The tranquil, carefree days of Australian summers passed will be recaptured at Halcyon House – Australia’s most unique beachside property. The former surfer motel turned luxury hotel is situated at one of the country’s best surf breaks and in one of its most idyllic beachfront towns – Cabarita Beach, Northern New South Wales. The area has a rich and colourful history. The town grew from a predominantly agricultural based existence with the farming of sugar cane and timber, to be more widely known for its beauty and tourist attractions, beginning in the 1950’s. Attractions such as water skiing on the Bogangar lake and even a glass bottom boat at the old Cabarita Pub. What has not changed is the natural beauty and timeless simple pleasures that Cabarita is renowned for.
Norries Headland. Photo copyright Jon jenkins
The story of Halcyon House began in 2011 with the purchase of the ‘Hideaway’ hotel by Brisbane-based sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle and their husbands Adam Flaskas and Dave Wadley. The two couples purchased the property with the intention of creating a refuge to house their families on holidays. It wasn’t long before the sisters, decided to alter their holiday plans and allow others to share the experience of their beachside treasure. This is the first hotel development for the two couples who spearheaded the highly successful up market and award winning ‘Bunk’ backpackers hostel and the Victoria Park function centre in inner city Brisbane.
Halcyon House underwent extensive renovations under the gise of renowned architect Virginia Kerridge and interior designer Anna Spiro. Twenty-one individually designed rooms and two suites have been created with a definite sense of beachside nostalgia, perfect for creating memories. The hotel is now lead by Italian national and customer service revolutionary, Mauro De Riso. Born into a family which run and own luxury hotels, his passion, charm and 5-star expertise continues to be infiltrated throughout the entire Halcyon team.
Paper Daisy, the aptly named on-site restaurant and bar is named after the wildflowers that bloom on the nearby Norrie’s Headland. Chef Ben Devlin (ex Noma fame) pays homage to Australian coastal cooking with an emphasis on local organic produce which is either grown in the onsite kitchen garden or sourced from nearby farms.
Acclaimed design, professional yet personal service and industry leading food and drink combine to offer the ideal setting for weekends away, celebrations, corporate meetings, and memorable weddings and romantic minibreaks. Halcyon House is defining a different type of beach holiday, providing an experience of uncomplicated luxury reflective of Australian summers gone by.
Cabarita Beach from the air. Photo copyright Jon jenkins
The Hideaway Hotel pre renovation 2014
Rear view of The Hideaway pre renovation 2014