The lastminute lovelies swap East for West with a luxe stay at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.
Any hotel stay that starts with a glass of champagne on check-in is my kind of place. And so it seems the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa and I are going to get on just fine.
While the rest of us were experimenting with hypercolour, UK Lord Alistair McAlpine bought up large amounts of Broome in the 80’s, sparking a tourism-led revival of the town and establishment of Cable Beach Club resort. On behalf of all tourists, I say, thank you m’Lord!
Reaching the resort in the evening, the smiles keep on coming when we suss out our pool view studios. Modern and spacious and a few steps away from the pool (and poolside bar!) we’re happy with our home away from home. Polished floorboards, king bed, deck with personal sunbed – what’s not to love.
Each dish hits the spot with fresh flavours but the ‘Kra paw chicken’ is the stand-out.
|Things to love about Broome: The people are sooooo friendly. Their easygoing nature will have you slipping into Broome-time in no time.|
Rise and shine
With a three-hour time difference to Sydney, I’m up bright and early so decide to hit the gym. The well-equipped space ticks all the boxes for gym goers. With views of the gardens, it’s actually a nice spot to train. While doing jumping squats, I even spot a joey jumping past in sync!
Next stop is breakfast at the beachside Sunset Bar and Grill.
Cable Beach Club is the only resort in Broome located on Cable Beach so take advantage of that view!
It would be easy to sit back here for hours, nibbling on the fresh fruit and drinking pots of tea but I have a date…
What’s a resort getaway without pampering of some sort?
The onsite Chahoya Spa has holiday relaxation all over it.
|Hot tip: The spa fills up quickly and is closed on Sundays so be sure to book in your treatment before you arrive, especially in peak season.|
If you want to continue the zen feeling, be sure to check-out the Buddha Sanctuary, believed to be one of the largest crystal Buddha statues in the world. Yoga classes are also hosted here on week days.
Did someone say pool time?
I love kids but when I hear the Cable Beach Club has a family pool and separate adults only ‘Ocean Pool’, I can’t help but give them an extra tick of approval.
It also has a no mobile phone policy so you can really switch off, pardon the pun.
We order lunch and cocktails from the poolside bar. It would be rude not to.
Post deep-fry hit, we venture to the iconic Cable Beach. You can’t help but be impressed by its sheer size and width. Stretching for 22 kilometres, it is absolutely huge.
The rains are here!
Broome doesn’t have a summer or winter. Rather it’s defined by its dry season and wet season (and shoulder season).
In the dry season (June to October), days are warm, evenings are mostly balmy and you’ll enjoy clear blue skies by day and by night. Many visit during this peak period to escape the cooler weather in the other states.
… Enter Cyclone Rusty.
While the cyclone didn’t hit while we were there, thanks to Rusty hanging around WA, we did cop more rain than we would have liked which was a little unlucky (a fellow resort goer was there a couple of weeks early and had perfect weather).
|Hot tip: During the wet season, you’ll score cheaper accommodation and less crowds (maybe wait for the forecast and book at the last minute). During peak season, you have the advantage of direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. So there are pro’s and con’s for both.|
In true lastminute lovely style, we don’t let a little (or a lot of!) rain get in the way of having a good time.
Hitting the (China)town
Catching the bus into Chinatown with our trusty resort umbrellas, we brave the puddles and find respite at a delicious tapas joint, called Aarli Bar. A casual yet stylish space, it’s the perfect spot to base ourselves for a few hours of pinot grigio guzzling and tapas tasting.
We can’t resist dessert and share a ‘Double chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice-cream’ (heavenly!) and the ‘Watermelon, pomegranate, strawberry & mint salad with pistachio ice-cream (as refreshing as it sounds).
Some might skip the outdoor movies on a night of torrential rain but not the lastminute lovelies!
We couldn’t miss out on the chance to visit Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest picture garden (as recognised by Guinness World Records). Opened in 1916 with a silent movie, the space was originally an Asia emporium.
|Things to love about Broome: It might be the biggest ‘city’ in the Kimberly but at its heart, it’s still an outback town. Case in point, on our bus ride into town, the driver waited a couple of minutes for a man to finish his ice-cream cone so he could board. That doesn’t happen in Sydney!|
With our camel ride along Cable Beach cancelled due to the weather (a good excuse to plan a return visit ), we take the opportunity to further check-out the resort. And with 26 acres of gardens there’s plenty to explore.
|Hot tip: If you do happen to get lost at the resort, look for the terracotta horses. They’re scattered throughout the property and point in the direction on reception. Genius! (And greatly appreciated by this very average map reader).|
For the family market, spacious bungalows, play equipment, mini-golf, tennis courts and family pool (with poolside dining here too) will keep kids and parents happy.
Couples will love the private villas, adults only pool, quality dining options and bar.
If you really want to impress or perhaps for a honeymoon or special occasion, you can also add in a butler service. Posh!
Mango Beer… don’t mind if we do!
A trip to Broome isn’t complete without a visit to Matso’s Broome Brewery.
Most famous for its alcoholic ginger beer and mango beer, we sample both in the name of research and give them both a big thumbs up. I’ll be seeking out stockists in Sydney, they were that good, and maybe even trying to track down their ciders too.
It’s the perfect way to farewell a fleeting visit to Broome.
Is a trip to Broome on your travel wish list?