Weekend escapes in the Bay of Islands

There’s a lot to love about New Zealand’s Bay of Islands (affectionately known as NZ’s boi). Nature, untouched beaches, excellent weather and the second bluest sky in the world are just a few of its drawcards.

From fishing charters and surfing to sand dune boarding and dolphin watching, it’s the ideal place to escape for a summer weekend. Here are just a few accommodation options in the area.

Duke of Marlborough Hotel

If you’re looking for an establishment steeped in history around The Bay of Islands, then this is it. In 1827, the hotel was opened by an ex-convict and then went by the name of ‘Johnny Johnstons Grog Shop’. Shortly after this, it was granted the first liquor license in the whole of New Zealand. Since then the hotel has come a long way, now offering fine dining and four-star accommodation.

The best place to be in the hotel is the bar, followed by the Waterfront Suites. These have been decked out in crisp whites and leather furniture, and boast views out to the bay. Retreating to one of these rooms after dinner and a drink concludes any day well.

Russell Cottages

These five-star, fully self-contained cottages are ideal for long weekends in Russell. Each cottage has separate lounge and dining areas, in addition to private balconies and gardens.

Russell is an activity hub, both on the water and land. The Newport Chocolates Factory and Russell Museum are a short walk from the cottages, while a visit to 90 Mile Beach is a must.

Marlin House

Marlin House is one of the best large group options in the Bay of Islands. The four-bedroom Marlin Apartment sleeps up to ten people and has its own alfresco dining and BBQ area overlooking the bay. Each morning, continental and cooked breakfasts are served in the ‘Captains Cabin’.

Adventure seekers need to experience ‘Mack Attack’ – a high-speed boat trip through the Bay of Islands. The boat reaches speeds of 100km/h and is the best (and fastest) way to visit the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Foodies should visit El Cafe in Paihia for some of the best Mexican cuisine in New Zealand.

Cliff Edge by the Sea

Cliff Edge by the Sea is the quintessential Bay of Islands lodge. With four guest rooms, one studio apartment and a huge wraparound balcony, the lodge delivers good old-fashioned hospitality.

The guest house is owned and operated by Peter Meier, a former food writer for the Sunday Telegraph. Meier also runs Cliff Edge’s kitchen, so you know the in-house food is going to be good. His signature fusion ‘Mediterasian’ style of cooking focuses on seasonal and regional produce that is paired with New Zealand and Australian wines.

Bellrock Lodge

This Russell guesthouse is home to only four spacious suites, each of which comes with its own entrance and patio. French doors open onto the patio, to views of the Bay of Islands and the New Zealand mainland.

Suites come with fully-equipped kitchenettes and super king-sized beds, while free WiFi is available throughout the property. Upstairs, the guesthouse lounge room, dining room and bar are the ideal places to kick back after a day spent on the ocean dolphin watching or fishing.

The township of Russell is a short walk downhill. Be sure to enjoy a meal at The Gables Restaurant – a former brothel, turned luxury dining establishment. The seafood and wine list here is one of the best in the region.

Where to stay in Bali? 8 must-see villas and hotels

From the pristine white sands adorning Jimbaran Bay to the lush rice paddies of Ubud, it’s little wonder Bali is affectionately referred to as the Island of Gods.

Here’s our favourite villas and hotels ideal for budget, luxury, and romance. Now all that’s left to organise is the packing!

The ONE Legian

I see you watching me, watching you…this is how you’ll feel once you’re floating in a rooftop pool, gazing over Bali’s vibrant streets. All of this and more is possible at The ONE Legian. Although only 15 minutes from vibrant Kuta, the ONE is certain to keep you so entertained you’ll probably never want to venture out of the front door.

With 299 rooms and a stellar mix of services and facilities, this is THE kind of place to let your hair down. If you’re celebrating a hens do, bucks party, or simply want to unleash your inner wild side, why not head to one of the Sky Pool Parties. These raucous soirees take place three times a week where you can make use of BBQ facilities, dance the night away to urban tunes from the resident DJ, and find love for a night.

If this all sounds a little much, head to The ONE Movie Night at Rooftop, which showcases box office hits four nights a week from 7pm -10pm. Recline on one of the day beds and munch into a hefty portion of free popcorn. Then retreat to your New Urban DESIGN concept room, which comes with a king-sized bed and luxury toiletries.

