First of all, Hamilton Island is paradise. Blue skies, lush greenery, beautiful beach, turquoise waters, everything is CLEAN all the time, great service, super friendly, very hospitable folks working on the island. We did not want to leave. So there's that.
And then there is Frangipani 101. A super gorgeous apartment looking directly out onto beautiful blue water and Catseye Beach...a stunning landscape to look at every moment you are in the apartment. This end unit is large and open, and still gives you the privacy you want in a vacation rental, both inside and on the terrace.
Jenni’s apartment is spacious, bright and airy with windows that open in all rooms. The apartment is large enough to accommodate 4 adults very comfortably. The two bedrooms are both good size with exceptionally comfortable beds and plenty of closets to store your stuff. Sheets, blankets and comfy pillows are provided. The front bedroom faces the water, has sliding doors which open onto the terrace, a flat-screen TV, and an ensuite bathroom. I got the best sleep of my vacation in this bed (thank you Jenni!). The second bedroom is only slightly smaller and has a bathroom right outside the door, and is equally comfortable.
Both bathrooms are bright and well-ventilated, with good light and great water pressure. All towels and washcloths are provided. The living/dining area is large, open and comfy with a large sofa and loveseat, and a large dining table to gather around for breakfast or evening meals. There is a flat-screen TV with many channels to choose from, and a DVD player (there is a movie rental store on the island).
The kitchen is good size and well-equipped. There is a full-size refrigerator, a four burner cooktop, a microwave, a dishwasher, a toaster and an electric kettle. Utensils, glassware, dishes, pots and pans, dish towels and dish soap are provided. We bought groceries from the island’s General Store and cooked at least one meal each day.
A major bonus was the washing machine and dryer. I did laundry during our stay and having an actual clothes dryer made doing laundry a breeze. Laundry soap is provided, as well as an iron and ironing board. There is also a scrub sink in the laundry closet.
The apartment does have air conditioning units in the living area and both bedrooms. They cooled both bedrooms to the point where we needed to use blankets on the beds….so we slept soundly and comfortably. And the living/dining area was comfortably cool, as it was warm during our stay.
This apartment also has a large outdoor terrace with two sun loungers, a full-size BBQ grill, and a dining table with six chairs. We used the BBQ one evening and had dinner on the terrace (before the birds came to roost!). Be advised that this area is very quiet at night and loud conversations carry on the wind. (But that doesn’t stop the noisy wildlife! ;) )
There is Wi-Fi in the apartment and the signal is strong. We were advised by the valet service to only use Wi-Fi to check email or browse the internet. If you using streaming services, you will end up incurring an extra charge for going over the allotted daily data limit. Please check with Jenni, or the valet service, regarding this policy.
The apartment is on the first floor and you must walk up one flight of stairs to reach it. There is a private pool on the far end of the complex with a sun sail over it. We had it all to ourselves in the afternoons. The resort complex faces Catseye Beach where there is also a community pool and sun loungers you can use. There is a bar at the pool, but it was not open during our stay (at least not when we were down there in the afternoons). There is a nice paved walking path that will take you from the building right down to the beach in just a couple of minutes on foot.
We had a golf buggy included with our stay and I must say that was a highlight. We loved the fact that the only vehicles on the island are service vehicles and everyone else drives a buggy or walks. Driving the buggy around was super easy and stress-free. We did walk to the beach every day and down the hill to the ice cream parlor every night (to burn those calories off), but still used the buggy every day.
The valet service will greet you at the airport upon your arrival and depending on how many guests they’re transporting, you’ll either be driven in the van or you’ll drive yourself in the golf buggy (following behind the valet who transports your luggage). The entire ride from the airport to the apartment was less than 10 minutes. The valet service will help carry your luggage up, open the apartment and go over the rules and need-to-knows. They leave a binder behind with all kinds of information and all the phone numbers you might need during your stay.
