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

 

Watsons Bay’s first ever Slider Night!

Tonight we’re launching Watsons Bay’s first ever slider night as part of our new Watsons Weeklies specials! Every Wednesday night, enjoy 3 juicy sliders for $15 from 5pm. Choose from three delectable flavours created by Executive Chef John Pye – Korean fried chilli chicken with kim chee, veal burger with chorizo and chipotle aioli or pork belly with black vinegar caramel and apple slaw. Bring down the whole family or a group of friends so you can taste test all three!

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Cup Day at the Bay

Celebrate Melbourne Cup in Sydney style, on the beach of course! Put on your best threads and come beach front for the race that stops the nation. With two menu options including a luxe Grand Feast or a casual Beach Buffet, we have options for every budget. You can catch all the race day action with more than 10 large screens as well as an on-site TAB and sweepstakes. Enjoy live performance from The Silver Lining plus DJ Andi Matters. Be sure to glam up as there will be fashions on the field prizes sponsored by Moët & Chandon.

Spaces are very limited and will be snapped up fast so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Intimate discussion with Lisa Gowing + Steven Khalil

Last Sunday at our annual Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones, we had the pleasure of interviewing two leading Australian bridal designers – the much loved Lisa Gowing and hugely talented Steven Khalil. Our brides-to-be were treated to an intimate discussion with the designers, with the session opened up to the audience for questions. Below, we share with you some interview highlights:

Can you share with us how your design process works?

LG: Whether made to order or ready to wear, my process is very involved. The process can start with any type of inspiration and the collection builds from there. My previous collection ‘Legacy’ drew from my last 17 years of experience of having my own line and incorporated all key themes that people know of Lisa Gowing – feminine, soft, delicate silhouettes using French lace and luxurious silks.

SK: My couture gowns are extremely involved with a lot of detail and require months of work. Most women have a silhouette in mind, but we help them create their vision in a perfect dress. My ready-to-wear dresses possess all the qualities of the couture gown, but it’s a simplified version.

What are your top tips for brides when searching for the perfect wedding dress?

LG: Most brides know what suits their body type, however they have never tried on a wedding gown before. They don’t realise the full extent of silhouettes that are available. Take advantage of trained bridal stylists and try styles you wouldn’t normally try as you could surprise yourself.

SK: Only ever take your most elite friends and family as everyone has a different opinion. Be comfortable in your own decisions.

How far in advance do you suggest shopping for a gown?

LG: 20 years ago the average was 12 months. Now we’re lucky and you can give as little as 4 months notice. Just keep in mind if you don’t give 6 months, you won’t get the full choice of the Lisa Gowing collection. If time is not on your side though, the ready-to-wear range at David Jones means you can walk in and leave with a gown today!

SK: I would suggest 10 months so you can look around and do some research first.

How long does it take from start to finish to complete one of your gowns?

LG: My gowns are 6 months made to order. The gorgeous French lace that Lisa Gowing is famous for can take 3-7 months to ship from France.

SK: Steven Khalil generally needs 7 months for a couture gown. To purchase beautiful gowns from David Jones it’s a 4 month lead time.

How many fittings does a bride need?

LG: My gowns are designed to require as little alteration as possible. A customer gown may require 2 fittings, but the ready-to-wear comes to you finished and can be altered at David Jones with their expert alterations staff.

SK: For couture gowns we require 5 fittings – the process is very involved and we require time for the intricate detail. The ready-to-wear can be just one fitting for minor adjustments as they purchase the gown in your size.

Are there any new styles or shapes that are particularly on trend this season that our brides-to-be should consider?

LG: Bridal is not overly trend driven like fashion, but in 2015 you’ll see softer silhouettes, matte finishes, feminine, vintage inspired, layered tulle and lace sleeves.

SK: We’re starting to see fuller ball gowns, the fish tail and trumpet shape – all are worth a try.

Are there certain designs you suggest to women depending on their body shape?

LG: What brides often don’t realise is that a wedding dress has so much more fit and cut and process than a normal dress – you can pull something off that you would not usually wear because it is so much more flattering and has been cut really well. Bridal stylists are trained to know what suits each individual body type so listen to their advice.