Anemalou Villas & Spa

If you want to be in the thick of all the action, you can’t deny that Kuta is where it’s at. Buzzing with well-priced bars, souvenir shops, and thumping night clubs, Kuta is everything you imagined and more.

After your night of frivolity with the mates, roll back into bed at nearby Anemalou Resort & Beach Club. Luxurious in style, but super chilled in vibe, Anemalou boasts a mix of one- and two-bedroom villas.

If you’re wanting to escape the crowds for the day and recharge before night number two on the town, take a dip in your very own pool or simply lounge in your private gazebo. Rooms are tasteful in design, pairing splashes of contemporary lilac alongside more local touches.

Bali is a reliable destination for cheap, decent tucker, but if you’d rather cook up a storm at home, the villas also feature super well-equipped kitchens. Now all that’s left to organise is the 12-pack of Bintang beer and you’re sorted for the night!

For muscles that are just that touch too tired after a night of dancing, head to in-house Violette Spa. Various treatments are available which all draw natural plants, herbs, and botanical products to create a healing and peaceful experience from start to finish.

Poh Manis Lembongan

If choosing a hotel was a little like musical chairs, you would certainly hope the music stopped once you arrived at Poh Manis Lembongan. Situated on the Lembongan Island, just a short 30-minute ferry trip from mainland Bali, Poh Manis is the ideal solution for those seeking a touch of respite. Oh and did we forget to mention it’s pretty well-priced too?

Boutique in size, yet grand in style, you’re certain to get bang for your buck at Poh Manis. The seven air-conditioned bungalows feature four poster beds, high thatched ceilings, and glass sliding doors which open to stunning rainforest views. The furnished balconies mean your afternoon ritual of lounging with champagne is sorted.

Gorge on Western and Indonesian dishes at the in-house restaurant, Ceningan, and then burn off all those carbs in the sparkling outdoor infinity pool. Since you’ve been able to save a couple of pennies on accommodation, why not splurge for the afternoon and book a heavenly massage treatment at the hotel’s spa?

Banyan Tree Ungasan

A little like that fairytale castle we all imagined when we were young, poised on a cliff-face above crashing waves, Banyan Tree brings out our inner-child fantasy – albeit in a very luxurious sense! Positioned on Bali’s southernmost tip and within easy reach of the revered Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, Banyan Tree Ungasan firmly puts the L in luxury!

In the afternoon, sip a signature Banyan tree cocktail, float in the dramatic infinity pool, and bask in the panoramic views of the sparkling Indian ocean. Could things get any more luxurious? At Banyan Tree, indeed yes! Each of the villas blend a neutral palette of stone, timber, and marble, reflecting Balinese architecture and design at its best. The bedroom features gluttonous red, black, and white linen, and opens out onto steps that flow into your very own 10-metre infinity pool.

To ensure a dreamy slumber, a pillow selection service is available, and to create a touch of ambiance make use of the sophisticated BOSE stereo system.

If you came to Bali with the intent of experiencing full luxury, a treatment at the Banyan Tree Spa goes without saying. Adopting a philosophy of physical, mental, and spiritual harmony, the spa indulges guests with a range of ‘high-touch, low-tech’ Asian healing therapies.

Jamahal Private Resort & Spa

When it comes to the contest for luxury accommodation in Bali, Jamahal Private Resort & Spa is clearly a gold medalist. This adults-only boutique guest house is all too familiar with winning luxury awards, and it’s easy to see why! Eight garden and pool villas are available, which each boast high airy ceilings, glass sliding doors, and carefully selected antiques which add an elegant local touch. As night falls, feel like a king on your dreamy four-poster bed, draped in luxury linen.

Located in Jimbaran Bay, the resort is within easy reach of the vibrant beach restaurants and cafes. If you’d rather have your tucker a little closer to home, the in-house restaurant certainly won’t disappoint. Vegetables are sourced from the Highland Gardens near Bedugul, and all fruit and freshly caught fish come from local markets.

For a sprinkling of relaxation, head to Jamahal Spa. Feel like a new you with one of the many treatments on offer that use high-quality, organic ingredients from neneq. Think hot stone massages, facial peels, and body masks – divine!

