Packed with beachside bars and beautiful people, it’s no wonder a holiday at Sydney’s Bondi Beach is hard to beat. Whether you’re keen to stay in the thick of things or tune in to a quieter scene only moments from the sand, Bondi has an accommodation option to suit.
A wide, sweeping beach just seven kilometres (about four miles) from Sydney’s CBD, it’s easy to see why people flock to Bondi Beach. But the lure of one Australia’s most famous beaches goes beyond its yellow sands – as locals know, the food, bars and community vibe all make the Bondi bubble hard to leave.
QT Bondi is filled with bespoke designer furnishings | Courtesy QT Bondi Hotel
With its hip styling, bespoke designer furnishings and enviable location it’s easy to see why guests love QT Bondi. Those keen to work on the body beautiful before heading out for a surf will appreciate the access to the gym next door – or perhaps borrow the hotel’s bicycles to hop to an early class at Yoga by the Sea. Weekend visitors will particularly love the ease of this North Bondi location – QT Bondi is right next door to the arty Bondi markets (open 10am to 4pm Sundays).
Adina Apartment Hotel's location is hard to beat | Courtesy of Adina Apartment Hotel / Hotels.com
If you’re looking for an apartment in a superb location, the Adina Apartment Hotel on Hall Street is an excellent choice. Sure, the beach is close enough that you don’t really need the pool, but both it and the hot tub are a tempting option after a day on the sand. There’s a kitchenette, although you’re unlikely to use it when two Sydney foodie institutions are just steps from the hotel’s front door. Head to bills for its famous breakfasts and Gelato Messina for, let’s face it, almost anything they serve, although vegans shouldn’t miss the pandan coconut sorbet – it’s unreal.
Bondi Beach views make Hotel Ravesis a popular spot for sundowners | Courtesy of Hotel Ravesis / Hotels.com
There are plenty of reasons to come to Hotel Ravesis, and its beachside location on Campbell Parade is just the first. The two floors of boutique accommodation are perfect for those happy to stay in the thick of the action; the balcony rooms even offer coveted beach views. Outside the rooms, the wrap-around balconies of the hotel’s cocktail bar are a popular spot, especially at sunset. Just be warned, there’ll be plenty of noise from the on-site nightclub – on a Friday or Saturday night you won’t beat them, so it’s far better to join them.
The Baxley Bondi is located right by Bondi Icebergs | Courtesy of The Baxley Bondi / Hotels.com
Happy to dip in and out of the action as it suits? Then you’ll appreciate the tranquillity of The Baxley Bondi. This boutique bed and breakfast, an easy 25-minute stroll to the famous Bondi Icebergs Club at the south end of the beach, is the perfect place to flop for a few hours between outings. Those driving should note that while The Baxley Bondi is in a more residential part of Bondi than some spots right on the beach, that doesn’t mean parking is easy. Finding a spot for your car is notoriously difficult in all of Bondi, so plan accordingly.
Beachy-chic Bondi Beach House is for adults only | Courtesy Bondi Beach House / Hotels.com
This nine-room, adults-only bed and breakfast has achieved the seemingly impossible: a serene location just a stone’s throw from Bondi Beach. Start with breakfast on the greenery-enveloped rooftop terrace, then take in the ritual of the busy but beautiful Bondi to Bronte walk – the path starts just a few hundred metres away, next to Bondi Icebergs Club, which is an ideal place to cool off on your return.