Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney – By the Bay Stay

This contempo beach-chic guesthouse remains a local fave and boasts breathtaking views of Sydney's idyllic Watson's Bay.

Spacious rooms ooze easy elegance and come complete with marble ensuites and continental Aussie breakfast when the sun comes up... So in other words, this homey little pad is a simply perfect out-of-town pied-à-terre for sorely needed city-centre escapes (especially with oft sleepless Bondi drawing the party crowds these days).

Although only 15 minutes from town, the location feels a world away, nestled within the burbs' and with easy access to scenic walking routes, Manly ferry, as well as a host of local eateries and shops. In typical eastern suburb fashion, the downstairs Beach Club has enjoyed a generous nip and tuck, and now hosts an impressive cruisey-boozy crowd, easy-breezy menu and seaside sips aplenty, all overlooking the harbour. We know where we're heading for those warm summer nights this year…

Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel, 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay, +61 2 9337 5444, watsonsbayhotel.com.au


Eleani Purcell

Having spent the better part of her 'study years' flitting from Sri Lanka and South Africa to Iceland and Italy, Eleani joined LUXE fresh from freelancing for TimeOut Melbourne and Fairfax media. 

  • Eleani LOVES... Books by Jon Krakauer, orca documentaries, forecasting jaunts to Japan, Java, Cuba and Zanzibar

  • Eleani LOATHES... Aeroplane headphones, haggling

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