If you’d rather soak up some sun and sand, the resort boasts its very own enclosed beach club, which is just a five-minute walk from the resort and offers sun lounges, umbrellas, and light refreshments.

Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa

The Kayumanis hotel group has certainly made a name for itself when it comes to luxury accommodation in Bali, and Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa is no exception to this. Although just a short walk from lively Fisherman’s Beach in Jimbaran Bay, Kayumanis feels like an isolated oasis where luxury is key. When you arrive, be welcomed with a complimentary cocktail and chilled towel, before being ushered to your very own private villa.

Both one bedroom and group villas are available, but all seamlessly pair optimal comfort with aesthetic appeal to ensure a decadent stay. A palette of black and white is offset by patterned throws and cushions, while glass sliding doors open onto your very own private timber terrace and swimming pool.

If you want to take things even more slowly, recline in the outdoor bath, listen to some of your favourite tunes from the BOSE entertainment system, and make use of the 24h butler service. Hello perfection!

In the afternoon, channel a touch of English refinement with the high tea assortment of sandwiches and sweet morsels served in either the in-house restaurant or directly to your villa. As night falls, embrace Indonesian fare at Kayumanis Resto Jimbarin, where Chef Oka brings inspiration from his grandmother’s cooking and showcases Indonesia’s rich cuisine.

Komaneka at Bisma

Ever thought you could frolic in a breathtaking 33-metre lap pool, positioned in the middle of a tropical rainforest? At Komaneka at Bisma, this romantic fantasy becomes an even more romantic reality. Set on the hillside of the Campuhan River Valley, yet only a ten-minute walk from Ubud’s main street, this is THE kind of place to unwind with your special +1.

Built in 2008, the 32 rooms and villas echo a sophisticated and contemporary design. For some much needed R&R, go for the one-bedroom pool villa, which comes with a king-sized bed, an ‘oh-so-indulgent’ bathroom, and as the name would suggest, a private 12 x 2.5-metre swimming pool all to yourself!

With all of this luxury, you’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave your villa. But please do! Every morning, kick start your day with a hearty breakfast which is served in the rooftop restaurant. Then treat your partner to some pure indulgence at Komaneka’s Wana Jiwa Spa.

The spa is named after its location and its wisdom, with Wana meaning forest, and Jiwa translating to soul. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in this sanctuary of healing with one of the many treatments including oil massages and body wraps. Hello bliss!

Amori Villa

With a name like Amori Villa, it couldn’t get any more obvious what this place is about. Dreamy-eyed lovebirds will be smitten with this secluded boutique retreat, snuggled in the green hills of Ubud. Owned by two Australians who split their time between Bali and Perth, guests are guaranteed a personalised stay from start to finish.

The seven villas and suites are dotted throughout the jungle, with each reflecting unique architectural characteristics. Feel like a Class-A celebrity in the marble indoor/outdoor bathroom with free-stranding tub, and settle in for the evening on your king-sized bed topped with an American KingCoil pillow-top mattress – need we say more?

Wake up to an American, Asian, or health-lovers breakfast, or better yet, take one of the cooking classes with your +1 and prepare your own specialty together! If you’re feeling guilty about gorging on a few too many carbs, burn them off in the spectacular 14-metre infinity pool, and experience exercise at its best. If you’d like to soak up some of Ubud’s charm, a free-shuttle service takes guests into the town centre in ten minutes.

Check out Fiji’s newest overwater bungalow hotel

Ever dream of staying in an overwater bungalow? Don’t have the time or money to travel to the Maldives, Mauritius or Bora Bora? We have good news for you. Marriott Hotels has recently opened Fiji’s first mainland hotel to offer overwater bungalows, and it’s not as pricey as you might expect.

The five-star hotel is situated on the beaches of Momi Bay, less than an hour’s drive from Nadi International Airport.

Luxury here comes in the form of an overwater villa. Perfect for couples, each villa has its own balcony, leading straight out to the sapphire water of Momi Bay. Free-standing bathtubs, huge TVs and even bigger beds fill out the decadent rooms.

