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Pure Magnetic
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
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“Pure magic! But.......”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We stayed in Villa no 1 for 6 nights in december. The view from the deck is stunning. The villa is one of two standing right at the front of the property, so if you're going there, spend the extra money and take one of the front villas. The villa itself is beautiful, polished wooden floors, big bedrooms (we had two), one with an ensuite bathroom and one bigger bedroom next to the master bathroom (which has a whirlpool bath). Good beds, very nice and complete kitchen (no cereal bowls though), tv's in sittingroom and both bedrooms. Big covered porch with loungebeds and a diningtabel, private (small) courtyard next to the villa with gas-bbq. There is a road in front of the property but when we were there the traffic was really slow, it's basically just the Sunbus passing by every hour or so. The property has very nice landscaping and the grounds are well maintained. Paradise found! The villa has aircon in every room which is necessary (at least in december) as well as ceiling fans everywhere, even on the porch. There is also a system of shutters throughout the house that allow you to make use of the seabreeze. And here comes the downside: because there are no windowpanes, just shutters, the noise of other guest can be bothersome. Most nights it was quiet, but on our last day a family with 4(four!) loud kids arrived into the villa standing right behind ours. My bedroom shutters were like one and a half meters away from their porch. And the kids were playing and shouting on the verandah at 5 (five!!!!) in the morning, and it sounded like they were INSIDE my bedroom. So there's two options as I see it: don't allow kids under fifteen onto the resort, or: throw off parents who allow their children to run around screaming at five in the morning!!! Also there's a clear instruction that kids must be supervised while in the pool (there is a small but pretty pool), but half the time I walked past there were a bunch of screaming kids in the pool with no adult in sight. But overall, a great stay! There's undercover carparking at the back of the property.

Room Tip: Spend the extra dollar to obtain villa 1 or 2 to get that view, and also not to be in the middle of...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2013 via mobile

Amazing quiet beachfront location. We visited during stinger season and Nelly Bay does not have a net or lifeguards however there is a lovely pool at Pure Magnetic and Picnic Bay and Horseshoe Bay are not too far (10 min drive). The villas are also on the bus route which is very handy! I would not hesitate recommending Pure Magnetic.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

Located about 5 minutes by taxi or transfer from the ferry terminal on Magnetic Island, this was an exceptional layout and quality of a 2 BR apartment. Good balcony for entertaining, heated pool and parking at the rear if you choose to bring or hire a car. Ensuite in the main bedroom and separate bathroom for the second.
Only minor let down was the pilows on the bed which for me were not firm enough but everything else was very very good. Great for business and/or leisure.
Great array of cooking and kitchen essentials.

Room Tip: Rooms at back are quieter which I had but the rooms at front have great views over the ocean
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 August 2012 via mobile

We found the accommodation clean, in working order and generous in size and facilities. You are provided with lots of linen, towels, soaps and kits. Customer service was excellent and we had no issues with booking.
The pool is lovely and the temperature is set at around 27 degrees which made it pleasant to swim in especially as it was cooler on the island.
Location wise is also great being close to shops and the ferry. We had a car so easy enough to see the sights of the island even with the painfully slow roadworks.
Now we get to the sleeping issue. The bed in the main room of villa 8 was extremely uncomfortable and ended up in the other room where the bed was a little better. The villas are very close together and you can here everything- and I mean everything, especially if you are in the ground floor villas. But worse than that is the nocturnal bird life! It's amusing for the first hour or so but it is extremely loud and constant through the night. I am not usually bothered by the calls of the wild as have lived in the bush but this was unbelievable. Even heavy sleepers could not sleep through all the squarking.
Overall it was a nice stay but probably wouldn't stay their again due to the noise.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

The villa's are in Nelly Bay close to the ferry. We stayed in villa 6 next to the pool. The villa was very spacious with two bed rooms, two bath rooms and laundry. The pool was small but good and hardly any one else. Walking distance to the supermarket and some restaurants. We stayed in December so no swimming possible due to the stingers in the water. The other issue were the flies who attack you and bite. This made hiking impossible as sitting outside. We had a couple of relaxing days but Magnetic Island is not paradise.

The lounge set inside is crap to sit on and the place needs some maintaince. Old plants, dust on the fly screens, etc.

It is pricy to stay here but it is a nice accommodation. So can recommend this accommodation but the island visit was a one time only.

  • Stayed December 2011
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bestofmagnetic, Owner at Pure Magnetic, responded to this review, 25 January 2012
Thank you for your review and we appreciate your comments and take them and all other reviews seriously.
Pure Magnetic has now been open for 4 years and we acknowledge that after 3 years of near perfect reviews we have taken note of the 3 or 4 more recent views siting maintenance issues. While everyone acknowledges what a beautiful place Pure Magnetic is, the last thing we want is the property to feel or look tired in any respect.
We are pleased to say that we are acting on your recent reviews and have commenced an upgrade to the villas, the pool area and the gardens to address all points raised by our guests.
The villas will have upgrades inside and out including all new indoor lounges, lamps, outdoor lounges, courtyard dining sets, floors re-polished and more. Things are already underway and villas 1 through to 6 will be upgraded in the next few weeks and be concluded by the end of February. The tropical gardens are a great feature of this property but we will be making sure they look spectacular with some wet season maintenance over the next month including private courtyard makeovers with new plantings for added shade and privacy.
We feel that the many typical concrete apartments now on Magnetic island lack any feel for the island or its beautiful environment, a place like Pure Magnetic is an important alternative for those travelers who want the "look and feel" of a tropical island holiday.
Be assured we hear what you say and will continue to respond actively to your comments.
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Came here with my husband for our honeymoon earlier this year. I have to say- the place is stunning. It's in a quiet location but things are easily accessible (nearby eateries, foodworks, massage place etc). The bungalow was very clean and everything worked fine. The only minor problem was that the en suite toliet was running everytime it got flushed so we had to manually stop that by lifting the lid and adjusting the flushing mechanism each time. Very minor issue and certainly did not detract from the overall enjoyment of our stay there. The beach is a stones throw away from the front of the bungalows and the front bungalows would certainly be wonderful for that reason! We stayed in one at the back of the property. The pool was warm and clean and a pleasure to use! Would definitely recommend to others and will stay again! :)

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Laidley
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

I recently stayed in Villa 3 at Pure Magnetic,and think the previous review was very harsh, what absolute magic they are spacious comfortable and very clean. We certainly did not have any issues with any electricals as per a previous review. Pam picked us up from the terminal and was extremely pleasant and professional and very knowledgeable about the island. What a fantasic way to relax sitting on the balcony ,where you still have a view of the ocean and the sunsets. The units were very clean, well equipped and the beds very comfortable like sinking into a cloud. The island has lots of things to do depending on what you like, if you are looking for the Gold Coast this is not it, but there is so many lovely walks, lots of water sports and Fishing charters(I would recommend Awesome Sportfishing Charters) and relaxing by the pool . I would highly recommend Villa 3 for price and location. Fantasic Holiday thank you pure Magnetic , I will be back.

Room Tip: Any of the first four units are great !!!! you still have a view of the ocean
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pure Magnetic
Address: The Esplanade | Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Magnetic Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in your own two-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury villa, with private courtyard and bbq area, just metres from the beach. Enjoy the rich island architecture, beautiful decor, temperature controlled swimming pool, walk to local restaurants and cafes, or enjoy quiet evenings on your own private balcony. ... more   less 
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