A 50-minute drive or 20-minute seaplane flight north of downtown Sydney, this charming property dating from 1929 is perched atop a crescent ridge on a hilly, beach-lined peninsula. All 11 guest accommodations feature sensational views of the bay and Whale Beach, ample terraces furnished with Adirondack-style loungers and attractive interiors highlighting original hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, handcrafted furniture, and neutral color schemes with gold accents. The art deco-style restaurant (closed Monday and Tuesday) offers glorious sea views from an elegant dining room or a sunny terrace. A seasonally updated menu serves contemporary Australian cuisine. Activities include whale-watching excursions, kayaking, boating and golf. Spa treatments, meditation sessions, yacht charters and ferries to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park can be arranged.
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Ocean Retreat Room, $600 (meal plan available).
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.
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