We had not been to Busselton/Margaret River for 3 years. Previously we went twice a year for over 10 years. We normally stay at 5 star accommodation next door, but it is tired and we thought we would try the new place.
The place was built on the site of an old caravan park. The design of the new units has included keeping the Peppermint trees. The gardens of the units and the common areas are very well kept.
We stayed in a Grove Room near the rear of the property, closer to the beach. It appears that with couples they place you in multi bedroom units and seal off the extra bedrooms and bathrooms. They leave the king size bedroom open for the guests, it has an ensuite with free standing bath, shower, toilet and twin basins.
As a result of this the kitchen and living areas are larger than you would get if they had single room options.
All the windows are double glazed. There are numerous deck areas and a barbeque for each unit.
The air conditioners are superb and can handle the open areas and their are gas fires for the colder months.
The quality of the fit out is excellent. They have not used cheap appliances or tiling and surfaces. European cooking appliances and refrigerator, dish washer, washing machine and dryers. The kitchen laundry and bathrooms have stone bench tops.
The furniture is modern and comfortable.
The cooking utensils and pans are also reputable brands. Crockery and glassware are plentiful.
So what are the small faults?
Nearly all the door handles were loose. (not the cupboard doors)
Being a couple staying for 4 nights, 1 towel each is not enough. We would shower 2 or 3 times a day after swimming or prior to going out. Also the toiletries were not enough either, they did say that more could be purchased from reception, but for me you either supply them or you do not. I have stayed all over the world in places less expensive and more expensive and they all supplied shower/bath gel adequate for the stay.
There were several large scratches on the wooden floors, obviously made by the furniture legs. These could have been avoided by simply attaching felt to the feet of the furniture.
All the opening windows/doors have fly screens except for the louvred windows.
We will definately be staying there on our next trip in about 4 months and again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aqua Resort Busselton understated luxury accommodation on the shores of the pristine protected waters of Geographe Bay, in the beautiful South West of Western Australia. Nestled in eight and half acres of mature peppermint woodlands and complimented by beautifully landscaped grounds. Aqua Resort Busselton offers self-catering Beach House accommodation with uncompromising privacy and the best of contemporary indoor / outdoor living. Your holiday accommodation on the beach. With a choice from 1 bedroom to 5 bedroom luxury self-contained Houses, able to accommodate the largest of family gatherings to the most intimate of getaways. The Bay Beach Houses have expansive views overlooking Geographe Bay and Cape Naturaliste; while the Grove Beach Houses enjoy garden views with private lawned area. The Aqua Resorts world class Facilities include a beach front waterfall swimming pool, gynasium, sauna, spa and tennis court. Located a leisurely 2 and half hour's drive southwest of Perth, Western Australia through the coastal towns of Mandurah and Bunbury. The Aqua Resort is conveniently situated between the seaside towns of Busselton and Dunsborough; within the internationally acclaimed Margaret River Wine Region and all the Attractions the beautiful South West has to offer. Aqua - capturing the quintessential spirit of the Australian beach house holiday. ... more less
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