SK: Definitely try a range of different styles, although I do suggest sticking to your personal style to some extent, so your wedding reflects you.

 

Win at Night Noodle Markets

In celebration of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month and our involvement with Night Noodle Markets, we’re giving away some fantastic prizes from Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, The Morrison, Daniel San and drinks on us at Night Noodle Markets! Come and visit our friends at The Morrison bar area at Night Noodle Markets where you can enter for your chance to win some amazing accommodation packages, lunch and dinner prizes and Melbourne Cup feasts up for grabs.

The Night Noodle Markets is the landmark Good Food Month event and has been since its inception in 1998. In 2013 over 200,000 guests went to Hyde Park to soak up the authentic Asian hawker market atmosphere, and this year will be bigger and better than ever! New to this year’s line up is The Sunday Sessions where you can indulge in dumplings and drinks (and all your other dishes of choice) on a Sunday for the first time ever!

View the full Competition T&Cs

Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park Sydney, October 10th – 26th:

Monday – Tuesday: 5pm – 9pm

Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm

Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 11pm

Saturday 4pm – 10pm

Sunday 4pm – 9pm

Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones

We invite you to join us for an afternoon of bridal inspiration this Sunday 12th October at our annual Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones. Enjoy a glass of Moet on arrival and nibbles from our antipasto experience station, whilst drawing inspiration for your special day from interactive workshops with industry leading bridal suppliers and Q&A sessions with highly esteemed designers Steven Khalil + Lisa Gowing. Exquisite gowns from designers of David Jones Bridal Boutique will be presented for potential brides to view up-close. The Bridal Showcase is designed to provide an afternoon of wedding immersion, with full circle offering across food, beverage, cakes, beauty, florals, stationery, styling, photography, entertainment, and transport. The affair presents the perfect opportunity to draw inspiration for your special day, all the while soaking up the ambiance of an award winning boutique bridal venue. Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

A Little Character – wedding ceremony in Robertson Park (adjacent to hotel)
David Jones – bridal gowns and Bridal Boutique service
D&d Letterpress – stationery
Laduree – macaron dessert station (samples)
La Prairie – beauty and hand massages (workshop)
Lucky You Cleanse – detox cold pressed juices (samples)
Oak & Linden – event styling and florals
Milque Photography & Films – wedding photography & videography
Moet & Chandon – champagne experience station (glass of Moet on arrival)
Roll up in a Rolls – bridal transport (vehicle display)
Social Playground – interactive photo booth
Sofi Spritz – wine spritzers (samples)
Sweet Art – cakes (samples)
Sydney Bride Magazine – gift bags and lucky door prize (gift bag for every bride-to-be)
The Spraytan Salon – spray tan experts (workshop)
The Wedding Nest – gift registry
The White Tree – videography, photography and entertainment
Vida Glow – beauty and skin treatments (samples)
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Honeymoon Suite viewing and nibbles from antipasto experience station
Wedded Wonderland – bridal supplier directory
Wild Blossom – florals
Written By Hand – stationery and calligraphy

Watsons Bay Cider Festival

This October long weekend, we’re celebrating one of the most favoured and refreshing beverages of the season; cider. Our three-day festival will showcase a variety of well-known and boutique ciders, alongside a fine selection of succulent fare.

Families, friends and foodies alike are welcomed to join the festivities through the weekend, with the main celebration taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 5th October. Purchase your tasting ticket, and you will be taken on an epicurean journey through Watson Bay’s first ever Cider Trail. Guided down Military Road, you will sample crisp and flavoursome varieties from each stall with the exploration culminating within our harbourside Beach Club…where the festivities continue. Here you will find a pop-up Cider bar with all the ciders on showcase for sale for you to enjoy. But what’s a cider without a slider? There’ll be juicy pulled pork sliders and paella on hand, specially designed to enhance and complement the flavours of the ciders.

Cider will be feeling the love all long weekend, with the pop-up cider bar, live entertainment, DJs and apple bobbing competitions running over the three-days to ensure visitors of all ages are entertained as the sun sets over the bay.

