Nestled in the Tasman ocean lays the gorgeously tranquil island of Lord Howe. It’s a small Australian island in the shape of a quirky sock east of Port Macquarie. The beautiful island is a great holiday destination for couples and families looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. It features crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, coral, and other wildlife. Learn more about the amazing destination here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Howe_Island.
With the entire island only taking up 14.55 square kilometers, there isn’t that much space for hundreds of hotels and other housing. This is also because Lord Howe wants to maintain an exclusive spot without bombarding the natural landscapes and surroundings with buildings.
Luckily, there are space for keen visitors. But only a limited number of 400 tourist beds. Depending on your budget and personal needs you can decide between any of the following accommodation options:
Ocean View Apartments
Even though most of the accommodation on the island has some sort of view to the surrounding waters, if you really want to be up close and personal, you should choose an apartment with a direct view of the beach and waters.
Rooms facing the ocean are usually a bit more expensive than rooms that face the gardens or mountains. Ocean view rooms will usually have a sort of patio or porch that you can sit on and enjoy a sundowner while being mesmerized by the view.
Apartments are one of your most affordable accommodation options. They usually feature barbecue facilities and is located to older parts of the island. Most of these rooms won’t have a direct view of the ocean, but will be surrounded by lush fauna and flora.
Designed to be quaint and in true-island style, the apartment accommodation offers guest necessities. The disadvantage of booking an apartment is that you’ll probably share some outdoor spaces with other guests combined with rooms being very close to each other and not as soundproof or private as other more expensive accommodation.
Some apartments available on Lord Howe offers only 2-3 self-catering apartments. No matter if you are a solo traveler or a group, you’ll be able to find a room that best suits your needs.
Lodges provide guests with a luxurious and exclusive experience on the subtropical paradise. Perfect for families or couples in dire need of some privacy. As an example, the Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island provides guests with a modern design aesthetic that is combined with traditional beauty provided by the surroundings itself.
This kind of accommodation will give visitors exclusive facilities like spas, open-air decks, private bars, dining-in, and lounges, as well as other rejuvenating and relaxing treatments.
For the ultimate romantic getaway, couples can request special honeymoon package deals from the different accommodation spaces. Romantic getaways will usually have private rooms that will almost always have a special touch like rose leaves or special dinners and other private facilities.
A couple that doesn’t mind being wined and dined can opt for a more affordable cottage that is secluded and nestled in the heart of the island.
Cottages are affordable accommodation that are typically nestled amongst trees and greeneries in the middle of the island. Visitors can enjoy the seclusion away from the beach and other touristy areas. Cottages are usually built from wood and aren’t decorated as luxurious as other lodges or retreats.
Many visitors love staying in cottages because it gives them the true local vibe. Even though you won’t see the beach from your bedroom window, it will be a quick walk to the nearest viewpoint.
Homes built on the island has been changed into gorgeous accommodation for small groups or couples. Most beach houses come fully equipped with a kitchen, full bathrooms, and decks for early morning or late-night sunset views.
On request, kitchens can be stocked with different essentials including milk, breads, jams, fruit, spices, oils, and butter. Allowing guests to cook their own meals as if they were in their own homes.
Most self-catering accommodation on Lord Howe offers guest the option to order fresh produce like meats and veggies in advance. Now, you can cook a delicious meal with fresh ingredients without having to look around for everything you need.
Additionally, guests can consider eating out. Read here for a few tips on choosing restaurants on Lord Howe.
Retreats are similar to lodges in that they provide guests with luxury and VIP treatment. It hosts many additional features like on-site restaurants and treatment spas.
When you book a room, or two, at a retreat or a lodge, be sure that you can enjoy ultimate relaxation. The staff will be at your every demand bringing you drinks from the bar and treating you to massages and other beauty treatments. To wash off the sand and salt from a day spent at the beach, guests can enjoy on-site splash pools and, in some cases, even jacuzzies.
Accommodation prices range between $80-$700 per person sharing (during off peak seasons) and $110-$1040 (during peak seasons). With the wide price range available, there truly is an option for all budgets. No matter where you choose to stay, visitors can all enjoy all the beauty and tranquility that the island has to offer.
Because there are only 400 tourist beds available at any given time, which obviously adds to the exclusivity of the island, it’s important that you and your travel partners book way in advance. Almost all guesthouses, lodges, and self-contained apartments offer their guests pick up at the small airport.
Staying within one of these accommodation options will give you on-site information on scuba diving, fishing, bird watching, and other active activities. Staff and hosts that live on Lord Howe have been said to be extremely helpful, friendly, and openhearted.
No matter what accommodation you opt for, Lord Howe is definitely a destination that provides a tranquil breakaway from the busy city life.