Norfolk Island Hotels

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  • Reviews: 1

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Forrester Court Cliff Top Cottages: Best Kept Secret

We have just returned to the grind after certainly the best holiday we have ever had. After arriving late in the evening due to a problem with the plane we were met by Brad who welcomed us with a warm and hospitable nature. The trip to the cottage was very short and Brad was dissappointed that he could not give us his usual little orientation on the way(it was dark - only one street light on Norfolk!).

You could tell as soon as we arrived at our cottage that we had indeed got onto something very special. The cottage was certainly as described in the website and frankly a lot more. My wife and I had literally collapsed to bed that night and woke(after sleeping on superb beds/linen) to the most magnificent and breathtaking view we have ever seen.

Our hosts, Ariane and Brad, were the most hospitable and engaging couple, could not have been more helpful and discreet, and it was the little touches that made us feel very special during our stay. They arranged for us a fine dining experience on the deck of our cottage with a most fantastic lady/chef (Rachel) who had a wealth of local knowledge and, boy, could she cook!

The cottage was certainly 5 star, and is by far the best place to stay on Norfolk. We did check out a few others although we did note that they were 4 and 4.5 star. Forrester Court is the only 5 star accomodation on Norfolk Island, so be careful when you are told that other places are the best. You could be dissappointed as some of the other places we obseved were run down and looked like they needed a bit of work to them.

The best part of our stay was coming home to our cottage ever afternoon and although we tried a few restaurants, we ended up arranging home delivery on the last two nights (yes Brad will do that for you with his son Andre as assistant 'carrier'). After a week although we felt recharged we realised that 2 weeks would be better to truly soak up the tranquility,privacy and magnificence of Forrester Court.

We have already locked in our next stay here in a few months time! Yep its that good!

Cottages are supurbly finished, ensuites are better that in the home decorating books/shows.

Beds and Furnishings are extremely comfortable. Bedrooms are very large by comparison.

Drinks evening before departure with the family are a special treat.

Car is supplied fully insured - check this as most places elsewhere on the island charge you insurance extra.

The cottages are located right on the cliff with special views.

We also arranged in house massages. It started with one for the both of us on day 2 and one on the last day as well - highly recommended.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Eco-Tourism
  • Written December 12, 2010

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Norfolk Island's Best Accommodation

We recently stayed in Cumberland Villa at Cumberland Resort and Spa, and it was fabulous! We were met at the airport by the very friendly managers, and given a short tour of Burnt Pine on the way. We were then given our own minivan (free of charge!!) which was really great because we could travel around as a group (there were 7 of us).

The Villa is located at the rear of the complex, and it is very modern and spacious with 4 bedrooms and two living rooms. It has timber floors, leather couches, etc. We loved watching cable TV and movies on the large LCD TV. There were quite a few of us in our family staying there, but it never felt crowded and we never had to wait for a bathroom, as there were three separate bathrooms, and toilets. We enjoyed our very comfortable King bed with an en-suite bathroom.

We enjoyed a couple of great evenings in the the swim spa pool which was like bathwater it was so warm and relaxing! It gave us time to catch up as a family. We also had our own BBQ and private garden area, which we used quite a lot.

We can highly recommend Cumberland Villa (as well as the other cottages which we also looked at). It is central, clean, modern and very convenient, and has so many facilities. We didn't have time to try our all the facilities. Our own complaint was that our holiday was over after 7 days and we had to leave. We will be back!! Norfolk Island is a great holiday destination. Remember to try Emily Bay - what a unique place.

It has a heated swim spa pool (heated like bathwater), sauna, cable TV, movies, each cottage has its own BBQ, it is near the shops and cafes, and has a fabulous Italian restaurant right on site! It is about 5 minutes to the beach and the golf course. The accommodation also comes with its own free rental car. We had a free minivan as there were 7 of us.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Family Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written January 14, 2009
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Highlands Lodge: High in the bush

The staff here were so friendly. Ma and Fiona really were so nice I feel bad about any criticism but, here goes.
We actually stayed in a cabin all to ourselves which was fine except there was a dank urine smell apparent, the toilet hadn't been cleaned correctly, one key flourescent light flickered and was thus useless and the bed linen was changed every Saturday - we arrived Monday.
Aside from the above, the facilities were good. There was a stove, fridge, iron, TV etc and plenty of room. It was an A-frame place that had originally been built as a banana sorting shed but had since been converted into two storey accommodation.

Set on its own amongst the forest it was very romantic, or would have been except for the off-putting odour.
Since I left a note about that it may well have been fixed by now.
If that was the case, I would recommend staying here.
Breakfast particularly was in an atmospheric setting in the old house with other guests and we quite looked forward to comparing notes with others over the morning meal.
I'm actually uncertain of the price because we got it as part of a package deal.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Hiking and Walking, Seniors
  • Written August 30, 2007
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  • Reviews: 1

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Hibiscus Regal: Norfolk Island Accommodation

If you're looking for somewhere comfortable, convenient and safe, with all amenities covered without paying a fortune, Hibiscus has it covered. This is one of four properties that the Hibiscus group have on Norfolk and from what I saw at the Regal, you can't go wrong. I had a little self contained unit which consistsed of bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and lounge/dining room with TV, heating for chilly nights and a fan for when it's warm. There's also a BBQ, outdoor funiture and laundry for use by all guests.

A hire car is part of the package and makes getting around fuss free. There is a tennis court and swimming pool at one of the other Hibiscus properties which are available for all Hibiscus guests.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 24, 2007

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