Aussie Beach BBQ | Aus Day Long Weekend

It’s Aussie. It’s sizzling. And it’s gigantic! Our Exec Chef John Pye has put together a sizable plate of his favourite Australia fare to create our infamous Aussie Beach BBQ plate that will be available for $35 this Australia Day Long Weekend. Get stuck into Junee lamb cutlets, gourmet rosemary & garlic lamb sausages, grain fed beef minute steak, marinated prawn cutlet, chargrilled corn cob with chipotle butter, whole baked potato with sour cream and chives, house spicy slaw served with bush tomato relish! Pair with an ice cold beer or our specialty cider cocktail Orchard Rose made with James Squire Orchard Crush.

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Australia Day | Every Man & His Dog | Official Sponsors

HERO 2lowAustralia Day Long Weekend is just around the corner and we are counting down the days until WATSSUP present the hugely anticipated Every Man & His Dog SUP event. Local families, paddling enthusiasts and Beach Club loyals alike will be heading down to Watsons Bay Beach to paddle it out with some amazing prize packs up for grabs!

We are thrilled to be supporting this true, blue Aussie event again for the second year in a row and this year we have TV personality and local Watsons Bay girl Laura Csortan and border collie Abbey on board as the official #everymanandhisdog ambassadors.

Paddlers will be competing in Women’s, Men’s, Kids, Dash for Cash and of course, Man & Dog categories, and thanks to our incredible sponsors, paddlers will be competing for some super prizes.

Burton Contractors 6km SUP race will disburse a prize purse of $800 to place getters in the 14ft Male & Female contestants. Burton Contractors are the leaders in digging and you’ll have to dig deep in the 6km SUP race to be in for the cash prize!

The crowd favourite race Dash for Cash is this year sponsored by ECS Boards who are generously providing cash prizes for the fastest male and female…the race is on for the ECS Dash for Cash. ECS will also be throwing in one of their infamous ECS Surf Boards and SUP paddle.

Now the fastest growing premium polarized sunglass maker in the world, Hawaiin company Maui Jim have generously provided $4,500 worth of world-class sunglasses!

Drift Paddleboards are giving away a beautiful 11ft Americano Oak Limited Edition paddle board to one very lucky entrant of #everymanandhisdog. All you have to do is enter a race category to be in the running. For the little ones, up for grabs in the Ben Buckler Kids race are two world class paddles, thanks to Ben Buckler Boards. Another draw card for the Kids races is an Adventure Paddleboard kids flat water SUP and Trident kids paddle as a double prize!

We’d like to give a major shout out to all of our amazing sponsors for supporting this awesome Aussie event:

The Aromatherapy Co.
The Beach People
Boat Shed Towels
Bondi Bather
Botani Skincare
Cellar Masters
De Lorenzo Haircare
Dr Lewinns
ICE Watches
Gelatissimo
Global Surf Industries
GHD
Kommunity Project
Lifeproof
Loving Earth
O’Neill
Palm Beach Candles
Paqua
Quickblade
Sambora Beach Toes
Solar D
Scunci Hair Accessories
Soludus
Waggle
Werner Paddles

WIN | Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema

What better way to kick of Sydney’s awesome outdoor event lineup for summer 2015…

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a quintessential outdoor event (and one of our personal faves), with music by day and movies by night set to light up Bondi Beach from January 22 – March 1, 2015. Summer is all about getting out and enjoying this amazing city we live in,while celebrating our incredibly beaches, weather and views – Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema allows just this!

To celebrate their upcoming launch, we’re giving away SIX double passes to the opening night, which means you and a friend could be going along to join in the festivities! To win, simply follow our instagram page @watsonsbayboutiquehotel , find the competition post (which will be posted Thursday 15 January 2015) and comment on the photo by tagging who you would take if you won, and say why! Get creative with your responses, better yet make us laugh and you could be a winner!

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are also offering Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel customers an exclusive offer with $3 off all GA tickets (excluding special events). To secure your tickets visit openaircinemas.com.au, choose your film and enter the code WATSONSBAY when purchasing. Be quick though as they’re selling out fast.

Remember, you have to be in it to win it and there’s not long to enter (winners to be announced Monday 19 January 2015) so be sure to get cracking and commenting! Good luck.

Click here for Terms & Conditions: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Instagram Competition Terms & Conditions
TPL: LTPM/14/01355

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Every Man & His Dog | Australia Day

It’s one of our favourite days of the year, as we celebrate in true blue style in the sun, sand and surf! For the second year running, this Australia Day we are proudly supporting the local WATSSUP‘s Every Man & His Dog stand up paddle boarding event.

