Hand’s up if you’ve been pouring over the dreamy blue and white interior images that keep popping up on Instagram with the #halcyonhouse wondering where this hot new hotel that everyone keeps snapping is? I certainly was, which is why I grabbed my mum and girls and headed to Halcyon House in NSW’s Cabarita for a few days and also interviewed the clever founders behind the hotel, sisters Elisha and Siobhan Bickle.
For the record, Halcyon House is even better than it looks on Instagram. Everything about the classic beachy blue and white interior is spectacular, thanks to the talented Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro. You could spend days wandering around the hotel taking every detail in. The bedheads! The upholstered walls! The eclectic art collection! The interior inspiration is seemingly endless. The staff – many of who are Italian – are welcoming, warm and make it an experience to remember. As for the food, it’s phenomenal. The beachfront restaurant is called Paper Daisy and the path that leads to the restaurant is lined with pretty yellow and white paper daisies. And you’re right on the beach, so you can either laze by the pool on a blue and white striped lounge or if you have kids, let them burn off some energy running around the beach. “We wanted to create a space that felt like your own beach house, whilst keeping the sensibilities of the 1960’s beach motel. We believed the best people to help us with that were architect Virginia Kerridge and interior designer Anna Spiro,” says Elisha, a mother of four (Harvey, 10, Anakin, 9, Mary, 7 and Vincent, 4). Siobhan is a mother to five children – Arki, 10, Julius, 8, Theodora, 6, Stavros, 4 and Balthasar, 4 – so between them life is full. We were thrilled to catch up with the sisters and find out more about Australia’s chicest new boutique hotel… Photography: Raegan Glazner Additional images and words: Georgie Abay