WATSONS BAY was the place to be on New Year’s Day” – Sydney Confidential

There was no better way to celebrate New Year’s Day and bring in the start of 2017 than at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel for the second year running with The Surf Lodge! The partnership between these two iconic companies delivered the ultimate New Years Day event that brought the top crowds from Sydney to celebrate the first day of 2017.

giant flamingo

The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel was transformed into the perfect venue to host this amazing event, with our Mid Deck, Top Deck & Sunset Room playing host to the celebrations. All the way from the Hamptons, The Surf Lodge, bought their unique style and joined us to create ultimate beachside NYD party! Thankfully, Sydney put on a show with the weather and it was the perfect afternoon in the sunshine.

Dan Single and BAMBI Northwood-blyth joined us for the afternoon, kicking back on the DJ decks with a bottle of their delicious Rose ‘Pour Les Amour’, the perfect drink for the sunny afternoon. Along with their pop-up Rosé bar, churning out delicious glasses of still & sparkling Pour Les Amour Rosé all afternoon.bambi northwood

Guests were treated to 2 hours of complimentary drinks, including PIMMS, Aperol, Ciroc & Heineken 3, as well as complimentary bites including fish n’chips, quinoa with veggies and chicken pesto salad, all prepared by our chefs.

With dual rooms, the DJ line-up for the afternoon got the party started in all areas of the venue. Grammy nominated headliner Riton, played the tune of the afternoon ‘Rinse & Repeat while the DJ lineup including Matty Sav, Halfway Crooks, Beni Single, Oli Benz, The Bang Gang, Multiculti Soundsystem & Alice Q, pumped out the perfect tunes, creating an amazing vibe around the whole venue. With bubbles and lights, the dance floor was the place to be throughout the evening.

Sunnylife provided the ultimate photo opp of the day, with Rosie, their giant 12metre flamingo hanging out in the bay in front of the hotel. We also had roaming photobooths, from Fotobox, who went throughout the venue allowing guests to capture and create memories from the afternoon – the perfect memorabilia to take home. Guests were also treated free hair braiding from Hair Cartel as well as body painting & glittering from ArtKinekt, complimenting the vibes of the afternoon.

Our VIP lounge guests were treated to an amazing afternoon filled with drinks, nibbles and good times.  The VIP lounges, provided by Valient Hire furniture, were the perfect spots for guests to kick back and socialize with the friends over a glass of Piper Heidsieck, bucket of Heineken 3, Aperol Spritz, Rekorderlig Ciders, Pour Les Amour Rosé, Fiji water and coconut water. Each lounge had their own personal host, dressed in Maurie & Eve clothing & Adidas shoes.

new years day

This New Years Day event was an event talked about by many and enjoyed by all!

Thank you to The Surf Lodge, all our sponsors and everyone who chose to spend the first day of 2017 with us! There will be many more fun times to come at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel throughout the year!

NEW YEARS EVE 2016 | The Ultimate Beachside Party

What a way to bring in 2017! – Our Watsons Bay New Years Eve Party was one for the books!


People from all over Sydney showed up in their best outfits and with their glamourous smiles to bring in the New Year with their friends and family by the bay. Sydney put on its best weather for the evening, allowing for a spectacular background sunset over Sydney harbour before the fireworks hit at midnight!

The crowds came ready for a fun night and excited to bring in the New Year at Sydneys best venue. With the flowing drinks, live DJs and amazing vibes it was the ultimate beachside party! Guests danced away while the sun set, and took in the incredible sights of the midnight fireworks lighting up the city skyline! There were 3 ticket types available, from our GA, VIP and VIP dinner.nye-blog-banner

Our VIP dinner guests were treated to a delicious 3 course Grand Feast with fresh chilled seafood to start, an array of mains including suckling pig, ocean trout and slow cooked lamb with couscous to share and our classic smashed pavlova to finish. This was all enjoyed with Piper Heidseick Champagne and Heineken.

With 8 bars available, Heineken, Ciroc cocktails, PIMMS and Aperol Spritz were the drinks of the evening.  Our cocktail bar was also pumping out some of Watsons Bay’s favourite cocktails throughout the night, including our signature Itsy Bitsy cocktail and gin inspired mix, Boaty McBoatface. Our VIP guests were treated to complimentary drinks & nibbles from 6pm, ready to get the party started.


