Mollymook Beach, Australia

Bannisters Pavilion

Rates from (ex tax)$219.57

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD315.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Beachy sheen

Setting

Eucalypt-dotted coast

Make coastal kitsch walk the plank at boutique hotel Bannisters Pavilion, on New South Wales’ shore. This beach-break stay evokes oceanside languor with black-and-white rooms, abstract art and statement furnishings scattered as liberally as shells on the sand. Mollymook Beach is a five-minute wander away; then there’s the rooftop pool that leans enticingly over the entrance. Bannisters is also baited with cocktail whizzes at its bar and summery comfort food; the Rick Stein restaurant and spa at sister property Bannisters by the Sea are just a shuttle ride away.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

35, including 33 suites.

Check–Out

10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $219.20 (AU$286), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD315.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a generous buffet breakfast with cereals, bread, fruit, yoghurt, local bacon and eggs, black pudding, sausages and pancakes. Push-bike and paddle-board hire is free, too. A two- or three-night minimum stay occasionally applies.

Also

Sister property Bannisters by the Sea, where Rick Stein’s hatted restaurant resides, is 800 metres away; a free shuttle runs frequently between the two.

At the hotel

Roof terrace, lounge areas and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Appelles Apothecary bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The two Penthouses are beachy pieds-à-terre with an urban sensibility; both are sleekly monochrome and furnished like a page from Wallpaper*: leather-hammock and director chairs, white sofas with black piping and wooden trimmings. One has a modern, double-sided fireplace; the other has a forest view. The bathroom’s heated floors will keep your tootsies toasty, too. For families, Penthouses connect to a Pavilion Suite.

Poolside

The sky-blue rooftop pool juts out over the hotel’s entrance. To either side are banks of loungers shaded by cheery yellow-and-white-striped parasols. The bar is just a few steps away, but the staff will happily ferry your drink over.

Spa

There’s no spa on site, but you can still get rubbed and scrubbed at sister property Bannisters by the Sea’s day spa. Eminence Organic products are gently applied to faces; soaks are infused with hibiscus and coconut oil; and massages can be soft and gentle or knot-bustingly firm. An alfresco cabana overlooks the ocean (perfect for couples) and there’s a hammam and steam room to relax in, pre- or post-treatment.

Packing tips

Aside from beachy separates and swimwear to be seen in, bring binoculars for spying playful dolphins (and whales from May to October) offshore. If you’re driving down from Sydney, strap surfboards to your car and pack your wetsuits.

Also

The hotel’s public areas are all wheelchair-accessible and there’s a lift to all floors. Two of the hotel’s Classic Suites have been adapted for guests with mobility issues; these must be requested when booking.

Children

Children are welcome; the hotel’s best suited to over-6s. Penthouse Suites interconnect for family-sized apartments and there’s a dedicated kids menu at the rooftop restaurant. There’s little to do on site, but you’ll spend most of your time beachside.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Alfresco is the only way to go.

Dress Code

Moored mermaid (or man).

Hotel restaurant

Leading off from the hotel’s pool deck, mod-nautical eatery the Rooftop Bar & Grill serves unfussy bistro dishes with a pinch of Mediterranean flavour: Yoder-smoked-pork sliders with apple relish, saltwater barramundi with a green mango and coconut salad, affogato… Thick ropes are coiled around white pillars, and you’ll be parked on some very smart perches: Eames-esque seats in navy and buttercup-yellow, and Bertoia-style cage chairs. In sister property Bannisters by the Sea, there’s seafood a-fish-ionado Rick Stein’s restaurant.

Hotel bar

The bar is attached to the restaurant, ideal for quenching a post-swim thirst. Cocktails put a beachy spin on classics: the North Molly Mule has a kick of mint, and the Pavilion Colada is topped up with coconut water. There’s also a list of local IPAs and ales, plus a refined choice of regional wines.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30am–10am, lunch from 12 noon–2pm, dinner from 5.30pm–9pm.

Room service

During restaurant hours, the Rooftop Bar & Grill’s dishes can be enjoyed ensuite.

