A world class boutique hotel comes to the coast
It’s not every day that a world class boutique hotel opens in a sleepy beach town in coastal Australia, but when I heard about the 1960’s block of units that were given a new lease on life by Brisbane hoteliers (with the creative hand of Anna Spiro no less), it wasn’t long before I was in the car heading south to discover the internationally inspired slice of paradise for myself.
Halcyon House is a triumphant story of an run down motel being spectacularly reborn and is now a Euro-flavoured oasis that oozes style and elegance with a quirky tongue-in-cheek coastal edge. Never having been to the continent of Europe, upon entering the grounds the original Spanish arch ways, now in a wash of crisp white paint gave me my first taste of the Mediterranean.
The hotel’s restaurant Paper Daisy is headed up by award winning chef Ben Devlin (formally at Esquire, yum!). The architects have taken full advantage of the site’s natural assets, with a space that opens up in summer, doors that open to the european style pool and a salty breeze that filters through the pandanus lining the beach front, we couldn’t help but decided that it would be a long lunch for us. So first things first, champagne.
Paper Daisy is as beautiful inside as the hotel is out, a treasure trove of vintage pieces as well as furnishings from designers and artists (think gold gilded palm chandeliers, Hawaiian inspired artworks, crisp white cabana bar stools and just about retro-everything). There are John Derian sofas, Madeline Weinrib rugs and drawings by Wayne Pate, all brought to life by a team of bespoke craftsmen, including lampshade makers and furniture restorers. It’s just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach. After lunch we curled up by the fire to enjoy the selection of books on offer as we waited for the alcohol to absorb in our bodies and the decor to absorb into our minds before setting off home, leaving this little slice of Europe back home to Australia.
+61 2 6676 1444
21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach NSW Australia