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Garry D
Sydney, Australia

The Magic of Earl's

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 Mar 2024
Earl's Anchorage, with the ever-obliging Kathy at the helm, is a place of understated comfort and style. This peaceful haven is surrounded by stunning kentia palms that conceal a direct and winding pathway through an amazing native palm forest with towering ancient banyan figs to the lagoon and the anything-you-need island CBD. Earl's is central to everything on the island and you can set off on foot or bike to eat, drink, coffee and hike...or you can fend for yourself in your own fully-equipped kitchen (or personal bbq)..and I mean your villa kitchen lacks for nothing! Must mention Earl's beds - they are the most comfortable of any hotel or apartment we've stayed in. No detail or expense has been spared when it comes to guest comfort. Even the towels are excellent quality. This place wreaks top quality. Our stay at Earl's Anchorage could not have been more relaxing. Kathy and all her staff genuinely care about this beautiful place and their guests. Only those who have experienced staying at Earl's will understand the magic that happens to you when you are there. Thank you Kathy & Co.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 2 March 2024

    If you don't like walking or cycling then this location may not be for you, Everything is expensive here, but it's not forever, you can walk to most things and cycle everywhere. The accommodation was clean and well equipped although the lack of privacy was a bit of an irritant and that's the design I guess.

    We rode bikes all week and went to both the shops and some restaurants, but I don't think anything we had was that exceptional. But you come here for the views and the birds, diving perhaps - and possibly the golf.

    I did not think the snorkelling and swimming was that great, and I don't see what the fuss about Neds Beach is really. But the walks and views, serenity and tropical garden of eden surrounds are great. We did not really ever see anyone from the Accommodation or need anything apart from pick up and drop off to airport and to the Golf Club for dinner once which was pleasant.

    Date of stay: September 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 26 September 2023

    Two things made this a five star review - one, the accom itself, and two, Kathy who mostly runs it.

    We stayed in one of the two bed apartments, one couple and one single, for five nights, and it was perfect for our needs. Both en-suite, large well equipped kitchen, bbq and decent living area. Comfy beds and pillows, everything you could need!

    Kathy was a superstar. From arranging to collect us at the airport, ferrying us to dinner, providing as many recommendations as we needed, and even baking a cake for a birthday, nothing was too much bother for her. She's absolutely lovely. Very responsive to our emails and questions in advance.

    The photos on the website aren't the best, it's so much better in real life :)

    Room tip: Book your activities early, pre-order Dan Murphies in advance, and take packaged food with you.
    Date of stay: September 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Thank Pete F
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    Reviewed 19 September 2023

    The only place you should look.

    There was a group of 6 of us split across 2 apartments - 2 x 2 bedrooms apartments - which were amazing and all you needed - nothing to fault.

    Originally the booking process was hard to find a place for a group of ppl on the island so individually messaged all the accom places - and from the beginning kathy & jack was so attentive and detailed - nothing was a problem . Help with many tips, suggestions based on all that choose Earls - and was so happy with the decision

    From airport transfers, to dinner transfers, to making a birthday cake, to answering any other questions - some of our group was high maintenance (in a good way) and she took this in the her stride and laughed with us.

    The end of our stay 1 person needed to stay 1 more night - and she was so flexible and made an offer to the guest- that was the nicest most generous offer - and showed real community spirit and willingness to help.

    Everything super clean - each day the apartments are cleaned and dishes are done. 1 night we did a bbq and used every plate and cutlery - and the we didnt wash up (next day while we out was all washed up)

    Earls is a great place and offers transfers at night to accom

    Dont be deceived by the website it comes across as basic - but i would say its boutique self contained apartments - the website uses basic photos but i say it isnt - the website is missing the self contained kitchen and living room which is incredible

    If your travelling in group do what we did dan murphies order $15 flat rate - and order 4 weeks prior min - then you dont have to bring it on the plane. If i was to visit again i would bring vaccum sealed meat.

    everyone in the group is looking at returning again

    Can not fault anything at all

    Maybe if i had to say one thing - at times there was a smell of sewerage - but that was also smelt on other parts of the island and guess each accom probably has their own septic tanks

    Earls anchorage restaurant cant be missed. They can also be asked to make packed lunches in advanced too

    Find the local resident called diamond on the island and say hi (she runs the grocery shop).

    Room tip: Dan Murphies advanced order $15, Vaccum sealed meattray bring with you. Woolies advanced home delivery dry goods
    Date of stay: September 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 24 November 2022 via mobile

    Our family had a wonderful holiday at Earls Anchorage in early November. We occupied two cottages- Eula and Tarpon. Both are as presented on the website. Spacious and very nicely furnished and finished. The owners, Kristie and the cleaning staff were all helpful and friendly. Daily servicing of the cottages was a plus. We had a two year old with us who had particular dietary needs. The owners allowed us to post a box to them that included items that we would not be able to source on the island, although the proprietors of Joys Shop were also most helpful with particular products that we couldn’t fit in the box. We hired bicycles and enjoyed touring the island. We also visited The Golf Club for dinner and were dropped off by one of the staff and the proprietor. The weather was brilliant which added to our enjoyment. We would happily revisit Earls Anchorage.

    Room tip: Whilst all the accommodation is of a high standard we especially enjoyed being in Eula as it is a little more private.
    Date of stay: November 2022
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 9 October 2022

    We had 6 nights at Earls Anchorage although we had to change rooms as we were a late (in the scheme of things) booking. We stayed in room 2 and room 5. Both were fantastic, although room 5 didn’t have blinds on the living room space facing the boardwalk between the units, so we did feel a lack of privacy, especially at night with the lights on.

    The layout of the whole property, the design of the apartments and all the quality furnishings, fixtures and fittings are wonderful. There is so much thought and care - one local told us that owner John would only build and design a place that he’d be happy to stay in himself, and that really comes across. Before we moved on to a different accommodation for our second week, we made sure we had a lazy day (unusual for us) so we could just enjoy the space.

    The grounds are lovely (with abundant local birdlife and plants) and the property backs on to Stevens Reserve, making that an alternative walk up and down to the settlement area. It’s on the hill behind the settlement but a pretty easy walk through the reserve or in one direction by road (and a steeper hill from the other side by road). We found it very accessible and a great location compared to some others. Accommodation/eating places on the island generally offer lifts to and from restaurants for dinner.

    Owners John and Kathy, and hostess Christie, were all super friendly and helpful (but then, everyone on the island is!)

    Date of stay: September 2022
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