Swing to Win this Fathers Day!

CALLING ALL DADS – Time to put your golfing skills to the test this Father’s Day at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel!

Whether you’re good with a club or have never swung before – try your luck on our state of the art Golfing Simulator brought in just for you!

With a Putt-Putt challenge for the kids and a Nearest-to-the-Pin competition for the Dads – it’ll be an interactive day for the whole family!

THE PRIZE:  A LUXGOLF EXPERIENCE FOR TWO
Lux Golf

– Unprecedented Access to Australia’s most prestigious, exclusive and member-only courses (Round includes motor cart with GPS)

 – Round Trip transport from your hotel lobby, Office or metro residence in our stunning LuxGolf Porsche Cayenne vehicles, travelling to the course and back in executive-class comfort, and truly impressive style.

– Use of the most exclusive and limited edition line of golf clubs in the world, Callaway Golf’s ‘Legacy Collection”.

Complimentary driving-range balls for pre-game warm-up

– Complimentary in-cart refreshments. To keep you cool and hydrated.

In addition to all the above, for all playing golfers in your party, we will include a FREE exclusive gift: our spectacular ‘LuxBlack Game-Day Kit’! This exclusive black velvet pouch contains a sleeve of three Callaway balls, a Callaway golf glove (fit to your spec), a luxurious custom embroidered LuxGolf towel, LuxTees, LuxDivot tool with logo’d ball marker and pencil!…an $90 Retail value…..yours as a complimentary gift from us!

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Book in now and treat your dad to a golfing experience he is sure to enjoy!

Our 3 course banquet menu includes a Charcuterie board to start, Roast Kurobuta Pork  for main and an Apple & Rhubarb crumble for dessert. Check out the full menu and enjoy a delicious meal this Father’s Day.

Booking essential: reservations@watsonsbayhotel.com.au

Wedding Stylist Interview: Zahli & Sheike

Wedding Goals at Watsons Bay

Zahli & Sheike is a wedding and event styling business in Sydney Australia, bringing the beautiful touches to the special occasions in their client’s lives.

Following her Sunset Style Session at Watsons Bay, we sat down with Sheree Aitken, the creative brain behind Zahli & Sheike,  to ask her a few questions about her luxe style, inspiration and tips for brides to be.

Zahli and Sheike wedding inspiration

 

What was your inspiration for you Sunset Style Session shoot?

Inspiration for our design was drawn from the love of the outdoors and Watsons Bay Hotel’s ultimate Sydney location with it’s view of our stunning harbour. We imagined guests dressed to impressed in a relaxed setting in the Sunset Room, sipping on cocktails and dining with the finest menu.

We brought the outdoors in. Natural, raw elements were included with plenty of foliage from Scribbly Gum Lane, gypsy feathers and handpainted stones. The rose gold vases and candles brought a luxurious touch to the enchanted luxe styling, along with the amazing copper foil cake made by Paper & Poppies.

Your colour palate for this shoot?

We kept the tones earthy with whites, browns and peach flowers amongst the luscious greenery. A hint of rose gold added a feeling of opulence to the overall styling.

What are the styling items / textures you enjoy working with for weddings?

My favourite and our most popular item in our collection would be our gorgeous white peacock chair. It’s simply stunning and definitely adds a special touch to any event. I also love setting the mood with ambient lighting including festoon lights and our LOVE letter marquee lights.

 What do you predict to be the major trend for the next wedding season?

Lots of foliage and pretty floral creations and installations incorporated into the styling. Bright colours, rose gold details, calligraphy. There’s so much creativity brides and grooms can bring to their wedding day to make it completely unique to reflect their personalities and the mood they want to set on the day. Weddings are no longer the stock standard, which is so refreshing and exciting to be a part of.

What are your tips for the bride-to-be?

It’s so worth hiring a stylist for your big day. We can help bring all the styling elements together to ensure the ceremony and reception venue look absolutely beautiful. Stylists can do all the hard work by liaising with other suppliers, collecting all product and decor leading up to the wedding and the complete on-the-day set up and pack down so brides can relax and enjoy their special day or have to worry family or friends to do it for them so everyone can focus on having fun and celebrate the love between the bride and groom.

zahli Sheike

We hope you loved this styled wedding shoot as much as we did!

