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Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge
sydney australia
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“wonderful 3 night stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

Given the very mixed reviews I was a bit concerned about how this remote resort would shape up. I need not have worried as it was just beautiful. Our bungalow had great views across the turquoise blue bay. We loved the tropical open bathroom( actually partially roofed , completely private and equipped with thick, soft towels and L'Occitane products) - reminded me of some places we had stayed on safari in Africa.
The pool area is surrounded by lush, tropical plants and overlooked by a series of open plan timber decks and the main restaurant which overlooks the bay. A family of wallabies munches on the lawns nearby.
All our meals were delicious and interesting. The staff warm, friendly and very helpful. We went on a half day fishing trip which was lots of fun ( my husband excitedly thought he'd caught a barramundi only to reel in a barracuda !), enjoyed walking to the beautifully positioned Bird Hide ( saw many birds) and took a half day safari trip where we encountered crocodiles, buffalo, eagles and gorgeous flocks of black and red cockatoos. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Luxurious ? Not really but this resort 45 Minutes flight from Darwin is much more than the average and given the location is a stand out. The location and scenery are breathtaking and the sun sets were perfect. Located in a small bay with a beautiful beach no swimming though only in the pool. Enjoy the ambiance the wildlife and the scenery. The Accommodation is adequate with the exception that it is a 30 Metre walk to your toilet and shower. A bit of an issue at night. There are also no robes so you have to dress in the shower after showering or else change back in your room. The food was excellent. The chef(s) showing a particularly fine touch with Asian flavours and standout fries. The wine list is adequate considering where you are. I believe the list is being updated. The expedition and fishing staff were excellent and nothing appeared to be too much trouble. The overall feel of the resort is laid back. This can be a bit of an issue until you relax into the mode.. I recommend 5 to 7 days to gain the full benefit of the vibe and the area..There are plenty of activities on offer both free and with a charge. This can be a problem if there are minimum numbers and no other guests to share the tour cost. All other outings were value for money.If you decide to go here go with an open mind.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a balcony. Rooms 7 8 and 9 appear the best.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Good points:
The small aeroplane trip there gives a great view of the coastline.
Accommodation is in separated habitat cabins with louvered windows on four of the six sides, giving a great view of the turquoise water through trees. Most habitats appear to have a good view of the water through the trees; certainly Milkwood 13 did. The shower & toilet is in a separated unit, giving an outdoor shower effect.
There's a small pool in a lovely, natural setting amongst trees.
They had a great chef who produced gourmet standard meals.
Resident agile wallabies were a welcome sight.
They have a number of outings, including a trip to the historic Victoria Settlement which we did. It was very interesting and included a BBQ lunch, but cost $150 per person and involved a 3 hour return boat trip.
Not so good:
Expensive at A$494/night but it is remote and we were on an Outback Spirit Tour, so probably stayed there at a cheaper price.
Internet is chargeable, which is understandable considering the isolation.
It’s a bit of a walk to the toilet, and exposure to mosquitos, if you need to go during night.
They wanted to add GST (VAT) onto the drinks account but reversed this when I reminded them that in Australia, drinks menu prices must include GST.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Metung, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

What a stunning location, and excellent pool, gardens and restaurant. BUT this place is going to go broke (again) unless they find someone who can cook - they won the unenviable distinction of serving me the worst main course I have had in my living memory - over 50 years of dining around the world!), and other dishes were just amazingly awful. They also desperately need people who know how to service rooms, and wait on tables - dreadful wait both during and between courses. Also most of their advertised activities (e.g. fishing) are not currently available. VERY expensive to reach by air from Darwin. WAY past time en-suite facilities are joined to cabins like other quality resorts - they are an annoying walk down a path - not nice at night! Here's hoping they can get their act together as it is a delightful, if very remote, destination.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

We tend to like the added adventure of travelling somewhere remote, so the added steps and modes of transport did not deter us.

The villas here are each little hexagons, open on 5 sides IIRC, with screens. The result is the sights and sounds of camping combined with a wonderful bed and full protection from crittere big and small. Strolling around the resort is like walking through a zoo! Wondrous.

The open full, private bathroom that are a short stroll from each villa are charming. As long as you don't worry a spider here or there!

PS We stayed 5 years ago, in January.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013 via mobile

We visited back in 2007 when run by Peppers, then it was ok for the price as the meals were gourmet and the service was excellent. Having visited just recently under new management I was absolutely disgusted with the place. The meals were pub grub, there was little to no alcohol available, the fans on the verandahs don't work so you sat dripping with sweat while eating lunch, the bathrooms need renevating,the pool was dirty, the place needs a good weeding and half the time the staff were non existent. For what we payed, we were left disappointed. Definately won't be visiting again, such a shame as its in our backyard, yet we'd rather fly to bali for a fraction of the cost and receive a high level of service.

  • Stayed April 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013

I visited with my brother - in search of a glamping style barramundi fishing experience.
We got everything we wanted and more. The location is incomparable to anything I have ever seen. The natural beauty is breathtaking and without human intervention.

The hosts (leath and Jazzy) were outstanding. Not your ordinary hosts as Both look like a Hollywood actors cooler. leath as cool as a surfer (but with fantastic people skills). Jazzy as sweet with an earthy approach to the world (in a clean, happy hippy way).

The accommodation was perfect for the local and occasion. Clean, comfy and cool - no need for air-conditioning although it is in every bungalow if needed. Unlike other glamping / NT destinations there were no bug/mosquito/midgee issues. I loved the detached outdoor bathroom. Hard to explain but imagine a Hilton bathroom in amongst gum trees.

The food was good - breakfast a simple fair of whatever you wanted cooked as well as the usual cereals and fresh fruits. We skipped lunch as we were out fishing (basic sandwiches were provided to us) and dinner was designed around the fish we had caught that day - and although simple, it made the fancy Sydney Seafood restaurants look like McDonalds in comparison.

Obviously a great time for us - I am not sure what it would be like when full of guests ( there was only one other couple). Also, if we did not fish all day, I don't know what we would have done - as swimming in the adjacent bay is not allowed ( crocs, sharks, stingers) and walks would need to be with a guide due to wildlife ( bores, buffaloes, etc)

Suggestion before going - give the place a call ( don't rely on a travel agent) and discuss what you can do when there. The staff are really friendly and accommodating and full of ideas that won't be on a brochure or website.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge
Address: | Gurig National Park, Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, Northern Territory 0822, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seven Spirit Bay is an iconic Northern Territory wilderness lodge and one of the very first luxury lodges in the outback. Built in 1990, the lodge is located on the western side of Port Essington in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula. It is only accessible by boat from Black Point, or by air via the lodge's private airstrip at Vashon Head. Acquired by Outback Spirit in 2015, Seven Spirit Bay has received a new lease of life thanks to a $3.5 million redevelopment completed in April 2016. The original guest accommodation, known as 'habitats', have been completely transformed into ultra-luxurious rooms featuring architecturally designed ensuite bathrooms, beautiful furniture and a front balcony. Other improvements at the lodge include a new waste water treatment plant, new power generation system and a fully refurbished main lodge building. In addition to the lodge redevelopment, Seven Spirit Bay now features a fleet of expedition boats to explore the pristine waters of Port Essington and the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. At a glance • Iconic NT lodge acquired by Outback Spirit in 2015. • $3.5 million redevelopment completed in April 2016 • Superb main lodge building with ocean views and palm fringed swimming pool • 12 Luxurious 'Habitats' featuring ensuite bathrooms • Exclusive to Outback Spirit guests • State-of-the-art fleet expedition boats • Commercial kitchen with in-house chef ... more   less 

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