If you want to get the low-down on Lord Howe Island history, take a room at this apartment complex owned and operated by fifth- and sixth-generation descendants of the island's original settlers, T. B. and Mary Wilson. Located between Old Settlement Beach and Lagoon Beach near restaurants and cafés, the 16 apartments are bright and breezy with tropical-style furnishings and kitchenettes. They are set in lovely gardens with a grass tennis court and saltwater swimming pool
(the only one one island), and an original homestead contains a lounge area, game room with pool table, and small library. Guests have access to outdoor covered barbecues and a laundry, and bikes and helmets can be rented. The hotel can also arrange lagoon trips and fishing expeditions on its own boat, the MV Carina.