Interiors feature open-plan spaces that take advantage of the stunning scenery. Traditional Fijian design is blended with timber and crisp, white colours to create a minimalist feel. There is good news for larger groups too – many of the deluxe rooms on the mainland can be interjoined to create larger suites.

Three on-site restaurants offer the best of local Fijian cuisine, in addition to international flavours. Check out Goji Kitchen & Bar for breakfast and fresh homemade juices. Choose from the aptly-named Fish Bar for a seafood feast, or the Lagoon House & Bar for cocktails from the swim-up bar.

Make use of the paddle boards and snorkel gear to explore the surrounds, or relax at Quan Spa before enjoying the adults-only infinity pool.

Take advantage of opening specials now.

Romantic Amalfi hotels: a room with a view

Finding a hotel with the most romantic view ever is no easy feat, but in Italy and especially along the Amalfi Coast, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice!

And as we all know, when it comes to romance the rules are simple; go big or go home. The bigger the bouquet, the bigger the diamond, the bigger the view, you see where we are going with this…

So without further ado allow us to introduce you to 5 incredible hotels that will see you both falling in love all over again…

Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata

Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata’s design is inspired by all things nautical and features many salvaged furnishings and ornaments from old ships. Originally an ancient paper mill, the hotel was transformed during the 80’s for travellers wanting to experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

The hotel has exclusive access to the sea and guests can enjoy being lulled by the waves in the Italian sunshine. The terrace swimming pool and Jacuzzi are also the perfect spot to top up your tan whilst enjoying the view.

The Superior Sea-view Room not only provides glorious vistas of the ocean but also boasts a spacious feel, as well as dark wood tones, Spanish-tiled floors and a luxurious bathroom.

Amenities: stunning descent to private beach, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, free parking, fitness room and meeting room.

Hotel Tramonto d’Oro

A family-run hotel in the centre of Praiano this classic Mediterranean-style hotel welcomes guests of all ages with a warm and family-friendly atmosphere. The hotel name translates as ‘Golden Sunset’ and there’s no better spot to enjoy the end of the day than from the roof-top swimming pool or the panoramic restaurant.

The hotel holds a certificate for environmental management and considers itself to be conscientious about every facet of a guest’s stay. In particular, the restaurant pays special attention to guests suffering from food intolerances or allergies allowing them not to miss out on Italian cuisine more than they should have to!

Opt for a Mediterranean Room for stylish blue and white décor, (think Santorini meets Amalfi), a balcony with sea views, large comfortable king-size beds and a spacious and airy living space.

Amenities: Restaurant, rooftop pool, fitness center and snack bar.

Hotel Casa Angelina

We’ll begin with a room with a view. Nothing takes your breath away quite like the sight of a sparkling sea or a pink hazed sunset, so a room at Casa Angelina can certainly provide both of those things, along with jaw dropping levels of luxury.

Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel’s open air terrace, or even a gourmet dinner as the sun goes down. You’ll never have tasted pasta so delicious nor seafood so fresh as at Casa Angelina, as the Italians do what they do best and cook up a storm.

The hotel’s ethos of understated chic rings true as clean white architecture and simple design allow the view to do the talking. As one online reviewer put it, you’ll have ‘the most beautiful view in Italy… from your room.’

Amenities: Two swimming pools (one indoor and one outdoor Jacuzzi with solarium) a private beach and romantic restaurant.

Hotel Santa Caterina

The best reviewed hotel in all of Amalfi, Hotel Santa Caterina is grand luxury in a truly Italian style, taking in all of Positano and the best the Amalfi coast has to offer. Nestled amongst lush gardens and vines of bougainvillea the hotel’s rooms and terraces offer an oasis of calm inside the city walls.

The hotel’s restaurant, Al Mare, is well worth a visit even if you are staying in another hotel close-by, as many of those visiting Amalfi and Positano flock to Al Mare for the express purpose of tasting the unbeatable seafood and exquisite cuisine.

The hotel’s beach club and salt-water pool are easily reached via two elevators, and guests can also enjoy access to the hotel’s spa for massages, facials and body-care treatments.

Amenities: Two restaurants, bar, wine cellar, beach club, gym, and wellness centre.

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

There’s nothing better than seeing the water disappear into infinity from the edge of the pool. The Monastero Santa Rosa, built into the side of a cliff, has one of the best infinity pools going, with the clear blue water blending seamlessly with the endless expanse of sea.

