If you are after a truly luxurious experience on New South Wales’s Northern Coast, look no further than Ballina Manor, a boutique hotel that combines premium fine dining with historical charm.
A stay at Ballina Manor transports you back into time, with the hotel’s rich history evident in its period charm. What was once North Coast Girls’ boarding school in the 1920s has been extensively refurbished to create Ballina Manor, with the antique décor paying homage to the mutli award-winning hotel’s past. Owner Becky Drummond describes it as a “majestic building, originally opened in 1925 as a girls’ boarding school” which “charms you with its history and beauty”.
The team at Ballina Manor goes above and beyond to ensure that each guest enjoys a ‘home away from home’ experience that is inspired by Becky’s travels around the world and Australia.
“I’ve found a memorable and truly unique experience is found in the finer details”, says Becky. This is evident in the unforgettable accommodation experience offered by Ballina Manor.
Ballina Manor offers five different types of suites, each characterised by that unmistakeable period charm that reminds guests of the hotel’s extensive heritage.
The premiere room is the Grand Suite, comprising of a four poster king bed and a spa bath for complete relaxation. Luxury is at its finest in this grandiose room, which immerses guests in its refined history. This romantic suite is spacious and intimate at the same time, making it ideal for a special getaway with a loved one to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary.
Ballina Manor’s collection of rooms uphold the luxury of the Grand Suite, still offering an undeniably deluxe experience to those visiting Ballina. The Manor Room provides a cosy atmosphere, while the Standard Queen is the perfect combination of spaciousness and old-world charm. Sublime luxury is exemplified by the Executive Queen suite, while the Heritage Spa rooms envelope history with relaxation. Whatever room takes your fancy, you can be sure that Ballina Manor has a suite that will provide you with the ultimate in luxury accommodation.
Dining at its finest
While Ballina Manor is home to a stunning set of suites, it is also revered for The Manor Restaurant. As the highest ranked restaurant in Ballina, locals and tourists alike flock to The Manor to experience its fine-dining reputation. The Manor’s delectable cuisine, which is complemented by a sommelier-crafted wine list, offers an incredible dining experience that draws people from far and wide.
Breakfast is treated with the signature Ballina Manor charm, offering café-inspired meals that will encourage you to start your day with luxury. From fresh fruit platters and two types of omelettes, The Manor will ensure that you begin your day in the best way possible.
Dinner at The Manor Restaurant is a similarly luxurious affair, with the restaurant’s menu featuring an extensive range of starters, mains and desserts that feature a multitude of luxurious ingredients.
Starters include scrumptious mushroom and parmesan arancini dressed in black truffle aioli, and a warm pumpkin pie that is finished with blue cheese and pickled pear. Guests can choose from main meals such as floury pillows of pesto and prosciutto dressed gnocchi, or a confit ocean trout garnished with wakame cucumber and nori crackle.
A range of delectable desserts – think sticky date pudding with rosemary caramel, or warm cinnamon churros accompanied by chocolate cream – round out this unique dining experience. A wine list offering Australian, Kiwi, French and Italian varieties adds extra luxury to what is already an undeniably fine dining occasion.
The Manor Restaurant also offers high tea, complete with sweet and savoury delicacies, as well as private functions for conferences and weddings. Becky notes that The Manor is currently developing an exciting summer menu with their chef, and are also working on expanding their wine list with some sommelier-approved additions.
What to do during your stay at Ballina Manor
While the luxury offered at Ballina Manor may make you reluctant to venture outside of this boutique hotel, there are plenty of incredible experiences awaiting nearby. Whale watching along Ballina’s coastline will provide an unforgettable memory, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature at its most extraordinary. Main and Shelley Beaches are some of the best viewing locations in Ballina, where you can watch humpback whales make their annual migration along Australia’s eastern coast. Lighthouse Beach Café is also a must-see, where you can enjoy great food while taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
If you would like to travel, look no further than Lennox Head and Byron Bay, tourist hot-spots which are only a short drive away from Ballina.
If you are after a unique accommodation experience that will appeal to your luxurious side, look no further than Ballina Manor. Becky is always looking to improve Ballina Manor to make guests’ accommodation experience as unique and enjoyable as possible. Historical charm and natural beauty characterise this boutique hotel, making this deluxe location the ideal destination for your Ballina trip.
Ballina Manor are currently running a dinner, bed and breakfast package starting from $360, subject to availability. Visit www.ballinamanor.com to find out more about the terms and conditions of this must-see offer.