EVERY MAN & HIS DOG – AUSTRALIA DAY SUP EVENT
Monday 26th January 2015
WATSONS BAY BEACHFRONT
7:30AM – 11.30AM

Growing on the success of last year, Every Man & His Dog will be bigger and better this Australia Day and WATSSUP invite you (and your pooch) along for the ride.  Situated in the picturesque Sydney Harbour with views of this beautiful city and the iconic Harbour Bridge, Watsons Bay poses a fantastic site for paddle enthusiasts with elements for all abilities.

The event is open to all, from amateurs to hardcore paddlers, including those without a four-legged furry friend! Categories will include Long Distance, Sprint, a Dash for Cash, Kids (U13s & U18s) as well as the Man and Dog races (our personal favourite!) Please see the website for further information on the categories and race options.

For those who haven’t paddled before, or need to brush up on their strength and skills, WATSSUP are hosting introduction to SUP sessions and youth clinics to inspire and encourage you to partake in the world’s fastest growing sport!

REGISTER NOW

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WONDERLUST NYE – Win a Moet Magnum!

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If you’re joining us for WONDERLUST NYE in partnership with LoveCloud, you could be in the running to win a Moet magnum! We’re running a live instagram competition on New Years Eve and we want you and your crew to get involved! We want to see your hottest party snaps – whether it’s a killer shot of the fireworks, a snap of our specialty NYE cocktail, your friends carving shapes on the dance floor or a stellar selfie – be sure to tag @watsonsbayboutiquehotel @lovecloud and hashtag #wonderlustnye for your chance to win!

We’ll be picking out our favourite insta pics and announcing one winner every hour on the hour from 6pm til midnight. The winners’ insta pics will also be reposted on @watsonsbayboutiquehotel with winners invited to collect their Moet magnum from the bar to enjoy with friends.

Remember – you have to be in it to win it so don’t be shy, snap your experience at WONDERLUST NYE and be sure to tag @watsonsbayboutiquehotel @lovecloud and hashtag #wonderlustnye for your chance to win. Good Luck!

Summer of Cider

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We are celebrating the most refreshing beverage of the season – cider! Come down to Watsons Bay and experience our brand new cider bar stocked full of crisp and fresh varieties. We are now offering Somersby Buckets, perfect for sharing on a warm afternoon with 4 for $30 or 6 for $40. Our mixologist Mikey has proudly created our very own cider cocktail “Orchard Rose” – a secret concoction of James Squire Orchard Crush, gin and fresh juice to create a tantalising mix that screams summer!

Our new cider menu includes some old favourites, as well as new kids on the block. Whatever your preference, we strong suggest you work your way through the menu. Be sure to ask our friendly staff for recommendations and food pairings.

Orchard Crush Cider Cocktail available as a cocktail or sharing carafe
Sippin’ on gin and juice…with James Squire Orchard Crush Cider
A tantalising mix that screams summer!

Crafty Cider
James Squire Orchard Crush
Pipsqueak Cider
Bilpin Cider
Somersby Cider
Monteiths Cider

Big Mama Bottles 500ml
Kirin Cider
Thatchers Cider
Rekorderlig Cider

What’s Your Flavour? 500ml
Kirin Fuji Flavoured Cider
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6 Tips for Christmas Entertaining

 

By John Pye – Executive Chef

1. Keep It Simple

Great flavours will always be great flavours. Just because there’s a special occasion doesn’t mean you need to throw every herb, spice and condiment into a pan and create a special suace or puree. Remember to keep it simple and combine flavours that bring the best out of your dish

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2. F is for Fresh!

Christmas lunch only happens once a year. As much as hitting the over-crowded seafood markets and shops can cause anxiety, blisters and an awkward sweaty lip, it’s worth investing a few hours of torture and purchasing some great fresh produce. it really does make a difference and your guests will appreciate your efforts.

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3. Pick a Concept & Nail It

Hot meats and veggies, cold meats and salads, seafood with fairy bread…whatever you choose to go with, commit to it and pay attention to the smaller details. It shows you’ve thought it through and want to put on a show.

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4. Styling is Everything

…and I’m not talking about popping green and red alternate napkins one the place settings. Think about who you’re catering for and really make it special. At Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel we create and style each event to attract who we’re entertaining – it’s part of the experience and shouldn’t be forgotten.

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5. Four Course Rule

Again, don’t over complicate your meal. Four courses are more than enough – we stick to this concept for any of our events. Canapes on arrival, starter, main and dessert…don’t over-do it. You want your guests to enjoy each course, not feel stuffed to the brim.

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6. Drink It Up

You don’t need to be a sommelier to know that some beverages match better with some foods and flavours. Google it! Read the tasting notes on the back of the labels. Research and show your guests you’ve covered all bases and are doing everything you can to create a wonderful experience.

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The Bay Brunch

Introducing The Bay Brunch – a NYC brasserie style, all-you-can-eat brunch buffet in Beach Club.

