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18 April 2023
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QT Bondi, Sydney. Words Josie Steenhart

The location

Bondi Beach surely needs no introduction, but just in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s one of Australia’s bestloved, busiest beaches, complete with golden sand and big waves, bikinied bods and budgie-smugglers galore, plus some of Sydney’s best shopping, eateries and bars.

Chilling on the edge of the beach and the front row strip, smartly set just back from the crazy crowds and party noise, QT Bondi is part of the Bondi Pacific complex, and is surrounded by buzzy spots to dine, drink, splash cash or make a splash (in the sea), but once you’re inside feels like a peaceful retreat.

The lowdown

Opened in 2015, QT Bondi boasts the only high-end boutique apartments on Bondi Beach.

There are 60 spacious rooms and suites, each individually themed, with a playfully beachy yet still super luxe feel. Every room includes lovely living spaces (some separate), deliciously deep bathtubs, rainforest showers, kitchenettes and washing machines/dryers, and most offer Juliette balconies or terraces.

The experience

The hotel lobby sets the scene for your whole stay experience, with artwork by Australian-born, London-based artist Shaun Gladwell nodding to Bondi’s unique surf culture and suitably friendly, laidback (but still profesh) greetings from reception staff.

As mentioned, all rooms are generously sized and thoughtfully designed to keep the beach-retreat vibes going, right down to the details, from quirky but hard to resist mini bars and Kevin Murphy toiletries to Bose bluetooth music systems and Dyson hair dryers (and straighteners on request).

A decent bed is a big plus for me, and QT Bondi fully delivers, with its bespoke signature QT Dream beds.

The concierge desk is there to help you with whatever you need, from bikes to the best local bites to where to pick up a pair of jandals if you forgot to bring yours (answer: there’s a spare pair in your room).

Eat/drink

Breakfast in bed is highly recommended at QT Bondi, so much so that you can order it to be delivered to your room – from avocado and feta smash on sourdough and brunch burgers to brekkie burritos, wellness bowls and housemade granola.

If and when you’re ready to leave your room, you’re spoiled for choice, but some recommendations include Icebergs Dining Room (fancy, plus you can take a dip in that famous sea pool while you’re there), outside the box noodles and nibbles from Chaco Ramen, and newly opened Promenade housed in the groovy 1970s Bondi Pavilion building, which offers three different menus/styles of dining.

Also do not leave without at least one gelato – Mapo, Chahas, Anita and Gelato Messina are all next level.

qthotels.com/bondi-beach

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