We are great fans of Jonah's, and have always enjoyed staying and dining there, since we first visited some 15 years ago (prior to its being renovated) because of its beautiful views, attentive service, and intimate atmosphere. It is about 4 years since we last stayed here, and while the staff are as attentive and the views as glorious as ever, the rooms are starting to look a tad dated and not as well kitted out as other upmarket properties we've stayed in: no make-up mirror in the bathroom, no full-length mirror in the bedroom (there is one in the bathroom), no complimentary bottled water, and surprisingly, when the cupboard containing the Foxtel box is opened, all the power cords and power points are in full view. (I really thought that an establishment of this ilk would have found a way of camouflaging or covering up the cord mess!) The blinds, although controlled electronically, are reminiscent of the old-fashioned venetian blinds, which detracted from the ambience of the room - time for a significant update here Jonahs - maybe some of those sleek silent Gliss blinds! Still, we appreciated the provision of L'Occitane amenities, one of my favourite brands, and plenty of towels, including beach towels.
Drinks in the bar beside the fire were a fine start to dinner. Dinner itself was good, but not as good as it has been the past, perhaps a little too complex, with too many competing flavours. Staff were very obliging when we requested our dessert to be served in the bar rather than at the table.
Breakfast was delicious - fresh juices, beautiful coffee, sufficient fruit, cereal and hot dishes to satisfy most tastes, and delicious warm croissants with homemade jams. Again, no problem for the staff to serve extra coffees outside on the terrace while we read the papers, after having finished breakfast.
Would we stay again? Probably, but would like to see the rooms have a make over
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jonah’s Whale Beach is one of Australia’s most luxurious ocean retreats and the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Sydney - the most prestigious hotel association in the world.The perfect beachside escape, Jonah’s offers an acclaimed restaurant, seven luxurious rooms, a penthouse and 'Jonah's Private', a secluded residence containing three stunning rooms. Luxurious and discreet, Jonah’s prides itself on its friendly and casual atmosphere and outstanding first class service. ... more less
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