Indulge in a bountiful spread of seasonal delights, experiential feasting stations and refreshing beverage bars. You’re invited to feast upon an extensive brunch menu created by Executive Chef John Pye. Some of our specialties on offer include Belgian waffles with crispy bacon & maple syrup, spicy Mexi-style eggs served with warm tortillas & fresh salsas, hand carved glazed Kurobuta ham & cranberry sauce sliders and banana flapjack pancakes with salted caramel sauce & chantilly cream.

The Bay Brunch costs $75 per person and includes four beverage coupons to use on your choice of home made watermelon lemonade, fresh mimosas, bubbles or at our Bloody Mary bar. Upgrade to a four hour beverage pack of house drinks from 9am – 12pm for $100 per person.

Look out for The Bay Brunch at our upcoming events including Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day and two 2015 dates to be announced soon as part of the NSW Food and Wine Festival.

RSVP is essential. To make a booking for you and your crew, call us on (02) 9337 5444. We’re social - follow us for all the up-to-date details!

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Carols by the Bay

We’re kicking off the silly season with a festive community celebration of sing-along carols down on Watsons Bay Beach. This year, Carols by the Bay is proudly supported by Woollahra Council and will take place on Wednesday 26th November from 4pm. We’ll be treated to performances by the local Vaucluse Public School, with choir groups, dance groups and even the school rock band performing, what we like to think of as a modern-day carol – “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Also joining us are the Royal Australian Navy Rock Band from the local HMAS Watson performing a line-up of much loved sing-along Christmas carols. Last but not least, is up-and-coming artist Romy who’s soulful voice will close the evening as the sun sets over the harbour.

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Rumour has it that Santa may be swapping his name to “Sandy Clause” and trading his sleigh in for a speed boat, to pay a visit to the Bay and join in on the carols! Let’s hope he has plenty of candy canes in tow! Once carols has concluded, guests will be invited into Beach Club where the celebration continues! There’ll be a home-made lemonade stand where all proceeds will be donated back to Vaucluse Public School. We’ll be serving Kids Meal Boxes for $10 with 50%  of proceeds donated to Vaucluse Public School and Gelatissimo will also have their Gelato cart stocked full of fresh gelato. Choose from 8 delicious flavours including salted caramel + chocolate (yum!) for $4 a scoop with 50% of proceeds also donated to Vaucluse Public School!

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Fashions on the Bay

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is gearing up for our most opulent Melbourne Cup event yet! The team have been playing dress ups all over Sydney and are looking forward to bringing some glitz and glamour to the guests of our deluxe luncheon – particularly the winners of our Fashions on the Bay, who will receive a range of coveted gifts from our sponsors.

We would like to extend a large thank you to our stylish equine partners; Moet & Chandon, Moss & Spy, Philadelphia Philpot Couture Millinery, Camilla and Gez Flower Hippie Crowns whose designs will be showcased throughout the event.

Moss & Spy

Moss & Spy are an Australian brand with a striking feminine appeal. The dynamic mix of fabrics in each collection favours floral prints and lace combined with elegant embellishments to achieve a perfect balance of strong, sensuous and elegant allure that is the perfect combination for a races soiree.

The brand invokes a French expression- “Je suis bien dans ma peau” which literally means “I feel good in my skin”- to express the epitome of style, which is; being confident and feeling comfortable with who you are and what you wear.

Moss & Spy, 108 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW

www.mossandspy.com.au

 

Philadelphia Philpot

Australian based milliner Wendi Nutt individually designs her headpieces using traditional millinery techniques, and unusual vintage materials she has collected over the years. Not a drop of glue is used, and each piece is hand stitched. Wendi’s pieces are a delight to behold and imbue the wearer with confidence as they wear a true piece of unique, bespoke art.

I have never repeated a design in over 23 yearsI have enough imagination to last me a lifetime, so I am not influenced by overseas designers and have no need to copy the designs of others.”

Philadelphia Philpot Couture Millinery, 1/17A The Avenue, Petersham NSW

www.philadelphiaphilpot.com

 

Camilla

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”

Camilla is a celebrated Australian designer and artist who launched her namesake brand 10 years ago. Camilla represents the strong, the free spirited, the adventurous and the colourful. Free-flowing shapes translate seamlessly into weightless silk pieces. Colour, strength, passion and beauty.

Camilla, 132a Warners Avenue, Bondi Beach NSW
www.camilla.com.au

 

Ever So In Love

“My crowns are made with real, fresh flowers – easy to wear, hippie style – that all the girls love at the moment!”

No flower crown is the same, all are unique. Gez tailors colours and textures to suit personal style, as will be seen on Melbourne Cup day.

For enquiries, contact Gez on geraldinepage@live.co.uk