This is the dramatic Northern Beaches view you get from the terraced lawn at one of Sydney’s most-loved small hotels. It’s the city’s only member of international luxury tourism society Relais & Chateaux (French for “roadhouse and country estate”). If you’re a Sydneysider you may have picked the location already – it’s the view from Jonah’s at Whale Beach, a fine-dining restaurant and boutique stay that is a local fave when it comes to utterly romantic getaways. In fact, it’s one of Sydney’s most popular places to propose – there are on average three question-pops a month and there have already been 16 weddings there since January this year.
Often travelled to by seaplane from Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour, Jonah’s restaurant currently has one chef’s hat from the Good Food Guide, and was winner of Function Venue of the Year at the 2011 Australian Hotel Association Awards. Executive chef Alfonso Alés makes the most of Sydney rock oysters and gives a Spanish twist to contemporary Australian cuisine.
There are 11 luxury rooms in the hotel, all with king-size beds, private patios and limestone bathrooms, plus an Executive Ocean Retreat. Midweek bed-and-breakfast packages cost from $579 a night (Sunday-Thursday); an Indulgence Package includes à la carte dinner, bed and breakfast for two, with a one-hour massage per guest and a Molton Brown his-and-her gift pack, for $1155 per night ($1275 Friday/Saturday).
If you’d just like the meal without the overnight stay, a Fly-Dine-Drive package costs $495 per person and includes an afternoon seaplane ride from Rose Bay to Palm Beach, transfer to the restaurant, wine tasting, three-course dinner and transfer back to Rose Bay in a town car.
69 Bynya Rd, Whale Beach, NSW.
(02) 9974 5599; jonahs.com.au