Without a doubt this place is worth a visit. Nestled in Mollymook its the type of establishment that puts Mollymook on the map rather than the other way around.
Set upon the clifftop overlooking the sea, the views are breathtaking. Whether you are poolside or on your balcony you cannot escape the stunning views of the sea crashing into the rocks. The hotel also boasts a beautiful spa and lets not forget the famous Rick Steins restaurant. Although the evening restaurant was closed both of the days we were there (due to the winter season) the setting itself was beautiful. And being British, having had many a meals in his Padstow restaurant we can only imagine it would be just as good.
We did get the opportunity to dine both evenings in the Bannisters Pavilion roof top bar and grill. Great casual style food with relaxing beach vibes inside, not pretentious at all. Awesome finger food - highly recommend the eggplant chips and crispy chicken wings! And you don't feel out of place with a 4 year either, especially when she decides to sing ba ba black sheep at the top of her voice!
Close by to Mollymook is a small local town of Milton. A collection of cute beach town shops with the usual home furnishings and coffee shops. Worth a little visit if you want to leave the hotel, but should we go back again, which we will, i probably wouldn't re-visit. However what is worth dragging yourself from the hotel is a cellar door and restaurant called Cupitts.
Another establishment with absolutely incredible views. But not of the sea, of rolling hills for as far as you can physically see, with vineyards and farms and distant mountains. Incredible wines, incredible cheeses and an incredible evening menu. Should you only want to leave the hotel once, please visit this place. Also very child friendly. We sat inside by the log fire, but outside has lovely picnic tables with lots of grass areas for kids to play on.
If you do visit the hotel with kids the local beaches are perfect. Very raw with rock pools and not very long which means you aren't walking ages to get into the sea. Soft squeaky sand, yes thats right, its that soft it squeaks when you walk. And dog friendly!
All in all, this is one of new favourite hotels. With the Port Stevens Bannisters next on our hit list! Thank you for having us Bannisters by the sea, we made some very special memories.