As a former 17th century monastery, the hotel retains much of its original charm with restored architecture, beautiful gardens and calming outdoor terraces that make the most of the view. Modern fixtures have been added to the building, such as the 80 square metre spa and each room boasts large soaking tubs that allow you to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

Chef Bob, of the hotel’s Ristorante Il Refettorio, is well known for his insatiable love affair with food. Among many of his delights on the menu, the lobster with chickpea puree and the king prawn ravioli caught our eye.

Amenities: Infinity pool, spa, gardens, sunset terrace, fitness suite and restaurant.

Spectacular North American Hotels You Must Add to Your Bucket List

Whether it’s made of ice, a historical must-see, or simply too luxurious for words, these hotels are worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Let your jaw drop slowly as you peruse our choice of hotels you must add to your bucket list.

Hotel De Glace

Stay in a winter wonderland at the shimmering Hotel de Glace just outside of Quebec City, Canada. The rooms are made entirely of ice with custom-made in-suite fireplaces contrasting the frigid surroundings. The unique lighting illuminates ice sculptures (including the bed and furniture) creating a whimsical charm you won’t find elsewhere. If you’re feeling ultra-luxurious, opt for one of the Premium Deluxe suites which includes a private spa!

Wynn Hotel Las Vegas

You should be treated like a true VIP at least once in your life — the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada takes VIP treatment to another level. Peer out from one of the two luxury sky-high towers, each offering jaw-dropping views of the sparkling Las Vegas strip. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that will make you feel like an aquarium suspended over the city. The hotel offers two award-winning spas, a casino, boutique shops from top designers like Givenchy and live shows to enjoy with your evening meals.

The Plaza

Boasting more than a century of pure opulence in the heart of Manhattan, the Plaza Hotel is a timeless beauty with an old world elegance unmatched by any other hotel in the Big Apple. The Hotel has hosted famous figures for more than a hundred years — you’ll feel like a movie-star the moment you step through the revolving doors, walking through the same gold and creme-colored hallways that stars like Sinatra walked before you. Make sure to try the signature cocktails at the Champagne bar or book a suite with the butler service — a hot bath will be prepared for you by the time you return from a Gatsby-like event in the Plaza’s Grand Ballroom.

Post Ranch Inn

Leave it to California to house an eco-friendly hotel that should top your bucket list. The Post Ranch Inn, set atop the cliffs of Big Sur, is an architectural marvel as well as a serene escape from daily life. Enjoy being suspended over the Pacific Ocean, with breathtaking views from the shower, a private sundeck, wood-burning fireplace and an outdoor hot tub on the edge of the cliff. It’s hard to believe that this modern and luxurious structure was once a working cattle ranch and homestead in the old west, where a cowboy and his family farmed for more than a century before it was transformed into an Inn in 1992.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Explore the magical world of Disney first-hand at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, FL. You’ll gaze out over endless acres of savanna lands from your African-styled hotel room. Let the kids step out on the private balcony to catch a glimpse of majestic zebras grazing below. You might not be able to bring the whole family to Africa, but you can bring them on an African safari — complete with giraffes and more than 30 other species of exotic animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Be sure to top it all off with a yummy dinner at one of the Lodge’s award-winning restaurants like, Boma, boasting bold, African-inspired aromatic dishes you won’t soon forget.

Sydney waterfront hotels with glistening views

We don’t mean to brag, but let’s face it, Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. But rather than trying to cram beside the tourists in Circular Quay to get your winning Instagram shot, why not snap to your heart’s content in the privacy of your own Sydney waterfront hotel?

Here we’ve bundled some of our favourite hotels in Sydney with million dollar views that guarantee the perfect pic. Happy snapping!

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

When you hear the words Four Seasons, you can’t help but think of seamless luxury. It’s only fitting that Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel fits the criteria superbly. Oh and did we mention it has pretty sensational water views? Positioned in the historic Rocks district, you can explore the local labyrinth of pint-size alleys teeming with restaurants, bars, and pubs.

