The online photos and descriptions evoke a fantasy which the villa
more than lives up to.
I found the villa lovely (jaw-droppingly impressive), and it
provided me with a perfect opportunity to be by the sea without the
hectic tourist bustle of the Gold Coast. I reconnected with a younger
me who had been drawn to tropical settings, and was able to satisfy
the craving, while trying to psychologically prepare for the rest of
The villa was incredibly spacious, there was a lot of light even
when the blinds were closed for privacy. There were three bathrooms,
three bedrooms, and a lot of options for entertaining. There was a
large gas barbeque outdoors in addition to the full kitchen indoors,
and pets were allowed (up to a certain size).
It was not a far walk to the beach and bike trails. There were
relatively few people at the beach, the sand quality was good, the
water was warm, there were no stingers (jellyfish) (at the time of
year I visited) and during the day the colour of the water always
seemed to be in brilliant shades of blue and green, changing
depending on the time of day.
Food can be bought in Kingscliff. There are many restaurants and
cafés in Kingscliff and at the nearby resorts, like the Salt resort.
Within (close) walking distance of the villa, the Bamboo restaurant
There is a washing machine and dryer, and dishwasher, and a lot of
the practical items one would find in a house. People sometimes leave
behind items like soap or laundry detergent, but it may be necessary
to purchase the basics, and definitely toilet paper.
One drawback is that, to me, it seems that the development in the
area is such that everything is built rather close together, and
there is not as yet enough vegetation to balance all the
buildings. Closer to the sea there is more greenery.
No phone or internet.
Also: if you do not bring your own sheets and towels you have to
rent them, and if you rent them from the Village Laundry at
Kingscliff, it is a lot easier if you have your own car. They do not
drop them off - you must pick up your sheets and towels yourself. In
fact, staying at the Villa would be a lot more difficult without a
vehicle. There are buses, but it seems the area is still so newly
developed that in some ways the Villa is somewhat cut off.
However, I had a lot of privacy and peace, and I was very glad to
have found this place.