Free breakfast with direct booking through website
Spa offers massages, Japanese steam room, and hairdresser
Small gym with cardio machines and outdoor tennis courts
Three meeting and event spaces
Free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes per day
Limited free Wi-Fi costs extra beyond time limit
Varying reports on cleanliness and food quality
Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Salamander Bay is a contemporary upper-middle-range hotel with a large lagoon-style pool that meanders throughout the complex. The 172 units have kitchenettes and porches, and a handful have swim-out access. With a lap pool, small spa and gym, and one on-site restaurant it’s a solid overall pick for a weekend away. But, it’s a 13-minute walk to the beach, Wi-Fi is free only 30 minutes per day, and there are varying reports of food and cleanliness quality. For those who don’t need extras like a spa or gym, the nearby Beaches Serviced Apartments is a good alternative with free Wi-Fi that has no time limitations.
Modern hotel with a large lagoon pool, lovely paths, and a clientele of mostly couples
Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Salamander Bay is housed in a sprawling condo-like resort with white and cream two-story buildings. Paths meander throughout the property and are complemented with lush greenery and palm trees. The central lagoon pool curves around the buildings but leaves grassy areas with loungers for guests to relax. It’s an overall quiet and chill atmosphere. The lobby has a cream design with little else beyond a front desk and cozy chairs and couches for seating. The restaurant has the typical design of a pool bar -- woven outdoor furniture and a window where guests can order from outside. Couples are the main clientele here. Although it’s not particularly romantic in design, the apartment-style units are convenient and there’s enough to do for a weekend getaway. Families make up a good majority of the guests, too.
Thirteen-minute walk to the beach and across from a shopping center and fast food options
Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Salamander Bay has a decent location that’s a 13-minute walk from the beach. It’s surrounded mostly by residential homes. Across the street is a small shopping center with stores like Target and K-Mart and fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Dominos. It’s a 17-minute walk to Toboggan Park. The Port Stephens Kangaroo Encounters takes five minutes to reach by car. Newcastle Airport is a 28-minute drive away.
Apartment-style units with flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and balconies; some units have direct pool access
The property offers spacious studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, some of which have swimout access to the pool. Units have a contemporary decor composed of a white-and-brown color scheme, gray carpeted floors, and blond wooden streamlined furniture. Features are plentiful with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, balconies, and kitchenettes. The Hotel Rooms and Studios have kitchenettes with sinks, mini-fridges, microwaves, toasters, and coffeemakers. Multi-Bedroom units have additional features in the kitchenettes like stove tops, ovens, and dishwashers. The three-bedroom apartments have single car garages and private plunge pools. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms, though it’s only free for 30 minutes per day. Simple bathrooms have white tile, separate glass showers and tubs, hairdryers, and toiletries. There have been varying reports on the quality of housekeeping in the rooms.
Two pools, hot tub, spa, fitness center, tennis courts, restaurant, breakfast, and 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi
There are plenty of features at Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Salamander Bay to keep guests busy. The hotel has one of the largest pools -- a lagoon pool -- in Australia. There’s also a lap pool and hot tub. To relax, this property offers a spa with a Japanese steam room, hairdresser, and massages. Guests can stay fit with a small gym with a handful of cardio and weight machines and outdoor tennis courts. As far as dining options go, there’s a single restaurant on-site with indoor and outdoor dining. Guests can enjoy a free hot and cold breakfast with direct booking through the website. There’s been varying reports on breakfast and food quality. There’s three fully-equipped meeting and event spaces. Parking is free. Wi-Fi is available but it’s only free 30 minutes per day and costs a fee beyond that.
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