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Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island

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Lagoon Road Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island 2898 Australia
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Renowned for its warm and friendly service and laid back ambience, Arajilla Retreat encapsulates the very essence of Lord Howe Island, offering guests a haven of tranquillity and peace. Arajilla is perfectly positioned on the northern sheltered end of the Island’s lagoon just behind Old Settlement Beach, where meandering pathways lead through native gardens to the beach, to its serene Ayurvedic Spa luxurious suites. Explore the extraordinary scenery and wildlife of World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island. Walk bush trails, climb mountains, swim, surf, snorkel, fish, cycle around the Island, play golf beneath the mountains, take it easy on a deserted beach, enjoy a massage or treatment. And it’s all less than a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane.
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garethsarahjames wrote a review May 2021
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
Going back to Lord Howe for our silver anniversary called for something a bit special & Arajilla was perfect. Great location near the lagoon while set back in the trees for protection from any weather. Sitting on our screened deck we could hear nothing but the rustle of the wind in the palms and the wood hens picking around the leaves on the ground. Food was awesome, bbq lunch pack delivered to the beach for us was a bit of fun, staff were all helpful & friendly. Vibe was chill but a bit luxe. There are bikes available to get you around the island but it is a short walk to the shops, cafe & boat sheds. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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AussieItchyFeet_13 wrote a review Apr 2021
Noosa, Australia221 contributions116 helpful votes
Lord Howe is a beautiful island and if you love hiking and snorkelling, you will love it. The whole island feels like a park (which most of it is) with fabulous facilities for visitors; it is a paradise for those seeking an active holiday. If you snorkel, don’t miss Ned’s Beach and for a (non-BBQ) picnic try the grass above Lovers Bay. However, we had mixed feelings about Arajilla. On the plus side, we had a lovely room with everything supplied that we needed: snorkelling gear, folding picnic chairs, beach bags, (aged) bikes, water bottles (on request), picnic supplies etc The rooms are very private, Balinese themed and set amidst beautiful trees. The only downside of the trees is that they prevent the sun warming the rooms, however, we discovered one can request a heater if you feel the cold. The Resort's location is also ideal - steps from Old Settlement Beach and easy cycling distance from everything else. The included set menu meals at Arajilla were a good size, creative and mostly delicious (one pasta lunch was disappointing). The selection of included beverages (for pre-dinner drinks and with dinner) were acceptable quality and cover the spectrum of typical palates well. On the negative side we found the kitchen struggled with the complex dietary requirements of one of our group – as judged by the outcomes. A solution was always eventually found, however, that seemed to sometimes generate resentment. So although Arajilla’s website says their kitchen can be flexible, we would suggest that if you have complex dietary requirements you might prefer to stay somewhere with an a la carte menu. We were disappointed that the team were not more proactive in promoting the island and the various options for enjoying it. For example we had hoped to have a spa treatment during our stay; it emerged that the spa was very heavily booked and we would have had to request that on arrival – that was, however, not mentioned to us. We also witnessed the frustration of another guest trying to find a tour matching their needs. One of our most memorable experiences was a picnic at a spot recommended by staff at a different resort - simply on the basis of their spontaneous enthusiasm for the natural beauty of the island. It perplexed us that the team at Arajilla wasn’t similarly eager for guests to experience as much as possible during our short stay. I could list a number of other little issues, however, our biggest concern related to the pathway lighting, which we pointed out on our first morning was not working, making it very difficult to find one’s room safely at night. Whilst we understand that it may have taken time to get a tradie and parts to fix the problem, we were incredulous that out of pure self-interest (from a liability perspective) there was no general warning posted with an offer to supply torches for anyone who didn’t already have one. We felt this was symptomatic of what we can only conclude are issues in current management; we felt individual staff were very willing to be helpful but simply not being effectively coordinated. So regretfully, we feel we cannot whole-heartedly recommend Arajilla at this time but we hope the issues can be addressed to restore the Retreat to its full potential.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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maryls123 wrote a review Apr 2021
Gold Coast, Australia8 contributions3 helpful votes
Wonderful....the whole experience. Fabulous location. Beautiful grounds with beautiful room. Great food and drinks. Friendly, helpful staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Michelle, Taigen, Jake, David, Diesel, Joey and all the team from Arajilla for making our holiday the best!!!