Planning Your Engagement at Watsons Bay – The next chapter

You’ve Said Yes. Next Step, Engagement Party

Nothing can come close to your beloved getting down on one knee and asking you to spend the rest of your life with them. Its a memorable moment. Now the engagement party planning is about to start.

Watsons Bay Hotel View

 

Want to stun your family, friends and, more importantly, your fiancé? Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to host your engagement party.

With exclusive spaces, delicious menus and breathtaking views – we can help you impress and celebrate your engagement with all your family and friends. Your venue can often set the tone of the day so whether you are after a lavish affair or a smaller get together – we have numerous event spaces to cater to your needs.

The most important piece of advice we can give you is to have fun at your engagement!

The wedding planning process can seem quite stressful, so it’s important to take a breather at this party and just embrace that you are surrounded by people that you love.

Live it up a little, drink some delicious wine, and really take advantage of this special time with your closest family,

and friends.

Check out our event packages and contact us for more information on (02) 9337 5444.

August Favourites ~Check out what we’re loving right now!

August-Favourites

A mix of desserts, activities, food & more – Here are some of our Watsons Bay favourites this month!

Instagram stories

A new way to keep up to date with everything that’s happening in our venue with a personal touch. Make sure you’re following us to get a behind the scenes look at everything Watsons Bay! To view our story, go to our page and click the circle with the three palmtrees in the top left hand corner: @watsonsbayboutiquehotel

Whale Watching

 It may be cold outside but rest assured, visiting Watsons Bay at this time of year does have its benefits. Winter is one of the best times of year for whale watching and Watsons Bay has some of the top vantage points to get a gaze at these amazing creatures. The Hornby Lighthouse, only a short walking distance from the hotel, provides an unparalleled view of Sydney Harbour, where the whales like to make star appearances.

Our Old Fashioned Fish Pie

Made with smoked cod, leek, spring peas and love, this dish is an old classic returning to our menu, perfect for lunch or dinner. Paired with a nice glass of white or red (ask our friendly bartenders what their fave pairing is) and you can’t go wrong!

Nutella Donuts

 Made in house by our Head Chef Lilly, these Nutella donuts are definitely addictive. Perfect for a morning treat or afternoon dessert – actually perfect for anytime of the day! Who can say no to Nutella?

Winter Sunsets

It is a known fact that winter produces some of the best sunsets, and Watsons Bay has the best view of the city skyline to take it all in. What better way to finish off the day than with a breath-taking view over the water?

Rosé Chocolate 

Yes we’re not making this up! A pink chocolate bar infused with rosé wine and decked out in edible crystallized rose petals. Is this real life?

To satisfy our rosé infatuation, we’re hosting a brunch party dedicated to the pink drink. Keep an eye our on our What’s On page for more details coming soon…!

Watsons Bay August Favourites

Love Dad, Love Golf- Celebrate Father’s Day at Watsons Bay

Looking for somewhere to treat dad this Father’s Day? – Enjoy a 3 course lunch banquet by the bay with a golfing spin.

We’re going golfing this Father’s Day with a 3 course lunch, ‘Nearest to the Pin’ competition on our in venue Golfing Simulator and great prizes to be won!

Every dad can have a shot at swinging the club on our in house Golfing Simulator bought in just for him with the chance of winning the number one prize!

The winner will receive a LuxGolf experience for two, including a special access to the most exclusive, prestigious and private golf clubs in Australia, round trip transfers in a LuxGolf Porsche Cayenne, exclusive use of the worlds finest golf clubs as well as a complimentary LuxBlack Game-day kit.

You don’t have to be a golfing pro for this one – although check out some of our hot tips for getting the best swing below. 

father and son golfing

Here are some of our tips to pass onto your dad:

Correct your posture – make sure you balance your weight equally when trying to take the perfect swing

Perfect your grip – find out what works best for you and get comfortable with your hands

Start your swing with your hips – its all about the lower body movements

Use your body for power – power comes from the body as a whole, not just the arms

Book in now and treat your dad to an interactive golfing experience he is sure to enjoy!

Our 3 course banquet menu includes a Charcuterie board to start, Roast Kurobuta Pork  for main and an Apple & Rhubarb crumble for dessert. Check out the full menu and enjoy a delicious meal this Father’s Day. 

The banquet is $65 per head. Kids meals available. 

Booking essential: reservations@watsonsbayhotel.com.au

 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to host your next birthday!

