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Peppers Blue On Blue Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Magnetic Island
Certificate of Excellence
Townsville, Australia
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83 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Perfect place for a getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2011

My partner and I stayed at Peppers for one night and it was not enough! We live in Townsville and went over to the island to celebrate a special occasion and I am so happy we chose Peppers. We arrived just after 1pm and our room was not ready yet (check in isn't until 2) so we happily made our way to the bar to enjoy a drink. The staff were very friendly and we were able to confirm our dinner reservation for later that night. We went back to reception at 2 where we were given our room keys. We were also given (which was a HUGE bonus as we had no idea!) 2 half priced cocktail vouchers and a voucher for a free bottle of wine if we ate at the restaurant for dinner (which we did!). We booked a Superior hotel room (with a view) and it was great! Sure, there were a few scuff marks on the walls but compared to how great everything else was it didn't even matter. Our balcony overlooked the marina and it was just beautiful. We had king size bed and a nice bathroom with a huge shower (although - no bin in the bathroom? a bit strange!) and a nice area with a couch/chair in front of the tv. There was also a dvd player which could tune into the radio which was nice. I also wasn't expecting any kitchen facilities as we had just booked a hotel room, but we still had a kettle, toaster, dishes, wine and champagne glasses!
The dinner at the Boardwalk restaurant was great - we had originally booked for 8:30pm but got back from an earlier excursion a bit earlier then expected and there was no problems to change our reservation to an earlier time. Waitstaff were attentive and the meals were delicious - the best steak I have had in a long time (and properly cooked!). Breakfast was included in our stay and the buffet was lovely and plentiful - fruit, yogurt, muesli, pastries, on top of eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, mushrooms, etc. etc.! And of course juice, tea and coffee. You could also get eggs to order if you didn't want scrambled. Again, we found the waitstaff at breakfast to be very pleasant. Check-out time is a bit early (10am) but we were able to stow our bags with reception and spend the day by the pool which was great! We stayed at the bigger pool and practically had the place to ourselves - there was also a bbq cooking area. We then had one last meal in the restaurant (they have a great lunch special for $20 - a main, dessert and a beer/wine/softdrink).
Overall, it was a great little getaway for us and we are already planning our next trip back to Peppers Blue on Blue!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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blueonblue_gm, Front Office Manager at Peppers Blue On Blue Resort, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Thank you for your amazing review of our resort and restaurant. I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the whole experience.
More and more Townsville residents are discovering what a great, close getaway they can have at Blue on Blue, especially when they can take advantage of the TNQ local special we have available from time to time.
I agree that 10 o'clock check out does seem a little early, especially if you've only stayed one night. Depending on room availability the next day we are happy to extend late check outs at a nominal fee.
We are always happy to store luggage and guests are welcome to use resort facilities on thier departure day.
Hopefully we will see you back soon.
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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2011

We stayed for 2 nights. The Resort has a great location, walking distance to Ferry and next to Supermarket IGA.
We stayed in a Hotel room on the 3 floor. An Elevator was available. The room was big and had a great view, also it was very quiet. However lots of scuff marks on walls, the Carpet was covered with marks, and the Smoke detector and the lights in the entry to our Room were broken. Even though, the Resort seemed to be pretty empty, our room was not done until late afternoon.
The Pool was huge and very clean, lots of Sun chairs were available. Unfortunately we found dirty plates still at 11 am at the Pool from the Day before. Nobody had the courtesy to tidy up.
Breakfast was included in the room rate and was delicious and tasty with a good variety. But Staff couldn`t be bothered to greet guests or to clean up the tables afterwards.
There is a 2% credit Card surcharge which I think is very high.
It could be a beautiful Resort with better Staff training.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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blueonblue_gm, Front Office Manager at Peppers Blue On Blue Resort, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Thank you for taking the time to offer a review of our resort.
I am glad you enjoyed your room and the lagoon pool.I am dissappointed to hear about the scuff marks and dirt marks on the carpet.
Please be assured we are addressing these issues already. We have a painter, repainting rooms and the carpets and upholstery are being cleaned on a weekly programme.
Continued staff training is also a priority here at Blue on Blue and we are striving to have exceptional staff, not the type you describe, so thank you for letting us know your thoughts.
If you are ever get back this way, just let us know we would love to welcome you back!
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

Ok I want to write a really informative review about this resort and have been thinking how to best describe this place, it is very nice and has huge potential but I was left thinking, such a pity, a few little things detract from it and made it miss the mark. Nothing major just expect it if staying here.

