Pretty Beach House

Name of resort/hotel

Pretty Beach House


Year opened




Surrounded by ancient angophoras and with views through wild eucalypts to the sparkling bay, Pretty Beach House is what many would call a rare find. This sophisticated and private guesthouse can be found just a 90 minute drive north of Sydney. The serene and quintessentially Australian bushland setting of the NSW Bouddi National Park offers an idyllic escape to nature lovers, without forgoing all the luxuries of a world-class hotel. The retreat is only a 20-minute ferry from Sydney’s famous Palm Beach.


Walking distance to:

The beach is accessible via a 20-minute hike.


Size and style:

Four laidback luxury pavilions, surrounded by Mother Nature. The main house at Pretty Beach House is a collection of premium guest facilities including an open-plan kitchen, impressive dining room, huge open fireplace, wine cellar, day spa, outdoor communal pool and poolside pizza oven for more casual al-fresco dining.


Guest profile:

Mostly international guests at the beginning or end of a national tour around Australia. Guests also include Sydneysiders looking for an indulgent weekend escape, nature lovers, hikers and active couples.


Family friendly:

Pretty Beach House usually accommodates couples. Families can be accommodated in the case of an exclusive-use booking, as Bill Gates’ family has done once before.


Airport transfers:

Yes, luxury car transfers are available from Sydney or Newcastle airports for A$275 one-way. Helicopter and seaplane transfers are also available (both are 20 minutes from Sydney).

You need to know:

Guests are welcomed as if in a private home where all dining, premium beverages, local transfers, mountain biking and an indigenous smoking ceremony are included.


On site dining facilities:

The main house is designed for relaxation and conviviality, and guests can help themselves from the fully stocked bar before dinner while taking in the stunning coastal views. Guests can choose to dine in the spectacular dining room, al fresco by the pool or perhaps even on the hotel’s boat. The menu is highly personalised depending on the guests’ likes and dislikes.


On-site facilities:


Onsite parking is complimentary.


Yes, one main pool and one heated plunge pool in all pavilions with the exception of Treetops. Four on the property in total.


No, but a personal trainer or yoga instructor can be arranged.


Bouddi Spa uses indigenous Australian products from the LI’TYA range.


Eco and community initiatives:

Pretty Beach House sponsors three children from World Vision on a monthly basis, and supports YALARI, an organisation which educates young indigenous children.


Concierge recommends:

Pack relaxed clothing and be prepared to experience complete immersion in nature.


Celebrity guests?

Bill Gates, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, members of the Royal Family and more.


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