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imaginelle wrote a review Apr 2021
Sydney, Australia157 contributions175 helpful votes
Like many Australians, not being able to travel overseas over the last 12 months (and counting) means that we have been searching for a destination within the country or preferably, with lockdowns, your own state. We had our eye on Lord Howe for some time and finally decided to book six months in advance, fingers crossed that the Covid Gods would be kind and that we could actually go after a hectic year. Well instead, we copped the weather gods, that huge deluge of rain we have just all had, but managed to get out of Sydney and land on Lord Howe's tiny runway even though the winds were extremely high. The lovely Michele was there to greet us and we had a short drive to Arajilla, complete with an escort of White Terns and Welcome Swallows. We were greeted with a cocktail and a delicious snack and everything explained to us. We are an active couple and wanted to spend our days hiking, biking, bird watching and of course snorkelling. My husband also was keen to surf. (Yes, there are good breaks on both sides of the island). Sadly, the high winds and then the rain made fools of our plans- we will have to go out to Balls Pyramid and do certain places for snorkelling next visit- but the experience at Arajilla helped make up for it. The suites are simple and elegant and have everything you need including an espresso coffee maker and teas. Our room had a wire-enclosed verandah area which led to huge Banyan trees where happily, we saw lots of the Wood Hens that are such a conservation success. From our back door, it was literally a 30 second walk to Old Settlement Beach, which ended up being our favourite amongst the many lovely beaches on the island. Even though the weather wasn't conducive most days, going for a run with no one there at 7am or looking for turtles on high tide (yes, we saw many) was a highlight. Most people get around on bikes and there were free mountain bikes and helmets at Arajilla. Also, you didnt have to bring snorkel and fins as they were also included. This is an all-inclusive place food wise and normally that sends shivers up my spine, but the food was a highlight! Fresh and delicious and dinners in particular often had an Asian influence which we really liked. We are vegetarian/pescatarian and had plenty to enjoy. There was an option to have an esky full of fish to BBQ dropped at any one of the many picnic places on that side of the island so you could spend say a morning hiking, come back down the hill to the beach and there waiting at the picnic BBQ place was your esky with food ready to cook. Genius really. There is also a cocktail hour each evening before dinner which we sometimes joined and at the times we did, the canapes and cocktails were very good. On the worst weather day we both booked treatments at the spa, and really enjoyed being pampered by Deb in the yurt. A beautiful experience with the wind blowing and the sound of rain through the palms. Best of all though was the kind and attentive service by the team at Arajilla. Informal but respectful, friendly but not pushy- the best kind of low key luxe. Big thanks to Michele, Taighen, Olivia,Dave, Diesel and of course the kitchen team, and the amazing Jolin who did our bookings for us. Any negatives? A few past reviewers mentioned that Arajilla could get noisy. Going there for a week I couldn't work out why as it's on the quiet end of the island. But then we understood on our last two nights. Yes, we had noisy neighbours and the suites are close to each other. If you were close to the restaurant (we were not) I would suppose you would also hear people talking etc. So if you like quiet, choose a suite away from the lodge area but I guess there isn't much you can do about people with very loud voices next to you- yet it is a concern. Also I would suggest more portable lunch options for vegetarians. If we return to Lord Howe, we would certainly stay here again without a doubt.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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the_stoddarts wrote a review Mar 2021
Sydney, Australia1590 contributions321 helpful votes
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Great transfer by Kathy to our next resort – a Kentia Suite at the Arajilla where we had a lovely welcome with a very good cup of coffee and chia and fruit as we waited for our Suite to be completed for our stay. Our rooms were light and spacious (loved the Velux ceiling window with remote-controlled blind 😊) with a very comfortable bed, ‘tucked away’ tea and coffee making facility and good-sized wardrobe. Small step down to the lounge area with comfy couch although the glass-topped table was a slight ‘hazard’ as we had to remember that the glass wasn’t actually attached to the legs! A slightly larger table would be more practical 😊. TV that was easy to control and patio doors out to a private deck with bench, table and side chair. Perfect for a couple for our four-night stay. There are paths within the complex for a back way to Old Settlement Beach and easy parking by our suite for our included bikes and helmets. We also used the included snorkelling equipment and beach towels for a float around in the water of Old Settlement Beach. Our package included breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner cocktails and canapes and a three-course dinner each day and the food, and service, were all definitely 5*. The day started with a cup of tea in our room with very tasty home-baked cookies and breakfast was amazing with a little fruit, muffin and croissant plate, and couldn’t go past the smoked kingfish ceviche with a soft boiled egg, torn bread. May sound odd but so delicious!! 😊 For lunch and dinner there was always an option for me, a Pescatarian, and wines and beers are also included for cocktail hour and dinner and there is a good selection. Two days we took a picnic lunch with us (smoked salmon wrap and cheese and ham sandwich) which was great. For our final lunch before leaving for the airport, we enjoyed a delicious bbq lunch of prawns, fish, salad, bread and accompaniments. Sooo yummy We both had a Abhyanga massage in the Day Spa with the lovely Deb and they were wonderful and in such a fabulous Yurt in the grounds. Our special thanks go to the whole team looking after us, and our suite, during our stay including Michelle, Jana, Taighan, Olivia, Dave and many more. Fabulous location and our whole stay was fabulous and very highly recommended.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island
Which popular attractions are close to Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island?
Nearby attractions include Ned's Beach (0.7 km), Lagoon Beach (1.7 km), and Mt Gower (7.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coral Cafe, Anchorage Restaurant, and Pinetrees Lodge.
Does Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Arajilla Retreat - Lord Howe Island offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.