Staff: Booked on one of the last minute websites, check in was quick and efficient on arrival (i.e collection of keys/directions to unit). The only other interaction we had with staff was on check-out, which only involved returning keys as we had paid upfront.
Room: Stayed in a 2 bedroom poolside villa for 2 nights. We were on the top floor of a double storey unit, which initially I thought was going to be troublesome as we were travelling with 2 young children, but in the end felt it was more private (eg. get to hang clothes out on rack in balcony where it is off limits to everyone else...units on bottom floor are not fenced in). Car park was close by. Playground very basic (no swings/slides) but kept our 2 year old occupied for a little. They also have a tennis court/pool/wading pool/BBQ in public area, but we didn't get the chance to try these. Units were presented clean and had all the kitchen appliances/equipement and basics you would need for a short stay. No dishwasher in the unit we stayed, and they request that you wash up before you leave which I thought was bothersome. Dryer/washing machine/vaccum/mops in unit for longer stays are available. Shower only, but if you have bubby the laundry sink is big enough to bathe them in it. We had 3 adults and 2 young children and the unit was big enough (configuration 1 double bed, 2 singles and a sofa bed; open plan kitchen/living area; combined toilet/bathroom/laundry). 1 split air-conditioner in the 2nd bedroom which serviced the whole unit when all doors open. We didn't have problems with noise from other holidayers during our stay (being a family friendly resort, you would expect kids to be up and outside relatively early). They only provide bars of soap and body towel, so bring all of your other toiletries. No room service for the 2 nights we stayed, but I'm not sure if there is any service for longer stays or if it could be done, perhaps for an extra charge.
Location: The resort itself is a short drive to Busselton town and the major tourist attraction - jetty/underwater observatory (be sure to book the latter in advance by phone if you are there for a short time only and are picky about what time you want to do the tour....highly recommended). Would be easy walking distance to beach too, but we opted to go to the beach near the jetty instead. Geographe Bay near the jetty is very calm and kid friendly....the sand was not as white and extensive as at Bunker Bay (which we visited the next day), but the water was calmer on the day we went. Watch out for stingers in Geographe Bay however... The Goose restaurant near the jetty had delicious food.
Overall, it was a comfortable stay at Amalfi, but nothing spectacular. I would recommend this resort, but if I was to go to the region again, would try somewhere else to stay. We went over a long weekend and only booked a few days prior, so this was one of the things still available without paying top dollar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WE HAVE FREE WIFI & FOXTEL FOR OUR GUESTS! Welcome to Amalfi Resort Busselton , self-contained accommodation, situated in Western Australia's beautiful South West and at the gateway to the Margaret River wine region. Busselton is Western Australia's favourite beach side holiday resort town and the region is famous for its world class wineries, pristine beaches, many attractions and relaxed life style. Amalfi Resort Busselton is affordable holiday accommodation for the budget conscious family. Just a short stroll to the shores of Geographe Bay, it is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring all that the South West region of Western Australia has to offer.With a choice of accommodation in either a two or three bedroom fully self contained Villa. All equipped with kitchen, dining area, lounge with TV & DVD and private bathroom with laundry facilities. Most villas now have Foxtel. Relax around our heated outdoor pool, spa and BBQ area. Enjoy a leisurely game of tennis, cycle along the foreshore or take a stroll along the sandy beaches of Geographe Bay . With resort deals and seasonal holiday packages, our rates are very affordable for those on a budget, yet with the quality and facilities far beyond what you would expect from a 3.5 Star resort..If you want a holiday to remember, a weekend away or just a restful nights stay then book your accommodation at the Amalfi Resort Busselton. ... more less
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