Disclaimer: This is going to be a raving review.
I have been thinking about this a lot – have I ever had a better hotel experience anywhere in the world? In any other 5-star hotel?
My verdict is that apart from cruises where staff ratio is 2:1 there has never been a better hospitality experience than at the Beach Club on Hamilton Island.
The reason why we chose the Beach Club in the first place was because my husband and I decided to sneak away for a long weekend, making use of grandma’s visit from Germany. And while the kids had a great time with their grandmother at home we wanted to enjoy some adult time, not just without our own kids, but also without any of the other people’s kids.
To be totally frank, it’s mostly the other people’s kids that are running wild and driving me crazy, pint-sized terrorists that occupy the hotel pools and that scream in restaurants. An adult-only hotel seemed like the perfect option for us.
When you only have a weekend to spare and money is not so much the issue, you want it all to be perfect the minute you step onto the tarmac: perfect location, delicious food, clean rooms, quiet surroundings, outstanding amenities, wonderful staff, and an attractive design.
All of this and more the Beach Club was able to deliver. Check out my detailed hotel review below.
The Beach Club is located right on the Main Beach of Hamilton Island, also known as Catseye Beach. You literally just have to leave your private verandah, take five steps through the hotel garden and you can feel the soft sand between your toes. If lounging on the beach is your thing, then you’ve come to the right place. And it’s really easy to do too: the Beach Club comes with its own set of sun lounges and umbrellas, so no need to fight with anyone over free seats.
You can reach the marina of Hamilton Island (where ferries and excursions depart and most restaurants and shops are located) fairly easily on foot, but if you don’t feel like walking then you can just ask the front desk staff for a free lift. Or you can rent one of the famous Hamilton Island golf buggies, if you wish to be more independent and enjoy the fun of driving around the island.
Everything is pretty close-by on Hamilton Island anyway, which includes the airport. Beach Club staff picked us up from the terminal and ensured that our luggage arrived safely at our hotel room. We didn’t need to wait at the baggage claim or carry our suitcases, which meant our holidays started the second we arrived on the island. Where else will you get this kind of VIP treatment?
We enjoyed pool-side breakfast that was included in the room rate. The choice was between a cooked breakfast a-la-carte and various options from the buffet. If you are expecting the usual fare of bacon-and-eggs you are mistaken. My lean and healthy breakfast made to order was a thick slice of fresh sourdough bread (Hamilton Island’s bakery really needs commended!), topped with avocado, tomato and boiled egg – so good, I had to order it again on our second morning.
We also had lunch and dinner at the Beach Club, again right by the pool with beautiful views of the peaceful bay. No matter what we ordered, the food was fresh, creative and delicious: Caesar salad, massaman curry, osso buco… It is rare that the restaurant of a hotel is able to deliver the same standards that you would get in venues down the road, and even rarer if the hotel is more of a boutique-style property with no more than 57 rooms. But here we had no issues returning to the same place over and over again, not shedding a tear over missed out dinner reservations at other restaurants around the island.
Needless to say that the lack of children added to the feeling of calm and tranquility while we dined under the stars.
It is surprising how many properties fail when it comes to cleanliness. Not so the Beach Club. What also added to the overall feeling of being right at home was the recent renovation of the Beach Club Rooms, so that the design was through and through clean, fresh and welcoming.
Our generously sized Beach Club Room was fitted with a king sized bed right in its centre. What looked like a kitchen in the background turned out to be the build-in wardrobe with safe and the minibar area – no cooking required here! But the minibar and coffee station did come with fresh citrus fruit in case you wanted to mix yourself a neat little cocktail or have a slice of lemon in your cup of tea.
The bathroom had a rain shower and a separate egg-shaped free-standing bathtub. I would have loved to spend some time in the tub if only we had stayed a bit longer!
From comfy outdoors furniture with lots of cushions to up-to-date magazines to private beach towels, complimentary WIFI and TV, it was hard to find a reason to leave the room at all. That, and the occasional visit by a couple of kangaroos who enjoyed the green grass in front of our verandah.
The atmosphere at the Beach Club can only be described with terms such as tranquility and peace. The lack of children really does make a difference. The couples that used the pool just spent their time looking over the edge to watch the beautiful beach scene and sipping cocktails while cooling down in the water. Everybody just seemed to have a swing in their step and a smile on their face. There was no rush, not even when guests departed or arrived.
On arrival, the manager invited us to a refreshing drink on the pool terrace which we enjoyed while we were taken through all the necessary paperwork and information for our stay. We had plenty of opportunity to ask questions about offers and facilities, excursions and things to do on the island, while in the background our suitcases were transferred to our rooms without us needing to worry about their whereabouts.
Catseye Beach right in front of the property offers lots of space for everyone, and during low tide it is lots of fun to wade into the water and spot the marine life. Alternatively, the non-motorised water sports (included in Beach Club hotel rates) equipment made it even easier to just enjoy the scenery and the beauty of the Whitsundays.
I have already touched on a couple of amenities that you will find at the Beach Club. The most striking feature is certainly the infinity pool which is heated in winter, so you can use it all year around. If cocktails by the pool is your thing then you won’t find a better pool to enjoy this.
If you feel more active than you might want to make use of the fitness facilities of the Beach Club including the gym, spa, sauna and tennis courts. However, I have not used any of these facilities and cannot comment on them. But if the rest of the hotel is anything to go by, then you won’t be disappointed in these areas either.
Another great detail that shouldn’t go unmentioned in this hotel review was that bottled water was readily available for everyone in the lobby. So no matter whether you stayed by the pool or went on one of the many reef excursions, you could count on free chilled water anytime.
It’s the little things that make a good hotel experience a wonderful hotel experience. What I really loved were the notes that we received from housekeeping, as well as the little departure gift, a scented candle. You do feel treated differently when none of these things have been announced and come as a surprise, and I enjoyed these little tokens more than any flowers that I might find on my bed in Fiji.
Overall, the staff was very approachable, and in particular when making use of the chauffeur service you do have some opportunity to chat with them. Their situation on Hamilton Island is pretty unique: when you sign up to work at the Beach Club or any of the other properties you will do so for at least three years. That’s three years on a tropical island, away from family and friends. And by the looks of it, the staff love it. And if your staff love what they are doing then it seeps through in the service they provide.
Nothing can put me more off than a carelessly thrown together room design. As you can see on the pictures, the rooms and lobby area of the Beach Club ooze a relaxed, beachy feel with light, organic colours and materials, as well as beautifully crafted furniture. Simply beautiful!
The Verdict – Beach Club Hamilton Island Hotel Review Summary
Granted, the Beach Club is not for everyone. With room rates starting from $650 per night, this accommodation definitely falls under the luxury and high-end category. However, honeymooners, couples without kids and baby boomers will love the convenience and the romantic ambience of this property.
Would I do it again if given the chance? Most certainly!
Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom for more photos of this stunning hotel.
Want to know what you can do when you are visiting Hamilton Island? Why – visit the best beach in the world, of course! Read all about it here: Whitehaven Beach
Looking for more info on Hamilton Island? Read all about this beautiful holiday island in the Great Barrier Reef here.
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