A Luxurious & Well-Designed Place To Escape | The Elysium, Palm Beach
A Perfect Escape From The City | The Elysium, Palm Beach
When I think of the word ‘holiday’, my mind often to jumps to an overseas destination. However there’s so much within an easy driving distance of the centre of Sydney that I often overlook. Recently I’ve made a point to try and explore what’s on offer in Sydney and its surrounding area as much as I can, whether it’s just for a day, the weekend or occasionally even longer. It’s surprising what you’ll discover when you plan your trips a little closer to home, plus you can enjoy having some extra cash up your sleeve that would usually have gone towards flights.
We’re now well and truly in an era of choice when it comes to accommodation beyond traditional hotels and resorts. One company I’ve found useful is Contemporary Hotels, who are spearheading alternative luxury, boutique options both in Australia and internationally. They offer a number of unique properties that have been hand-picked by their team, ranging from apartments in Sydney on the doorstep of the Harbour Bridge, to a peaceful house on Kangaroo Island, and even stunning villas on the Amalfi coast in Italy. With a recent opportunity to stay in one of their properties, I ventured to Palm Beach for the weekend. My home for two nights was The Elysium.
The Elysium, Palm Beach is a three-bedroom house that can sleep up to six people, overlooking Whale Beach. I drove up there on a Friday evening after work and was excited to see what the place had in store for me over the weekend. We were off to a good start when the fire in the living room’s fireplace was already roaring, and complimentary champagne was patiently waiting in the fridge upon arrival. Before I knew it, a concierge from Contemporary Hotels was knocking at the door, ready to show me around.
In addition to the three bedrooms, the house also features two living spaces, two bathrooms (one of which is outdoors), a dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Everything felt really well laid out with no shortage of little nooks that were just begging for someone to curl up in with a good book and a coffee (or champagne).
As far as design goes, The Elysium is superb. It’s timber furniture and hardwood floors galore, with tan leather, bright linens, and white walls mixed throughout. Everything comes together to create a relaxed, coastal vibe, sans any of that tacky nautical theme decor that beach houses often have. Instead the house’s walls are adorned with a compelling collection of art.
The luxury doesn’t end with the designer furniture at The Elysium. It’s easy to see how much thought went into ensuring maximum comfort and enjoyment for guests with a Bang & Olufsen TV and sound system, Beoplay Bluetooth speaker, and Aesop bathroom amenities.
I fell asleep on that Friday night already super impressed by the house. However, it wasn’t until the next morning when I woke up and did another walkthrough of the place that I realised exactly how stunning it is. Details that were missed when I arrived after dark the previous evening became apparent in the daylight. The main thing being the incredible view out over Whale Beach. You can see the whole length of the beach right from the master bedroom.
If you’re in need of a quick caffeine fix, there’s a Nespresso machine in The Elysium’s kitchen, although for coffee and breakfast I couldn’t go past The Boathouse, Palm Beach and Whale Beach Deli which is also close by.
A big breakfast at the Boathouse meant a stroll along the beach afterwards, and a quick drive around the local area to check out what else is around. Though Palm Beach is just over an hour drive out of the city, it felt like I wasn’t in Sydney at all, which was really refreshing.
The Wrap-Up – The Elysium, Palm Beach
The Elysium makes for a perfect cosy winter getaway. I can only imagine how great it would be in summer too. Absorbing all that salty beach air that drifted through the house was an ideal mid-year pick me up. With about 100 ways to chill out at the house itself (be it in bed, on the sofa, in the bath), or at the beach, or any of the local joints, The Elysium at Palm Beach, is an extremely luxurious and tastefully designed place to escape.