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Milky Way Holiday Villas
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

We have been looking at Lord Howe Island for a holiday destination and our recent winter trip over from Adelaide was excellent. Staying at the Milky Way was a great choice and our hosts Janet and Jim were welcoming, helpful as well as very knowledgeable about the island. The Milky Way room upgrade to one of the four larger villas due to the low accomodation rate at this time, was a pleasant surprise on our arrival.
After picking us up at the airport, Jim had taken us on a half hour tour of the island as well as getting us up to Joy's shop for food and later dropping us off at Wilson hire to get the essential bikes.
Our Milky Way villa was north facing and the large windows gave delightful views up to the Malabar Hill, Kim's lookout area and also the Catalina crash site. There were little touches which we appeciated such as beach towels, umbrellas, torches supplied as well as hibiscus flowers placed in a welcoming fashion throughout the villa.
The kitchen was fine to organise meals at home on a couple of nights. We were supplied with a few eggs, bacon, bread, milk etc - just enough to get us going for a day or so. Food was expensive as expected so we ate out on 4 of the seven nights. Twice at Pinetress where the jazz band over from Sydney did great entertainment, once at Humpty Micks and at Pandanus where they had excellent pizzas on the evening we dined there.
The owners of the Milky Way apparently started the practice of dropping house guests at their evening meal destination who then return you back to your accomodation when you are ready. This was really handy and a sensible option to walking or riding your bike home after a glass or two of wine. (No lights on hire bikes!)
The glass bottom boat/snorkelling with Dean on the lagoon was excellent, with stunning clear water at Erscotts hole. Dean (ex LHI ranger) has amazing knowledge of the Island in all its facets. I saw my first Lion fish while snorkelling at Sylphs hole in Settlement beach but the visibility was not as good as further out in the lagoon. We also hired a couple of kayaks from Dean and had a paddle over the North part of the lagoon on a beautiful still winter's day - a bit rare so we were told. Yes you needed a wet suit for the snorkelling.
The walks and views around the island are amazing and the Milky Way is an excellent base to do the Northern ones while hopping on your bike is all you need for the southern end.
All in all, an excellent time!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

We booked a winter special and selected the Milky Way Villas as our choice of accommodation. Upon arrival at the airport we wre greeted by our host (standard for LHI) and immediately taken on a half hour orientation of the island. This gave us our bearings,distances and most importantly the hilly parts as commuting is by foot or cycling. We chose the latter as its some 10kms of road with some hills that required low gears on the bike.
We were kindly upgraded from our Mooreii villa to the newer and larger Belmoreana villa due to inactivity with only 3 villas being occupied. This seemed indicative of the island with only about 20% of maximum tourist visitors during winter season. In fact a few accommodation places were closed completely either due to the owners having their annual holiday or due to renovations.
The villa was spacious with a king bedroom that could have taken two, plenty of wardrobe space, a large bathroom, an adequate kitchen with full appliances and a very large living area. One of the real bonuses was the extra large windows in the bedroom and living areas that showed the grazing land and views of Malabar Hill. There is front and rear access with a verandah for leaving bikes, boots etc and seating with tables. We were given some initial supplies which was enough for 3 days breakfasts and they even changed our milk to skim which we appreciated.
Privacy and quietness were features.
The accommodation seemed to be above average for the island.
The owners were away but we were looked after by the husband/wife managers. Each day at 8.30am they would check on our requirements (need anything extra. need transport to restaurants, weather forecast, likelihood of plane arriving etc). They were friendly and helpful.
The onsite restaurant was closed due the owners being away.
Sum: Highly recommended

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank KirraMelbourne
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Don’t know why I picked Milky Way but I am sure glad I did. We were over there for 4 nights to celebrate daughter number 2's 13th birthday. We booked into the 2 bedroom configured Belmoreana apartments which for kids our age (16 & 13) was fantastic. I would check with the owners if you have younger children and you want the 2 bedroom set up as the second room is a separate room to the main one. It shares the same balcony but access is only via the balcony – might put a few parents off that your kids are not within earshot (or maybe not!) On the plus side the kid’s room was fully self-contained with small kitchenette, TV and bathroom as well as two single beds.

