‘We can go to Halcyon House for my birthday, your birthday and every year for our anniversary,’ I told my husband Nick during our recent stay at Halcyon House. I am so in love with the new hotel on Cabarita beach that I have already started thinking of any excuse to go back there.
To celebrate our five year wedding anniversary, Nick and I stayed at Halcyon House for three nights in January and while there has been a lot of hype surrounding the new hotel, our experience was even better than we had expected.
Upon arriving at Halcyon House, we were taken to the hotel’s restaurant Paper Daisy for a refreshing welcome drink and were introduced to the friendly staff. Sitting at a table overlooking the pool, we could also see the ocean through the trees and hear the sound of the waves; we were instantly in holiday mode.
Previously The Hideaway Motel, Halcyon House is the product of a major renovation and re-brand implemented by the site’s new owners, Brisbane-based sisters, Siobhan and Elisha Bickle and their husbands who have spared no detail when it comes to the look and operation of the new hotel. With the presence of Italian Mauro De Riso as General Manager, Halcyon House feels like a slice of Capri in Cabarita.
Halcyon House is a palette of crisp white and blues which carry from the hotel exterior, pool area, suites and restaurant and branding through to the bicycles and beach towels. Each room is unique and individually designed by Anna Spiro, featuring upholstered wall paneling, brass lightning and fittings, a mix of vintage timber and cane furniture and colourful prints across lamp shades, cushions and an upholstered bed rest. The vibrant and eclectic mix of textures and patterns compliment one another and add another layer to the blue and white palette, while injecting a sense of interest and personality into the space.
From a personalised guest itinerary, to hand-written notes and home-made cookies delivered to our room upon arrival and departure as well as chilled Halcyon House-branded water bottles placed on our bedside tables each night at turn-down, attention is paid to every detail, making for a truly unique, special and memorable holiday.
After visiting Halcyon House it is no wonder that the hotel has already won a plethora of awards including the NSW Tourism Gold Award 2015 and Tatler 2016 Travel Award. If you haven’t been to Halcyon House, you need to go and experience this hotel of perfection.
What to do
You can do as little or as much as you would like to do when staying at Halcyon House. We tried to balance a few days of rest with some days of adventures and exploring. With Byron Bay, Bungalow, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads only a short drive away, having a hire car is handy, however there is also plenty to do and see by foot or bicycle.
Relax by the pool
A day by the pool is a day well spent. Think blue and white striped day beds, a selection of the latest magazines, good-vibe music and poolside food and drinks service. If you’re there at the right time you may even be treated to a complimentary ice-cream cone from the Halcyon House poolside ice-cream cart.
Spend the day at Cabarita Beach
Halcyon House is located on Cabarita Beach, a beautiful stretch of coastline which is popular among surfers and a great spot for a swim. The waters are clear and green and the temperature is perfect. Halcyon House provides beach umbrellas and chairs which are great for a day at the beach. You can also organise a beach picnic hamper through Paper Daisy.
Ride a bike to Kingscliff
Halcyon House provides gorgeous complimentary blue bicycles for guests. For a scenic and fairly cruisy route, ride north along the beach front cycleway where the scenery changes from coastline to remnant coastal rainforest.
Day trip to Murwillumbah
A 30 minute drive inland takes you through Murwillumbah. Roads lined with lush, green sugar cane and banana tree plantations make for a scenic drive with occasional spots to pull over for fresh fruit and flowers. Drive to Mavis’ Kitchen at Mt Warning for a tasty lunch in a colonial-style house set in a tropical paradise.
Where to eat
Paper Daisy is not your average hotel restaurant. With chef Ben Devlin (Queensland’s Chef of Year 2014, ex-Noma and Esquire) leading the kitchen, beautiful coastal-inspired interiors and fresh, well-presented, memorable dishes, Paper Daisy is a destination in itself. A la carte breakfast was included in our room rate and it was a treat ordering from such a creative menu each morning. Paper Daisy is also open for lunch and dinner.
21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach NSW