Our DJ decks were overlooking the Watsons Bay Beach promenade and with our amazing DJ lineup, the Beachclub was rocking til the AM with tunes from Jonny Powell, The Artful Force, DJ Cloud Rider and Tina Turntables.  POOLCLVB was the headliner and bought in the New Year in style. With drinks flowing, sparklers sparkling and music pumping, the vibes throughout the hotel would be hard to beat! Our Top Deck balcony was the perfect place to catch the afternoon sunset and the views of the midnight fireworks, while our lower Beachclub was where the ultimate party was, with the tunes creating the perfect vibes. No matter where you were in the venue, the event was enjoyed by all!

As midnight approached, guests flowed onto our Top Deck balconies and down to the beach front to join in the countdown until midnight and catch the best views of the amazing fireworks. POOLCLVB was on the decks, playing George Michael as the fireworks went off. It was a perfect way to bring in 2017!

Congratulations to @klover_life for winning our Instagram competition. 
You have won yourself a $200 Beach Club voucher, so you can come back & enjoy delicious food & drinks and reminisce on the night that was!

Check out all the photos from our event on Facebook!

We hope you had a fantastic night and are looking forward to an amazing 2017 in Watsons Bay!


Cheers to 2016!

Awards, festivals, launches, competitions, a few hundred thousand fish ‘n’ chips and a bucket load of smiles – Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has had a dashing year!

As the year comes to a close we are grateful for the epic year that was in our sandy castle. We want to say thank you to everyone who has shared a beer with us, enjoyed a sunset from our hotel or clinked a wine in our restaurant with loved ones.


This 2016, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel was named Hotel of the Year at the AHA Awards, as well as receiving Best Social Media (for the third year in a row! Take that Grumpy Cat!) We hosted our fourth Taste Orange food + wine festival in Robertson Park that attracted over 2,000 local and international guests – including Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull! We hosted our third, and biggest Cider Festival yet and had over 1,000 people sipping cider and bobbing apples! We donned our Sunday best and premiered unique dining events with our Spring Social Degustation and innovative Love Rosé Brunch. Raised over $50,000 for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute through our luxe beachfront dining concept the Bay Soiree. Treated audiences to Shakespeare by the Bay and spoiled kiddies with School Holidays Activities like Taronga Zoo mobiles, dance and cooking classes!

Not to mention the ethereal Watsons Bay weddings we hosted, the industry leading parties and events we’ve boasted or even just the meals we’ve prepared for our guests.

We’re grateful for every moment, big or small, that we’ve shared with you.

Cheers to 2016, and we look forward to seeing you in Beach Club in 2017!



Our Locals Christmas Party 2016!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual locals Christmas party to celebrate the holiday season with us!

Families and friends came together over a few drinks and a beautiful sunny afternoon – the perfect ending to a busy year!


We had our delicious spicy chicken wings being cooked by our chefs, a sausage sizzle as well as our famous Fish n’ Chips! The Christmas music got everybody in the holiday spirit, with all the classics playing throughout the afternoon as well as live acoustic music from our local musician Ahlia Hill, who got the crowd singing along and the kids dancing.

There was something for everyone!

Our resident fairy face-painter entertained the kids with beautiful Christmas designs and colouring in and our local Gina made an appearance and was a familiar face for all! We had 3 Christmas Hams to give away throughout the afternoon with some of our locals walking away very happy!

Santa Clause rocked up to the Bay by boat, in true Watsons style, alongside his 2 elves and handed out Candy Canes to all the children who were filled with excitement.

It was the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with our loyal locals and give back to the local community and we’re glad everyone had a fantastic time!

christmas party

Check out all the photos here


Rosé Chinking in Maurie & Eve this NYD

After a smashing sell-out success in 2016, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is partnering with The Surf Lodge again for NYD 2017 – the premiere event of Sydney’s social calendar!

The sun-drenched New Year celebration has a sizzling roster of international and local DJ sets, chic brand pop-ups and we are excited to announce our fashion partner: Maurie & Eve! The Surf Lodge x Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel event celebrates an endless lust for summer, beach-luxe vibes, and a sexy synergy of ‘classic and contemporary’, through music and styling. Making Maurie & Eve the perfect fashion partner – an iconic Australian brand that combines elements of rock and roll, sexiness, femininity and tailored classics.

To celebrate our partnership Maurie & Eve are offering a 10% discount shopping code to all NYD ticket holders. All you have to do is purchase a NYD ticket and the code will be emailed to you!

The stylish staple is also giving away 2 x VIP tickets to The Surf Lodge x Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel NYD event. To enter follow @maurieandeve + @watsonsbayboutiquehotel on Instagram and tag your name + a friend’s name in their NYD post. Get in quick! The cut off for entering is Friday 23rd December BEFORE 5pm AEST.

Maurie & Eve will announce the winner on Instagram on Tuesday 27th December at 1pm.

