Luxury Hotels on the Northern Beaches

Stretched out along the coastline north of Sydney, between Manly and Palm Beach, Sydney’s Northern Beaches combine urban sophistication with the laid-back lifestyle of the beach. From the art deco buildings of Manly, with its graceful sweep of Norfolk Pine-framed beach, to the busy surf breaks at Dee Why and Curl Curl, the Northern Beaches offer a perfect contrast to the frenetic life of Central Sydney. But just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean you need to go without the finer things in life: luxury hotels, excellent cafes and restaurants can be found all along the Northern Beaches. Blocks of ritzy apartments, and five-star hotels overlook the cerulean waters of the Tasman Sea and the long sweeps of pure white sand. In the hinterland beyond the beaches, you can find all manner of bush walks in the vast wilderness of Ku-ring-gai Chase, Australia’s second-oldest national park. Fans of the TV show Home and Away can make a pilgrimage to Palm Beach: setting of the fictional town Summer Bay. Walking and cycling trails meander along the coastlines, and you will never be far from a café or bar where you can wet your whistle.

Narrabeen Sands Hotel

1260 Pittwater Road, 2101 Narrabeen, Australia

Rating: 8.4 Very Good

Located in Narrabeen, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Narrabeen Sands Hotel by Nightcap Plus is only 20 km from Sydney city centre. All rooms feature a private balcony and some boast ocean views. In-room continental breakfast is available.

The Sands Narrabeen is a boutique hotel boasting modern décor, with luxury bathrooms and flat-screen cable TV in all rooms. Some rooms include full kitchen facilities.

Guest facilities include internet access and free covered car parking.

The restaurant and bar has a relaxed atmosphere and overlooks beautiful Narrabeen Beach.

Situated on the beachfront, Narrabeen Sands Hotel by Nightcap Plus is located between Manly and Palm Beach. Buses to Sydney city centre depart from outside the hotel.


Stay at Hotel Steyne

75 The Corso, Manly, Manly, 2095 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 7.4 Good

Situated at Manly Beach, the refurbished Stay@Hotel Steyne features views overlooking the ocean and is surrounded by shops, boutiques and cafes. Manly Wharf, for ferries to and from Sydney central, is just 400 metres away.

All rooms feature a Smart TV, espresso machine, in-room safe, phone charging docking station, mini bar fridge and wardrobe. The rooms offer an array of views include stunning beachfront and ocean views.

Beach bar has a seasonal menu featuring pub classics, seafood and pizzas. The Glasshouse features ocean views and offers botanical cocktails and tapas. Cafe Steyne offers beach views and is open for breakfast daily. Magic’s Bar has live music from Thursday to Sunday.


Pasadena Sydney

Rating: 8.7

Located in Church Point, 27 km from Taronga Zoo, Pasadena Sydney provides accommodation with a terrace, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Certain rooms at the property include a balcony with a sea view.

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Every room is equipped with a kettle, while selected rooms have a kitchen with an oven, a dishwasher and a microwave. At Pasadena Sydney all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels.


Q Station

Rating: 8.7

Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour National Park in Manly, the Q Station Retreat acts as a serene, elegant retreat for its guests. The gorgeously restored Q Station retreat is conveniently located a mere five minutes’ drive away from central Manly and is half an hour away by ferry from the CBD.

The rooms within the Q Station Retreat are very modern and maintain a villa-like relaxed stylishness. There is a selection of cottages, suites, and rooms for guests to choose from depending on their needs, the largest of which, the Officers Cottage, sleeps up to six people. Rooms feature either a view of the Australian bush or of the beautiful Sydney Harbour.

Guests at the Q Station Retreat need not worry about their eating schedule while in this lovely place. There are three restaurants on site, plus all the restaurants and cafes central Manly is known for within ten minutes’ drive. The Boilerhouse Restaurant and Bar are notoriously popular for their delicious modern Australian cuisine and the stunning views across Sydney Harbour from their premise. There is also a buffet by the name of Views on site and the Visitors Centre Cafe and Museum also serves food and drinks to guests.

