Alena Higgins hits the road and heads south, where the beauty of Bannisters by the Sea is waiting…
If you’ve been yearning for a tranquil coastal getaway where you can unwind in stunning oceanfront accommodation and feast on the freshest seafood the NSW South Coast has to offer, then be sure to treat yourself this September.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic Rick Stein seafood restaurant at Mollymook, Bannisters by the Sea is offering a special stay and dine package, including accommodation and a decadent menu for two.
Diners will enjoy a superb five-course menu showcasing the celebrity chef’s most popular dishes from the last decade – including the famous lobster raviolo and delicious hot chocolate fondant.
Located an easy three-hour drive south of Penrith in scenic Mollymook, the luxury hotel sits high on the headland with dramatic cliff top views over the South Pacific Ocean and provides all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience.
When you arrive you immediately feel a sense of relaxation thanks to the rolling waves and fresh sea air.
A trip to the beach is a must – and you needn’t go far. Bannisters by the Sea conveniently lies between two pristine beaches, perfect for a leisurely stroll on the sand or dip in the sea.
But the breathtaking natural beauty is not the only thing guaranteed to impress.
Light and breezy Hamptons-style decor is weaved effortlessly throughout the hotel, which provides 34 luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites, most with private balconies.
Visitors can also rejuvenate at the full service day spa or relax at the Bannisters Pool Bar, where guests can enjoy gourmet pizzas, snacks and cocktails by the glittering infinity pool. An indulgent complimentary breakfast daily rounds out your stay.
If you’re looking for a more laid back dining experience then the Roof Top Bar & Grill, located within Bannisters Pavilion, is just a two-minute shuttle bus ride away.
A relaxed hideaway nestled in the trees, Bannisters Pavilion features 35 bespoke rooms and is located just 80 metres from Mollymook Beach.
The Roof Top Bar & Grill provides mouth-watering Mediterranean/Australian fusion eats, killer cocktails and craft beer, and is the perfect hang out by day or night.
The dine and stay package starts at $589 for two people and includes one night accommodation at Bannisters by the Sea, breakfast for two, the set-menu dinner for two, a Rick Stein cookbook and 10th anniversary tote.
The set-menu is available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights during September from 5.30pm.
Bookings are essential as this special menu is limited to 20 diners per night.
For more information or to book your getaway, call 4455 3044.
Alena Higgins is the Weekender’s Senior News Reporter, primarily covering courts and Council issues.