Enter the competition, sit back and prepare for the rosé chinking and cocktail drinking you’ll be doing to tunes headlined by RITON, Dan Single + Bambi Northwood Blythe, DJ Oli Benz, Halfway Crooks, Multiculti Soundsystem, Alice Quiddington and Matty Saville. We can’t wait to see you in Beach Club!

Purchase Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel New Year’s Day tickets + see the 2016 gallery here: www.watsonsbayboutiquehotel.com.au/nyd


Our Beach-Chic Christmas Gift Guide

We are celebrating the art of giving at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel!

Purveyors of the unique, and always in the pursuit of Summer we’ve curated a chic list of our favourite gift ideas for you to wrap up the Australian beach lifestyle.
You’ve probably spotted a few of these goodies around Beach Club, either in our hotel styling or at a few of our hot events including the A Bikini A Day pop-up shop.

1. Watsons Bay x Palm Beach candle 
Our favourite is the Coconut Lime $42.95 – you’ll always find one alight in hotel reception. An uplifting tropical delight of coconut, fresh lime and mango blended with vanilla bean. Available for purchase by contacting our Front Desk on (02) 9337 5444 or info@watsonsbayboutiquehotel.com.au

2. The Daily Edited
Take your Christmas gifting to the next level by ordering a bespoke monogrammed clutch for your loved one. Handbags, wallets, iPhone cases and a range of accessories are available. Our gift of choice is a Pale Pink Asymmetrical Clutch with rose gold monogram $149.95.  (Oh, and we think they’d look great in our brand of green – watch out for a collaboration between Watsons Bay and TDE in 2017!)

3. St. Tropez
Loved ones can’t make it to Beach Club for Summer? They can still get that Australian glow with a St. Tropez bronzing kit. We love their Luxe Gift Pack $75.95

4 + 5. Watsons Bay Hats + Threads 

Gift  some nautical inspired threads in hues of navy and white. Shirts and caps available in a range of sizes.

T-shirts – $25 | Hat – $30 | Towels – $35 | Polos – $69.95

Available for purchase by contacting our Front Desk on (02) 9337 5444 or info@watsonsbayboutiquehotel.com.au

6. Sunnylife
One of everything please! Based out of Sydney we love the on trend colourful quirky lifestyle brand Sunnylife! You may have spotted their bright designs floating around Beach Club on New Years Day! Favourite finds are the Rose Gold Flamingo $99.95 and the Pineapple Tote Bag $26.95

7. Beach Club voucher
Give the gift of an experience with Sydney’s best fish ‘n’ chips, delicious cocktails by the waterfront, or a romantic stay in a Harbour King Loft – the choice is theirs (and fingers crossed they’ll take you with them!) Purchase online here.

8. Balcony Bar Byron Bay voucher
Fancy an adventure to Byron Bay? Why not gift an experience redeemable at our amazing sister venue Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. in Byron Bay, NSW. Delicious cocktails, fresh seafood and a chilled Byron Bay atmosphere. Purchase online by contacting info@balcony.com.au

Happy shopping and a very merry Christmas from everyone at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel!

Boxing Day | Yacht Club!

Boxing Day Yacht Club is back and bigger than ever!

Nobody wants to be fighting through the huge crowds at busy shopping centres the day after Christmas – Boxing Day is a time to soak up the sun and hang out with your mates!

So why not head on down to Watsons Bay and party with us!

boxing day watsons bay

We’re hosting a fun filled day kicking off with a brunch in the Sunset Room from 11am, views of the Sydney to Hobart race from mid deck, followed by a sunshine to sunset party with an amazing line-up of DJS to help you dance off that Christmas feast from the day before!

Tickets available here

The Brunch

$60pp | 11am – 2pm

Our hotel provides the perfect location to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. With panoramic views over Sydney Harbour, you will be sure to catch all the action. Join us for our delicious brunch in our Sunset Room from 11am.

The $60 ticket gets you the brunch + a ticket to the party!

Enjoy a shared brunching feast menu starting with a cocktail on arrival and fresh seasonal fruit followed by The Benedict, Zucchini + Corn Fritters, Belgium Waffles & our Breakfast Bowl – something for everyone.

The Party

from $35 | 2pm – 10pm

If early starts and yacht races aren’t your thing, come down in the afternoon for our annual Yacht Club Boxing Day party!

This year we have a stellar line up of DJs to help you shuffle for your feet with JIMMY 2 SOX // LADYNADS // BONDI FM // MATTY SAV

PLUS we have ALL STAR SPECIAL GUESTS secretly popping up throughout the day!

Tickets start from $35 which include exclusive bar & balcony access to the best views of the Sydney Harbour, plus complimentary drink on arrival.

