My wife and I stayed here for the week just recently. I think the way we felt about the apartment is summed up by the joyous reaction of some other guests I overheard upon their arrival. As they opened the door to their apartment I heard them comment on how amazing the apartment and view were and then one of them asked "how much are we paying for this?" because they couldn't believe the value.
And for me the value is amazing. For less than $150 per night we stayed in an apartment only a year old, but still smelling like brand new. Equiped with a full kitchen with german stainless steel appliances and all cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, etc. Beautiful furniture from the lounge to the comfortable king size bed. The ability to stand in the shower and look clear through the bedroom out to the amazing waters of the Great Barrier Reef (there is no ensuite wall to block your view). Sitting on the outside balcony eating lunch or dinner was a pure delight. A quiet, open space with trees just below you and watching boats coming and going in the distance. And the main street of Airlie Beach is only ten minutes walk down the hill. (As others have noted, the walk back up the hill is only for the very fit. Taxi is only $10!)
The pool is a great length for laps and the heated spa has a discreet button to turn the jets on. (A bit too discrete, I only discovered it on the last day!)
But all is not perfect in paradise. This modern complex suffers a bit from form over function. For instance, if you want fresh air at night, there are no flyscreens over the sliding doors or window to prevent any insects or bats from flying in. So you either sleep with the doors closed and the air con on, or you leave the doors open and take your chances.
And as others have noted, the shower design is modern, but certainly isn't very functional. The doorless design not only means that water ends up outside the shower area, but you tend to get a bit cool when showering because there's no door to keep the warm air in! I'd hate to shower there in winter!
And finally, the taps are the worst we've encountered. They're an abysmal design, seemingly incapable of being adjusted gently. They have a jerky movement which requires precision to get the volume of water you want. Most of the time it's either way too much or not enough!
But don't get me wrong. The positives outweighed the negatives. The onsite managers are friendly and efficient and staying there for a week was amazing. I didn't really want to leave and I miss the place, but I'm not sure I'd want to buy one of the apartments to live in permanently!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whitsunday Reflections Airlie Beach provides 1,2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Spacious living area, full kitchen, washing machine and dryer. Bedroom sliding glass doors open onto the ocean facing balcony. 8 free Foxtel channels, 20 meter outdoor pool and spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whitsunday Reflections Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands