4.5 out of 5

"Amazing, comfortable & close to everything. We had a relaxing winters getaway with friends & it was just what we were after. " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 11 Jun 2018

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Hotel Description

At Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation) you'll be within a 20-minute walk of Cowes Beach and 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Phillip Island Ferry Dock. Highlights at this property include 2 outdoor swimming pools, and in-room kitchens and furnished patios.

All 9 soundproofed villas feature living rooms, dining areas and private yards. Kitchens come with fridges, microwaves and hobs, making in-room dining convenient, and minibars provide refreshments. Select Comfort beds and premium bedding invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Smart televisions, down comforters and hairdryers are also available. Weekly housekeeping is available.

Enjoy the outdoor tennis court, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, kids' swimming pool and pool loungers. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning continental breakfast is served between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Sights within a 10-minute drive of this 4-star Cowes property include Phillip Island Wildlife Park and Penguin Parade.

Honeymoon Villa, 1 Bedroom, Jetted Tub, Garden Area

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$208* Per night/room 3 Sep. - 4 Sep.

Premium Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Garden Area

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Premium Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Poolside

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Luxury Villa, 1 Bedroom, Kitchen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Luxury Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Jetted Tub, Garden Area

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Family Villa, 3 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Garden View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 8 Max

Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation) ratings based on 66 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation)

Everyone (19) Couples (14) Family (33)
5 out of 5
Relaxed feeling, nice decor, peaceful. The owners were friendly and the villas are clean and spacious. If I had to fault anything it was the bathroom light didn't work properly but that was nothing as the property is lovely and will certainly return. Cute little Bali cards in the draw are a nice touch to. The driveway is fully lit up if you are driving back at night to :)

Posted by on 28 Apr. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

28 Apr. 2019 by Andrea and Mark

Thankyou for your lovely review. We love to hear our guests enjoy their stay. Thankyou for bringing the light issue to our attention. We will check and replace asap. Hope to see you again soon.

1 out of 5
Property is very average. I wont rate it more than a star. Advice if you booking their bring everything with you and dont use their facilities. Property owners told us that we took all their towels with us home."Which doesnt make sense and they charged us for it" there is no point literally for some one to take a dirty tea towel with them or a dirty towel back home.we left everything infront of them and they kept saying that they couldnt find any towel...probably to only add an extra charge.

Posted by on 31 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Feb. 2019 by Mark and Andrea

Dear guest, Understanding the risk of receiving a bad review from disgruntled guests when charged for losses or damages, much consideration is taken place before claims are made. With great trepidation we take great care in double and triple checking every possibility and give benefit of doubt. Unfortunately, we can only state the facts, which shows the below items were not left in the Villa on departure. No-one else other than management had access to the locked room and both team members entered only minutes after departure. In every case where a charge may apply, it is both management team members who check the Villas on departure to ensure no mistakes are made and every effort is made to find missing/misplaced items. Of course we understand mishaps can occur and we do not charge for small breakages or accidental mishaps. Your villa and surrounds were checked by us both and only 2 towels were found. That meant 7 bath towels ( 2 being Sheridan) 2 bath mats, tea towel and hand towel were not found. As discussed after your departure, you mentioned they may of accidentally been taken by your accompanied guests who brought other towels. I can assure you, we would much prefer to have found the provided items in your Villa to save any ill feeling. In addition we would like to ensure all our valued guests and future guests we take great pride in providing wonderful well received resort facilities which is appreciated and loved by most of our guests as evident in so many of our lovely reviews and as noted in the review insights on this site and others. Knowing you all enjoyed your stay when you were here it is with great sadness you now feel our property doesn't meet your standards after charges of only $115 for an excessive amount of missing goods seem extremely fair and well under replacement value. Kind regards

5 out of 5

so impressed!

Pros: felt like a home.
Amazing, comfortable & close to everything. We had a relaxing winters getaway with friends & it was just what we were after.

Posted by , from melbourne on 11 Jun. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

13 Jun. 2018 by Andrea

Thanks Demi for taking the time to review our holiday accommodation. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed it so much and look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon.

3 out of 5

nice hotel let down by lack of clenliness

Pros: location nice rooms
Cons: cleaning
Location: great location ,koala park ,helicopter rides ,penguine parade ,whale cruises
Very nice hotel but needs to be cleaned ,alot of spider webs dusty,shower glass not cleaned between occupants ,we know this because when i had a shower an imprint of babies feet on the glass in several places appeared in the steam ,cute but means the glass wasnt cleaned

Posted by , from Bendigo on 22 Jul. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

4 Sep. 2018 by New management

Under new management since this review (late Oct 2017) although previous owners generally recieved high scores for cleanliness

4 out of 5

Nice and clean

Lovely, clean facility but mattresses on beds were uncomfortable.

Posted by , from melbourne on 18 Dec. 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

5 Dec. 2018 by Andrea and Mark

Since your stay there are now new owners, new bedding, new decor and loads of comfort added for our guests enjoyment.

4 out of 5

Awesome location and Rooms

Pros: Loved the Rooms which were very spacious, great kitchen, undercover parking, well maintained gardens etc
Cons: Only minor things - included only one soap & the spare bedroom had no sheet on the bunk beds where has the main bed was also made up with sheets.
Location: Very close to Cowes so only about a 5min Drive to supermarket and shops etc. Also close to the beach . . well it's an island so everywhere is close.
Fantastic Accommodation with heaps of room, well maintained gardens and fantastic staff, will be staying here again.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 18 Dec. 2016

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4 out of 5

A great place to stay

Helen was a fantastic host and everything we wanted was there Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a great place to stay

Posted by , from Tasmania on 10 Nov. 2016

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5 out of 5

Great apartment, great location and great value!

Cons: A laundry within the apartment would have been useful.
Great apartment, great location and great value! Fantastic service. A great relaxing and enjoyable getaway for the family.

Posted by on 9 May 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

21 Nov. 2018 by Andrea

Please note we have laundry facilities for our guests convenience h

3 out of 5

Good location, great pool!

Place is well located, great pool and bbq. Comfy and relaxing! Unaware if WiFi was available. Toiletries and towels were minimal. I expected a bit more for the price we paid.

Posted by on 5 Jan. 2016

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4 out of 5
Really lovely, perfect for families. We have two small boys, the playground and tennis court was great for them to run around in. We didn't use the pool because we were at the beach but it looked lovely, safe & clean.

Posted by on 8 Nov. 2015

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About the Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation)

Location 113-119 Justice Rd, Cowes, VIC 3922

Property Features

Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation) offers its guests 2 the outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a kid's pool. WiFi is free in public spaces. Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation) also features a BBQ, a garden, and a picnic area. Free self parking is available. A complete renovation of Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation) was completed in October 2017. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Cowes villa.

  • 1 floor
  • 9 guestrooms or units
  • 11 buildings
  • Built in 2007
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Separate living room
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground on site
  • Separate dining area
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Long-term parking (surcharge) , Free self parking


  • Airport: Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine) (163 km / 101.3 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking; extended parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Island Cove Villas (Previously known Surf & Circuit Holiday Accommodation) offers 9 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with minibars and designer toiletries. Rooms open to furnished patios. This individually decorated and furnished accommodation has separate living rooms. Select Comfort beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and premium bedding. Accommodation at this 4-star villa has kitchens with full-sized fridge/freezers, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include a shower with a rainfall showerhead, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a weekly basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Private patio (furnished)
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Select Comfort beds
  • Minibar
  • Private outdoor space
  • Smart television
  • Fridge (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchenware
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (weekly)
  • Hairdryer
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast daily from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 10:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 25

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests arriving after 6 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for AUD 22.0 per stay.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No lifts


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: AUD 15 for adults and AUD 12 for children (approximately)
  • Extended parking fee: AUD 10.00 per day
  • Late check-out fee: AUD 35.00 (subject to availability)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: AUD 22.0 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Phillip Island Surf Circuit Apartment Cowes
  • Phillip Island Surf Circuit Apartment
  • Phillip Island Surf Circuit Cowes
  • Phillip Island Surf Circuit

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • The seasonal pool will open in September and close in May.
  • Pool access available from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.