At Four Seasons, appreciate five-star bedrooms that are appointed with all the necessary amenities for a luxurious stay. Think a marble bathroom, APPELLES bathroom amenities, 300-thread count linen, and a custom-designed Four Seasons Bed with three unique topper options. In the morning, freshen up in the heated outdoor swimming pool, then kick-start some afternoon drinking at Grain Bar.

Pier One

Pier One affectionately refers to itself as the ultimate B&B: bed and bridge. If you’re hoping to get a handsome shot of Sydney’s famed bridge, you can’t get a better location than Pier One – it’s wedged directly under it. The hotel blends early 20th century Federation architecture with contemporary furnishings from Australia and regional France. Think exposed timber beams alongside French-inspired brocade cushions and subtle tones.

If you love your pooch about as much as stunning water views, you’ll bark with joy over Pier One’s Dog-Friendly rooms. Your furry friend can appreciate the likes of a bed, a water and food bowl, and some tasty treats stocked in the Dogue Mini-Bar. This leaves you time to sink into a deep standalone tub filled with lavish APPELLES bath amenities – bliss!

Ovolo Wooloomooloo

When a hotel is positioned on a wharf, water views go without saying. At Ovolo Wooloomooloo, you can appreciate all the luxuries that the Ovolo brand has become known for along with some spectacular harbour views. Smack bang in the heart of Cowper Wharf’s thriving bar and restaurant scene, a stay at Ovolo Wooloomooloo truly makes for a class-A experience.

Blending heritage charm with modern luxury, rooms offer an industrial-chic aesthetic – classic furnishings, exposed metal beams, and modern artwork. For some fun, head to LoLounge for a cocktail, then make use of the 24-hour in-room dining that is characteristic of the Ovolo brand. And the best bit? You’ll have the best seat in the house, right in the comfort of your own water-view room.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Home to the Opera House, and directly opposite the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay is a popular hangout for tourists wanting to grab some gorgeous Sydney snaps. If you fancy the idea of staying in this buzzing locale, Pullman Quay Grand is your ideal solution. Embodying chic style and sophistication, any discerning traveller is likely to fall smitten here.

Harbour View Suites offer king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, and private furnished balconies overlooking picturesque Sydney Harbour. Following your afternoon balcony sojourn, venture downstairs to in-house Q Restaurant. Here you can sample a 5-course degustation menu carefully crafted by Head Chef, Stefan Brandemann.


If you’re guilty of being more of a beach bunny, Bondi Beach should be your first port of call. And your second? Ravesi’s hotel of course! The art-deco-inspired hotel stands proudly on the Bondi Beach promenade and offers two floors of boutique accommodation. Before retreating to your room, get some glistening water views from the in-house bar – cocktail in hand obligatory!

Rooms boast an elegant aesthetic, pairing modern furnishings with splashes of Safire blue and gold. Oh and they offer sweeping coastal views too! You don’t need to worry about a bad hair day at Ravesi’s thanks to the well-appointed bathrooms that even Ms. Monroe wouldn’t complain about.

The Darling Sydney

Darling, sweetie, darling – let’s stay at The Darling! This is THE kind of place that would be more than fitting for the Ab Fab gals, and anyone else looking for a slice of luxurious water views for that matter. And it’s not just us who think The Darling is pretty cool – this establishment is the first and only hotel in Sydney to have received the prestigious FORBES five-star rating. Located in Pyrmont, this hotel is not directly on the water, but nonetheless promises harbour views.

Various rooms and suites are available, but if you’re craving that added touch of pizazz, go for the Adored Suite. You will simply ‘adore’ the breathtaking harbour views, deep soaking spa, rain shower, and complimentary Molton Brown bathroom amenities. Then satisfy your ‘epicuriousity’ at one of the six in-house restaurants that serve a mixture of cuisines, ranging from Japanese to modern Australian.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

If you’re hoping to take things down a notch and retreat from the frenetic energy of Circular Quay and the Rocks, you can find solace at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Rooms feature soft hues and tasteful furnishings, and offer uninterrupted views of the glistening harbour.

In the morning, sample a continental breakfast, then dig into some hearty lunch and dinner fare at in-house restaurant, The Beach Club. For those planning a wedding, corporate, or social event, why not make use of the hotel’s award-winning events team? Because let’s face it, any event is better with water views.