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!
- 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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