What better way to celebrate the silly season than a Beach Club party in the sunshine overlooking Sydney’s sparkling harbour! 

This is one Boxing Day party not to miss | Purchase your tickets now!

Celebrate with Us! Locals Christmas Party Time.

We are inviting all our local families and friends to come together and celebrate the silly season with us! The perfect ending to a busy year!


MON 19th December | 4PM

The Sunset Room

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is passionate about our local community and every year we dream up events to bring everyone together in fun and exciting ways, like Shakespeare by the Bay, Taste Orange, School Holidays activities and our favourite silly season sensation the annual Locals Christmas Party.

We are inviting all our local families and friends to come together and celebrate the perfect Aussie Christmas with us. Carols and laughter by the seaside with a special appearance from Santa Clause himself to get into the holiday spirit.

Complimentary delicious bites | Refreshing beverages | Christmas tunes | Face Painting | Kids Activities

RSVP’s are essential by registering here.





Equal parts chill, and luxe – Beach Club is the ultimate venue to welcome in the New Year. Guests will be sipping on summer cocktails as they watch the skyline transform from an epic sunset into the perfect panorama for the city fireworks. And as if the view and vibe isn’t enough, we are treating you to a killer lineup of DJ’s headlined by POOLCLVB.

Get in quick! VIP Dinner (is sold out!) but GA & VIP tickets are still available!  Grab your tickets and click for more information here.

– – –

Oozing effortless cool we chat with POOLCLVB about his recipe for the perfect NYE setlist.

We’re stoked you’ll be headlining our NYE party, how would you define your music style in one breath?

Loved up, sun drenched, energetic house music brimming with positivity and feel good vibes! Perfect way to enter 2017 and I can’t wait to celebrate with you guys!

What are some tunes we should listen out for on the night?

I’ll be performing my brand new You + Me EP in full for the first time, super excited about sharing it with an audience, also stacks of summer anthems and club favourites from 2016.

Where can we find you before your set – what’s the perfect way to prep for NYE?

This is the first time I get to spend NYE in Sydney, every other year I’ve flown out to a gig so I’m just so wrapped I get to be on home turf. I’m going to roll on down nice and early, I’ve never seen the fireworks in person so what better way than with you guys.

Does location influence your set? How does the waterfront Beach Club spot influence the mix you’ll play?

Absolutely, location is everything! My sets are built for the beach and pool, it’s an endless summer. Being by the waters evokes love and lust, so there will plenty of both expressed through the music.

Twerking, waltzing, the slow sidestep – how will we be dancing to your set on NYE?
Oh maaaan I hope all of these, but I just hope everyone gets someone to make out with!

– – –

Visit Soundcloud for a sneak at POOLCLVB’s sexy sounds on show

Buy tickets | 2015 NYE Gallery


PIMMS O’Clock Saturdays in Beach Club!

We’re launching a PIMMS O’Clock garden in our Beach Club over summer!

Every Saturday from 3rd Dec to 28th Jan Beach Club will be serving PIMMs all day!

From delicious PIMMS carafes, PIMMS DIY picnic baskets and an Instagram competition with an amazing prize – PIMMS will be the word on everyone’s lips this summer.


Think you can take the perfect instagram shot – PIMMS are holding an amazing Instagram competition throughout summer, giving you the chance to win a PIMMs Long Lunch at the hotel for you and 10 friends valued at $1500!

Find out all the details below.


How to go in the running to win:

a) Purchase any Pimms drink for on-premise consumption at WBBH and;

b) Follow @pimmsaustralia & @watsonsbayboutiquehotel on Instagram; and

c) Take a photo of their Pimms X Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel experience; and

d) Upload the photo to Instagram, tag @pimmsaustralia @watsonsbayboutiquehotel and #pimmslonglunch

click here to see the full terms and conditions


Join us for delicious PIMMS carafes on special every Saturday for $25!

One of the great classic cocktails! A yummy mix of PIMMS, lemonade and delicious seasonal fruit.


We will also have PIMMS DIY picnic baskets available, allowing you to make your own PIMMS cocktail concoctions right at your table! Become a bartender for the afternoon and find your perfect mix of PIMMS, ice and fresh fruit to compliment your tastebuds.  Each basket includes 2x PIMMS bottles, fresh strawberries, mint, cups, stirrers and ice.

It also makes for the perfect instagram shot. Drinking PIMMS with the Harbour in the background on a sunny Saturday afternoon and you will be sure to make all your friends jealous!

Join us on Saturday in Beach Club, purchase a PIMMS cocktail and get snapping for your chance to win!