This retreat has some of the most unique amenities and activities available in the entirety of Sydney. It is the only hotel in Sydney to have its own private beach. Secondly, ghost tours and all manner of haunted adventures are available on the property as it is on the site of the infamously haunted Quarantine Station. The retreat also features some of the standard amenities you’d expect of a luxury accommodation such as free Wi-Fi, a shuttle service, heating, family rooms, English speaking staff, and a business centre.


Quest Manly

Rating: 8.7

The seaside suburb of Manly is well known for its luxurious beachside accommodations, and the Quest Manly is a shining example of that. A central location means everything when it comes to choosing accommodation, which is why this legendary hotel is situated directly across from the Manly Ferry Wharf and a short walk from the famous Manly Corso.

The property offers a wide variety of accommodation options including 1- and 2-bedroom self-contained apartments, suites and studios. Many of these luxury accommodations feature picturesque views of Manly’s stunning harbour. The self-contained apartments feature fully equipped kitchens complete with all necessities, separate living areas, private balconies, and free toiletries in their modern, clean bathrooms.

Going out to eat is always something fun to do when exploring a new place, and Quest is perfectly located for this activity. The Manly Corso is a five-minute walk away and is filled with restaurants and cafes where you will find something for anyone. 100 meters away is the 4 Pines Pub, as well as Hugo’s, El Camino Cantina, Garfish, The Bavarian Bier Cafe, and the Wharf Bar, all of which are popular spots for some food or drink.

The Quest Hotel offers many of the classic amenities that you’d expect of a high end hotel. Upper floors are accessible by an elevator, heating and air conditioning are all employed within the hotel and the rooms, Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge, paid secure parking is available on site for a fee, there is a fitness centre onsite, a wake up service is available, and the staff speak multiple languages to ensure all language barriers can be broken down.


Scotland Island Lodge

Rating: 8.7

Scotland Island Lodge is set in a gorgeous, lush garden oasis, making it an incredibly unique option for accommodation in Northern Sydney. The owners have made every effort to ensure this architect-designed lodge is a luxurious place for guests to rejuvenate. Located within two kilometres of Pittwater and The Quays Marina, this paradise is isolated enough to get away from the business of the city, but not so isolated that you feel lost.

The rooms within the lodge are extremely warm and inviting, complete with complimentary linen and toiletries, a fully equipped bathroom, a sun terrace with outdoor furniture, electric kettle and refrigerator, flat screen TV, complimentary board games and movies/DVD’s. Overall, the rooms have a modern -rustic vibe to them with wooden floors and matching furniture.

Scotland Island itself does not have any restaurants, cafes or bars given it is so small and primarily residential with parklands. If you catch the ferry across from Scotland Island to Church Point Beach, you’ll find the Waterfront Cafe which serves bistro fare, cakes, coffees, and cocktails. If guests are so inclined, they may choose to travel further into Pittwater where they will find 8 Knots Cafe or Le Bayview Cafe Bistro.

The owners of the Scotland Island Lodge have gone above and beyond to create a luxury, yet homely feel for guests who stay there. All flooring is hardwood, there is air conditioning and heating, Wi-Fi is available within the hotel and is free of charge, there are menus to choose from even for special diets, and public parking is nearby.


Manly Pacific

Rating: 8.7

The Novotel is a luxurious, modern hotel located on the beachfront in Manly. The Novotel group is well known for its outstanding facilities, luxury accommodations, and excellent staff. This beachfront mecca is located an eight-minute walk away from Manly Wharf and two minutes away from the Manly Corso.

There is a variety of accommodation offerings within the Novotel Manly including double rooms and suites. Some suites feature magnificent ocean views, and all rooms feature spacious balconies free toiletries, a well-equipped bathroom, a flat screen TV, power sockets in rooms, a minibar and a coffee maker.

