Our day trip out on the Karma 1V took us to the gorgeous bay on which the expensive Eco Bay Resort is located. We were dropped by tender onto the stunning white sands of the bay at around 11.30am. Shelters equipped with hammocks hanging in the shade dotted the shore, a perfect place to relax after making use of one of the many kayaks or paddle boards lying on the beach ready for guests to use.
A short trudge up the sand hill took us to the meeting place for the passengers from the boat. Lunch was available when ever we chose to have it, as long as we were finished and ready to board the boat again at 2pm. There was a short free tour available of the the resort including a look at the accommodation options. Or we could have a swim in the pool or bay, use the kayaks, or make use of the bar or the on site cafe.
We took the tour. The accommodation is all linked by a series of wooden boardwalks. First we visited a garden view glamping tent. During the peak season (winter months) these start at $230 per night, (accommodation only). The glamping tents are set up with a generous, very comfortable looking king sized bed, made up with hotel quality linen. A small wicker table, two wicker chairs, a free standing hanging rail, an esky with ice, and a fan complete the bedroom. There’s a basic ensuite to the rear, and a big canvas patio overlooking the native gardens to the front. A barbecue can be brought up for use on the patio if required.
Next we went onto the garden view villa. These were rather special. The main living room held a table with four chairs, a set of bunks, and a big sofa that converts to bed. The kitchen was equipped with a fridge and microwave, but no other cooking appliances. Again a barbecue was available if required for use on the verandah. Off the living room was a king sized bedroom with a dressing table, and both areas were linked by a two way access bathroom. An added touch of luxury in the villas was air conditioning.
Ah, now this had us dreaming. We’d want an ocean front villa of course. we could just imagine how amazing it’d be to be lying in bed listening the waves gently lapping against the shore through the night, then pulling the curtains back in the early morning to look out over the stunning turquoise bay. But with in season prices starting from $780 per night – perhaps not!
The accommodation prices don’t include any meals. I wonder how much extra these following two options would set one back.
Apparently the usual stay here is three nights, and if you’re wondering what there is to do here for three nights besides the beach activities, here’s a look at the activity boards.
Our tour over, we headed to the restaurant. We both chose the crispy skin salmon, which came with sweet potato chips and a generous side salad, followed by a tangy Citrus tart. Paul had a cool ale with his. I would have liked a fruit smoothie, but alas they didn’t do smoothies. Never mind, water was better for me anyway. The lunch didn’t disappoint, and the view from our table over the bay was amazing.
We finished lunch in time for a cooling dip in the bay before the tender arrived at the beach to take us back on board the boat for our return trip to Broome. A gorgeous little piece of paradise for a variety of champagne budgets. Me and mine though – well our holiday budget is more in the beer price range, but how lucky are we anyway that our beer budget could still stretch for us to sail in and take a look at what would certainly tempt us with a nice lotto win. Ah! the stuff dreams are made of……