After deciding to visit Lord Howe we spent a loooooong time deliberating on where to stay.
We certainly couldn't justify staying at the two $1200+ per night options, but couldn't decide on which of the 'cheaper' apartments looked better (not that anything's remotely cheap). Certainly there is a lack of information or ability to book online. A lot of the apartments looks a little too chintzy for my liking - there's something about floral and wicker that makes me shiver!
We enlisted a travel agent, which is a rarity for us these days, and eventually decided on the Pandanus - it wasn't in the lowest price bracket but it looked comfortable, modern and relaxing. Just what we needed. And it was.
We were met at the airport by Liz, with her broad Australian accent and initially slightly gruff attitude. She drove us around the island on a little tour, which was great to get bearings, and by the time we reached the apartment she'd proven herself delightful, fun and so helpful. Couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome. And so she remained for the rest of our stay.
The apartment itself is clean and lovely, nicely furnished, clearly refurbished not so long ago, very white and relaxing. Massive bed, good shower, TV, Foxtel & DVD (not that these really were needed or used), well-equipped kitchen and picnic packs. Nice big patio with comfy wooden reclining chairs to spend the week reading with a glass of wine, looking at the Kentia palms. Perfect for what we wanted.
It's about a 15 minute walk from the 'town centre', or a 5 minute bike ride - a bike is a must when you are on the island. Beware that Pandanus is at the top of a hill, and to get to/from it you need to go up steep hills on either side. Having said that, Liz is happy to drive you somewhere, and most restaurants are happy to drive you back in the evenings. Great service!
The Pandanus restaurant is lovely - they do an asian menu on the weekend and a more standard modern menu during the week. Nice food, friendly service, nice atmosphere.
It's hard to compare with any of the other accommodation options on the island, as we didn't see them. But we thought Pandanus was a really good option for a stay on LHI - especially for the relative price! Recommended!