BANNISTERS PAVILION, MOLLYMOOK
By Rhiannon Taylor, May 2016
Only 200 metres back from New South Wales much loved Mollymook Beach lies Bannisters new property Pavilion. On a quiet residential street, the architecturally driven property sits inconspicuously behind palm trees and shrubbery by landscape designer William Dangar.
The entrance is spectacular with a pool hanging overhead, glimmering with azure blue water. It's beautiful from every angle and is an architectural success from the collaboration between owner, Peter Cosgrove and architect Tony Freeman (Molnar Freeman).
Check-in is efficient in a light filled space with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass windows. It has much more of a modern vibe compared to Bannisters' sister property By The Sea, which is so popular that Pavilion was opened to cope with the overflow. Bannisters Pavilion has nailed it too, cornering a fresh market by bringing a design focused hotel to the area.
The second floor is the heartbeat of the hotel, where dining and drinking surrounds the twinkling pool. On weekends the sun-bed lined rooftop bar and restaurant is a hub for local nightlife - if you're a guest don't sweat, you have priority access. Cocktails and champagne are served up poolside and the menu is successfully modern, fresh and simple. Starters of pork sliders and Burrata were moorish and a main of mexican inspired char-grilled chicken with lime, corn and avocado really hit the spot.
Come breakfast-time, the space is transformed in to an open buffet with breads, bacon, eggs, muesli and fruit. Coffee is made to order from the bar and there's a good selection of tea's and juices too.
Wifi and house made ice-pops keep you going as you laze by the pool and afternoons fly by quickly with a short stroll to Mollymook Beach.
Rooms have a refined beach aesthetic with interiors by Mia Ward and Romy Alwill. Light timber floors and a mixture of white and blue-black furnishings give the rooms an earthy, contemporary feel.
On the top floor are two stunning penthouses, generously sized at 149 sq m. An open lounge and dining area sit between a modern kitchenette and an outdoor terrace. Filled with Taschen and Gestalten books, the lounge is centred around an opultent, stone fireplace.
Bathrooms are luxe with a deep bath tub, rainshower, terrazzo tiles and bath products by Appelles. The bedrooms are chic with dark carpet and comfortable beds. Sleep goes undisturbed with very little street noise.
Stepping outside you're met with a jaw-dropping terrace encased by open timber slats. As the light filters through, long shadows fall over the seating and dining areas, making it an incredibly tranquil spot to zone out and read a book.
There's a lift if you so wish, but taking the stairs down to the lobby area is divine with curved walls and large windows met with lush green views. In the lobby it's much of the same with a round table and chairs sitting grandly against a glass wall looking very Frank Lloyd Wright inspired.
With only 35 rooms and suites in total, the hotel is peaceful and staff are genuinely attentive with bags, local sightseeing advice and requests. Bannisters Pavilion is an understated cool addition to the sleepy south coast of New South Wales and a much needed one at that.
FEEL: Contemporary with Scandi nuances.
ROOM PICK: The penthouse.
WIFI: Yes, included.
RATES: From $255 p/n including breakfast.
IN ROOM: King bed, reading material, TV, mini bar (not included with the rate).
CHILDREN: Yes, allowed.
GETTING THERE: Mollymook is about a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney or Canberra. Parking is complimentary on-site.