Need to know
35, including 33 suites.
10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $219.20 (AU$286), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.