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LifeTime Private Retreats
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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“Stella home and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

Cliff house is a must, Snellings Beach is sooo beautiful, A lovely cove, where the sea meets the river. We (4 great friends) arrived at night, the open fire all ready to start, we investigated the home together and all agreed it was amazing...you should have seen us girls when we found the conversation pit!!!! From the pictures when I was doing my research on the home, I could not tell how cool the whole place was, but cool is the word; the tower section of the home is fantastic, the conversation pit with the open fire is a sunken in circular room with the most comfy huge cushions. The tv and music is opposite the fire and in a great position. The bedroom or should I just say bed is located above the conversation pit in the tower section and has the best views, well all views are amazing but the best views I have ever seen from a bedroom window.. It is a must to leave the curtains open.

Winter time in the cliff house is perfect, fire on and big windows for gazing outwards to sea.

We used the outdoor spa and it was great, clean and hot, with yet again amazing views.

We had a food and drink feast over the weekend and catered for ourselves. We used all the kitchen amenities, we made a roast one night and a BBQ the other. All we needed we found.

I have asked my hubby to make me a conversation pit and if he doesn't we will be back. Even if he does, I think we will still come back.

The mix of green hills, native trees, blue fairy wrens, possums, sea, and stunning cove all at your feet is one of the most beautiful blends our world has to offer.

Lastly all I can say is.....do it, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

What a week! Our family of five (mum, dad, three boys aged 9 and 8 years, and 10 months) just returned from six wonderful nights at the Cliff House at LifeTime (July 2012). We chose the concierge option for our stay, and could not be more pleased with the accommodation or the food. Perry was overwhelmingly accommodating to us when making the booking, and with the special requests I had for our baby and our one family vegetarian. He even followed up a few days before we arrived, even though he was on holiday himself, to give us some great ideas on the best sights and activities on the island. Nick was very available to answer our last minute questions and made sure all was in order when we arrived at the retreat.

The Cliff House was the perfect size for our family, and we settled in easily with movies, games, and fires every night while we relaxed in the Conversation Pit. The house was very well appointed, with beautiful bedrooms, bathrooms, and gathering areas. The boys even braved the cold waters on the very nearby beach and enjoyed the hot tub to warm up after their swim and boogie board adventures.

The food was INCREDIBLE! Angela and Lizi fed us so amazingly well! Daily menus included the best local produce and KI specialties that satisfied the omnivores, herbivore, and baby immensely. We enjoyed packed picnics three days, lunch at the house on two days, and a very special lunch at the Shearing Shed mid-week. Ange and Lizi also gave us some great daily itineraries to make the most of our stay on KI.

LifeTime is a wonderful place to unwind and relax, and eat like royalty. Thanks to everyone who helped in our stay, but especially our personal ‘Masterchefs’ Angela and Lizi! Can’t wait to come back when the weather is a bit warmer!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

A very pleasant long weekend at the Stone House. The house is situated on the beautiful north coast, with lovely views down to Snelling beach, and has been nicely done up with thoughtful touches such as provision of a good selection of board games, magazines, watercolour paints, brushes and a pad.

We went for the Concierge option, which includes car hire and delivery of all meals. There was a bit of a hiccup with the car hire since, when I emailed Lifetime to confirm my hire car a few days prior to arrival, it transpired that the booking had not been made and, due to public holidays, all cars had already been reserved. This news was not well received by my group as we knew the house was in a remote location and had planned on being able to explore Kangaroo Island at our leisure. However, the Lifetime team eventually found us a car to use for the duration of our stay so all turned out fine.

The food provided as part of the Concierge package was delicious, we were glad we opted for it as our stay was relatively short (three nights). It meant we could focus on seeing the island and relaxing without having to plan our day trips around supermarkets which I believe are in pretty short supply.

The house was extremely cosy and home-like; we looked forward to returning to it after a long day of driving round the island. Very comfortable beds. Nice complimentary Aveda toiletries in the bathrooms.

However a few small negatives:

1. The wireless internet was out of order for the duration of our stay (due to heavy winds the evening before and day of our arrival)

2. Impractical design of master bedroom ensuite (which I think other guests have commented on)

3. Whilst the Stone House is certainly not overlooked, it is right next door to another house (not part of Lifetime Private retreats).

That said, I would recommend Private Lifetime Retreats and would stay again.

Room Tip: Opt for the Cliff House if in a group, Sky House if travelling as a couple.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

It takes a bit of driving to get to Kangaro Island and once there, it is another 2 hours to reach this place but once there, you don't want to leave. The location is dramatic and although we were here in winter (the wind and rain came and went) it didn't really matter. We self catered and travelled around the island during the day. Go west to the Remakable Rocks and see the NZ fur seals up close. Any land that fronts the Great Southern Ocean is going to be wet and wild! We were happy to look after ourselves however this place can be catered for with advance notice. Truly beautiful!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2011

Even though the weather was wet and very, very windy, we had 3 wonderful days at Stone Cottage. It is well appointed with quality fittings and with a relaxed ambience. My only comment for the main bedroom's bathroom is the design of the showers, too close to the toilet. Venturing out on dirt roads for over 30 minutes to an hour's drive for dinner with the high probability of hitting a kangaroo is not sensible so the key is to eat in at night. The service by Perry and Nick was flawless, nothing was too much trouble. Snellings Beach is a very special area of Kangaroo Island and the Hannaford family have set up stylish, quality accommodation for that very special holiday you have always dreamt of.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Nickhannaford, Owner at LifeTime Private Retreats, responded to this review, 28 July 2011
Thank you for your review of our property and apologies for the late response! I agree about the showers... I could have killed the builders when I saw where they put them. Anyway I hope it wasn’t a deal breaker!

You may not be aware we have our 'Mates Rates' program where we can offer discounts to past guests so we hope to see you again.

Warm regards,

Nick Hannaford
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Property: LifeTime Private Retreats
Address: Rsd 26 North Coast Rd | Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island, South Australia SA5223, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Kangaroo Island
Price range (per night): $403 - $523
Hotel Class:4.5 star — LifeTime Private Retreats 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An Island paradise where you can choose to stay at one of four Luxury beach villas set on their own stunning coastal Kangaroo Island estates, a place of complete privacy, well away from other guests. ... more   less 
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