Location

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Address
Bannisters Pavilion
87 Tallwood Ave
2539
Mollymook Beach
Australia

Planes

International hub Sydney Airport (www.sydneyairport.com.au) is a three-hour drive from the hotel; Cathay Pacific flies here from the UK and US, stopping at Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, fly into Canberra Airport (just under a two-and-a-half-hour drive away).

Trains

Bomaderry railway station is an hour’s drive from the hotel. Trains on the South Coast Line arrive here from Bondi Junction (around a four-hour journey).

Automobiles

Unless your holiday plans are not to budge from the beach, Australia’s great outdoors requires four wheels to explore. Hire cars are available at both Sydney and Canberra airports. The hotel’s ideally placed for weekenders from Sydney, just a three-and-a-half-hour drive away. There’s free parking on site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Bannisters Pavilion is so close to Mollymook Beach, it’s almost lapped by the waves; don your flip-flops, grab your beach bag and in five minutes you’ll be padding about on soft sand. The hotel’s team will eagerly show you where to hang in Mollymook town and beyond; bowl at the Dunn Lewis Centre, an eight-minute drive away, take a guided ghost tour of historic Milton (established in the 19th century), or go stand-up paddleboarding in Narrawallee Inlet. Gee up on a horse ride at Timbertops riding school, a 30-minute drive away, or have a wilder encounter at Mogo Zoo, an hour’s drive from Bannisters. There are two local markets to wander around: on the second Sunday of the month at Ulladulla Harbour and on the first Saturday of the month at Milton. If you’re travelling with children, Funland Ulladulla has full-throttle rides and banks of pinball machines.

Local restaurants

The Rick Stein restaurant at Bannisters by the Sea is regarded as one of Mollymook’s finest, but this sunny seaside region has plump catches, fresh veggies and quaffable wines aplenty; grab a fork and get stuck in. Tallwood (+61 (0)244 555 192) serves remixed, globally influenced dishes – Portuguese fish cakes with saffron mayo, Sicilian stew, and Berber-spiced chicken, for example – in a setting that evokes Bannisters’ modern style, and it’s just a two-minute stroll away. Out-of-towner Cupitt’s Kitchen (+61 (0)244 557 888) handily match-makes each lauded seasonal dish with its meant-to-be, house-wine mate: smoked haddock and Gruyère fritters with a sauvignon blanc, blue-eye cod and chowder with a viognier, and a hazelnutty Paris-Brest with a brut cuvée – made in heaven.

Local cafés

Whether you like your coffee teeth-grindingly strong and black or sweet and creamy, Milton Ulladulla Bakery Café has a cup of joe to suit you. This unassuming spot also does a fine line in sweet, fresh-from-the-oven treats. Beach Hut Café Mollymook has a sunny, sandy outlook from its terrace, and its Hawaiian burger with macadamia satay sauce will lure you back for seconds.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in New South Wales and shaken the sand from their suitcase, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Bannisters Pavilion in Australia…

First came Bannisters by the Sea, a cool modern stay cosied up to the coast in Mollymook. With a Rick Stein restaurant, an ocean’s edge spa and Collette Dinnigan-styled penthouses, it was a hit. Then came the glint in Bannisters by the Sea’s eye: Bannisters Pavilion. Within weekend-break-ing distance of Sydney (a fairly fleet – for Australia – three-hour drive), this 35-room stay has its parent property’s sense of style, adding an edge to coastal-cool rooms with a black-and-white colour scheme and abstract art. It’s also as laid-back as any self-respecting Aussie and requires little more packing than throwing a few bikinis into a suitcase for splashing in and posing by the suspended rooftop pool and sunbathing on Mollymook Beach, just a five-minute walk away. However, you may wish to throw in a tropical-hued kaftan for slider-and-taco scoffing and cocktail sipping in the Rooftop Bar & Grill. Bannisters junior doesn’t have all the trimmings of Bannisters senior, but a free shuttle handily pootles between them, so you get two boutique stays in one sun-kissed, sun-lotion-scented package.

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