Dance, Drama and Fitness Fun these July School Holidays

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel have a July school holidays program bursting with fun, delicious recipes, exotic animals and creative fitness classes! One of these programs is our Kids Dance Class run by the exuberant and experienced Jess Feneley, eastern suburbs local and owner of  The Jess Academy.

Approaching its 1st anniversary, The Jess Academy has delighted kids in the Eastern suburbs through dance, drama and team fitness classes with big plans to grow. After graduating from the NIDA Young Actor’s Studio, and studying at the Actors Centre and Theatrix Theatre Company, achieving a Diploma in Early Childhood and her Certificate lll and IV in Personal Training, Jess created the academy to combine her love (and experience) in Performance, Fitness and Kids!

Watsons Bay are hosting two 90-minute classes on both Fridays of the school holidays, so we spoke to Jess about what our kiddies can expect and why she loves promoting a healthy and creative lifestyle!

Hi Jess! Thanks for your time; we’d love to know what we can expect from your classes at Watsons Bay?

I’m really excited about our classes! We will be doing half an hour of dance, half an hour of drama games and improvisations, and half an hour of fitness. There is no time for boredom as the kids will be continuously engaged and having a ball.

What is your favourite memory of teaching kids to dance?

I have a few favourite memories! I recall my first experience with a room of 30 children! After teaching them all the steps we turned off the room lights, switched on the disco lights, turned up the music and danced in the exciting disco effects together. The thrill of hearing the children giggle with delight throughout the song will always resonate with me – and it never gets old! Another memory was when a mother told me her daughter practices her Jess Academy moves at home and loves teaching them to her little brother. Seeing the kids SO happy and knowing they take the experience away with them is inspiring.

What is the easiest style of dance for kids to learn?

Zumba Kids uses a range a different styles of dance from countries all over the world and has a hip-hop feeling. Because kids think hip-hop is one of the coolest styles they’re always eager to give it a crack, which makes it feel easier for them.

What type of music can we expect?

It will be a surprise as we try new styles of dance but the music is always energetic, dynamic and fun to get them moving. We love Latino, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock and I like to let the kids vote for their songs of choice too.

Is it hard to motivate kids to be active these days, and why are group performance classes important?

I’ve rarely found a child who isn’t motivated by classes and most children love the variety, they arrive hungry to know what we will be doing this time. I think it’s very important to be active and engaged in the classes, not only for the fitness but because it is a great way for young people to form new friendships, build confidence and resilience, and finish with a big smile on their faces.

What does your perfect day at Watsons Bay look like?

My perfect day in Watsons Bay would be a sunrise walk around Camp Cove followed by a delicious lunch on the Top Deck at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. I suppose a spin on a yacht in the harbour could be the icing on the cake.


Jess’ classes at Watsons Bay are perfect for kids aged 3 and up. Kids should wear comfortable, loose clothing and enclosed shoes to the class. Tickets are limited so book your spot online today at


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C is for Coffee, W is for Watsons Bay

Here at Watsons Bay, we understand the importance of a delicious coffee, especially in the morning! With trained baristas and Toby Estate coffee beans on hand, we promise to deliver the perfect coffee every time – whether it be a cappuccino, double shot soy latte or a flat white with one.




Here are some interesting facts that you may have not know about coffee

Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity in the world behind oil

Coffee beans are actually a fruit – they are the pits of berries!

65% of coffee consumption occurs during breakfast hours (understandably)

100 cups of coffee is considered a lethal dose!

The average age of an Italian barista is 48 years of age

The world consumes 1.6 billion cups of coffee daily


If you have yet to try one of our amazing coffees, we are open every morning from 7am! Why not have some breakfast while you’re here?

Taj Burrow Celebrates at Watsons Bay

With Taj Burrow returning from his last ever surf competition in Fiji, we celebrated at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel yesterday to honour his illustrious career and remarkable legacy forged in the ocean!

Taj Burrow who has been surfing since he was 7 years old has had many career highlights including being an Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee as well as an ASP World Tour Runner Up 1999 and 2007. He has won everywhere. He’s won events all over the world including Rio, Saquarema, Australia and the United States. It is evident that he has made a name for himself in the surfing world.

Only recently did Taj announce his departure from the world of competitive surfing and to celebrate, his girlfriend Rebecca Jobson threw him the ultimate suprise party to celebrate his career and legacy within the sport.

