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Kims Beachside Retreat

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16 Charlton Street PO Box 1, Toowoon Bay, New South Wales 2261 Australia
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Kims Beach Hideaway is located right on the beach with absolute ocean views and just over an hours drive north of Sydney. Accommodation is in individual timber bungalows with a separate restaurant and cocktail bar. Dinner and Breakfast are included in most packages and served buffet style. Kims is exclusive to adults and a luxury private hideaway.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Strainy66 wrote a review 21 Jan.
Dubbo, Australia4 contributions
We absolutely loved our three night getaway staying in a beachfront bungalow. The bungalow is an open plan concept with comfortable king sized bed, living area, and a small kitchen area that included a sink and an empty bar fridge to store your drinks. The sizable bathroom had a shower and a relaxing spa bath. The location is truly second to none. We especially enjoyed sitting out on the deck, sipping homemade Long Island ice teas and watching all sorts of happy people enjoying the beach and ocean. We found all the staff pleasant and welcoming. Particularly, the ladies who made up our room each day of our stay. We dined at the restaurant each evening and enjoyed the selection of meals from the daily roast of the day to the fresh seafood plate which my partner thoroughly enjoyed. However, we felt the included continental breakfast service needed a little refinement. It fell below our expectations and felt more like a two star motel experience - but, that was really the only slight disappointment of our stay. All in all, a wonderful and relaxing place to stay!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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meaganl78 wrote a review 11 Jan.
meaganl78101 contributions33 helpful votes
An amazing two night get away for my husband and I. We had the Bayview terrace room which was awesome. Complete privacy and we could leave the shutters up and listen to the waves in bed. Complete privacy as well with the jacuzzi on the deck. Restaurant was nice and staff were friendly. Very very clean and well maintained. I don’t think the website does it justice. A tad (and this is super minor) aged in the bathrooms but well appointed. A beautifully rustic bare foot luxury weekender close to Sydney !
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Diana Kershaw, General Manager at Kims Beachside Retreat
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for writing your review about your recent stay in our Terrace View Bungalow “Bay View Terrace”. This bungalow is very popular with its beautiful bay views , outdoor jacuzzi and privacy! We are very happy to read that you enjoyed our restaurant, staff and that our attention to cleanliness was noticed by you also. We look forward to welcoming you for your next visit when you need a beachside,
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FrankyFeedback wrote a review 11 Jan.
Sydney, Australia33 contributions13 helpful votes
Having now read all the average reviews dating back the past 8 years, it’s clear nothing has changed here for at least a decade, and management haven’t taken any constructive or negative feedback on board. Our recent experience was so incredibly underwhelming. Aside from the beachfront location, ‘charming’ bungalows and tropical gardens, this is a 3.5 star hotel at best. So many little things - like the dated decor, limited amenities, poor wifi and unpolished service - would be forgivable, if the food wasn’t so average and overpriced. I’ve never been more disappointed by a menu (boring and old fashioned) but then even more disappointed to see the food arrive (bland and poorly presented). We live locally, and can’t think of a similar restaurant where the food is of lower standard. My home cooking is better and that’s saying something. At $600+ a night, staying here is a special occasion so this ‘exclusive luxury resort’ should make it feel like one. Paying for coffee at breakfast (actually paying for breakfast at all given it was supposedly included in our package) and a credit card surcharge on the way out, was the final sting. We reluctantly paid and left. What is achingly frustrating about it all, is that the fixes are so obvious. Remove/replace some of the dated decor, first impressions count - the foyer is crying out for renovation, refresh the restaurant (esp glassware here and in the rooms too), bring in a new head chef and upskill the staff. While those we interacted with were pleasant enough, it’s clear they don’t know - or simply haven’t experienced for themselves - what 4-5 star hospitality looks like. Welcome guests with a drink, add some special touches to the rooms, acknowledge birthdays/anniversaries etc, take breakfast orders at the table, and for heavens sake, don’t charge for machine coffee. Offering guests stand up paddle boards to hire, beach umbrellas or even goggles + snorkel to explore the bay would be a nice idea too. The Central Coast needs more great places to stay - please do better!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Diana Kershaw, General Manager at Kims Beachside Retreat
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate our guests providing feedback and we do value and listen to our guests. Many suggestions are taken on board and discussed; however, not all ideas are practical. We are pleased that you enjoyed the beachfront location, our bungalows and also our sub tropical gardens and also that you found our staff pleasant. Kims is very lucky to have a large clientele which consists of new and returning guests. Many of our guests love the style of our individual wooden bungalows which are outfitted in beach style decor including our traditional cane furniture which is regularly re-upholstered and maintained. At Kims, we pride ourselves on our evolving and continual maintenance schedule. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy our new a la carte menus which do change daily. We have received numerous comments from guests over the busy Christmas and New Year period that they have enjoyed Kims new style of Restaurant. Most of these guests are choosing to dine with us during their entire stay. Kims Restaurant had been a buffet style restaurant for over 130 years and has evolved with current regulations into a la carte where our guests enjoy our fresh produce, which is all locally sourced. Our chefs have developed our menu from our freshest of seafood , our traditional favourites as well as new menu options. We do appreciate our guests feedback and thank you once again.
