Travelling, hand in hand with design, inspires me, motivates me, propels me forward, I swear it makes me a better person! …and sometimes I choose a destination based on one ‘must see’ item.
It could be a restaurant fit-out, a fashion store design, a boutique hotel lobby or even a house that I may have seen on Instagram or social media. I adore turning fantasy into reality and my life is pretty much based on this theory.
Enter stage right – Halcyon House.
Halcyon House is located in Cabarita Beach, New South Wales, Australia and was the brainchild of sisters Elisha and Siobhan Bickle. The girls purchased the property when it was the The Hideaway Motel. At that time the idea was to turn it into a family beach house, according to Vogue Living who profiles the hotel and restaurant in the July/August 2015 issue. Instead they turned it into a 21-room hotel that evokes the feeling of a 1960’s beach motel with a modern interpretation.
Upon landing on a recent family vay-cay in Surfers Paradise, Qld, we made a sharp right turn out of Coolangatta Airport, and headed due South to Cabarita, with full intent on seeing this magnificent property in real time, and determine if it stacks up to all of the hype.
That would be a solid Yes.
It evokes chic Hollywood Glamour, but in a refined beachy Miami Keys kind of way. Bleached white buildings, striped navy and white detail everywhere, old school pink and blue bikes parked out the front for beach boardwalk rides, and the sound of the gentle waves rolling in.
The restaurant, Paper Daisy has a menu to die for. But it ain’t cheap. However, the food was fresh and quite magnificent and service was brilliant. And the Rose was chilled just right.
Think… Palm Springs. 1965
Imagine… The Classic Hamptons Style. With a twist.
Daydream… The Bahamas. Necker Island.
Halcyon House is the boutique hotel you go to when you are wanting to step back in time and remember Summer Holidays passed. Old school. Create new memories.