Despite the gloomy weather, hordes of friends and family showed up in force to reveal the big surprise. There was a strong turnout from the surfing community, with stars like Mick Fanning, Matt Wilkinson, Adrian Buchan and Noa Deane in the building and friend Chris Hemsworth also rocked up for the afternoon celebrations.

Taj Burrow Rebecca Dobson

Escape this Winter with Corona and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Corona Extra and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel are giving you the chance to escape the cold this winter!


With temperatures hitting between 10 to 15 degrees (yes, that is cold for Australia!), we can’t think of a better reason to try and win a trip to Chaaya Island, Cinnamon Dhonvei – the most exclusive surf resort in the world.

Giving away the trip of a lifetime for seven days, one lucky person and nine of their friends will get to live out the ultimate Corona experience, surfing, swimming and relaxing, in an atoll paradise.

To be in the running, all you have to do is purchase a Corona in our Beach Club, find your unique entry code on the branded neck tag, go online to the entry form and follow the steps to enter. Easy!

The more Coronas you share, the more chances you have of winning the ultimate adventure for you and your friends!

Entertain the kids these school holidays at Watsons Bay

With the July school holidays just around the corner, it can be a challenge to keep the kids entertained everyday!

If you’re running out of ideas to beat the boredom, join us at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel these school holidays for a whole line up of activities for everyone!

child on beach school holidays

Here is our calendar of events:

MON 4th & 11th:
Amazing Magic Show & Balloon Twisting | 10:30-12pm
TUES 5th & 12th:
Kids Pizza Making Class | 12-2pm
WED 6th & 13th:
Australian Wildlife Show | 10:30-11:30am
THURS 7th & 14th:
Face Painting & Crafts | 12-3pm
FRI 8th & 15th:
Kids Dance Classes | 10:30-12pm

+ $5 Kids Meals and Free Face Painting from 12-3pm every weekday

Bookings are essential.

For more information or to book, please click here

Check out some images from our April school holidays here

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Weeknights at Watsons Bay

Looking for somewhere to eat during the colder months after 5pm?

We’ve got your week night meals sorted with our Watsons Warmers specials at the hotel.

MON: $15 Mussels

TUES: $15 Steak (with any drink purchased)

WED: $20 Pie & Wine

THUR: $20 Burger & Beer

FRI: $15 Pizza or Pasta

*conditions apply

Head on down, grab one of our specials and put your feet up by our Fireplace in our Sunset Room.

Warm up this winter at Watsons Bay

Mulled wine, warm, succulent pork (with several sides), and sticky date pudding. Yum. – Can you think of a better combination?


Winter has arrived and it is the time for a warm and hearty meal with your friends and family.

Watsons Bay are putting on the perfect winter roast for the colder months.

Relaunching this June long weekend and continuing throughout winter, this roast is sure to be a winner!

The menu, designed by our Executive Chef John Pye, is an indulgent feast of succulent roast Kurobuta Pork, decadent sides and to finish, sticky date pudding – Paired with a glass of our delicious mulled wine and this feast will be perfect for the colder months!

Bookings Essential

Call: (02) 9337 5444 or email:



State of Origin – Who will win this year?

Its that time of year again when NSW and QLD go head to head in one of the most competitive and watched league clashes in the world!

The 3 game competition started back in 1982 where the NSW blues and QLD maroons competed for the ultimate prize of winning the State of Origin shield for their state.

Since the beginning, QLD has won 23 games compared to the Blues wins of 13.

Who will win this year? Do the Blues have a chance to come out on top?

Join us on Wednesday night in our Sports Bar for the first game of the series.

With $15 Steak & Beer specials + $12 Jugs of Quickdraw – you’ll be set for a great night!







How to make the perfect mulled cider

Winter has arrived – the season for warm drinks, fireplaces and comfy blankets. 

Here at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, we have perfected the recipe for the best mulled cider, perfect for dinner parties or cold winter nights at home. 

Follow the recipe below, created by our bar manager Mike and impress your friends and family with this delicious beverage this winter!