Tasting tickets for the Watsons Bay Cider Trail on Sunday 5th October will be available for purchase in venue on the day. Can’t make Sunday? Don’t fret…we’ll be celebrating cider all long weekend!

Now to meet our outstanding line up of cider partners:

Rekorderlig
Beautifully Swedish. From its humble Swedish roots, Rekorderlig has retained its dependable honesty to become a much-loved, fourth generation family-brewed cider. From Strawberry-Lime and Mango-Raspberry to simple Pear or classic Apple, which refreshing flavour will you choose?

Monteith’s Crushed Apple Cider

A refreshing and easy drinking dry-style cider, made from 100% freshly crushed New Zealand apples. Serve over ice for the ultimate refreshment hit. Try with sweet French crepes, or a soft blue cheese and nutty Gouda with crackers.

Bilpin
Bilpin Cider create pure, fresh apple and pear cider – no added sugar, artificial flavours or concentrates, using only the freshest fruit from Bilpin and surrounding region. Bilpin believe that nothing beats the natural taste and aroma of real mountain fruit.

James Squire Orchard Crush
Launched in 2011 to widespread acclaim, James Squire’s Orchard Crush is a refreshing traditional cloudy cider with a fragrant, fresh aroma, a broad clean palate and a crisp finish. The perfect accompaniment for pork chops or crisp pork belly with apple sauce!

Kirin
Using traditional Japanese-inspired flavours, Kirin have created a range of premium ciders that are considered, balanced and perfected to deliver a range of truly unique flavour expressions. Available in Fuki Apple, Fuji Apple & Mikan, Fuji Apple & Ume and Fuki Apple & Ginger.

Batlow
A combination of a precise climate, nutrient rich soil and careful growing methods make Batlow Apples second to none and “Australia’s Favourite Apples” since 1922. Batlow Cider think it makes perfect sense to turn “Australia’s Favourite Apples” into Australia’s favourite cider.

Somersby
Somersby has obtained a reputation of spreading joy and sunny togetherness where ever it is served and attracting curious and open-minded people from all over the world. Available in many different delicious variants…the most popular variety is Apple, Pear and Blackberry.

Rochdale
Made with passion, devotion and apples, Rochdale’s ciders are brewed using family recipes, refined and evolved over time to meet the unique needs of Kiwis, yet always produced the old-fashioned way, with natural ingredients and plenty of hands-on care and attention to detail.

Frank’s Premium Tasmanian Cider
Frank’s Cider is made with real apples (and pears), made by a real cider maker, in Tasmania – The Centre of the Apple Universe (As Frank used to call it)!

Thatchers
Thatchers range of premium ciders are made from specially selected ingredients using the most refined blend of modern and traditional techniques. They each offer deep and characterful flavours that will surprise and delight serious cider lovers!

Sofi Spritz

Confession. Sofi is not a cider…but she managed to sneak in anyway! Sofi is a complex and all-natural Australian wine spritzer with a classic Mediterranean heritage. Fresh and subtle, with a dash of sparkling water, you can enjoy over ice with lime, with friends, and without regrets tomorrow.

BOOK NOW your tasting ticket for the Cider Trail on Sunday 5th October.

Voted Sydney’s Best ‘Boutique’ Wedding Venue of the Year

Weddings and Events Australia has announced Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel as Sydney’s Best ‘Boutique Wedding Venue of the Year.

We are thrilled to receive this accolade and congratulate all the other winners and finalists.

Here’s to another successful year of seaside luxe weddings!

For more information visit the Weddings page, or contact our Weddings Coordinators through info@watsonsbayhotel.com.au who will be delighted to assist with your enquiry.

Scott & Geraldine’s Wedding

Under the fig tree in Robertson Park on the afternoon of 29th March 2014, Scott and Geraldine married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony, followed by a sit down reception in Sunset Room at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

Rohan Thomson Photography captured the affair, whose photos speak for themselves on how unforgettable this day was…

The bridal party were guests of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, with the hotel room hosting their pre-wedding preparations and providing the ideal backdrop for photographs.

You can view the full album on our Facebook page. For more information visit the Weddings page, or contact our Weddings Coordinators through info@watsonsbayhotel.com.au who will be delighted to assist with your enquiry.