Stayed for 4 nights at By the Bay in the Willawong apartment, which we were upgraded to because no other rooms were free.
I think it's the best room, we saw two of the others. It was impeccably clean, beds were comfortable and warm, games, books, an abundance of towels for bathroom and beach. There was an abundance of everything, plates, cutlery, pots and pans. All very good quality, they even provided paper towels, glad wrap and tin foil, Apartment was literally home away from home, as others have said, you want for nothing. We had a balcony off our room and also one off the living area. Outdoor furniture was useful for eating with a beach view, just thinking of brings back fond feelings.
The view is breath taking, the ocean, the sound of the waves, it was magic.
On top of all of that, the manager is a lovely lady who is very friendly.
The beach access makes you feel like royalty and my kids loved the use of the boards and gear in the large shed full of things to use in the water.
The waves at the beach were fun for the kids and the water was very shallow and warm.
A perfect spot to get away from Auckland and the drive up was a lovely look at the rustic-ness of the Far North.
The decks aren't private, but we had lovely people around us so that didn't matter to us.
I miss this place and have rebooked for Xmas!!!
p.s. I do NOT recommend the Monganui Fish and Chips - totally over rated, seafood was not fresh. Go to the Fish and Chip shop by the 4 square and get battered scallops and mussles. A lot better value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- By the Bay Beachfront Apartments is absolute oceanfront setting with 3 large self contained apartments and 1self contained studio, can sleep up to 20 guests in total. Private access to the beach. Continental or cooked breakfasts available. Wifi, Cable TV and DVDs. Spa pool overlooking ocean and kayaks for guests to use. BBQs in a garden setting. You will think you are in paradise. ... more less
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