Bunker Bay WA
Last week I was lucky enough to have a week’s holiday in Western Australia’s beautiful Bunker Bay, near the Margaret River wine region. We found this location after studying the weather for a week or two, normal East Coast resort areas are generally flooded or well into a rainy season in February! The area was absolutely spectacular, one of those places that is difficult to put into words that adequately describe it, all white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and water so clear you could see the little whitings swimming knee deep.
We selected the Quay West resort to stay at, as we were looking for a resort experience this time round (a need to escape reality, indulge, be lazy and completely unwind!) and booked five nights from a Monday. As it turned out, staying during the week was a good option, it certainly was alot busier the Friday night and Saturday as Perth locals came down for the week-end, with loads of families enjoying & splashing around in the pool area! During the week however it was peaceful and quite, service was incredible with the staff getting to know us by name and a lovely overall atmosphere.
We booked a studio villa, which was perfectly adequate, and included a small but functional kitchenette, should you want to prepare some meals yourself (we had planned to but never got around to it!). The bathroom is exactly as in the picture, spacious, modern & luxurious. My only complaint with the rooms were the fly wire doors which were not lockable, meaning you couldn’t leave the doors open whilst out for the breeze, but this really was a very minor issue. We booked some massages for our arrival, the spa and staff were fantastic. We also made good use of the tennis courts, the bar and the restaurant whilst there.
Images: Quay West
The best aspects of the resort were the buffet breakfast, loads of fresh and healthy options along with all the favourites, and sparkling wine! The oysters, which we ate virtually daily were a joy, for Sydneysiders finding fresh oysters that havn’t been rinsed in fresh water is a rarity, and we made the most of it! The cafe a little further along the beach was also a hidden gem, Bunker’s Beach Cafe had an incredible view and incredible food to match. I can highly recommend the caramelized onion tart and the lamb tagine.
We did some exploring of the wineries in the region as well as a spectacular dinner at Cape Lodge, wine tasting and lunch at Vasse Felix was enjoyable, the upstairs balcony at Vasse Felix a lovely place to sit and relax for a while. We enjoyed the Juniper Estate winery the most, the smaller more intimate style meant a good chat with the winemaker, meaning it was a great place to start, he gave us loads of tips and taught us a thing or two about wines from the region.
Cape Lodge features a menu that changes daily and is based around the freshest local produce, the restaurant has been voted in the Top Ten in the World for Food in Conde Naste Traveller’s Gold List. We made a booking for 6pm, wanting something as early as possible as we wouldn’t be going back to the hotel after the wine tasting. We arrived at 5pm and had a cocktail in the bar whilst watching the sun set over the lake in front of the restaurant. Being mid-week in mid-Feb, it was fairly quite and most of the bookings had arrived by 6:30. We had asked to see the menu shortly after arriving, and were told that it wasn’t quite ready. By the time we sat down at 6pm, they handed us menu’s fresh off the printer, proving that the menu really does get formed around the best ingredients they can find on the day. We selected the three course option, the degustation was tempting, but it did not include the Venison dish, and we were very much wanting to try some local venison. The images below show the view out over the water and our entree dishes, after this all phones died and the camera died, so no more images, but the entrees give you the idea!
Overall an amazing trip, ticked all the boxes, and we are just figuring out a time to get back over there!