If you share your birthday with the Queen B  herself or the Fresh Prince of Belair, you’re are a spring baby and birthday planning is now on your mind.

The sun is beginning to shine over the bay, the weather is getting warmer and your friends and family are starting to come out to play. 

Watsons Bay Hotel

With numerous event spaces, a variety of menus and a dedicated events team, we can help you plan and celebrate your special day with us! We have some great offers this spring to help you celebrate your birthday at the ultimate waterfront venue. Check out our events package and give our team a call on (02) 9337 5444 to assist you in planning your next birthday.

Here are our top tips to hold the ultimate birthday celebration

A drink on arrival is always welcomed with open arms

Treat your friends to a welcoming drink when they rock up to your lavish affair. Whether its your favourite cocktail or a glass of bubbles, we can cater to your taste and desires. Why not try something from our extensive cocktail list, like our signature summer Coco Bay cocktail served in a fresh coconut with pineapple, Ciroc coconut, lychee, peach and elderflower.

Delicious food will always impress

From luxurious private events on our Top Deck, with canapes and drink packages, to lavish sit down meals in our Beach Club dining area and  casual low-key parties in our Sunset Room, our wonderful events team can tailor your event to your desires, allowing you to celebrate your dream birthday. With a variety of menus and options, there is something to impress all your guests.

Its all about the CAKE

Cakes are the talking point of any party! Hosts always strive to impress their guests with the best tasting, looking and most instagrammable cake they can. From triple chocolate tiered cakes, to smash cakes, rainbow cakes and even donut cakes – everyone wants their cake to be a winner and we’ve had our fair share of impressive cakes here at the bay! Whether guests bake it themselves, their mum has a go or they pay top dollars at a bakery – cake is an essential part to any party!

Astound your guests with an amazing view 

Spring is definitely the best season for impressive weather, with beautiful crisp mornings, sunny afternoons and stunning sunsets. No matter what time of day you choose hold your birthday – our hotel will provide the perfect setting to impress all your guests. The days are getting longer and the sun is hanging around.

So go ahead and book your birthday with us!

 

birthday at watsons bay

 

 

Wedding Stylist Interview: Dani Butchart

We love tropical styled weddings at Watsons Bay!

This month we sit down with local stylist Dani Butchart, who is launching a new creative studio brand called ‘They Make Haus’, to find out her tips on Wedding styling trends & future predictions.

Dani is also an acclaimed winner, taking out the top prize for Inside Out magazine’s ‘Search for a Stylist’ competition in 2015!

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1. What are the styling items & textures you love working with the most for weddings?

I like to mix textures across most styling items, it creates a beautiful aesthetic. My favourite currently is mixing marble + concrete.

2. What are you seeing as the common trend for wedding styling this year?

An evident trend is a BIG move away from DIY and rustic styles. A move towards clean, relaxed styling, Lots of green + metallic tones.

The styling movement I’m noticing is to create more hero pieces rather then smaller styled options throughout venues. This would include floral walls or floral ceiling displays. It’s a great shift as it allows more freedom to dream up original concepts. 

3. What do you predict will become more popular over the coming 12 months for wedding styling?

My thoughts are that foliage is going to take over the blooms. I think bridal party blooms will still be very full and floral but possibly taking on some wild and loose shapes. Every bride is wanting to GO GREEN. The tropical leaves are always a seasoned favourite. 

4. Your tips for the bride-to-be?

Not to focus on what everyone else is doing, focus on what YOU want and what will make your wedding most memorable. We hope to style an event that really captures the couples style and leaves a lasting impression on their guests. 

We recently collaborated with Dani for a Watsons Bay Sunset Style Session photo shoot, stay tuned for the stunning images!

dani butchart styling

We hope this has inspired your wedding styling goals!

July Instagram of the Month Competition ‘Watsons Warmers’ + Inside Tips From Our Photographer

Watsons Bay Food Photography

Every month we announce a winner of our Instagram competition awarding them a coveted $200 Beach Club voucher and a regram on our account. This July we have a delicious theme for our competition – Watsons Warmers. Come in to the venue, snap your favourite item off our Winter menu (bonus points for a Watsons Warmer) and upload to your account tagging us @watsonsbayboutiquehotel and hashtagging #watsonswarmers.

We know it’s not always easy to capture your delicious meals on camera, so we speak to our in house Graphic Design guru and photographer, Amy Mackay (@amykatesnaps), for her top tips on foodie photography. Amy is responsible for most of the mouth-watering imagery you see on our social media.