1L James Squire Cider (or cider of your choice)

2 Tbsp Brown sugar

Fresh apples & oranges

Fresh spices including: Cinnamon twirls, star anise, cardamom pods, vanilla beans


Add the cider to a pot on the stove and bring to the boil

Add the sugar and reduce to a simmer

Add in the spices (to taste)

Simmer for an hour – stirring occasionally

Your cider is now ready to drink!

Pick your favourite mug, find the perfect spot to prop your feet up and enjoy!




Snap & Win(e) Competition

1. The Promoter is Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
1. Entry is only open to Australian residents. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoters, directors, management, related companies, retailers, suppliers and their agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible.
2. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Entry is through Instagram.
4. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. To enter, you must have an Instagram account and be following @watsonsbayboutiquehotel. Every entrant must tag @watsonsbayboutiquehotel @tasteorange and #tasteorange
6. Competition entrants must be over the age of 18.
1. The competition commences on 22/05/16 at 11.00AM EST .The winners will be chosen at random, at the Promoter’s premises at the end of the day, 22/05/16 at 11:59PM EST.
1. The winner will be notified via comment on their entry photo on Instagram.
2. There will be no unclaimed prize draw. If the Promoter is unable to contact the winner to claim fulfillment of the promotional prize, that winner will forfeit the prize in its entirety. The Promoter will not be liable for a winner who cannot be contacted and therefore forfeits their prize and no correspondence will be entered into.
3. The Promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency, proof of age at the nominated prize delivery address and/or proof of entry validity (including phone bill) in order to claim a prize. Proof of identification, residency, age and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
4. The Promoter reserves the right to re-judge in the event of an entrant, claiming to be a winner, being unable to satisfy these Terms and Conditions.
5. The judges’ decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding on each person who enters. Chance plays no part in determining the winner. No correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Prizes are subject to availability, not transferable or exchangeable and, with the exception of cash prizes, cannot be taken as cash. Prizes will be sent to the winner’s nominated address as stated in their original entry. The Promoter and their associated agencies, and companies associated with this promotion will take no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit.
6. The Promoter and their associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any misadventure, accident, injury, loss (including but not limited to consequential loss) or claim that may occur during the promotion; whilst undertaking any travel won on or connected with their entry into the promotion; in the participation in any prize; as a consequence of late, lost or misdirected mail; due to the broadcast of any program relating to the competition or the publication of any material, including any statements made by any compere, staff member, journalist, other entrants or any other person; in relation to failure of an SMS entry message to be received by the Promoter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion; or in relation to failure of an entry to be received on the website on account of technical problems or traffic congestion; arising from or related to any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines or mobile communications network related to or resulting from participation in this promotion; arising from or related to any problem or technical malfunction of any computer equipment, software, internet connection, any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer software related to or resulting from participation in this promotion.
7. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned including infection by computer virus, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affect the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter [subject to state and territory legislation] reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion. The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, technical problems of the phone or of any phone network, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants or any other person’s phone related to or resulting from participation or sending or receiving of any communication or of any materials in this competition.
1. All entries and any copyright subsisting in the entries become and remain the property of the promoter. The Promoter collects personal information about entrants to include entrants in the promotion and where appropriate award prizes. If the personal information requested is not provided, the entrant may not participate in the promotion. By participating in the promotion, each entrant also acknowledges that a further primary purpose for collection of entrants personal information by the Promoter is to enable the Promoter to use the information to assist the Promoter in improving goods and services and to contact entrants in the future with information on special offers or provide entrants with marketing materials via any medium including, but not limited to, mail, telephone and commercial electronic messages. The Promoter may share information with its related companies or promotional partners who may contact entrants in this way with special offers.
2. By entering the promotion, each entrant agrees that the Promoter may use entrants’ personal information in this manner. The entrant also agrees that the Promoter may publish or cause to be published the winner’s name and locality in any media as required under the relevant lottery legislation.
1. The prize is a 1x Night Stay in a Watsons King Room incl. continental breakfast at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel + a selection of Orange Wines. The entire prize must be redeemed together and cannot be split and used separately.
2. The prize must be redeemed by the date specified on the voucher.
3. The entire prize is subject to availability and black out periods.
4. Winner is responsible for making their booking with the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
5. Venue and all prize elements are subject to availability. If a particular prize element is not available, efforts will be made to find a suitable replacement. In the event that a third party cannot honour their element of the prize, that element may not be replaced.