New Year at Scarborough beach and Rendezvous hotel
Scarborough, the place that became our absolute favorite during our Perth vacation. Back in the days Scarborough didn’t have the greatest reputation, but after a much needed $100 million redevelopment, the beachfront is back in business and it has become really popular. Read more about Scarborough’s reform and people’s changed opinions from here: https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/wa-rediscovers-scarborough-after-100m-re-development-opens-ng-b88890372z . There really were no signs of this old bad reputation, but just happy laid-back people enjoying the sun, well-kept lawns, friends sipping cold drinks in shaded areas and families having fun at the playground and BBQ areas, that are available for everyone.
As I already mentioned on previous post, we stayed at Rendezvous hotel, that is an iconic beachfront hotel (that high white building, you always see in all of Scarborough beach photos) overlooking the beautiful white sands of Scarborough Beach (click this for more information about the hotel). I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the location of the hotel, as it was very close to everything. A lot of cafes and restaurants to keep us all satisfied, new Scarborough Beach Pool (with heated lap pools and leisure pool + open air seating areas) really close, newly opened Whale playground and skate park to entertain the little one, grocery just around the corner and Scarborough beach right across the road.
Also, the hotel itself was all what we could ask for. We stayed at 25th floor in a spacious room with a sea view which included also the entry to the Club Lounge with breakfast and evening drinks & canapes. First, I wasn’t sure if we’d need the lounge access, but it turned out super handy with our little one as ‘the canapes’ were more like a meal. Our son had his dinner there and us parents got to enjoy the views and some bubbles 😉 .
The lagoon style pool area of the hotel was really nice with the pool bar serving cold drinks, snacks and lunch, so it was a great place to stop by in between beach and our son’s nap time. And during the nap time it was perfect time to have a sweat on and one of us headed to the hotel gym. Gym or fitness center as they called it, was surprisingly well-equipped (usually even in better hotels the gym is more like a treadmill, some dumbbells and rusty exercise bike) and it wasn’t too crowded. Maybe all the others were by the pool!
The hotel staff were really nice and helpful, and everything worked really well during our stay. Except the Wi-Fi in our room (no one couldn’t fix it), which was a little minus, but not the end of the world…
On Sunday evening we went for drinks to their pop-up bar. The Sunday Session is held every Sunday on their terrace facing to Scarborough beach and it offers live music and cold drinks. It was really nice place to hang out with amazing views before we headed for a dinner, so highly recommend it. The ads about this pop-up bar were not very well visible, so just ask from the reception about Sunday session and they will guide you to the right place!
And then some tips for the restaurants and cafes in the area: If you’re looking for a relaxed brunch, lunch or dining experience with food made of fresh and tasty ingredients (vegan and vegetarian options too!) The Sandbar is place to go. We ate there many times, and everything was really good and well prepared. The Sandbar is open 7 days a week from 7am until late, 365 days a year, so basically you have delicious options always available. If Mexican food served with cool music is more your thing, you should go to El Grotto. Excellent food and service with really nice atmosphere is what you’ll get.
Grill’d would be the place for all the burger lovers and The Wild Fig a perfect place to go after beaching if you like lovely little place serving a good and fresh menu. Everything from oysters to tempura cauliflower and avocado toast to fried rice, so I’m sure you’ll find something for everyone. And all the ice cream lovers should head straight to Cold Rock ice cream shop, you’ll love it!
And last but not least few words about Scarborough beach: Absolutely stunning beach, with maybe the cleanest and whitest sand I’ve ever seen with the water that was clear, clean and inviting. It’s also known for great year-round surfing facilities, so not only for sunbathers and families. And after having fun at the beach I suggest all of you to climb on the hill right next to the beach and playground and just watch the beautiful sunset. The perfect end for the day!
I honestly feel that a visit to Scarborough is a “must do thing” for all Perth visitors. Spend there a day or book a hotel for couple of days and get to know the area better. In any case you’ll love it!
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