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AlpacaQueen wrote a review Dec. 2020
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Recently stayed 2 nights in a Terrace Spa Bungalow & had a wonderful time. Really lovely bugalow with beach/water views from our balcony & room. It was so lovely to only have to work 5-10seconds & your at the beach. Lovely hosts & quite a DVD collection. The outdoor jacuzzi was amazing & extremely warm & was extremely relaxing with the waves rolling in in the background. We sadly didn't make it to breakfast during our stay as we decided to make the most of being able to sleep in during our stay, the dining area did look spectacular with beach views ( we will most definitely make it to the dining room during our next stay haha). Thank you all for a wonderful stay, we had a lovely time & look forward to returning in the future. ☺️ Jess & Adam.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Diana Kershaw, General Manager at Kims Beachside Retreat
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Jess and Adam, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful and relaxing time during your recent visit to Kims and that you enjoyed our Terrace Spa Bungalow with outdoor heated jacuzzi. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our DVD collection during your stay also. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kims in the future so that you can relax in our absolute beachfront location once more, and also join us in the restaurant!
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RJN wrote a review Nov. 2020
Sydney, Australia27 contributions2 helpful votes
We’ve stayed at Kim’s twice now - and had dinner numerous times at the restaurant. We lived in New York City for 7 years, where we ran and owned our restaurant - and have travelled the world over. Kims is unlike anything we’ve experienced. It feels like a mix between Montauk in the Hamptons and the North Shore in Hawaii. The thing about Australia is - we love to knock down old buildings and create new, dull spaces. Which are always so depressing and lacking character. Kims feels like I’ve gone back in time. That’s the whole charm of it. Cabins RIGHT on the beach. Surrounded by palms and bamboo. A restaurant and bar that hasn’t been touched in years - with so much character and history. Overlooking the beautiful, lush lawns. Live music by the fire. The freshest seafood without all the cream and butter. Those Moreton Bay bugs are the best I’ve ever had. Why? Because they don’t mess with them. Just some fresh lemon, pepper and salt... YUM! We’ve stayed in both a bungalow - down behind the beachfront bungalows and the Hideaway villa. Which felt like a two story penthouse apartment - with our own heated pool, hot tub, open fire and sauna. We preferred the Hideaway - just because of the privacy. We didn’t leave in the two days. Only to pop down for dinner and to grab some breakfast. They treat you like family at Kims. It’s like visiting your family - without the judgements! I just read another review on here about Kims being discriminatory to a gay couple. That’s ridiculous! My husband and I are treated like everyone else and we always see same sex couples there. Oh, speaking of which... there are NO KIDS! Can Kims get any better? See you at Xmas! And thank you for the best two nights we’ve had all year.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Diana Kershaw, General Manager at Kims Beachside Retreat
Responded 7 Nov. 2020
It is with great delight that I sit here and read your wonderful review! It was lovely to see you both again and we enjoy having you here with us at Kims! We are delighted to read your comments about our accommodation, food and the atmosphere that we create. We were very happy that this visit you were able to stay in Hideaway and that you enjoyed all of the facilities, the peace, tranquillity and the privacy that this Deluxe Terrace Spa Villa offers. Thank you again for the review and also for your continued patronage! We are looking forward to seeing you again at Christmas – which is just around the corner!
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PRICE RANGE
USD 326 - USD 393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kims beach hideaway hotel toowoon bay, kims beach hideaway wyong
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Kims Beach Hideaway
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesToowoon Bay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
34
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kims Beachside Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Kims Beachside Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Toowoon Bay Beach (0.2 km), Toowoon Bay Gallery (0.2 km), and Long Jetty Uniting Church (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kims Beachside Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Kims Beachside Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kims Beachside Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kims Beachside Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Restaurant, Two Birds Gallery Cafe, and The Bay Cafe.
Is Kims Beachside Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Toowoon Bay.
Does Kims Beachside Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.