We all crave a coastal getaway from time to time—long sunny days, white sandy beaches, fresh seafood dinners, cocktail in hand… and whether you live in Australia or visiting for the holidays, Bannisters in Port Stephens is one hotel you need to add to your travel list. Lovingly restoring what was an iconic 60s motel, the stylish new boutique resort holds 80 rooms, four luxury suites and a penthouse.
Situated on the NSW coast just 2.5 hours north of Sydney and 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, Bannisters is the perfect spot for a long weekend by the water. Surrounded by 26 of Australia’s most idyllic beaches (to say you’re spoilt for choice is an understatement), Port Stephens is part of the largest marine park in NSW, where crystal blue waters are bursting with marine life.
The hotel boasts an infinity pool overlooking the shores of Soldier Point, but iflazing around in the sun all day isn’t your vibe, the resort offers a number of activities and adventure packages for every type of traveller, including swimming with dolphins, whale watching, camel rides, hiking, golfing, sand buggies, paragliding, yachting, kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkelling and more.
In the way of food, you can enjoy light dining options and drinks by the pool at the Terrace Bar or treat yourself to a full course meal at celebrity chef, Rick Stein’s, in-house restaurant, showcasing the finest locally sourced produce the area has to offer (the signature fish pie is a must-try!).
The hotel’s clean, coastal aesthetic is courtesy of interior designer, Romy Alwill, where natural timbers and wicker complement modern shapes, white spaces and hints of pink, drawn together with lush greenery.
It truly is a tropical oasis that’ll enable you to escape the hustle bustle of city living, even if just for the weekend. Not to mention that taking a holiday in an exotic location is actually good for your health! In need of a relaxing coastal escape? Check out these current package inclusions which, if you ask us, sounds pretty damn hard to pass up!
Coastal Escape Package Inclusions:
Two nights accommodation in our ocean-side accommodation.
Extensive continental breakfast each morning at Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant, with complimentary newspapers.
A decadent chocolate brownie share dessert with two glasses of Aussie bubbly at The Terrace Bar, or to enjoy in your room.
A Dolphin watching cruise with Moonshadow TQC – with the option of upgrading to whale watching when the season hits.