Need to know
21 rooms, including four suites
By 11am. Check-in is anytime from 3pm, but flexible – the earliest check-in is 12 noon.
Double rooms from $379.36 (AU$500), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include an á la carte breakfast and a free soft-drinks minibar. Rates don't include a credit-card surcharge (1.5 per cent for Visa and MasterCard; 3.2 per cent for American Express a stay) – this will be charged at the hotel.
Six vintage bicycles – artfully restored and painted in Halcyon House colours – are free for guests to use as they please. Ask staff for the most picturesque coastal route. If you don't want to venture further than the lawn, there are backgammon boards and croquet sets to while away your afternoon with.
Seaside Halcyon Spa is undergoing a spot of rejuvenation at the moment, but will reopen to pamper guests again soon.
At the hotel
Private stretch of beach, Halcyon Spa, free bikes to borrow, gardens, outdoor pool, free WiFi. In rooms: minibar stocked with soft drinks, air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, Evo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Part beach house, part Hamptons hideaway, part interiors mag show home – whichever individually-styled room you get, you're in for an aesthetic treat. The nautically edged Master Suite 301 has top-floor bragging rights and its sea-view terrace has strategically placed palms to buffer any unwanted breezes. Classic Rooms might not be blessed with such views but they are closest to the beach, and there's plenty to admire in their antique furniture, brass bathroom-fittings and well-kept private courtyards.
Framed in teak, fringed by palms and lined with blue and white candy-stripe day beds, the heated saltwater pool has a touch of Côte d'Azur centrepiece about it. Time your lounging just right and the chef will hand-deliver a home-made ice-cream from his vintage gelato cart.
Beach bags are provided, so no worries if you forget a few shoreside essentials. Do bring your surfing gear if you're so inclined, though – you'll have some waves all to yourself.
All public areas are wheelchair accessible as are most ground-floor rooms. The Superior Room with Disabled Access has been specially adapted for guests with mobility issues.
The Halcyon Suite can sleep a family of four and two extra beds can be added to the Master Suite (AU$50 each). Cots for under-twos can be added to rooms free of charge. Paper Daisy has a kids' menu and the hotel recommends a local babysitting service.