Winter in Sydney is anything but warm. The days are short and the beaches are chilly and bare. So that’s why I jetted up to the north coast of New South Wales to the stunning, brand new Halcyon House in Cabarita.
Filled with style and beach house charm, Halcyon House is a relaxed and luxurious coastal-front boutique hotel representing tranquility and carefree days of summers past. The 21-room establishment was designed by the talented Interior Designer Anna Spiro with each room specifically being uniquely designed so that the guests experience a brand new style of room every time they come back. (Brilliant idea!)
The rooms are filled with plenty of natural light, feature king- beds (bonus!) and the bathrooms have all been fitted with beautiful English tapware, marble vanities, handpicked antiques and stunning hand-made floor tiles you’ll want to snap your little tootsies on.
Feel like a coffee or a bite to eat? Head downstairs to where you’ll find an award winning chef Ben Devlin who heads up Paper Daisy, a delicious in-hotel restaurant and bar you can dine at for lunch and dinner. But I mustn’t forget to mention the pool area: with a banquette of blue and white striped cushioned beds, chairs and umbrellas, you’d almost think that you were soaking up the sun rays somewhere in Europe.
… that the hotel offers some unique experiences to keep you occupied, such as surfing lessons with newly-appointed Halcyon House ambassador, former world champion surfer Joel Parkinson, who has 11 elite ASP tour victories under his belt. At certain times, Joel will be there to take hotel guests for the lesson of their lives. Count us in!
There are fabulous culinary events too, such as champagne dinners and demonstration-style cooking classes.
Just 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast airport, this boutique hotel gets a big thumbs up from me. If you’re passing by or, better still, in the area, this place is a is a definite must-stay.