A Hamptons inspired oasis just a few hours north of Sydney
Just a two and a half hour drive north of Sydney you will find the beautiful Port Stephens with its endless beaches and bays, gourmet restaurants, whale and dolphin watching and much more.
We've stayed in many different places throughout the area and on this visit we chose the beautiful, Hamptons inspired, luxury accommodation The Anchorage. I'd been wanting to stay here for so long. Friends of ours had stayed before and it just looks so gorgeous with it's pool overlooking the water and chic nautical theme.
We arrived to a warm welcome, parking was convenient, right outside reception, staff were lovely at check in and our room was just a short walk away. We had a ground floor, one bedroom apartment and our backyard looked out to the playground, which was absolutely perfect as we could sit on our back deck with a glass of wine in hand and watch the kids play.
The room was beautifully decorated in a Hamptons, beachy style I am living for. Crisp white and beige bedding and interior furnishings with navy accents, beautiful bathroom with a double shower head shower, luxurious bath, and L'Occitane amenities. We immediately felt at home, settled in and then headed straight for the pool.
The main pool overlooks a marina and also has a smaller baby pool which was perfect for our little one. Hubby and I took turns in the pool with the kids while the other sat in a deck chair with a book and a drink in hand. There is also another adults only infinity pool which looked very peaceful.
Breakfast daily was in The Galley Kitchen overlooking the pool. The buffet breakfast offered all that you would expect - fresh coffee and tea, breads, pastries, hot food station, salads, fruit, freshly squeezed juices, egg station etc.
Most days we had lunch by the pool. The restaurant offers pool service and we would get a few pizzas, salads and chips to share, have a little rest and then continue swimming.
For dinner there is The Wild Herring, an intimate, premium seafood restaurant. We dined here one night and thoroughly enjoyed the locally sourced and beautifully cooked seafood dishes on offer.
We spent four nights here and could have easily stayed for a week. It's so close to Sydney though that it would be a perfect location for a weekend getaway. We will definitely be back!