Oceania House Hotel
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Oceania House Hotel

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Oceania House is the ancestral home of the Clunies-Ross family and is now open for guests to immerse themselves into a by-gone era. Enjoy your own 3 acre private getaway in a 6 bedroom historic mansion, on an idyllic unspoilt tropical island. With the beach, atoll lagoon, and coral reef in front of the property you cannot be closer to the natural attractions. Everything you need is here, including air conditioned rooms, with ensuites, also bicycles and buggies are available for hire, as well as our own 6m speed boat, free wifi, a 2000 book library, large industrial kitchen, laundry and your own ballroom to chillout in, tree swings and a pontoon to entertain the kids. Unlike West Island there is no need for car hire and boats can come right up to the picture perfect beach at the front of the house. Feel like a VIP at Oceania House.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Beach
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Free airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Parking
Public wifi
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Golf course
Hiking
Mini golf
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Ironing service
Room features
Private beach
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Suites
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
Indonesian, Malay

Location

39 Jalan Pantai, Bantam 6799
Getting there
Cocos Islands Airport
1 Restaurant
within 10 kilometers
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Alan wrote a review Dec 2022
Montville, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our trip to the Cocos Keeling Islands. It was excellent . Everyone needs to know that this house has changed ownership and is very different to how it used to be. The historic value of the house is still there without a doubt but the new management have worked hard to clean it up and make it very comfortable. The enthusiasm and pride that “Ossie” - the manager/caretaker - takes it from a 4 star experience to a 5 star one. Ossie was there to pick us up from the airport, he is a fountain of knowledge about Home Island and of course, the “Big House.” We were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves for 2 nights - which added to the atmosphere too . Would thoroughly recommend to anyone to visit .
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Kuranda Seyit, General Manager at Oceania House Hotel
Responded 25 Dec 2022
Such an honour to host you and so happy to know you enjoyed your stay, Home Island is so under-appreciated and hope more visitors venture out and experience the warmth and magic of the place!
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Peter S wrote a review Jan 2023
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at the “big house” over New Years. It’s an amazing old place, and the new ownership have clearly done a huge amount of work to restore this gem. Still more work to do (AC just getting installed), but it’s clean and spacious, a really special place and a unique experience. The absolute highlight though was Ossie as host, he was absolutely brilliant, took care of us and also gave us some of the incredible history of Cocos. Home Island is definitely quieter than West Island (and religion is a big part of daily life), but we found the locals really friendly and welcoming. It was so nice to be able to swim straight off shore from the place in the amazing turquoise water, and we even cooked a bbq for sunset one night. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Kuranda Seyit, General Manager at Oceania House Hotel
Responded 22 Mar 2023
Thanks for the review, air cons are in all rooms now, and everyone is raving about how great they are!
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Jesse C wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently stayed here for a night after hearing that it was under new ownership and management. I was met at the airport by Ozzie the host, who is also the local tour guide, and he provided all the information I needed on the house and Home island. The house itself was amazing and relaxing, super comfortable with plenty of bedding and mosquito netting on each bed (not that I needed it). Breakfast in the ballroom was yummy and the view made it even better. Lots of history in this house, felt like I was stepping back in time. Would definitely recommend staying here for a few nights to break up your stay at the Cocos, and get to experience the cocos-Malay culture on home island!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Kuranda Seyit, General Manager at Oceania House Hotel
Responded 25 Dec 2022
Thanks, Jesse, I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Oceania House is so importan to the islands and we are trying to maintain its historical look and feel and encourage visitors to come and experience it, and learn directly from Ozzie and the other Home Islanders.
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Daisy C wrote a review Jan 2023
Perth, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most wonderful time staying at Oceania House in January 2023. Home Island is an exquisitely beautiful, remote paradise and Oceania House is the best place to stay. PLEASE IGNORE THE OLD NEGATIVE REVIEWS. Oceania House is under new management and they have done a spectacular job to make the accommodation what it is now. The rooms are clean and the host Ossie is the friendliest, most welcoming and hospitable man. He did everything to make our stay as comfortable, stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Getting there:
The host Ossie met us at the airport on West Island and took us to the jetty, where it was about a 30 minute ferry ride across the lagoon to Home Island. ($2.50 pp. bring coins). What a wonderful way to soak in the atmosphere and adjust to island time, feeling the wind in your hair as you sail through the turquoise waters! When we arrived at Home Island, Ossie helped us with our luggage and drove us to Oceania House on a golf buggy -the best way to get around town! (I highly recommend hiring one during your stay).

The building:
Arriving at the doors of Oceania House was like being transported through time. The smell of teak wood and frangipanis surrounds you as you enter and see the magnificent, spiralling staircase leading up to the bedrooms. The foyer is majestic, with doors leading to sitting areas, a kitchen, and a fairytale-like library filled with old books and antique furniture. I loved sitting in the deep windows reading a book and drinking tea (which you can make yourself in the common kitchen area). The kitchen has a microwave, kettle, toaster, hot plate, fridge, and all of the crockery and utensils you would need. Many people bring food with them from mainland Australia and you can cook it here, adding to the feeling of being at home.

The rooms:
We stayed in The Rose Room. It was spacious and comfortable, with an ensuite and fans. (We were told that air conditioning will be installed in the coming weeks). The room has gorgeous, deep windows, where a breeze often passes through. We stayed in early January 2023 and were blessed with sunny, clear days and light breezes. Our room also had a coffee table and two chairs to sit at. The bed was comfortable and had a mosquito net hanging from above, although mosquitoes weren’t an issue while we were there.

The grounds:
Just metres from the entrance of Oceania House is a calm, quiet beach. If you bring fishing gear with you, this is a great spot to cast out your line and try your luck. Large calophyllum, frangipani and palm trees shade the area and you’ll soon meet little hermit crabs and wild chickens roaming around.

Overall impressions:
Oceania House is a historic building, so don’t expect it to be The Ritz. The charm of this accommodation is in its history, its location, and its old-world beauty. Come with an open mind, and you’ll have a wonderful time.

Recommendations:
* Hire a golf buggy or bike to get around the island. Walking is fine and manageable, but you’ll be able to see more of the island this way. It’s how the locals get around, and it’s very fun.

* Take Ossie’s cultural tour! Ossie has a wealth of knowledge on these islands and he is also joined by local elders who demonstrate their skills of husking coconuts and weaving baskets. You will appreciate the islands more after having gained insight into its rich history.

* Book your meals in advance. Seafront Restaurant does a buffet dinner on Wednesday nights, but you’ll want to make sure that you reserve a seat! Their capacity is ~30 guests and tourists from West Island will be wanting in too.

* Support the local businesses by buying food on the island. It is more expensive than mainland Australia, but that is to be expected. Try an iced coffee and toastie for breakfast at Seafront Restaurant!

* You can also bring an esky of food with you from mainland Australia, just remember to bring your receipt to show customs where it was purchased. Food options on the islands can be limited, so bringing some easy to make meals and snacks is recommended if you get stuck. A few packets of Mi Goreng and some fresh fruits always come in handy.

* SLIP, SLOP, SLAP! And drink lots of water! 😄 Covering your shoulders is a good way to save yourself from sunburn, and is also respectful of the culture and religion of the Cocos Malay people on Home Island.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Kuranda Seyit, General Manager at Oceania House Hotel
Responded 22 Mar 2023
Wow, thanks for this comprehensive review, we appreciate it, as we have taken over from the old management we are trying our best to give guests a wonderful experience and these reviews tell us we are doing a good job and we are always trying to improve where we can.
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PRICE RANGE
$248 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Indian OceanCocos (Keeling) IslandsBantam
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oceania House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Oceania House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Direction Island (3.4 km) and Oceania House (0.04 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Oceania House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a business centre, and a golf course.
Which room amenities are available at Oceania House Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Oceania House Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
Does Oceania House Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Oceania House Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Oceania House Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Oceania House Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Oceania House Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Oceania House Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Oceania House Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including Indonesian and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Oceania House Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Oceania House (0.04 km).
Does Oceania House Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.