We had asked for a sea view and we got it. Most apartments would I suspect. We were in a three bedroom which was locked down to create a one bedroom. Very spacious. Long room containing kitchen, dining and lounge couches with large balcony in front of that.Dining outside or breakfast on the balcony was great. Full size fridge, oven, dishwasher - very easy to self cater here. Did have a microwave which was plonked on the side of the kitchen bench - as though it was an afterthought - nowhere for it to sit neatly.Bedroom and good sized dressing room/wardrobe, comfy bed, bath, shower, basin etc all clean and tidy. Sun all day on the balcony. Two great pools on two different levels. This complex was undergoing a fair bit of maintenance while we were there, waterblasting exterior and trimming shrubs, gardens etc.so a bit of noise associated with that. Not excessive though and nice to see this being done as so many of these apartment complexes are looking very tired and unloved. Secure parking underneath and lifts!
Airlie Beach buzzes with a real life of it's own - plenty of places to eat out. Sadly Fish D'vine had a fire causing it's closure the night after we had dined there. I think they are rebuilding it - their Rum Bar was amazing. Cruise ships anchor off shore and ferries go out to bring passengers ashore...Loads of great shops, some tacky souvenir shops but search out the unique shops - they are there!
The apartments seem to have quite a few permanent or semi-permanent residents so a certain amount of routine was evident. People leaving for and coming home from work, moving in and out of the apartments etc. These were down in front of us - and we looked over their rooftops.
Horace was on the front desk to welcome us there - very helpful. Complex is up a steep hill so car or good fitness required. You look down over greenery out to sea. There is much to see and do here so allow a few days to make the most of your stay.
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- Also Known As:
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