Let's start with the view. It’s hard not to. The floor-to-ceiling windows at Jonah's frame a view of raw, natural beauty. Located just 50 minutes’ drive from the Sydney CBD, its proximity is just one of its many charms.
Overlooking glorious Whale Beach, Jonah’s is the only Sydney hotel that is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel association. Originally built in 1929 as a roadhouse on the outskirts of the city – where ladies and gentlemen would flock at weekends – it has hosted the likes of Lord Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart in its 86 years.
The 11 suites look the goods – muted tones, king beds and spacious bathrooms kitted out with L’Occitane amenities – but it’s the private balcony and the killer views that will make you feel like you’re living the high life.
Own it by indulging in an in-room massage or beauty treatment from a Purity Pacific spa therapist. We opted for a total body overhaul – a 30-minute body exfoliation, 60-minute full-body massage and 45-minute manicure and pedicure. Yes.
The resort offers a range of packages, from Gourmet Getaway to Babymoon, and all include dinner and breakfast at the restaurant. Renowned chef Logan Campbell (ex-Lucio’s in Paddington) took over the kitchen a year ago and has transformed the menu, focusing on seafood and his signature pasta dishes (picking up a chef’s hat in the process).
You might want to start with half-a-dozen Sydney rock oysters, coupled with a glass of sparkling pinot-chardonnay from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Next, order grilled scallops with pancetta, thyme and Parmesan and harissa-scented Mirrool Creek lamb rump with heirloom pearl barley, zucchini, pickled red onions and lemon. And trust us, you will want the Textures of Chocolate and Cherry Ripe, with roast dark chocolate, milk chocolate ganache, cherries and coconut sorbet.
Retire to the bar or roll down to your suite. That’s the hardest decision you have to make at this sublime beach getaway.
Jonah’s | 69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach, +61 2 9974 5599
Image: Nikki To