Two new hotels on Australia’s blossoming style circuit

A glammed-up Halcyon House and One&Only’s Wolgan Valley

The pool at Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia
The pool at Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia | Image: Kara Rosenlund

If Australia is going from lifestyle strength to strength – its chefs garnering kudos around the globe, its designers luring major fashion editors to Sydney for a buzzy week of collections – then Cabarita Beach, halfway between Queensland’s Gold Coast and Byron Bay in New South Wales, is the country’s latest show of it. It’s here that Halcyon House (www.halcyonhotel.com.au; from about £277; first picture), a former surfers’ motel that has been given an admirably glam overhaul, opened in May. Designer Anna Spiro, who seems to have been inspired by London’s own Kit Kemp and Ben Pentreath, has beautifully reimagined Halcyon’s 21 rooms; beach-house blue and white predominate, while vintage mirrors, portraits and lights mix it up with rattan and wicker. But it’s the service that promises to excel – Halcyon’s owners enticed the brilliant VIP concierge from Capri’s JK Place to make sure of it. Now, with One&Only’s presence expanded in Oz as well – along with Hayman Island, it recently assumed management of the venerable Wolgan Valley resort (www.oneandonlyresorts.com; from £1,038; second picture), just a two-hour drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains – there’s a style circuit that utterly merits the 22-hour flight time.



Extend the Australian odyssey by combining luxe escapes with ancient art or get an inside look at a storied resort reborn in the Whitsundays.

Emirates One&Only’s Wolgan Valley resort in Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains
Emirates One&Only’s Wolgan Valley resort in Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains | Image: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
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