Both Moya, who runs Moonshadow, and Phil, whose family owns the Mandalay, have other short-stay houses and apartments dotted around the city. Moya has a self-catering apartment called Envy
on Gardiner Street, with a funky yellow-and-black modern-masculine interior and state-of-the-art everything that can sleep up to six, while Phil has Coast
, an old Darwin elevated house on Larrakeyah Terrace with a beach-house feel and views over the harbour. Again, as both these are run to impeccable standards and charged out at rates comparable to a four- or five-star hotel ($350-$480 a night) they represent excellent value, especially for families or small groups.
The Vibe Medina hotel in the heart of Darwin's Wharf Precinct is a fresh and fashionable hotel with a sunny alfresco restaurant and poolside bar. Rooms start at $150 and range up to $280/night for a Medina one-bedroom apartment.