First the location, the resort is next to the ferry terminal, very handy. The room we booked was a standard studio. It was the one without the view, our room looked onto the car park of the ferry terminal. It's ok, no one can see in as the balcony glass is frosted. The room is very modern and nice. It comes with a standard size bed. Couch and small kitchenette. The bathroom has a shower and bath and also a washing machine. Bed was a bit small for a couple but I guess we did book a standard room, but the room aside from the bed is quite big. Feels very modern. Just a pity there are small things that detract from the room, like scuffs on the wall which are not cleaned up. Not that I care but it's meant to be five star. My girlfriend commented that one thing odd was no rubbish bin in the bathroom, so girls look out!

The complex is interesting, it actually is slightly incomplete. There is a mix of owner apartments and peppers hotel apartments. There are two pools, one near reception which is normal size then a really huge one to the back of the resort. Along the pool is a temporary wall hiding the unfinished part of the resort. But don't let that put you off, the pool area is really nice with a BBQ area and grass areas. On the other side of the resort is a marina.

The hotel has a bar and restaurant, but the place caters for weddings and will close if they have a function, they e-mailed us to warn us that Saturday night had a wedding and it would all be closed, so keep an eye out. The restaurant was in my option a little pricey for the food they served, the meals were nice, but just seemed to miss the mark a bit for the price. I would strongly suggest going to Man Fridays (Mexican) which is a short 5-10 min walk away instead. Also on the Sunday we went to All Seasons which is up the road and has a $20 steak night on Sunday which was nice.

While talking of the restaurant, Breakfast was interesting. Saturday we went down at 9 am, and although there was not many people there, it was a mess, it felt like the food was put out at 7 am and since then no one topped anything up. Then Sunday we went at 7 am and it was all pretty and things were cleaned up and drinks, were topped up. So I am not sure why someone can't just keep things tided up during the course of breakfast, it's supposed to run until 10 am.

If you want to party, then this place is very quiet, more for weddings or a relaxing weekend away. But you can go to Base X hostel which is about 10-15 minutes walk down the road and party the night away -- you can get a bus there too but they don't run too late. I think taxi's run after that.

If you want to see stuff on the island you have a few options, first realise this hotel being in Nelly Bay has no beaches, just the pool in the hotel. But being next to the ferry you can get buses to the rest of the island, Horseshoe bay for example is worth checking out and has a beach with a net to keep the stingers out. It also has a beachy feel with a few bars and restaurants. But if you take a bus Radical Bay be aware that you get dropped off the main road and have to walk a fair way to get to beach. A better option is to take a track from Horseshoe Bay or get a car.

What we did is rent a car, now I did not bother with the rental place in the ferry terminal car park as their cars are not allowed down the tracks to Radical Bay or Westpoint, instead we rented from Bryan Abbot Autos in Arcadia. We called him and he came down to the hotel and picked us up and took us to Arcadia to get the car. We rented a 4wd Suziki Jimmy (I think) for $70. With that you can go everywhere on the island. Don't be scared the road to Radical Bay is a sealed road but with a few big potholes. The road to Westpoint is shown as a 4wd road but really is an unsealed gravel road and worth the trip, just at the end there is a little sand to be wary of.

Due to the weather we did not go out on a snorkel boat, but one advantage of the hotel location is that most cruise boats pick up from the marina at the hotel, which is handy.

Ok, hope this helps.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

We stayed for 3 nights in the Newport wing of the resort. Location was pretty good within walkind distance to the Nelly Bay pier, IGA supermarket and the local bus stop that that takes one around the island. Two beautiful pools, one very large and was a great place to spend the afternoon relaxing after hiking around the island. The best beach on the island was at Balding Bay, which turned out to also be the unofficial nude beach :)
The only negative of the room was the lack of a fan in the bathroom and kitchen area. otherwise a good stay and would recommend it.

Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

We stayed here over the Easter long weekend. The hotel is in a great location being directly visable and accessible when you exit the ferry terminal. It is a 50 meter walk if that across the car park to Peppers reception.

The room was lovely with a beautiful view. The resort has two swimming pools with one being a very large lagoon pool which was lovely. Being close to the ferry terminal, it was easy to catch a bus around the island as this is where the main stop is for people arriving/leaving the island.

Getting around the island is easy on a day pass. Make sure you ask for a 'adult daily', this will allow you to get on and off the bus all day without having to buy a ticket for each trip.

We recommend the Forts Walk where we saw a Koala in the wild, ha ha, which was nice. The view from the top of the Forts is great. Horseshoe bay has markets on a Sunday and has a number of restaurants/bars. I would recommend Noodies for lunch or dinner, yum. Also the Koala Sanctuary at the Bugalow Bay Backpackers was a great hands on afternoon with animals! You get to hold a number of animals with the entrance price, it is additional to hold a Koala. Good little bar there are Indian restaurant but you must book if you want to eat at Bombay Nights.

Breakfast was included and was buffet style, very nice. Also it was great for dinner. If you are eating and it is windy, don’t let them put you outside, insist on indoor seat or go somewhere else.

Overall we thought Peppers was in a great location and very nice.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

The minute I arrived at Peppers on Magentic Island, I instantly felt relaxed. The rooms are spacious. I would recommend a room facing the water. The meals at the restaurant were amazing as was the selection of wines. The pool was massive! The only unfortunate thing is there are no lifts so if you are staying on the 3rd floor it can be a mission getting your bags to your room. I would defintely recommend and would stay here again myself.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

We recently had a 5 night stay at the resort and overall were very pleased and would definitely stay there again. A great location from which to access the ferry and the local bus service. Very good Mexican restaurant and a supermarket nearby. A big buffet breakfast was included in the room price to set us up nicely for a day out. We found the staff to be very helpful and courteous.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Peppers Blue On Blue Resort
Address: 123 Sooning Street, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Magnetic Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Peppers Blue On Blue Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peppers Blue on Blue Resort offers luxury accommodation overlooking the Magnetic Island marina and ferry terminal. Set in tropical landscaped surrounds with beautiful marina and mountain views the resort redefines the essence of island holidays on Queenslands magical Magnetic Island. Peppers Blue on Blue includes contemporary yet timelessly designed guest rooms including resort style suites and one, two and three bedroom apartments. Fully embracing its waterfront location, the resort's sleekly decorated suites boast sun drenched balconies with some featuring private plunge pools. All rooms feature free WIFI (up to 500MB), free movies, air conditioning, balcony, bathrobes, coffee/tea making facilities, flat screen TV, CD/DVD player, surround sound system, daily housekeeping service, laundry facilities, bath, hairdryer, direct dial telephone/voice mail, iron and ironing board, alarm clock/radio, mini bar, room service and movies on demand. All apartments excluding standard Hotel and Studio Rooms include a kitchen or kitchenette. Throughout the year Magnetic Island boasts fantastic weather making it the ideal place to get outdoors and take part in the abundant leisure activities available. For those who just want to relax, the endota spa combines the islands serene surrounds with the perfect blend of luxury to offer an extensive menu of treatments while the vast outdoor resort pool is the perfect destination to chill out and sip on a cocktail. Making its home at the resort is the Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar, a gourmets paradise which offers the freshest tropical menu and fine wine selection. The restaurant features a massive outdoor deck, ideal for embracing the classic Queensland climate. All windows and doors of this sleek and contemporary restaurant can be opened for a seamless transition between traditional and alfresco dining options. Magnetic Island offers a unique blend of national parks, untouched tropical beaches and bays all within easy reach of the resort. Bushwalking tracks provide an ideal opportunity to see the Australian wilderness and wildlife in its natural habitat while Magnetic Island as part of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef offers numerous aquatic activities and sights. ... more   less 
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