Saltwater-laced air breezes through the minimally styled, maximally
comfortable 17 apartments that comprise Darwin Luxury Waterfront Suites.
Except for two apartments housed in nearby buildings, all accommodation is based at Wharf One (buildings two and three).
This sits on the southern end of the waterfront precinct above a run of restaurants that offer Modern Australian, Mexican and Greek cuisine. Apartments overlook Darwin Harbour on one side, and park and lagoon areas on the other. A walk to the city centre or to Deckchair Cinema takes 10-15 minutes; a convenience store, pubs, cafés and a public pool are all within spitting distance.
A suite of white furniture, with splashes of vibrant colour on walls and floors, dominates spaces — lending a light, airy, energetic and sophisticated character to apartments. Extras such as modern Aboriginal artwork and shag pile rugs add warmth to the spaces’ ambience.
Customer service is manned by a small team of two women: Kat and Helen. The former manages bookings, while the latter greets guests and attends to their queries. Helen, in particular, is highly professional, efficient and approachable. She remains on-hand in a nearby office during business hours on weekdays; weekend customer service operates via phone.
Facilities in the apartments include air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchens, balconies, barbecues, Wi-Fi and cable television. Car hire is available for an additional $25 (£15) per day, plus a $750 (£451) refundable bond — note that cars need to be cleaned and refuelled upon their return.
Bedrooms are well-appointed with large windows and generous views (around half of the apartment bedrooms offer harbour views).
They’re fitted with individual air-conditioning units and comfortable king or single beds draped in white and bone linen. Available configurations are one-bedroom, two-bedroom and family room (one bedroom with two queen beds). Bathrooms are compact but modern and feature a chic frosted glass wall adjoining the bedroom from the bath/shower recess.
Accommodation includes a welcome breakfast pack. It’s comprised of bread, fruit, small cereal packs, coffee pods (for a Nespresso machine), milk and condiments. In the waterfront precinct, there are roughly eight restaurants to choose from. The nearby Stokes Hill Wharf boasts an outdoor food hall for casual dining.
One-bedroom apartments from $175 (£105) in low season; and from $299 (£180) in high. Free Wi-Fi.
Free port-a-cot, high chairs and strollers. Baby capsules and children’s car seats are available for $40 (£24) per stay.