It must be the time of year - it's freezing cold here in Melbourne and we just want to pack our bags and escape for a bit of pampered luxury! We have had this little beauty on our radar for some time now, and it just felt like the right time to share with you all!
Pretty Beach House on the Bouddi Peninsula, 100kms north of Sydney, consists of just four very special suites, all decorated with a muted palette to complement and not compete with the natural environment you are surrounded by. Tall gum trees are literally part of the design (coming through the pool deck) and referenced by the solidity of the timber beds and the beams in the communal areas.
What perhaps make this boutique resort particularly special is that it was almost completely destroyed by fire in 2012. The re-build has taken over 2 years, and Pretty Beach House re-opened in March this year.
The experienced team behind the resort (also responsible for boutique hotel Bells at Killcare) alongside Interior Designer Michelle Leslie have created a real sense of comfortable luxury using natural materials (aged leather, sheepskins, linens, timber) alongside some boutique bling with a stunning brass-lined bar, and those amazing Christopher Boots lights.
Collaborations with artisans and local designers was important to the owners - to ensure that Pretty Beach House feels authentic, intimate but sophisticated. It is "a place where heart and soul have been the driving force for all the artists working on the rebuild and embracing this new chapter."
Each suite - or pavilion, is orientated to take advantage of the surrounding views, and houses a generous king bedroom, separate dressing room, deluxe bathroom, open-plan sitting area, and a fully stocked bar.
If you feel the need to actually leave your pavillion, then there are suggested itineraries available. Options include exploring the local beaches and coves to learn about the significant Indigenous heritage (all guests are welcomed with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony), indulging yourself in one of the spa treatments, chartering the private motor cruiser to discover quiet beaches or for fishing, or enjoying a round at the local 18 hole championship golf course.
We may just have to content ourselves with trying to bring some of the Pretty Beach House vibe into our own homes - this daybed above, framed in old sleepers, with double seat cushions, and surrounded by potted urns, is inspiration enough and relatively achievable if you have the perfect vista and alfresco area to recreate it.
However, nothing beats the original and if you need a mid-winter break not too far from Sydney then find out more about the stunning Pretty Beach House here! (Don't forget to tell us all about it when you go!).