Beautiful beaches, wonderful weather and the perfect resort!
I was recently in Western Australia for our annual Down Under vacation and the highlight of our trip has got to be our stay at Smiths Beach Resort!
Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Smiths Beach Resort is pure heaven for beach lovers. It is perfectly positioned on the pristine sands of Smiths Beach overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Set within a National Park, this environmentally-friendly and picturesque resort is a restful sanctuary providing the ultimate Australian beachside experience, with ideal leisure facilities, self-catering accommodation and excellent dining and gourmet deli facilities.
Our gorgeous and handy outdoor shower (esp with so much time spent at the beach)
This architectural award-winning resort is said to be the finest luxury accommodation in Yallingup and they offer the options of beautifully furnished One Bedroom Apartments, Two and Three Bedroom Garden or Ocean View Villas. There are also the Three and Four Bedroom Beach Houses which have large picture windows that frame views of the stunning natural surrounds, stretches of ocean and colourful sunsets.
We stayed at the 1 Bedroom Ocean View Villa and the second I stepped in, I was FLOORED by the floor-to-ceiling windows and the minimalist yet stylish interior.
Pictures totally don't do this place justice, so please visit my Instagram highlights for a video tour on how insanely gorgeous this place is. I received soooooo many PMs about this Condé Nast worthy villa when I posted it on IG!
This 90 sqm villa features a large open-plan living area upstairs with modern full-equipped kitchen plus dining, lounge areas and balcony with bbq. The spacious master bedroom is also situated upstairs and features an ensuite freestanding bathtub.
(I also gotta mention how child-friendly this resort is. See the high chair at the dining table? Not only are they able to provide high chairs, stairgates and cots, they also offered to open up the lower floor so that there are additional bedrooms, hence making it a 3 bedroom Ocean View Villa - perfect if you're travelling with older children or more companions!)
I love, love, love how the place is set amidst lush greenery and how we get to enjoy unparallelled views of the magnificent ruby red sunsets Australia is famous for.
I didn't manage to capture a picture of the sunsets so here's a photo of sunrise, which was equally breathtaking to watch, if you ask me.
All the food and beverage outlets at Smiths Beach are managed by Lamonts, one of Western Australia’s premier restaurateurs and purveyors of fine food and wine.
We had breakfast every day (the breakfast taco was TO DIE FOR!) and dinner once there throughout our four-day stay and I can see why the restaurant is fast developing a reputation as one of the best dining experiences in the Cape region.
I would have loved to have more meals there tbh but with the well-equipped kitchen and array of fresh produce Australia has to offer, the husband and I couldn't resist in having a cook-off or two.
(By the way, Nate was the judge and I obviously won.)
Facilities at Smiths Beach Resort also include a Hamptons-esque infinity swimming pool and children's wading pool, tennis court, in-room massage and Sunday yoga sessions which I totally regret not participating in.
I also regret not setting up the jetmaster fireplace in the living room (yes, there was an actual, REAL fireplace I kid you not!) after bubs had gone to bed and just take in the panoramic views from my balcony whilst sipping on the local wine and chocolate I got from Lamonts.
Nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin on the stunning Cape to Cape walking track, Smiths Beach Resort is just steps away from a pristine beach that is lovingly tended and preserved.
We spent our afternoons there soaking up the glorious sun, strolling on the powdery soft white sand and were even lucky enough to be treated to dolphin sightings!
If you are into nature, Smiths Beach Resort offers some really cool experiences which include whale watching and exploring ancient caves.
There are also luxury experiences (private helicopter tour, anyone?) and arts & wellbeing experiences which make your stay at Smiths Beach Resort pretty much second to none.
Smiths Beach Resort is a three-hour drive from Perth (we stopped at Busselton Jetty for lunch) and is best reached by self-driving.
A quick geography lesson, the Margaret River Region stretches from Busselton and Dunsborough in the north of the region, down to Augusta in the south. It’s an enticing mosaic of pristine natural wonders, premium wineries, relaxed microbreweries, world-class restaurants, spectacular beaches, towering forests, inspirational artisans, warm and friendly locals, and a laid-back persona all of its own.
Smiths Beach Resort's location hence makes it a popular alternative too for guests seeking luxury accommodation in Dunsborough and Bunker Bay.
If you are keen to explore more of the south west corner of Australia, there are five sub-regions (including the Margaret River Region) that make up Australia’s South West, each offering their own unique experiences. From the awesome urban experiences of Geographe to the raw beauty of the Great Southern, each region has a offering of its own that you can find out more here.
My little family had such an amazing stay and we honestly plan to return here every year from now on for our much-needed respite.
Smiths Beach Resort
You might have noticed that Smiths Beach Resort is part of SLH, otherwise known as Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With over 500 small, independent hotels hotels in more than 80 countries, SLH experience is all about seeking out the little gems that offer genuine, one-of-a-kind experience. Every one of their hotels have been carefully selected to celebrate their individual quirks and characters. This isn't my first time working with the brand, and trust me, nobody does luxury better than them.
You can find out more about SLH and their hotels at www.slh.com