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“Ideal Kangaroo Island Base for Travelling Asian Family”

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Searenity Holiday Accommodation
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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“Ideal Kangaroo Island Base for Travelling Asian Family”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

My wife's family from Malaysia joined us as a party of 9 people for a three-day sight-seeing tour of KI adopting Searenity Holiday Home as our base. We were delighted with the cleanliness, functionality and see-facing position on this home. Hosts Herb and Janette were a pleasure to deal with and went out of their way to assist with sensitivity to our needs. Whilst Emu Bay is some distance from the breath-taking attractions of the South-West of the Island it proved to be a beautiful location in its own right. We learnt to it becomes populated by the Island's locals during summer because of the perfect swimming beaches for youngsters. We made use of the excellent kitchen facilities to prepare evening meals choosing to eat out for lunches. Overall, we would highly recommend Searenity and Emu Bay to like-minded travellers.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Boston
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Herb and Janette were delightful and very helpful. The house was cozy and well appointed. We were a party of 10 with 8 in the house and 2 in the apartment. When we were all together, we stretched, but did not exceed the houses capacity. Our hosts provided breakfast fixings each morning (this may not be standard as we were on a fully catered tour being offered by one of their friends) plenty of fresh foods mostly sourced from local farms – we loved it. Beautiful location on a quite Bay where we found lots of lovely shells. Voted the best place we stayed during our trip by several in our group - The Shangri-La Sydney and the Lizard Island Resort were among the competition!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Orlando, FL
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

My family spent three great days at Searenity. The home is beautiful and the view is just as shown on Trip Advisor. Herb and Janette are great hosts and made us feel very much at home - even giving us umbrellas when the forecast was for rain! The house is very clean, modern, has every amenity you could want. If you plan to cook while you are there, the tools that Herb and Janette have placed in the kitchen are incredible. They even have a garlic press!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Searenity is a beautiful place to stay in the gorgeous Emu Bay on KI. We really liked our stay, the place was very clean, comfortable with a very nice view and thanks for the hospitality, the owners were very helpful, We were welcomed by Herb personally and shown around the home and given advice on sightseeing and restaurants which was invaluable

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Carmel, California
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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

After reading many reviews we decided on Herb and Janette's beautiful self-contained apartment (they also have a separate 3 bedroom home on their beautiful property too). We were thrilled. It's perfect for a couple exploring the island. The bed is comfortable, kitchen ample for cooking breakfasts and preparing lunches, room warm and well heated, and accomodations quiet and private. We felt like we were welcome guests and one of the family. The location is stunning over Emu Bay (you can walk for miles on the coast) and very central to all your day trips around the island. Also, it is only 15 min. from the main city which is convienent for meals out. A lot of the other accomodations we looked at were an hour +drive or more from anything. KI is very rural, so we are so glad we stayed in such a beautiful, small, and convienent community for our daily adventures. Herb will give you a map and point out all the locations to hit and the best way to get there. No guides or tours needed -- you are staying with the best guide with local inside knowledge. We would suggest a minimum stay of at least 3 nights to scratch the surface of KI and wish we would have had at least 5 nights to really hit all
the sights! We had an incredible stay and 10th anniversary trip. There was even a bottle of local wine waiting for us upon check-in to celebrate the occasion! Herb and Janette go out of their way to make sure you leave loving
the island as much as they do!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Searenity is a beautiful place to stay in the gorgeous Emu Bay on KI. The house is roomy, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. We were welcomed by Herb personally and shown around the home and given advice on sightseeing and restaurants which was invaluable. The house is thoughtfully stocked with many more items than usually found in similar style accommodation. They really have thought of everything!
There was plenty of space to relax and unwind, and there was wifi access and Austar (Foxtel).
Herb and Janette go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable, from the time you make your booking to greeting you on arrival and being available anytime for assistance.
Emu Bay is a lovely setting and the kids enjoyed riding their bikes around the area. It was lovely to wake up to gorgeous views of the bay each morning.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this delightful "home away from home". Searenity is highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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sydney
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

We chose Searenity on the strength of TA reviews, Emu Bay is a very pretty location on K.I. a very sleepy seaside location. If you want peace and quiet, this is a perfect place to choose. No shops, pubs or restaurants so if you are wanting that sort of place choose Kingscote which is only a 15 minutes drive away.
Sadly, Herb and Janet weren't there but they did kindly email us to tell us and also left us details for our arrival. A shame we didn't get to meet them, as they received such glowing comments on TA and their visitors book.
We had the studio apartment which is the ground floor area of their home, has it's private entry and car parking space. It had beautiful furnishings, spotlessly clean, separate kitchen/dining, toilet and shower, lovely little touches all with a view of the ocean gave it the wow factor as well as a homely feel. The kitchen was so well equipped. Quite often apartments have the bare necessity, this had extras, gladwrap, oil, kitchen paper, thermas, esky, as well as the usual tea. coffee etc.
I understand you can't please everybody but my only gripe was the bed was just too soft for me. I loved the electric blanket but my dodgy back needs a firmer mattress.
The apartment had all the tourist information you would need, so all the reading material and brochures were very helpful.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Searenity Holiday Accommodation
Address: 1 Hawthorn Ave, Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Emu Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Emu Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Searenity Holiday Accommodation 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Searenity Accommodation is located at Emu Bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island and only a short drive to Kingscote the Island’s main township. It provides accommodation for up to 10 people with modern decor, panoramic sea views and only a short walk to the beach. Everything is provided for a comfortable stay. Accommodation can be either self catering or breakfast provisions can be provided by prior arrangement. ... more   less 
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