ellaslist Reviews The Beach Club At Watsons Bay Hotel: Great Family-Friendly Eats
- Mums & Bubs
Beach clubs, boat rides, boozy lunches, and buckets of fun. When Sydney shines she sparkles, and there’s no better place to spend a warm summer’s day than The Beach Club at The Watsons Bay Hotel.
So, with sun cream, hats and swimmers packed we headed to The Beach Club for a family lunch. And what better way to get there than by ferry, just a hop skip and a jump from Rose Bay. Such a relaxing and exciting way to arrive at an idyllic Sydney location.
Location, Location, Location
The Beach Club’s waterfront location on one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches, make this the perfect destination for families seeking stunning views, sea breezes, sun-drenched days and yummy food.
You’ll experience a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere with a Hamtons-esque nautical-theme. There are so many different spaces – you can sit inside overlooking the amazing view of Harbour and people watch from your high vantage point to all those below. Or you can choose to sit in one of the many outside areas either in full sun or at one of the many tables with an umbrella. It’s not hard to miss the sea of blue and white striped umbrellas on the terrace and upper deck.
Sun, Sand, Sea
We grabbed a table in half sun/half shade at the front bottom level of The Beach Club near the beach to accommodate everyone in our crew of 6. Our kids are water babies so we knew they would want to swim and have a play in the sand and that’s exactly what they did. After my husband and I got settled with our first drink of the day, the kids headed down to the water. With a 13, 10 and 8 year old we knew our 5 year old would be well-looked after and we could easily see them from where we were sitting.
Food to Feast On
My husband and I enjoyed the peace for a short moment before heading to the bar to order our meals. The menu is extensive and caters for all ages and tastes. Kids meals are $12 each with a choice of fish & chips, nuggets, burgers and pizza. We couldn’t choose so we decided to have a few sharing plates. We ordered a sashimi tasting plate, kingfish carpaccio and crab sliders. For seafood lovers, there is a great variety of mouth-watering choices available.
After lunch, the kids had fun colouring with the pots of pencils and crayons and colouring sheets provided by the Hotel. And what better way to finish off a day of sun, sand, great food and cool drinks than with an ice-cream from the Gelato Cart.
Make a Day of It
When we jumped off the ferry, we decided to go for a swim before lunch. We headed to the baths at the opposite end of the shoreline to the Watsons Bay Hotel. The baths are completely enclosed with a shark net and include an Olympic-size pool with two floating sunbathing pontoons, a boardwalk and lots of seating. The kids loved jumping off the pontoons into the water. The beach next to the baths is also a great place for kids to swim and have fun making sand castles on the sand.
After our refreshing swim, we headed back towards the ferry to the Watsons Bay Hotel Beach Club. The kids couldn’t resist climbing the 100+ year old trees that lined the path along the beach on our way to the Hotel.
We were almost at the Hotel when the kids spotted the gated playground so I had to ignore my rumbling stomach for a quick play in the playground. It’s great for all ages and has loads of fun equipment. For the kids who would prefer to kick a ball or throw a frisbee, the playground is in the top corner or a large park so there’s lots of room for everyone.
There is loads of street parking but with the crowds that flock to Watsons Bay on the weekends, you may be looking for a while and then have a bit of a walk ahead of you.
The best way to get to Watsons Bay is by public transport. You can catch a ferry or bus from Circular Quay.
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