The main area has a king bed in a huge bedroom, nice enough bathroom, comfortable lounge room, awkward shaped kitchen (but it did the job) but the view up the hill into bush was brilliant – our room overlooked the Catalina wreckage site which made me get lost in thoughts.

The location I believe is what makes it. Milky Way is right up the northern end of the road (there are no further buildings) so through traffic is non-existent. Settlement Beach is 2 minutes walk and is a great place to start the day as the view will knock you over.

The staff and owners were great; Andrea was fantastic, friendly but left us to our own providing advice when needed. We hired 4 bikes from Wilson’s and I would make this a must. 90% of the island is easily accessible by bike and by the end of your time getting up to the Top Shop is a breeze (you will see what I mean when you meet the hill for the first time!)

There is ample places to eat – it’s a bit expensive (20% + on mainland) but if you accept that you will enjoy all eating places on the island. There are 2 shops to get bits a pieces and Milky Way kick you off with supplies for a nice hot breakfast.

Lord Howe is truly a magnificent place. If you love bushwalking (I do) or you are a bird nut (I am not) LHI is the place for you. Mobile phones do not work, the Blackberry does not function but you can watch the news or the odd show as TV is available.

There are many ‘must do’ at LHI – mine are:

1. Ned’s Beach – incredible, watching the kids feed the fish was a memory
2. Walk to Mt Eliza – there are many others with great views but this is a good one
3. Hire a bike and do the entire island
4. Go snorkelling – In September it was cold but worth it
5. Go to both cemetery’s – the history is awesome back it up with a museum visit

I will be back and I will stay at Milky Way again. There are some amazing accommodation options but they will cost you a fortune and lock you into breakfast, lunch and dinner – not my idea but it may be yours – Enjoy!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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10  Thank Darren68
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Reviewed 9 February 2008

I am new to Trip Advisor, but wanted to write a review about the best place on earth!
My hubby and I went to Lord Howe for Honeymoon in 1997, magical place, stayed in basic accomodation, but perfect for those on a budget, only 2 units, at Waimarie.
We decided to go back (without the kids!) for our 10 year anniversary and stay somewhere a bit nicer, we chose Milky WAy. It id definitley not 5 star, but who gives a toss when the location is perfect.
It is located at the end of Old Settlement Beach, a beach we had to ourselves mostly.
Everything about Lord Howe is amazing, and you need to have a look with your web surfing yourself!

I wanted to write this, as the No 1 place on Trip Advisor is Capella, and while absolutely superb, it is only for the filthy rich! Us mere mortals can still be in paradise without the heavenly pricetag.

The room was clean and comfortable, you can hire bikes to get around, there is a grocerie store and butcher etc, so you can eat on the cheap, or go to Humpty Micks for Break/Lunch /Dinner! Much better and more friendly than the other "fine dining" restaurants we went to.

Make sure you go in summer, as it gets too cold in winter.

The larger family units would be great if we can afford to take the kids next time. They only allow a set number of people on each day...truly paradise.

Enjoy!! Taking the kids to Fiji in June (Plantation Island and Blue Lagoon Cruise) after reading advise in Trip Advisor.

Thanks for the great website.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lagoon Road, NSW 2898 | Hunter Bay, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Region: Australia > Lord Howe Island
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Lord Howe Island
Price Range: £63 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Milky Way Holiday Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On Old Settlement Beach at the extreme northern end of the residential area. Set in a lush, peaceful palm & banyan grove with the beach just through the palms.Comfortable, modern one & two bedroom self catering villas with fully equipped kitchen & ensuite bathroom in all villas.Features include: Generous Breakfast/Fruit Hamper on Arrival King bed, Ceiling Fans,LED TV/DVD player,iPod Dock.Beach Towels, Hairdryer, Iron/Board, Coffee Plunger, Backpack, Picnic Basket/Utensils, BBQ Facilities.Airport & Restaurant Transfers,Convenience Shop, Blue Phone.Daily HousekeepingAustralian Champagne for Birthday or Anniversary. Internet available at reasonable rates ... more   less 
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