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Halcyon House, NSW

Brace yourself for the déjà vu. Few corners of this '60s surfer motel, strikingly reimagined as Australia's smartest beachside escape, haven't graced Instagram already. And deservedly so. Eye-catching scenes await wherever the gaze rests: on glimpses of ocean framed by casuarinas, or those clamshells stacked with pineapples, white shelves lined with only blue books and dreamy fabrics. Even bathrooms are worthy of a close-up, with Frette towels, marble and brass details and floor tiles in Halcyon's signature Caprese blue. Entry-level rooms are compact and lack sea views but are as handsomely detailed as more upscale choices, with antiques and king-size beds. Courtyards front the pool, surrounded by jaunty blue-and-white lounges and duelling soundtracks of cool tunes and crashing waves. Staff, under the suave tutelage of general manager Mauro de Riso (ex-JK Place Capri), go the extra mile.

Halcyon House, 21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach, NSW, halcyonhouse.com.au


2016 Australian Hotel Awards: Regional Hotel of the Year Finalists

In a country as vast as ours, where distances can be measured in days rather than hours, there's a particular joy reserved for finding an exceptional inn at the end of the road. The best regional hotels become destinations in themselves - reasons to load up the car, or get on the plane, and transport yourself somewhere special. 

See our other 2016 Australian Hotel Guide finalists:

Best Hotel Breakfast.

Best Hotel Bar.

Boutique Hotel of the Year.

Best Hotel Service.

Large Hotel of the Year.

Best Hotel Pool.

Best Hotel Club Sandwich.

New Hotel of the Year.

Best Hotel Minibar


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