lock off the second bedroom and bathroom- that was fine and not a problem. The living area was spacious and light, all tiled floors, and the kitchen well stocked and equipped. The whole place was absolutely spotless. Gleaming actually. There are comfortable lounges, coffee table, good tv and spacious dining area. The only thing missing was a rug in the living area. It was a bit cold and echoing and a rug would have made all the difference.
The bedroom was large, with a comfortable king-size bed and good sized wardrobes. Plenty of space and whisper quiet at night. Bathroom (no bath) fine with a decent shower and again nice and clean.
The bedroom and lounge open onto a balcony with sun lounger and chairs. Would be pleasant to sit there in the morning, but we had mainly rain/wind so didn't really use it.
One thing to note is that this hotel is not actually on the water. The Esplanade veers away from the Bay at this point. The hotel faces onto a road and caravan park, beyond which is the bay. Our room looked over the pool area, and onto the street and caravan park. We knew we wouldn't have a view, but if you want a water view, upper floors would perhaps provide this. It is an easy walk to the marina where the whale-watching boats leave, but quite a long drive into the more central area of Hervey Bay. There is quite a large and popular Club on the marina- sort of like an RSL club, where you can have a simple meal and a drink. Having said this, Hervey Bay is actually very spread out and doesn't seem to have a real central area, but this hotel is a bit out of the way anyway. Once again, we were there for quiet and relaxation, and didn't mind this at all. We took a cab into dinner at a pub on Saturday night ($20 cab ride) and it was fine.
Overall, we were really pleased with Akama. It was nicer than I expected for an apartment hotel, the room was spacious, comfortable and clean, and the service was really very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Akama offers a dress circle location for anyone wanting to experience the very best of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Akama Resort is right across the road from Hervey Bay Marina - clubs, shopping, restaurants and Whale Watching vessels.The apartments are luxuriously spacious with high ceilings and a flow through design to very generous balconies - push back the concertina doors and open your apartment up to the views and tropical breezes. Heated pool and spa, keyless entry, undercover secure car parking and Free WiFi. Book with us direct for the best discounted offers and exclusive apartment types. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Akama Hotel Hervey Bay
- Akama Resort Hervey Bay