Sorrento, Australia, sits on a peninsula flanked by beaches, making it the ideal seaside destination. And this Melbourne suburb offers the perfect trifecta: great coffee, pristine coastline and five-star fare. Lap up the laid-back lifestyle like a local at these holiday apartments – and book your place to stay on Culture Trip.
7 & 8 Monte Vista is regularly ranked among the best accommodation picks in Sorrento, and it’s not hard to see why. The property hosts 18 self-contained townhouses on a lush and positively spacious block of prime peninsula real estate. Its hillside location offers sweeping views across the suburb, while it’s only 300m (984ft) from the white sands of Sorrento Front Beach.
Enjoy the large space to yourself, or invite up to seven others to stay, at the sandstone Sorrento City Style, perfectly situated in the centre of Sorrento, less than 1km (0.6mi) from both the Front and Back beaches. The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, if you’re keen to cook up a storm. Prefer to have someone else cater for you? Bistro Elba is just five minutes’ walk away, serving up seafood and local produce seven days a week.
This striking home sleeps 10, but once you’ve laid eyes on the contemporary furnishings and heated mineral swimming pool and spa, you won’t want to share. Corfu Sorrento occupies an ideal location in the centre of Sorrento, so the main shopping strip and its gourmet delights are just minutes away by foot. Plus, a quick walk will deliver you to either Sorrento Front or Back Beach. Sunset picnic, anyone?
Formerly Sorrento’s answer to a hostel, Sorrento Beach House has been impeccably converted into an environmentally conscious home that sleeps up to 14 people. The open-plan kitchen flows out to a large outdoor dining area, complete with a barbecue, which is perfect for entertaining in the summer sun. When you’re ready for a dip, Sorrento Front Beach is a short walk away.
With its enviable waterfront position and impeccable decor, Aquabelle Apartments is a Mornington Peninsula showstopper. This collection of seven high-end apartments is located approximately 12km (7.5mi) from Sorrento in the town of Rye and sits above the main cafe strip, so you can pop down for a coffee before hitting the beach.
If you’re looking for a five-star escape, Carmel at Sorrento is sure to fit the bill. This property has all the trimmings of a modern stay – from chic furnishings to a modern kitchen and outdoor dining area – but its original facade was first built more than a century ago. Carmel at Sorrento is located centrally on Ocean Beach Road, so you can wander down to Sorrento Pier and grab a latte along the way.
The white weatherboard Portsea Village Resort, set opposite a sparkling stretch of Mornington Peninsula coastline, is a boutique hotel in the neighbouring suburb of Portsea. Along with two pools – one indoor and one outdoor – the 25-room hotel has a wide range of other facilities, including a sauna, restaurant, gym and tennis courts.
This classy seaside lodging, on a lush block just 500m (1,640ft) from Sorrento Back Beach, is ideal for couples. The property hosts two accommodation options: the petite Banksia Studio, complete with a kitchenette, and the more spacious Tea Tree Suite, tucked among the property’s landscaped gardens. Both are tastefully decorated with hints of French provincial design.
The Koonya Apartments, built in 1876, began life as the Mornington Hotel. The hotel has been redeveloped many times over the years and continues to modernise, but the original limestone building remains as an important part of the accommodation precinct. Today, there are 35 boutique apartments available for rent through the site’s owners co-operative, all with access to the property’s indoor pool and spa.
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