Hey Ames! Ok, so what are your top 3 tips for taking photos of food?

Light! If you’re not outside, always try and find a window or a door you can photograph near. It’s amazing what natural light can do. To get the best results, make sure the window is behind you when you’re photographing the subject. If you’re somewhere dark, try not to use the flash on your iPhone, instead have a friend light your scene with the flashlight on their phone; you have more control that way.

Flat-Lays are food’s friend! There’s nothing better than a delicious spread of food shot in bird’s eye view. First choose your texture. This is important! It might be a rustic wood table or an eye-catching tile. Try to choose a surface that compliments the dishes. Lay the food out on the table, thinking about colour and composition. Then style it up! You might put a menu in there, some fresh herbs or your sunglasses and watch, so many possibilities 😉

Activity! I’m a big fan of ‘action’ shots. Think fresh cream being poured on a warm sticky date pudding, or a group of people digging in to a bowl of mussels. It helps to tell the story if there’s some movement in the image.

Photography

Do you need to have a DSLR?

No! It certainly helps, particularly with depth of field, but if you’re only taking photos for social media, smartphone cameras can do a really good job these days. Quite often I will use my iPhone for Instagram if I have left the house without my camera. To get the best results, use the tools that are available to you on your phone. Use the built in grid function to make sure things are straight. Also if you’re taking a photo for Instagram, either shoot in square or check the frame to make sure you aren’t cutting anything out.

What are your top apps for editing foodie photos on your phone?

VSCOcam. This is such a powerful app. It has so many beautiful filters as well as colour correction and cropping tools. A tip here is that I never use the full filter. I will usually drop the opacity down a bit. My favourite combo is: Filter: HB1 +9 , Exposure: +1 , Contrast: -2 , Saturation: -2 , Temperature -1. It gives a crisp clean feel to your images. It’s a good idea to choose a filter combination you like and stick to it. It helps keep your feed cohesive. You can copy and paste the edits in VSCO cam.

ColorStory. This one is so much fun because you can artificially add sun flares and bokeh effects [read here for explanation]. Great for holiday snaps or summer imagery. There are also some fun filters if you prefer to only use one app.

Chocolate Cake

Follow Amy’s work on our Instagram @watsonsbayboutiquehotel and personal account @amykatesnaps

Get snapping of your favourite meals from our kitchen and enter before July 31st for your chance to win our #WatsonsWarmers Insta of the Month edition!

Check out our favourite #InstaInspo from @lichipan

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Introducing Lilly Fasan, Our New Head Chef

Lilly Fasan Head Chef

If you’ve been to our Sunset Room recently you may have caught the buttery scent of freshly baked pastries or cinnamon spiced Nutella donuts drifting by the fireplace. These mouth-watering treats are thanks to the talents of Lilly Fasan, who Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is delighted to announce as our new Head Chef.

Additional to her pastry-making skills (although who could ask for more?!) Lilly brings over 17 years of experience with a culinary repertoire extending across her work in restaurants including The Clock, Surry Hills, Pello, Darlinghurst, The Grounds of Alexandria and The Greens in North Sydney.

As Executive Head Chef at The Grounds of Alexandria Lilly managed an all female kitchen and curated signature seasonal dishes that had an emphasis on fresh produce sourced directly from The Grounds. Establishing a successful precedent for The Grounds’ cuisine, Lilly then transitioned into the role of Executive Head Chef and worked with her husband Nathan on the opening of The Greens in North Sydney. With their innovative concepts the duo designed a food offering that far exceeded the expectations of dining at a bowling club.

Working alongside Watsons Bay’s Executive Chef, John Pye, Lilly brings an array of original recipe ideas, innovative concepts for kitchen management and a deep passion to create memorable experiences for everyone who dines at the hotel – you had us at baked nutella donuts Lilly.

Food is a deep passion of Lilly’s and is intrinsic to her family, with the kitchen being the heart of their eastern suburbs home. Her two daughters love cooking with their masterchef parents, and on a recent trip to Sweden the family spent a day foraging for chanterelles (mushrooms) and wild blueberries.

With Lilly’s expertise, we could be tempted to hibernate in our Sunset Room with our Watsons Warmers winter menu! We hope you’ll join us for a meal…or three.

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 bit.ly/watsonsbayschoolholidays

 

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