Friday, 28 February 2014

Hotel Review: Pullman Resort Bunker Bay, Margaret River.

The south-west area of Western Australia is one of my favourite places. I've spent so many happy times down here with both family and friends, and so I was desperate to get back down this time I was over. The girls and I headed down to the Pullman Resort Bunker Bay late last Friday evening, arriving at around 10pm at night. We had way too much luggage with us for one night, but luckily a lovely gentlemen was on hand with a golf buggy to drive us and our luggage the 100-yards from the car to the front of the hotel! We checked in and were then driven to our 2-bedroom villa. 

Even though it was dark, the resort looked incredible! The entrance to the lobby is lined with shallow pools of water with mood lighting, and the lobby of the resort is all wood and feels very eco-luxe. After being shown to our villa they left us to it and we explored the accommodation. There was a large kitchen/dining/living space with huge cathedral ceilings and ceiling to floor glass windows at either end. 

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay 2 bedroom villa
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay 2 bedroom villa
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay living room
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay Kitchen
There was also a small outside dining area nestled amongst the trees which give plenty of privacy from any neighbours, sadly it only had two chairs though, so we couldn't use it.

Leading off the main room were a bathroom and two bedrooms, one with twin singles and the master room with a king. The beds were really comfy, my only gripe was the pillows. Two out of the four in the master bedroom were rock the point I felt as though I were laying on rocks, so I had to swap them over. How anyone can find these comfortable is beyond me! The best thing about five-star hotels is the lovely soft goose-feather pillows they have, but these were just wrong. 

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay bedroom

A really great feature of the bedrooms is the gadgets they have. An ipod dock/charger/speaker, and a fancy pants lamp on the desk with heaps of cool features. The bedrooms were really tiny, but when you have the extra space of the main room and when you're so close to the beach, you're not really going to be spending much time in them.

The master room also had an on-suite which features the most incredible bath! The shared bathroom only had a shower, along with a sink and a toilet, whilst the on-suite has a huge bath, open/walk-in shower, sink and toilet. 

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay bathroom
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay bathroom

The bath amenities were excellent; luxurious Roger & Gallet shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, and shower gel. There was also a block of handmade soap, which smelt absolutely lovely! There were also little extras such as a sewing kit, nail files, cotton buds etc.

All of the villas are within easy access to the main house where reception, the restaurant, the spa, tennis courts, and pool area are, and every villa is also less than a 5-minute walk to the beach via the private boardwalk leading from the hotel to Bunker Bay beach. The beach is one of the most beautiful in the area, it's a long sandy beach with clear calm waters. There are some one-bedroom villas and studio villas around the lake nearest the beach, and then there are two-bedroom villas and studio villas set further back towards the main house. If you need a larger villa they have inter-connecting studios and two-beds.

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay
Bunker Bay Beach
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay villas

Sadly we didn't get to experience much of the main house or the restaurant as we just didn't have time. It really did look amazing though! The whole building is just beautifully decorated and feels so luxurious but relaxed. And just look at the view from the restaurant!

View from the Pullman Resort Bunker Bay restaurant

The main feature of the hotel though, is the pool. Located at the bottom of the main house it's a large spacious infinity pool perfect for both adults and children, with views over the treetops and ocean. Long enough to do lengths and shallow enough for kids to play in, the area around the pool is perfect for chill-out time, with comfortable cushioned sunbeds shaded by a large pergola and umbrellas dotted around.

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay Swimming Pool
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay Swimming Pool
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay Swimming Pool
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay Swimming Pool

We had a really incredible stay at the Pullman Resort Bunker Bay, even though it was so short. The only gripes I had were the rock hard pillows, and the fact they only have free wifi in the main house (which wasn't even working while we were there), and not in the villas themselves. It's a five star hotel it's pretty much expected that free wifi should be available. I understand people may not want the internet at a resort like this, but some people still have to work and it makes it incredibly difficult to continue to work abroad when there's no free internet at the hotel. 

Apart from those two issues everything else was amazing, and if you're looking to get away from it all and just relax away from the real world, I couldn't recommend this place enough, whether you're a family or group of friends or a couple, there's something for everyone here. Check out the resort website for more info, and you can book online there too.

*We received our room complimentary for review purposes. Despite it being complimentary this does not in any way influence my views, and everything I have said is my 100% honest opinion.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

A Weekend in Margaret River.

Last weekend the girls and I packed an overnight bag and jumped in my brand spankin' new shiny hire car (seriously, I'm the first person to use it...pressure much!) to go down south to Margaret River for the weekend. 

We stocked up on fuel and food, then started the long drive down with the music cranked up to the max. Singing along to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack for most of the way, we eventually got down there at around 10pm, exhausted and ready for dinner and bed. 

We stayed at the Pullman Resort Bunker Bay, and were welcomed with a lovely bottle of local Margaret River wine, and a pamper kit. Perfect! We walked into the bathroom and screamed at the sight of the huge tub, so naturally we immediately jumped in it to take best friend selfies. After far too long taking selfies in a bath tub we then made ourselves dinner and turned in for the night, ready for our busy day the following day.

The next morning we went for a walk down to Bunker Bay beach intending to go swimming, but sadly the beach was really choppy and windy so we decided not to. Instead we strolled back to the resort and went for a swim in the pool.

The pool at the Pullman Resort is ah-mazing! It's an infinity pool that overlooks the beach and the treetops of the resort. Naturally us being us we spent our time in the pool taking selfies with the underwater camera rather than relaxing like most of the other people there...

Please remove the fence Pullman Resort!? It sorta ruins it a little...

After our swim we headed back to our villa to get showered and ready, packed our bags and headed off for a day exploring. We've all grown up going on holiday to the Margaret River area right from when we were little kids - you may remember how I spent Easter Weekend just down the road in Busselton last year - so we know the area pretty well. We decided to drive to Margs for a long lazy breaky with some friends at Morries, then we visited some wineries including The Growers on Wildwood Road, where you can get really great bottles of wine for just $10-$15! 

After The Growers we started to drive back to Perth, stopping off at The Margaret River Dairy Company to get cheese and milkshakes on the way. The milkshakes there are seriously the best you'll ever taste, you choose what flavour shake you want, and then you can choose which flavour ice-cream you want to go in it!

On our way back home we stopped off at my Aunt & Uncle's to see their new car...isn't she a beaut! A 50-year-old Jaguar E-Type, she makes the most incredible sound, I have a video so I'll try and upload it soon.

It was really great to have some time just the three of us, reunited after 4 years apart with all of us at different corners of the globe. We've all seen each other individually during that time, but not all together at the same time. Best friends for life for sure. It's funny how you can be away from your closest friends for so long, but when you're all reunited it's like nothing has changed and you're all as crazy as the last time you see each other. This is what happened 4 years ago when we last saw each was my 19th birthday so we had a BBQ on the beach. I can't believe I'm going to be 23 in just two months time *sob*

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