There is a tour desk located in the Resort Centre, just next to the Hamilton Island Wildlife complex (a one minute drive from the apartment). They can help you plan anything and offer plenty of brochures. They were great at helping us plan our snorkeling adventure. The Resort Centre complex also houses Sails restaurant (which was fab for dinner!), a large bar and rec-room area with arcade games, a bowling alley (we bowled on a rainy afternoon and it was a blast), a souvenir shop, the movie rental shop, and I’m sure more stuff that I missed seeing.
As for Jenni, she has maintained a beautiful property and we were thankful she shared it with us. Before the trip she answered all of my questions promptly by email and sent me a list of bars, cafes and restaurants in the area upon my request. We could not have been more pleased with how everything was handled. The beauty of the island, the kind hospitality of Jenni and everyone we encountered on the island makes us want to come back soon. I highly recommend a stay in Hamilton Island and in Jenni’s Beautiful apartment. Thanks again Jenni! We hope to visit you again in the near future.
Four of us stayed in Frangipani 101 apartment in March for 4 days. This is great apartment, clean, well maintained, and located very conveniently to the Catseye Beach and to many restaurants, cafes, etc. From the start (e-mail communications with the owner) everything worked fine: we were receiving prompt responses to all our questions. Booking went smoothly. We also got our deposit back promptly, one week after our return.
The ocean view from the balcony and master bedroom is outstanding, this the best part of the apartment. The buggy inclusion is absolutely great! Hamilton Island is pretty hilly, buggy assigned to our unit made our movements around the Island very easy. Check-in and Check-out were quick and easy; we were met and delivered back to airport by Jake.
Kitchen was well stocked with all dishes, utensils, cups, glasses, pots, etc and also some necessities like: sugar, tea, salt,soy sauce, etc., KFee coffee machine with two types of capsule. Washing machine and dryer were very welcomed additions.
We could not swim in the ocean because of the stingers, but there is pool for Frangipani building and even better public pool on Catseye Beach, very close.
One thing that we missed a lot was Internet. Our US phone was not working in Australia, our way to stay in touch with home was Skype, e-mail, etc, that were not available for us for all 4 days. Internet use is very limited on Hamilton Island; we could not find it even in cafes or restaurants. At least local phone was available in the apartment for making local reservations, etc
We did Fly by Helicopter to Reefworld platform and Cruise back by catamaran tour. It was great! We also did full day trip to Whitsunday Islands including Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet & walk to Outlook – also very good even with not so good weather! Don’t miss 10$ cocktails during sunset in One Tree Hill. Coca Chu restaurant was great for dinner or lunch.
To summarize: Great, clean, well-maintained apartment, well stocked. Starting to show it’s age a bit. Apartment is in excellent location, with buggy close to everything. Easy communication with owner of the property. Quick and easy check-in and check-out. A bit expensive, but ok value for Hamilton Island. A lot of things to do in the area.
We would stay here again and definitely would recommend this place.
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We loved Hamilton Island and we were very happy with our accom choice. The apartment is located in a quiet area opposite the beach. The views, from the big balcony and main bedroom are amazing. Very clean, comfortable, spacious with really thoughtful extras such as board games, buckets and spades, coffee machine and supply of pods, and basic supplies like olive oil. Golf cart supplied which is such a great way to get around the island. We will definitely be back!
Frangipani 101 is a very nice apartment with great views over the beach. Well located just a short walk down to the main beach, or take the supplied buggy if travelling further.
The unit is spacious with two bedrooms, one king bed, the other room with two singles plus a third roll away bed. Two bathrooms, full laundry, two TV's, both indoor and outdoor tables with six chairs provide all the needed family infrastructure.
The buggy inclusion really is ideal for families with small kids, but that said we walked more than half the time as it's a nice stroll up the beach.
Cooking facilities are good with a good range of implements, cooking dishes and crockery. We used the BBQ frequently, which works well and had spare bottle.
There is a convection microwave, which worked ok for pizza, but no oven so best go out for chips if that's your thing.
Luxury touches include a KFee coffee machine and two types of capsule, shampoo conditioner and bodywash and nice soaps. The furnishings are modern and the art inclusions make this a very stylishly decorated apartment. Recommended.
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