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A stay at Ramada Resort, Phillip Island offered clean, basic accommodation in an attractive bush setting.

Cottage 188 at Ramada Resort Phillip Island
Cottage 188 at Ramada Resort Phillip Island

Indeed its bush setting is the strongest selling point of the Ramada. A sunset walk revealed some wonderful views (aided by a full moon) over the surrounding countryside, while an early morning stroll was also enjoyable.

The resort features 211 studio spas, two and three bedrooms cottages, many of which are offered as holiday accommodation.

The view on our sunset walk

Having stayed at Silverwater, Phillip Island’s other major resort, on a few occasions, I was interested in comparing the two properties. The verdict – the accommodation at Silverwater is superior while the Ramada offers more attractive surrounds. Ramada is also closer to Cowes and Phillip Island’s other major attractions including the Penguin Parade.

The view from the lounge area

The main disappointment of Ramada was the quality of accommodation.  While the structure of our two bedroom cottage was good (although the bathroom could be larger) the ‘finish’ was missing.

The floor in our cottage looked as if carpet had been removed, revealing scratched flooring underneath. The furnishings were a bit tired and the front door didn’t open properly. Our cottage was, however, clean.

An outdoor table and chair setting allowed for meals or drinks on a sizeable deck, where native birds appeared.

As such the resort would seem to appeal to those looking for basic but clean accommodation in a bush setting.

The kitchen and lounge area

What:  Room 188, a two bedroom cottage at Ramada Resort Phillip Island

Who: Jenny Burns and Maggie Walsh

When:  December 11-13 2016

How Did It Rate

The bush setting. The resort is set on 26 hectares, featuring native gardens, natural bushlands and seven kilometres of walking tracks.

My bedroom

The outdoor deck of our two bedroom cottage. As the weather during our stay was warm it was an ideal place to sit and interact with the resort’s wildlife, which included possums and magpies.

Facilities at the resort. These include two outdoor swimming pools and a children’s pool, two health centres with gym, spa and sauna, an indoor lap pool and two tennis courts.  There are also four outdoor picnic barbecue facilities and a children’s playground. Sadly we didn’t have time to use these facilities, but they did seem to be well patronised by other guests at the resort.

The cottage provided everything needed for a self-sufficient stay. The kitchen included a full-sized fridge, dishwasher, microwave, hot plates and oven. There was a large dining table.

The back of our cabin

The king and queen size beds in our rooms were very comfortable.

The cottage was quiet. In the lounge/dining room we could occasionally hear cars but the bedrooms were very quiet.

The staff at the resort’s restaurant Numbers Café and Bar were helpful. The one meal we had there was fine. This was the only place to eat out at the resort as the other eating area, the Pizzeria, was closed. 

The barbecue and children’s playground area

Wi fi was available in the cottages but there was a charge for its use.

The lack of maintenance. This was obvious on entering the cottage when the sliding door wouldn’t open properly.  The remote control on the television also needed new batteries and the remote did not seem to operate the DVD player properly.

While our room included a couple of couches, they weren’t that comfortable. The television was also rather small. Our deal included free DVD’s available at reception.

For more stories on Phillip Island see Viewing Penguins Underground at Phillip Island,   Managing Penguins and People on Phillip Island, Wildlife Always A Delight on Phillip Island, A Watery Adventure at Phillip Island, Antarctic Journey and Silverwater Resort.


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