Manly is full of restaurants, cafes and shops within a very concentrated space. The Novotel is located at the northern end of the infamous Manly Corso, where there are numerous restaurants, bars and cafes such as; The Pantry Manly, BOTECO Manly, Daniel San, The Hold and Ben & Jerrys. Manly Wharf, where El Camino Cantina, Hugo’s, The Bavarian, and the 4 Pines Pub are located, is a ten-minute walk away from the Novotel too.

Amenities within the Novotel are perfect for people looking for a relaxing, luxury hotel experience. All rooms and general areas include air conditioning and heating, there is lift access on all floors, there are VIP room facilities, family rooms, a roof top swimming pool, free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel, a business centre, a fitness centre and daily housekeeping services.


The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach

Rating: 8.7

No other hotel in the northern region of Sydney embodies a five-star, luxurious boutique hotel experience more than The Sebel. Manly’s instalment of the infamous Sebel hotel chain is conveniently located just ten minutes away from the Manly Ferry Wharf and the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.

Accommodation within the Sebel Manly is premium and luxurious. All rooms and suites feature a private balcony complete with outdoor furniture, luxurious bathrooms, modern luxe furnishings, and spacious bedroom areas. Due to the Sebel’s perfect location, some suites highlight the panoramic ocean views.

Manly is filled with an abundance of cafe’s, restaurants, and takeaway shops. Locate on site of the Sebel is Manly Wine, a trendy beachfront bar and restaurant with favourable reviews. Furthermore, the Sebel is located less than five minutes’ walk away from The Corso, where most of the restaurants are located within Manly, and seven minutes away from the well-known Manly Wharf Bar.

The Sebel is full of breathtaking amenities fit for royalty. The hotel features two swimming pools, a spa, a concierge service, 24hr CCTV, air conditioning and an airport shuttle. Parking is made easy within the Sebel through the hotel’s dedicated carpark, which is important for convenience purposes.


Barrenjoey House

Rating: 8.7

Barrenjoey House Palm Beach is a charming, luxury hotel getaway that is surrounded by stunning beaches and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Located at the entrance of Pittwater, guests only need to cross the road to be able to access the closest inlet beach. Within a five-minute drive of the hotel are the yellow sands of North Palm Beach, historical Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Palm Beach Rockpool. The accommodation for the hotel is located on the second floor. Guests share access to an exclusive lounge and courtyard, where they can relax and mingle with one another. The simple yet idyllic rooms are filled with natural light and have inviting timber flooring. The bespoke furnishings pay tribute to the classic beach house, and the marble bathrooms are equipped with designer bathroom amenities. Guests have complimentary access to the Wi-Fi, in room mini-bar and Netflix. Below the rooms on the first floor is Barrenjoey House, an influential restaurant that is considered by the local community to be an iconic institution. Under the apex ceiling or out on the terrace, diners can taste high quality modern Australian cuisine. Seafood features heavily in the menu, a homage to the surrounding marine environment.


Metro Mirage Hotel

Rating: 8.7

Discover the beauty of the Bilgola Peninsular and Sydney’s Northern Beaches at Metro Mirage Hotel Newport. Just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD this luxury hotel overlooks Pittwater and one of its many marinas. Explore the natural charm and stunning views of the area by strolling along the Northern Beaches Coast Walk or simply relax at one of the many beaches nearby. The light, airy rooms feature large windows through which guests can take in the view of the surrounding area. There are complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and a range of bed configuration options. Guests have access to Wi-fi throughout the hotel, onsite parking and a 24-hour reception. The Metro Mirage Hotel Newport has a stunning rooftop terrace, perfect for holding private outdoor events with a view. Next to the water is the hotel pool and heated spa, ready for guests to relax in and while they enjoy the warmth of the Australian sun. The hotel also has its own private jetty where gorgeous photos can capture the moment. At the Mirage Restaurant, diners can enjoy modern Australian cuisine. The high ceilings and luscious blue carpets ensure guests feel connected to the inlet views outside of the expansive glass windows.