I think it’s time I showed you around the resort where we are staying.
Boambee Bay Resort is a six-hour drive from Sydney and is in the small town of Sawtell. It was built in the 1980’s as a time-share development however recently they have started allowing non-time-share guests to stay at the resort. We aren’t time-share owners but we have friends who are and when they were unable to get away for their one-week stay, they offered the opportunity to us! What a lovely gift.
So here we are having a free holiday – the very best kind! Our friends told us, ‘It’s a step-up from camping’. With our expectations very low, we’ve been pleasantly surprised. While this is a 3-star resort, I actually think it’s a big leap up from camping.
The entrance is quite under-whelming leading you to believe you shouldn’t get excited. The reception area is very motel-like and there’s a chap behind the counter wearing more jewellery than I have in my entire collection. He showed us where the parking area is and this is again underwhelming as the spaces are so tight that once you squeeze your car into them it’s almost impossible to be able to open your car door to let yourself out, let alone your luggage.
I would definitely recommend bringing a Morris Minor and suggest leaving the 4-wheel drive with the protruding wheels and side mirrors at home.
The accommodation is low-rise with the apartments being either ground floor or first floor. Ours is on the ground floor in a very peaceful setting with a sunny north-east aspect overlooking the river however the family in the apartment above are noisy proving the sound-proofing isn’t adequate and it’s thump, thump, thump 24/7 plus we can hear every time they flush a toilet or run a shower.
Our apartment has recently been refurbished with smart and functional furniture. There’s a queen-sized bed in the main bedroom with a TV and an ensuite with a shower over the bath. The second bedroom is on the small side with two single beds. There’s a second bathroom and a fully equipped laundry and outside drying area – nothing worse than bringing home suitcases full of dirty laundry.
The kitchen is functional but a little spartan on the equipment side of things – you’ll be doing no intricate or involved cooking here but who wants to do that on their holiday anyway. We’ve been having bar-be-cues every night with steak (no fish – don’t mention FISHING) for me and Carl and sausages for Alfie who puts on a very sad face if presented with eye fillet steak – oh the hardship. I’ve served the steak with a variety of different toppings including Paris butter, mushroom and red wine, French eschalot and beer. The bar-be-cues are in a communal area with plenty of outdoor seating and this tends to be where families congregate with their friends every evening. We’ve tried cooking the meat on the BBQ but they’re electric and the heat you need just isn’t there so it’s been a better result for us to cook on the cook-top in the apartment. Despite our findings, the outdoor BBQ facilities are a hive of activity.
Speaking of activities, there’s plenty to see and do. The resort provides mini putt-putt golf, canoeing, tennis, half-court tennis, squash, billiards, a games room, outdoor chess and bowls all free of charge. If you’d rather be in the pool it’s in the centre of the resort, is solar heated with a spa that’s warmed and in working order and there’s a waterfall.
There’s an Indian restaurant on the complex that’s fully licensed but you can BYO wine for $5.00 corkage per bottle and there’s also a cafe where you can buy drinks and ice creams while you’re sitting by the pool but be warned, for some reason this is closed on Sunday’s.
I have found the complex to be a little like being on a cruise where there’s plenty of activities during the day for children to be involved in. Alfie has had no spare time and has been involved in quite a few activities including trivia, throwing water bombs and a disco where he won a prize for the most crazy dance.
Internet connection is available but you have to pay for it (around $40 for the week). I’ve been able to get connection through my phone (don’t ask me to explain it).
We have enjoyed at great week at Boambee Bay Resort. It’s a fantastic destination for young families and those wanting to holiday with friends. There’s so much to do within the resort yet the surrounding area has much to offer too. We haven’t been bored for a minute and there’s just been too many things we would have liked to have done than the week allowed – we just have to come back!